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Span-Am Naval Cadet 1915 - Career USMC Officer 1908-1945

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#1 bobgee

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:18 PM

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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) Creat0003.JPG
AND a USMC Spanish Campaign Medal, #783, Creat0004.JPG .

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:40 PM

Creat0005.JPG There is also a USMC Cuban Pacification Medal, #182, a USMC Mexico Campaign Medal, #1048 (he petitioned the MGC to expand the service periods for this medal) Creat0008.JPG
USMC Expeditionary Medal M.No. 1123 Creat0007.JPG [(he is credited with being the originator of this medal),

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:49 PM

a WW1 Victory Medal w/ France Clasp, Creat0009.JPG a USMC 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign Medal M.No. 809.Creat0011.JPG He also has an American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal and a WW2 Victory Medal. At the end of his group we find a rare award of the Nicaraguan Presidential Order of Merit Gold Medal for services during the 1931 Managua earthquake.Creat0012.JPG
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 Colonels rank insignia.

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Posted 13 November 2008 - 12:59 PM

Born in June, 1883 in Brooklyn, NY, Wise served in the Spanish-American War as a Naval Cadet in 1898 at age 15, aboard the U.S.S. Yale, which was commanded by his father, Capt. William C. Wise, USN. He was appointed a Second Lieutenant of Marines on June 21, 1905. His West Indies and Spanish Campaign medals were awarded for his Naval Cadet service but with USMC reverses. As noted, the West Indies is mounted on a very old Sampson ribbon. 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. His later USMC Sea Service included USS Connecticut, Nov 1907 to Nov 1907 with inclusive service on shore at Guantanamo, Cuba. Ashore at Camp Elliott, Isthmian Canal Zone from May 1906 to March 1910 when he left for duty at Marine Barracks, Philadelphia and later MB, Newport, R.I.. Later on the staff of the Marine Officer=s School at Port Royal (Paris Island), SC. Joined MB, Norfolk, VA as Post Adjutant and C.O. Had detached Expeditionary service in Cuba. Then to MB, NY in April 1915. He joined USS Louisiana in June 1915 in command of the Detachment. In May 1916, he was admitted to hospital at MB, Mare Island, CA where he remained until October, 1916 and remained on sick list for 3 months from Oct. 27, 1916. He was assigned to the Paymaster=s Department in March, 1917 and promoted Captain that same month. He received temporary promotion to Major in Oct 1917. He joined the staff of BGen Eli Cole, HQ, 5th Marine Brigade Sept 1918 and embarked for France. Upon arrival on Sept. 25th he was admitted to Naval Base Hospital #1 at Brest, France and on recommendation of a medical survey was returned to the U.S. Oct. 12th, 1918. He later served at Parris Island, aboard U.S.S. Huron at Cavite, P.I., MB, Cavite, HQ, Dept of the Pacific at San Francisco, MCB, San Diego, MCB, Quantico, VA, 2nd Brigade, Nicaragua and back to the Dept of the Pacific where he retired in August 1935 as a LtCol. on completion of 30 years service. He was recalled to active duty on 1 July 1940 at the Dept. of the Pacific where he remained throughout WW2, advancing to Colonel and serving as Chief of Staff. He received the Legion of Merit in Aug. 1945 having returned to retired status in Jul 1945. His Naval Legion of Merit is a classic example of what this award should look like. Note the gilt full-wrap brooch with typical U.S. Mint production ball lock.
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 01:10 PM

Just noted an error in the subject heading and apparently the editing tool won't let me correct it. It is supposed to read, "Span-Am Naval Cadet Age 15 - Career USMC Officer 1908-1945, A Medal Group to Learn by - Enjoy!" :blush: Sorry 'bout dat!
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Posted 13 November 2008 - 02:11 PM

Thats a heck of a nice group Bob!

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.

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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
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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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