Does anyone know what rank Danny held in the Marine Corps, what time frame he served?
I seem to remember him telling the Army major at Fort Hamilton, when he and Baez were jointly investigating a case with the Army Criminal Investigation Division, mentioning he'd been a sergeant when he did his tours in Fallujah. Since Jamie mentioned being in his early teens when Danny first left for the Marines, Danny presumably served in the Marines before the NYPD and then either continued serving in the Marine Corps Reserve while in the NYPD and then got called up, or decided to reenlist for the Iraq War.
Thank you, @madtom56. I just re-read the script from 4x13, and Danny mentions his drill sergeant, but nothing about his own rank. Unless I looked at the wrong episode, which is quite possible.
Any idea what this medal is? simkl.net/episodes/42/4252600b463434f70_0.jpg
That's simply the Marine Corps emblem, the Globe, Anchor and Eagle, or more colloquially as the "Hook, Ball and Bird". It's worn in smaller size on the uniform coat lapels and on the folding Overseas Cap. It's worn in larger size on the visored "Saucer Cap" and (in subdued black) on the Drill Instructor "Smokey the Bear" hat. It may look irregular to you because at that angle and it not being fastened to anything, you can see the pins with clutch retainers sticking out of the back
Thank you, @Madtom56!
Would this quote from 1-2 imply to you that Danny served in the Marines before 9/11, thus confirming your theory: "All right, look, when the Towers came down, yeah, I was full of hate. Very much so. Like every New Yorker, I wanted revenge. I went active in the Marines, I went to Iraq."
On the job for 15 years (as of season 1), Danny took a leave of absence from the New York City Police Department to serve two tours in the Iraq War as a Marine. Danny saw combat in Fallujah, and was the only member of his platoon to come home alive (resulting in some post-traumatic stress). During his time in the Marines, Danny was decorated for heroism.
To Make Sergeant, Danny could have been promoted after Boot Camp to an E-3 Lance Corporal sometime around January, 2002. Then, to achieve the rank of Sergeant before his tours in Fallujah, Danny could have received a Meritorious Promotion, or a Combat Meritorious Promotion.
He Was at Ground Zero during 9/11 and wears the W.T.C. service Bar on his uniform.
It's already been mentioned on the show that Danny first joined the Marines before he joined the NYPD; Jamie mentioned that like Sean trying to keep Jack from leaving for college by acting out, he did the same when Danny enlisted. Danny could have either stayed in the Marine Corps Reserve, easily becoming an NCO, while serving in the NYPD and then got called up or volunteered to return to Active Duty after 9/11. Or he could have reenlisted at his old rank, whatever it was.
What do you think?