Remember the days when generals and admirals like Marshall, Eisenhower, and Nimitz chose to wear only a single row of ribbons on their uniforms? When to be "mentioned in the dispatches"
was sufficient praise and reward for daring feats of valor? Judging by the rows of medals and ribbons crowding the uniforms of today's troops, those days are long gone. To cite only one example, General David Petraeus sports nine rows of ribbons on his left breast, capped off by the Combat Action Badge, a new badge for non-infantrymen otherwise ineligible for the much-respected Combat Infantryman Badge.