Minnesota Military Museum medals collection
Posted 29 January 2007 - 05:48 PM
Here is the rest of the story though:
John Vessey was originally a Minnesota National Guard member, he was an officer during the North Africa campaign with the 34th Division. I believe that his Air Medal was for observer flights he flew on as an artillery spotter, as his North Africa service was with one of the 34th's artillery units. He stayed in the Army after that and ended up being the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He is alive and living in Northern Minnesota and has an office at Camp Ripley yet. The display pictures shows his U.S. medals, some of his foreign awards are on display elsewhere.
His Distinguished Service Cross from Vietnam:
His Distinguished Service Medal:
Posted 29 January 2007 - 05:49 PM
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 05:57 PM
Sorry, the case pic is not all that hot, I know!
Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:01 PM
A reunion medal from their 1904 reunion:
Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:06 PM
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Posted 29 January 2007 - 06:12 PM
This medal from the WW1 years has quite a different look and finish than the ones made today!
Posted 29 January 2007 - 08:11 PM
I am also extremely happy that you have unintentionally identified a ribbon bar that I, up until now, didn't know what it signified. In post #6, my ribbon bar below has been identified.
Thank you very much!
Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:05 PM
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Posted 05 February 2007 - 09:12 PM
This group is from Colonel Svoboda, CO of the 135th Infantry. Career MN National Guard as the medals show...
And a few others too:
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