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Can anyone help me identify this ribbon? This is a picture of Peggy Hull, the first woman journalist to be credentialed by the AEF. She is wearing a campaign ribbon. To my knowledge there was not a practice of correspondents wearing such ribbons. I suspect this was just her personal affectation. But, I'm curious as to what it is. I have tried to blow up the ribbon she’s wearing, but it gets pretty grainy. The photo is dated September 25, 1918. She would have been in Washington at this point and just received her credentials. She had already reported from France in 1917. But she was about to embark for Vladivostok, from where she would report for six months.

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Acknown

In this photo she's wearing three medals: https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/peggy-hull-deuell/15137. In her biography, available here: https://archive.org/details/warsofpeggyhull00smit she seems to be wearing them in 1917, but I cannot find any mention of medals therein.

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CCD12

Thanks Acknown. Three ribbons, my goodness. I don't know what the policy was for credentialed correspondents and ribbons. They did wear the uniform of an officer, without any designation of rank, so perhaps they were authorized to wear ribbons. Hull was not credentialed in 1917, though that did not stop her from wearing a military-style uniform. 

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Acknown

Indeed, a brief scan of the biography indicates that she designed her own uniform, which did not meet universal approval. A most interesting person. Now we need a US medal expert to tell us what they are.

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CCD12

She does get a mention in my forthcoming book (July 1), An Unladylike Profession: American Women War Correspondents in World War I.

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Acknown

Aha! Good luck with it. 

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CCD12

Thank you.

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CCD12

Ok, The Inspector, that's a clue. Though, the Navy Commendation ribbon doesn't look like the one she's wearing here.

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CCD12

Thank you again. I did not have that. She didn't take a good picture that day. It does mention her connection to staff officers. In 1916, she had covered the U.S. incursion into Mexico for the El Paso newspaper and got to know Pershing and other senior officers, connections that served her well when she got to France in 1917 and for getting permission to go to Russia in 1918.

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The Inspector

Hi

FYI

This is her mother..photo

https://search.ancestry.co.uk/cgi-bin/sse.dll?dbid=1174&h=160679&indiv=try&o_vc=Record:OtherRecord&rhSource=60525 Henry was her step father.

Here is a public tree on Ancestry, photo of her first husband etc.  Apologies if you have this......over to you..

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/7485367/person/390114190938/facts

Regards Barry

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CCD12

Problem solved. It is a ribbon for the Mexico Service, Punitive Expedition, 1916. Hull worked for an El Paso newspaper in 1916 and covered that campaign. She must have been using an old photo in 1918.

 

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