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    WWII posthumous Purple Hearts and WWII valor groupings

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  1. Looks a little rough compared to "official" machine engraving. But remember, the military did not have an exclusive contract with machine manufacturers. At the time, you too could buy an engraving machine. Fonts were pretty standard too.
  2. I'd vote for the RI State Archives date. Always take the word of official documents over what a collector/dealer writes! (Sorry, Robert!!)
  3. Hey Dom, What do you mean by "little PHM cards"? Something hand written by a collector?
  4. Yup, I agree with Dave. the faker is from western PA, and sets up at the Show of Shows (and no doubt other shows) every year. BOBVN3 was his eBay handle, and he sold a ton of self engraved medals on eBay for a few years. Unfortunately, much of his stuff has made its way into the secondary collectors market (i.e., one or more generations removed from the original faker)
  5. Looks to me like a 1904 Whitehead & Hoag contract SCH. Manufacturer's hallmark on this contract was on the reverse of the planchet, not on the brooch.
  6. And, by request, here are pics of the medal numbers:
  7. The postman was very very good to me today!! Corporal Warren Lyons Co. H., 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division KIA 11 July 1943, Biazza Ridge, Sicily The Battle of Biazza Ridge took place on D+1 of the invasion of Sicily. After being scattered by high winds during their night time drop, Col. James Gavin and elements of his 505th PIR were able to regroup and drove toward their objective: German pillboxes atop Biazza Ridge. On the morning of 11 July 1943, after taking the ridge, Gavin's small group of paratroopers was attacked by a column of infantry and tanks from the Hermann Göring Divis
  8. Very very cool pair, Kyle. Here's the pic you requested. Major Robert E. Murphy was the 559th's Squadron Commander, and was also killed attempting to save crew members from the crashed aircraft.
  9. Picked this one up at SOS from Tarbridge. The rate is SC(B)1c I've never seen that rate before, but a quick internet search turned it up: Ship's Cook (Butcher) First Class. What makes it more interesting is the this sailor was killed aboard LCI(G) 338, a Landing Craft, Infantry (Gunboat) that was converted into a rocket platform. On 16 Feb 1945 LCI 338 was supporting amphibious landings on Corregidor, when it was hit by four 3" Japanese rounds, killing two and wounding four. With a ship's compliment of 3 officers and 31 enlisted, I guess they had a small galley, just not sure
  10. Officially only one, but I've seen a few groups with duplicate awards to father/mother, mother/wife, etc., etc. Typically these duplicate awards were issued only by request.
  11. Look at the engraving of the A's. I'll bet the last two lines were added by a different engraver
  12. Here's an updated list: ANDREW, JOHN E, Co. C, 79th Ohio Infantry, source: New Orleans Times-Picayune 7/1/40 BALLIET, DAVID M., Pvt., 92nd Illinois Infantry, source: Waterloo (Iowa) Daily Courier 3/17/37 BALLINGER, DAVID, Pvt., Co H, 12th New Jersey Infantry, source: AGO card (PH w/olc awarded 9/13/37) BEAN, JOHN WESLEY source: Seattle Daily Times 11/27/33 BEANE, EZRA, Co. C, 6th Maryland Infantry, source: Grave stone at Mennonite Cemetery, Wadsworth, Medina County, Ohio BELL, WILLIAM R., Co. K, 14th Iowa Volunteer Inf. , source: AGO card (PH awarded 8/26/32) (in c
  13. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_J2rwb_7EyHa3FSengwSUtrU3M/view?usp=sharing Above is a link to a PDF Award File for a group I own to a Navy Cross recipient for D-Day. (It's too big to post here.) You can see he started out being recommended for a Silver Star, later a DSC, and finally was awarded an NC.
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