Sometimes lightning does strike in the same place twice. Today, I officially became the caretaker of a second Naval Academy Short Range Battle Practice Medal, aka the Great Guns Medal. To say that these medals are works of art is a true understatement to the quality that we all know BB&B produces. This one is an unnamed example, with the appropriate split broach with closing catch, and the BB&B hallmark at the 6 o’clock position. The one i already tend to is named to Admiral Jack M. James, a WWII Pacific theatre naval fighter pilot who later became one of the commanding admirals of the USS Saratoga during the Vietnam War. The Great Guns Medal was awarded between 1935-1943 to midshipmen in the naval academy who displayed excellent efficiency with Battle ship guns during their summer tours. Due to the criteria to earn them, only 500-600 were ever issued, making this an incredibly rare medal to come across. Due to this being an academy award, once they graduated, sailors who earned this decoration were not permitted to wear this on their issued service uniforms. I’m aware the ribbon is a later strike, but it’s a good place holder until i can obtain an original example.
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