Thanks Gents ......
I have been given some grief about that locally so stopped wearing them.
To me it goes beyond personal glory ....... we lost 12 men in my 1st unit, 21 in the 2nd and twice that many wounded or missing. I feel like i represent them, like, this is what they would look like (i.e. old and graying) if they had made it home in one piece.
As you suggest, i will wear them .... thanks for the support!