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#1 Troy13

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:04 PM

This was one of the items sent to me by my dad in my box of "goodies". It is in very nice shape. I was wondering what the story behind these medals was? Also, can the number on it be traced to the owner to whom it was issued?

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#2 Troy13

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:05 PM

Number 32789.

Thanks.

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#3 Wailuna

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:20 PM

...This was one of the items sent to me by my dad in my box of "goodies". It is in very nice shape. I was wondering what the story behind these medals was?

That looks like the same medal DevilDan sold on the Forum about a month ago (link here).

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#4 Troy13

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 04:35 PM

I know it does, but it is not. My father has had this for at least 7 years. He picked it up in Ohio. He used to keep it in his secretary cabinet.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:08 PM

This link will answer all your questions regarding this medal.

http://www.spanamwar.../medalsUSWV.htm

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:09 PM

...I know it does, but it is not. My father has had this for at least 7 years. He picked it up in Ohio. He used to keep it in his secretary cabinet....

That's a relief. Let us know if number on your medal is traceable. My Great-grandfather was a member of USWV and I would be interested to find his number.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 05:25 PM

Kurt,

Thanks for the website.

Wailuna,

Looks like the #'s probably aren't traceable. http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/crying.gif

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Posted 10 February 2008 - 05:06 AM

What you have here is a Type III (as defined by Bishop & Elliot in American Society Medals) membership badge for the United Spanish War Veterans.

There were nine distinctive types of numbering used between the Type II and Type III versions (as defined by Barry C. Weaver in Observations on United Spanish War Veterans' Medals. Part I: Membership, Officer, and Past Officer Medals published in the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America Volume 54 Nov-Dec 2003 Issue Number 6). Yours depicts "medium numbers - no letter prefix" which fall between a range of examined specimens of 30717-87993.

Unfortunately to date there has not been a means for tracing these numbers back to their original recipients.

These medals come in many, many different variations based on manufacture. Their ribbons can be longer, or shorter, depending on who produced them. When comparing yours to the previously mentioned DevilDan example, one can see that your displays an extra row of stars in the blue field because of the ribbon length. There are thousands and thousands of these membership badges out there in varying degrees of condition. Your dad has sent you a very nice thing.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 06:05 PM

I was looking over my old topics and ran across this.....never did thank you for your help/information Kevin. Sorry.

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