Posted: 6/8/2023 10:51:14 PM EST
I'm purchasing a brick on a memorial for my grandfather, and I have a limitation on the characters I can use. He served as a USN Aviator from 1942 through 1966 and served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.
The limitation is such that I need to abbreviate the last line: 1942-1966 WWII, KR, VN
Is that the correct way to do it, or should it have "KOR" instead of "KR"? I have 23 characters for that line (including spaces).
You have the extra space. I would go with KOR.
You could use KOR, but the country we were defending was the Republic of Korea, ROK. You could also use RVN for Republic of Vietnam.
I have seen "KOR" and "VN" on headstones and such, but I don't know if that is a funerary custom, or just a pragmatic thing. They aren't the proper names politically, but I realize that's not the point, although I think it is more consistent also with what our troops used to call theirs: ROKs ("rocks") and ARVNs ("Arvins").
ETA: "1942-66: WWII, ROK, RVN" is 23 characters with spaces.
ETA2: Arlington undoubtedly has written standards about every conceivable thing, but since this is a brick and not a national cemetery, maybe it's not worth the worry.
I appreciate the replies. I had "KOR" which seemed the most intuitive to me - but I wanted to make sure that it wasn't improper. "KO" or "ROK" seems to be the most 'correct' way to do it. However, I would prefer "KOR" as long as it's not some faux pas or where someone who was a war vet would look at that and scoff.
I have 23 spaces per line, so I have:
LCDR US NAVY, Air Medal
1942-1966 WWII, KOR, VN
His headstone in Arlington has them all completely written out on separate lines, but I don't have the space for that:
WORLD WAR II
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