There is a little known paragraph in the insignia guide, on the page about flags, which reads as follows:
BSA Insignia Guide wrote:Gold stars (memorial). Gold stars may be affixed to the unit flag indicating members of the unit who died in the service of their country. The stars should be placed along the staff edge of the flag, parallel to the staff, with the bottom star 6 inches from the bottom edge; subsequent stars to be placed proportionately on that line, up to the place assigned to the veteran insignia, No. 11117.
Veteran insignia. Veteran insignia is affixed to unit and local council flags midway between the top and bottom of the flag and midway between the pole and the flag emblem.
This paragraph has been there a long time. I was aware of it's existence as a youth, but became accutely aware of it again when my wife's step-brother, a former Cub Scout and Boy Scout, was KIA in Afghanistan, 04-Mar-2002.
After many hours of research, the results were as follows:
- There is no application form, nor any further clarified requirements, nor any other recognition materials whatsoever associated with this insignia in any BSA literature.
- There is no prescribed ceremony or records kept of this unit recognition.
- The museum (in Irving, TX) was unaware of this award and has no material on it.
- Of all the folks I interviewed in my district, council, and in the national office, I only found two who have -ever- seen this star on a flag, and both of those were recollections from post WW2-era.
- The Supply Division researched their records and turned up exactly one order for the above part number prior to mine.
In short, if you go looking for material around this unit recognition, you may very easily come up empty. If anyone has located any further information about this insignia in the past few years, or there have been additional developments since this was last posted here, please post.
I ended up writing a ceremony from scratch, performed in Boulder City, NV on Veterans' Day a few years ago at the dedication of a permanent memorial to those killed in action that day, with members of Matthew's former Pack and Troop participating.
If anyone is aware of former scouts that have been killed in the service of our country, and are interested in what I have, I will happily share. Further, I would be very pleased to work with you to help create a fitting ceremony, if you would like.