Gold Star Lapel Button
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This is a nice little lapel button with a pin back. It reads -Act of Congress United States of America 1 August 1947- on the reverse. It measures 5/8 of an inch across. It comes in its original issue box. I have more than one of these. They come from a box marked Brooks & Co., New York, N. Y.

The Gold Star Lapel Button is a keepsake designed to identify widows, parents and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives in past conflicts.

Public Law 534 - 89th Congress, directs the design and distribution of a lapel button, to be known as the "Gold Star Lapel Button," to identify widows, parents and next of kin of members of the Armed Forces of the United States who lost their lives:

During World War I, April 6, 1917 to March 3, 1921;
During World War II, September 8, 1939 to July 25, 1947;
During any subsequent period of armed hostilities in which the United States was engaged before July 1, 1958 (United Nations action in Korea, June 27, 1950 to July 27, 1954);
After June 30, 1958
while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force;
while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict in which the United States is not a belligerent party against an opposing armed force.*

Also Included are:
* Operations subsequent to June 30, 1958 which are recognized by the Department of Defense in establishing eligibility for the Gold Star Lapel Button include:
Lebanon, July 1, 1958 to November 1, 1958
Republic of Vietnam, July 1, 1958 to March 28, 1973
Quemoy and Matsu Islands, August 23, 1958 to June 1, 1963
Taiwan Straits, August 23, 1958 to January 1, 1959
U.S. operations in direct support of the United Nations in the Congo, July 14, 1960 to September 1, 1962
U.S. operations of assistance to the Republic of Laos, April 19, 1961 to October 7, 1962
Berlin, August 14, 1961 to June 1, 1963
Cuba, October 24, 1962 to June 1, 1963
Congo, November 23, 1964 to November 27, 1964
Dominican Republic, April 28, 1965 to September 21, 1966
Korea, October 1, 1966 to June 30, 1974
Cambodia, March 29, 1973 to August 15, 1973
Thailand, March 29, 1973 to August 15, 1973
Cambodia, April 11, 1975 to April 13, 1975
Vietnam, April 29, 1975 to April 30, 1975
Mayaguez Operation, May 15, 1975
Lebanon, June 1983 to
Grenadan Operation, October 23, 1983 to November 21, 1983
Operation Eldorado Canyon, April 2, 1986 to April 17, 1986
Panama, December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990
Desert Shield/Desert Storm, August 2, 1990 to November 30, 1995
Haiti, September 16, 1994 to March 31, 1995
Somalia, December 5, 1992 to March 31, 1995
Operations in the Persian Gulf, November 30, 1995 to (to be determined)
Operations in and around the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, December 20, 1996 to June 20, 1998

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Item #: WWI-446
Price: $8.00 USD

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