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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 Division. At some time during all day fighting, including hand to hand combat with German infantry and multiple attacks by Mk VI Tiger tanks, Cpl. Lyons was killed by a direct hit from one of the Tigers. Phil Nordyke, in his book Four Stars of Valor: The Combat History of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment in World War II writes: Private McConnell watched the Company H bazooka team of Private Leland “Chief” Laye and Corporal Warren “Pappy” Lyons, the oldest guy in the company, out in front of the line, stalking the tanks. Then, suddenly McConnell saw the turret of the tank rotate toward the bazooka team. “They just turned that 88 on them and blew them to hell. These two guys both got killed. They never had a chance.” Initially buried at the US Military Cemetery at Gela, Sicily, Cpl. Lyons remains now rest at Custer Battlefield National Cemetery in Montana.
  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 why they'd need a butcher!! Whatever the reason, it's a good conversation medal!
  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 collector's hands) BIDDLE, E. GEORGE, 54th Massachusetts Infantry, source: Springfield (MA) Republican 8/25/34 BISBEE, WILLIAM H, 2nd LT, 18th U.S. Infantry, source: unknown Omaha Nebraska newspaper, 1/28/40 BLANCHARD, CALVIN R, Co D, 111th Pennsylvania Infantry, source: Oakland (CA) Tribune 5/29/36 COTES, J.W., Capt., Co I, 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry, source: American News Dakota News Service 6/28/38 DAGGETT, AARON S., Maj., 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, source: Springfield Republican (MA) 6/16/36 (PH awarded 6/11/36) DAVIS, LUDWICK D., 4th Corporal, Co. C, 56th Ohio Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 8/31/32) DONOVAN, JERRY F., Pvt., 1st Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, WIA 6/18/64 Petersburg, VA source: in collector's hands, AGO card (PH awarded 8/22/32) FOSS, JACOB P., Co. E. 1st Maine Cav., Co. L, 1st D.C. Cav., source: Evening Tribune (San Diego, CA) December 30, 1932 GIBBS, ANDREW C, Sgt., Co F, 58th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 4/18/33) HAYES, JOHN W., source: Life Magazine, June 19, 1944 HOYT, HENRY A.F., Co. H. 57th Massachusetts Infantry (in collector's hands) McKIBBEN, CHARLES W. Pvt., Co. I, 75 Oho Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 3/17/33) OTIS, HENRY F., 7th Minnesota Infantry, source: Albert Lea (MN) Evening Tribune 8/1/36) PALMER, THOMAS F. Sgt, Co. F, 38th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 5/3/33) PIERSON, JOHN L, 2nd SGT, 25th Iowa Volunteer Inf. WIA - May 22, 1963 at Vicksburg, MS. (in collector's hands) RANDLETT, ORAN J., Cpl., Co. H, 12th New Hampshire Inf., WIA 5/3/63 and 6/3/64. Source: AGO Card. Medal awarded 10/22/37. RYDER, JOHN J, Cpl. Co. I, Massachusetts 33rd Infantry Regiment, source: Boston (MA) Herald, 5/5/1934 SMITH, GEORGE N Pvt. Co. G, 1st Battalion, 18th U.S. Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 9/30/32) THOMAS, WILLIAM HANNIBAL, Sgt., Co. I, 5th US Colored Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 8/31/32) WILLIAMS, FRANK, Corp., Co. C, 32nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry , source: AGO card (PH awarded 5/16/34) YACKEY, N. BENTON, Co. A., 21st Missouri Cav., source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA), 7/15/34
  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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