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  1. Since the hat has a service number on it, and Naval Officers didnt have service numbers assigned in WWI, could that hat be from the time period of his Naval Reserve service? It says "captain" on it and he was not in WWI , but he could have used that rank, since he was the skipper of his ship. I did confirm he had WWII service. Kurt
  2. Great set, I saw these for sale and am glad you got them both! Kurt
  3. Do you know if he engraved his name on the backs of the Naval Shooting medals on the bar? It was common prior to WWII to have it done. Kurt
  4. spectacular group! Here is the citation: SMITH, MARTIN X. Ensign, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces) Commanding Officer, U.S.S. C-206 Date Of Action: World War I Citation: The Navy Cross is awarded to Ensign Martin X. Smith, U.S. Navy (Reserve Forces), for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service while in command of the U.S.S. C-206, engaged in the important and hazardous work of clearing the North Sea of mines.
  5. There has been a rash of these hokey engraved medals on Ebay lately where someone has tried to age them by scratching the backs and scuffing around the engraving. Kurt
  6. There were a lot of Air Medals and DFCs issued officially engraved to servicemen who did not receive the decorations while overseas who were not POWs, MIAs or KIA. They came back home and were sent their medals by the PQMD officially named. I have quite a few documented examples in my collection. Kurt
  7. is CSA stamped on it? I would have thought the entire inscription would have been in hand if it were completed all at the same time. Its also a bit unusual that all the reeding is gone from the edge, even with wear some should be present. Kurt
  8. Bob, you always post interesting groups. This is no exception. Kurt
  9. Very nice group! I like early 8th AAF groups with numbered medals, Kurt
  10. It would honestly really be a shame to see this group split up. If it was just a pile of medals and insignia , attributable to no one, that would be one thing. This group is absolutely beautiful. Kurt Lifetime archive of Frank T. Magennis born 1896, graduated 1917, University of Akron. Joined the Navy becoming a Aviator, Dirigible Pilot and Spherical Balloon Pilot. Leaving the Navy in 1919 he Joined Goodyear Tire and Rubber where he remained all his adult working life for 38 years he was associated with Goodyear's overseas operations ultimately becoming President of Goodyear International Corporation in 1957 also sitting on the Board of Directors of the parent company. This archive begins with early Photos Frank Thomas Magennis posing with dog and shotgun, himself being a Civil War Veteran and continues to his grandson Military service, which includes Franks original Aviation Certificates in three disciplines, Aviator, Dirigible , and Spherical balloon, each has a Photograph with a set of his wings which are included as are other Photographs of him in uniform wearing each of the three versions gold wings, silver wings and bullion several buttons, dog tag WWI service medal with certificate, also his service record, from cadet school to resignation, there is also an attempt where he tried to get back into service but was denied as the balloon program was too limited.
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