This is a grouping i recently acquired and wanted to share with the forum. Navy items are not really a big interest of mine, however, when i seen this show up on ebay, split up into 5-6 different lots, over a 2 week period, i felt a duty to save it from being scattered across the country. as it appears to hold a very interesting story.
I have yet to do any real research, i spent a few hours on google with next to no specific results, however, the group contains a ton of information in itself.
The group is attributed to James Winsor Stokes, Included in the group is his uniform, that is in excellent shape, with his name inside the jacket, and trousers, featuring a nice custom ribbon rack, a beautiful bullion Aviation Electrician Chief Petty Officer Rate, and 5 Gold service stripes (for a total of 20 years of service i believe). my guess from evidence in the grouping is that he enlisted in or about 1928 and retired shortly after the Korean War. from his ribbon rack, you can see he spent time in Nicaragua, Both the European and Pacific Theatres in World War Two, as well as the Korean War. Quite a service history! i would imagine this gentleman has seen it all.
Also included is is Log Book/Photo Album, Consisting of about 75 photos from early in his career, Several pictures of him on the USS Oklahoma, and of him in Nicaragua. there are also a few pictures that appear to be taken in Hawaii, or possibly stateside or both.
In the riker display, i have his dog tags, A custom ribbon rack from his green Aviation uniform, and another set of clutchback ribbons. His Aviation wings are Sterling with 10K gold filled, and several assorted pieces of insignia. i am not sure how the ensign bars ended up in the group, other than he may have just acquired them and kept them as they are sterling. There was a Navy Rifle Expert medal included, it was missing the ribbon, i replaced the ribbon so it would display well, i think i did a fairly good job, and pleased with the results. there was a small piece of period ribbon included, but it was far to small to use. there are a few small cards/documents that were included, that confirm all of his awards, except the rifle expert medal.... Unfortunately, his Good conduct, Nicaragua, and China Service medals are missing from the group. However, several of his medals were included, and came with their original boxes, American Defense with Fleet Bar, EAME Campaign, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign and WWII Victory Medal. Also included is a Desk Placard, or whatever you call it, With his name on it.
From what i can gather, His service in Nicaragua would have been on board the USS Oklahoma, i wonder if he was possibly still serving on the Oklahoma during the attack on Pearl Harbor? Among the items in his grouping is a Liberty Pass, with his picture, from the USS Yorktown, this is what i found most interesting about this group. i wonder if he was on board when she was sunk???
Here are several photos that i took of the group, and some of the pictures in the album. Enjoy, Thank you.
A few more pictures coming....