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Adam R

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  1. I own his Spanish Campaign Medal, No. 4946. (Re-ribboned with second pattern ribbon.) This was Slemmons' only other numbered medal. It would be nice to reunite the pair.
  2. Did anyone here on the Forum by the Porto Rico Occupation Medal # 78 to Edward M. Slemmons that was on eBay a few weeks ago?
  3. For comparison on the impressed lettering, here's a replacement Navy Good Conduct Medal that the Mint produced in the late 1930s or early 40s. The lettering appears identical. I also have a USN Mexican Service Medal with similar impressed lettering on the rim. It was issued as a replacement in January, 1941.
  4. Here's another example that I still own. It's not marked for exhibit but it has the original ribbon with typical US Mint full wrap brooch. The ribbon is a bit lighter color than the original production.
  5. I think usmedalman's medal is a good item (apart from the ribbon, which was probably added by a collector at a later date). The planchet looks like a US Mint piece from the mid 1930s to mid 1940s. I used to own one just like it but the finish was in better condition. These were legitimate strikings by the US Mint. I don't have an exact production date or numbers struck but I'm guessing that the number was close to the original production of about 100 medals. It looks like the Mint used the original dies. The finish is typical of Mint medals in the 1930s and early 40s. These later production are rare items. This is on the fourth one I've seen in the past 30+ years. That said, the original production medals are really fantastic in the quality of the strike, the finish and the engraving.
  6. I’m currently on an extended trip to Australia to visit family. This past weekend I took a drive out to a twice a year gun and militaria show in Toowoomba, just east of Brisbane. It looked a lot like the countless gun shows that I’ve attended in the US. The main difference (besides the accents and currency) was the lack of modern fire arms. But there were lots of gun parts and accessories, antique firearms, militaria and other collectibles. (Please, let’s NOT get off topic with comments about gun laws in the US or Australia.) There weren’t many US medals on offer but there were lots of British and Australian medals from WWI, WWII and earlier. The few US medals were common current manufacture pieces. I bought one Queen’s South Africa Medal as well as a number of WWI Australian badges, which is an area I also collect. It was a lot fun chatting with the dealers about collecting militaria in the two countries. But getting to the main point of this thread, as a result of the show (I won’t go into details) I acquired to nice Medal of Honor neck cravats. Since these were purchased out of the US the laws prohibiting MoH sales and purchases don’t apply. The first cravat looks like it’s Vietnam War era and may have been used in a display. The hanger at the bottom of the pad makes me think it’s probably from an Air Force MoH. It’s a bit faded and soiled but the price was reasonable. The second cravat is really a nice item. It’s late WWII or Korean War era, based on the pad size. The ribbon is beautiful watered silk. The moiré pattern is very strong, as shown in the photos. On the reverse of the pad the ribbon is sewn together at the top but is open at the bottom so that it can hinge open to better go around the neck. It has snap fitting but was never fitted with a suspension device for the medal. It’s pristine and looks like it’s been pack away since the day it was made. (About 75 years ago.) I wanted to share these with the Forum since I don’t have to worry about any interference from law enforcement as I’m out of the country. (If anyone checks the GPS data in the photos they will see that they were taken in Australia.) Rather than try to bring them back to the US, I’m thinking about listing them for sale on eBay Australia, where I’ve had an account for a while. Any thought’s as to what these might be worth?
  7. I have a KIA example that's untrimmed and measures 21.5" by 17.9".
  8. This Soldier's Medal, with identical engraving to the Silver Star, has been in my collection for over 20 years. (Unfortunately I don't have a record on exactly when or where I acquired it.) I've been unable to locate any service records on the recipient.
  9. This may be your man. (But I can be 100% certain that it's the same person.) This pension file should be in the National Archives in Washington, DC. It's definitely worth checking to see if it's the same vet. Either way, this is an extremely rare pair of medals.
  10. Use caution when using a felt lined case for long term storage. I once had a pristine WWII Navy Cross stored in a small felt lined case and after a year the gilt finish on the reverse was gone! The obverse was still perfect but the reverse was stripped to bare metal.
  11. This is the carbon copy of the transmittal letter for the West Indies medal. (Note that the Navy considered the West Indies and Spanish Campaign Medal as one in the same and referred to both as the "Spanish Campaign Badge".) This carbon copy is part of National Archives Record Group 24 in Washington, DC.
  12. Here's an example of a Korean War officer's posthumous card and a WWII enlisted non-posthumous card.
  13. Here's a comparison of the obverse of the original design (that was used on only the first 200 medals) vs. the design that was used on all subsequent strikes.
  14. This appears to be the officer to whom the medal was issued. His qualifying service was with the 16th PA Infantry.
  15. Here's the medal roll that attributes it to Lt.Col. James S. Taylor, however I think there is an error in the roll and the middle initial should be "B.".
  16. This medal just found a new home on the left coast. Here are some recent pictures. An attributed PR Occupation was the last item on my Army campaign medal "bucket list".
  17. Here's a nice five bar that's part of a campaign medal group covering 1917 to 1947. The 3rd through 6th are all engraved on the reverse. The 7th Enlistment bar was probably issued post WWII and is blank on the reverse. Holton's first enlistment was in the Army, with combat service in the AEF. He was at Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 41.
  18. This is an Army/Navy group in my collection. Fortunately the recipient's Army file survived the St. Louis fire and contains some documentation on the Army of Occupation Medal.
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