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my Vietnam veteran dad just died. Need help interpreting his DD214 for the obituary

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Hello, first time poster here. I hope you all can help me interpret a line from my father's DD214. I want to get it right on his obituary. He was in the Marines for 20 years, 1952 - 1972.

Among many other decorations including Bronze Star and Purple heart, one line in the Decorations, Medals, etc box 24 reads "Good Conduct Medal w/5*". (including the asterisk). Can anyone tell me what the w/5* means ? I have been reading the Navy and Marine Corps Award Manual and still cannot figure it out. Thank you so much.

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