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#1 DevilDan1900

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:41 AM

Just picked this up off from ebay tonight, as I had been watching it for several days. I was surfing through the usual monotony the other night and came accross this, and when I scrolled down and saw who it was named to (which thankfully it said nothing about in the listing title), well needless to say I couldn't believe it :blink:. All I can say is "Stand Gentleman, he served on Samar."

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#2 DevilDan1900

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:43 AM

. . .And the kicker

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#3 DevilDan1900

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:44 AM

Closeup of the face

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#4 DevilDan1900

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:44 AM

And the engraving, unbelievable.

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 12:51 AM

The name rang a bell, but I admit, I had to look him up to jog my memory.

A recipient of the Marine Corps Brevet Medal and the Specially Meritorious Medal? I am impressed beyond words. I'm also amazed the seller didn't do a quick Google search on him. His loss is your gain http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:09 AM

Like it, or not, eBay is hard to beat for great finds. Congratulations!! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:41 AM

I had my eyes on something else that evening and did not watch... surprised it did not go higher. Congrats on this one http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 09:10 AM

fantastic find! I must have completely overlooked it. not that I could compete with you, anyway :lol:

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:39 PM

I don't want to be rude so for those of you who are interested and aren't "in the know" so to speak on who we are talking about:

http://en.wikipedia....ittleton_Waller

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:12 PM

very informative article. I'm still in awe at the find

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 05:31 PM

Thanks Brig. This one is definately going in the "keeper" pile.

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:12 AM

Congrats Devildan!
Excuse my lacking knoledge on medals and related stuff but what is exactly this item?Where was it used on the uniform?
Medals have cloth material this has leather....thanks for your comments in advance.
Karl

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 08:55 AM

looks like a watch fob for the VFW

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 02:39 PM

Dan,
Good eye buddy! Nice named piece!

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 06:07 PM

Great find!!

I just read the link to his history and story - interesting Marine Corps history to say the least.

Anyone know what the exact unit designation of Waller's battalion was???

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Posted 23 January 2008 - 10:11 PM

Thank's for the comments guys. Karl, the piece is not a military medal exactly, it's a watch fob. The leather end would attatch to the ring on a pocket watch. This one commemorates the 25th National Encampment of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, aparently held from September 8-13, 1924. It makes me wonder if General Waller was a special guest or speaker of some sort at the event and perhaps this engraved piece was given to him as a souvenir. Also interesting to note that this encampment took place only a short time before his death in 1926.

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