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#1 GIKyle

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:16 AM

This grouping escalated quickly.

It started with the below named Purple Heart on eBay. The seller had a low starting price but accepted BINs. I threw in an offer and forgot about it over the course of the work day. Checked my email later, and the seller put in a counter-offer, which I accepted. It wasn't until that time that I looked at his other auctions and noticed the other military items were WWI USMC-related. Through conversation with the seller I ascertained that the items all belonged to the same vet, and that the seller was working with the family to liquidate the estate.

I expressed my desire to keep the items together and we worked out a price for all the items. Just with those, I thought I had saved an excellent WWI Marine Corps group.

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#2 GIKyle

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:21 AM

The seller came back a day or so later asking if I was interested in WWI photos. At first, I thought he was just trying to sell all his military stuff off eBay. Turns out, it was a disintegrating photo album to the Marine, so we added that to the group. Next day, he came back with a newspaper article bearing a photo of the vet that discussed him being wounded along with some miscellaneous metal insignia. I don't know if anything else will turn up, but I am pretty happy to have saved a pretty substantial group. I hope you enjoy.

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#3 GIKyle

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:22 AM

His Good Conduct Medal is numbered. I believe the 104 pin is a company he was in, judging from inscriptions in the photo album.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:23 AM

Someone professionally framed the Petain certificate as well as this service certificate.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:24 AM

This gives an idea on how big the photo album is. I will post some highlights to the thread.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:25 AM

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:26 AM

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:26 AM

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:27 AM

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:28 AM

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:29 AM

I think that's it for now. Thanks for looking! If anything else comes up I'll be sure to add it.

Kyle

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 11:38 AM

Kyle, that is a great save and wonderful collection. WWI Marine groupings are so tough to find. Congratulations, and thanks for sharing. Kevin



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 01:12 PM

Congrats ! Great group !!!
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#14 Bruce Linz

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:02 PM

Beautiful and very complete WWI Marine Corps group. Could you tell me what the number is on his good conduct medal? Thank you.

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:15 PM

Very nice, Kyle!!



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 03:35 PM

Thanks, all! Bruce - His GCM is No. 24431.

Kyle

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Posted 21 October 2018 - 04:17 PM

Outstanding group.  Azzie Hurst 43rd Co. 2nd Bn 5th Marines was wounded by a gunshot wound to the left forearm Oct. 4, 1918 at Blanc Mont when the 5th Marines assaulted through 'The Box' it was the worst single day loss for the Marine Corps in WWI, surpassing even June 6, 1918.  2/5 led the assault and suffered horrendous casualties.



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Posted 21 October 2018 - 04:25 PM

Kyle,

Great group and appreciate you sharing your latest find.

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 03:26 AM

Great to see that you were able to keep the group together...congratulations!

 

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 07:16 AM

Nice work and congratulations!

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 07:37 AM

Thanks all - DevilDog- much appreciate your information on the vet and the attack in which he was wounded.

 

Kyle



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Posted 22 October 2018 - 06:14 PM

Awesome find!!!

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Posted 22 October 2018 - 06:43 PM

Excellent save Kyle! I love these kind of stories,

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 11:37 AM

Great Group.  Really nice work to keep this Marine's history together

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Posted 23 October 2018 - 03:09 PM

Many thanks all. I collect neither USMC or WWI, so it's been fun to look through this history.

Kyle


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