Span-Am Naval Cadet 1915 - Career USMC Officer 1908-1945
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:18 PM
Colonel Willam C. Wise, Jr, USMC (Ret) has a most interesting 13-medal group as which reflects his service from the Spanish-American War through the end of the Second World War. As early medals go it is quite educational in that it includes nice examples to learn from. It includes a scarce U.S. Mint, gilt, wrap brooch, ball catch, Naval type Legion of Merit for WW II service, a USMC West Indies Campaign Medal, #345 (this mounted as worn, on an old Sampson Medal ribbon)
AND a USMC Spanish Campaign Medal, #783, .
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:40 PM
USMC Expeditionary Medal M.No. 1123 [(he is credited with being the originator of this medal),
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:49 PM
His Sharpshooter's Badge, sterling, is engraved on reverse, "Wm. C. Wise Jr/ Sept. 14, 1910" as well as a matching pair of WW II vintage Colonel‘s rank insignia.
Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:59 PM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:10 PM
Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:11 PM
It also good that people get a chance to see a USN contract LOM.
For those of you who have not seen one, USN LOM's are also gold plated over sterling, have a short ribbon drape, in addition to the US MINT gold colored wrap brooch that Bob mentioned.
Posted 14 November 2008 - 08:50 AM
Bob, again you catch us all off guard with these very unique groupings!!! A few questions, his first picture shown, presume that was around 1910? You have 8 of the 13 medals pictured, what are his others? Re, your comment... "He was not aboard for the action for which the YALE qualified for the Sampson Medal but apparently fancied himself as entitled based on the ribbon on the West Indies medal." Does it show up in his jacket? The tour in the Canal Zone was a very long period, was he involved in construction or involved with the constabulary or penitentiaries? I presume he contacted yellow fever or malaria while there, hence the repeated medical problems which put him in the hospital so often. Gosh I love these groups - keep'em coming! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/bravo.gif
Howdy Darrell - Thank you for your comments. I think there are 9 medals posted. I didn't post his American Defense, American Campaign and WWII Victory and counted his 1910 Sharpshooter Badge as one.
The early picture is from his file and is dated on the reverse April 1914.
He is wearing the ribbons of the West Indies Campaign Medal and the Cuban Pacification Medal, both of which he received in 1908. I assume he wears the actual Sharpshooter "1910" badge as well.
During the Span-Am War USS YALE, captained by Capt. William C. Wise, Sr. USN was in action at San Juan, P.R. on May 10th, 1898 and captured the Spanish merchantman "RITA". She was awarded a Sampson Medal with that date on the reverse. Naval Cadet William C. Wise, Jr. who joined his father's ship in July, is not on the rolls for those aboard YALE who received this commemorative medal. He did qualify for the West Indies Campaign when it was authorized in 1908. He was an active duty Marine Lt. and thus was given a USMC Reverse medal (345). At some point a long time ago, this medal was re-ribboned with a Sampson Medal ribbon. He then secured a Spanish Campaign (783). which has the original ribbon still on it. I don't have his ribbons or a photo that shows them so we must wonder about that "Sampson Medal".
He was ashore in Panama from May 1908 until March 1910 in command of a detachment and later Post adjutant. His personnel file does not reveal the spedific nature of his illnesses but your assumption is likely correct.
His LOM is among only 586 awards to Marine Officers during WWII.
Of note, The Nicaraguan Presidential Medal of Merit was awarded to only 19 Officers of the Guardia Nacional and Army, Navy & Marine Corps officers for their work during the 1931 Managua earthquake. Wise was serving as a LtCol in the Second Brigade. this is Nicaragua's highest decoration and a very prestigious award.
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