I did my last tour with UNFICYP in 84, already had a medal from 74. Our sergeant major decreed that the lance guard guys would parade with UN medals polished. They arrive in the box with a dull bronze finish. It was a bastard to get the coating off and the metal shone up to his satisfaction. I thought at the time, we all did, that this was not right as none of us had ever seen a shiny UN medal. So I'm asking, was our SSM right, or was he being a complete knob?