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Adam R

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  1. Here are close up shots of the bars, obverse and reverse. These are photos that I took many years ago (back in the days of film cameras). Both bars are in the collection of the museum at the Washington, DC Navy Yard.
  2. Brig, Thank you for reopening and combining the threads. I wanted to try to get a more factual counter narrative out to collectors before some someone commits seppuku out fear of no longer being able to collect medals. Also, I want to reemphasize that I am NOT a lawyer. I simply carefully read (many times to try to get it clear in my mind) what was written in the bill and put forth my interpretation. Hopefully this will help readers to better understand the proposed bill so that they can better convey their thoughts (whether supporting or opposing) to Sen. Cruz and other in Congress. But lets
  3. This morning I received an email from a collector who is very concerned after reading John Adams-Graf's article in Military Trader about a bill proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz. Here is a link to the Adams-Graf article; https://www.militarytrader.com/militaria-collectibles/bill-curtails-moh Here is a link to the bill; https://www.cruz.senate.gov/files/documents/2020.12.11_ARM20F95.pdf Here is a link to Sen. Cruz's statement about the bill; https://www.cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=5506 Here's is my reply to the collector who contacted me about
  4. The medal I posted (ex Sullivan collection) is part of a group to Philip M. Bannon, a Span-Am War recipient.
  5. Here are my earliest two USN GCMs, both with engraving identical to Jeff’s medal. George August and Theo Gunther were both USN Civil War vets. I’d date the engraving/issue of these medals closer to the mid 1880s rather than late 80s. Unfortunately records on the service of enlisted men prior to 1882 are very fragmentary and determining the actual date of issue of these early GCMs is often difficult or impossible. The earliest date I’ve seen on a receipt for a GCM is November 1893, for a medal engraved September 1892. Certainly there was a paper trail when these early medals were
  6. Here's the VA card on Noble that gives a bit more info.
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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 productio
  12. 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 Bri
  13. I have a KIA example that's untrimmed and measures 21.5" by 17.9".
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Here's an example of a Korean War officer's posthumous card and a WWII enlisted non-posthumous card.
  19. 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.
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