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  1. T-4 Arthur Bernath of the 531st Ordnance Heavy Maintenance Company (Tank) was awarded to Soldiers Medal under 3rd Army General Orders No. 8 (9 January 1945) for heroism on 14 October 1944 in France when he attempted to rescue an English officer whose car crashed through a railing and went into a river. This looks like hand engraving on the medal, so I suspect it is a good piece. If so, you have a very nice find!
  2. Actually, the National Security Medal was established by President Truman in Executive Order 10431 on January 19, 1953. The obverse of the medal was designed in collaboration between John Sterner and Robert M. Gaynor (an employee of the CIA and WW II recipient of the DSC). Medal #1 was awarded to General Walter Bedell Smith in 1953. In the same year Medal #2 was awarded to Rear Admiral Joseph N. Wenger and Medal #4 was awarded to Kermit Roosevelt. General Donovan did not get his until 1957, when he was awarded Medal #7. Some of the more recent recipients include John O. Brennan and James R. Cl
  3. Thank you posting the GO. Now it's clear that his DSC was upgraded from the Silver Star awarded under GO 243. I'll see if I can chase down the GO that upgraded the Silver Star to the DSC. When I find it, I will post it here. Again, thanks for a great job!
  4. Thank you for providing the information on Sullivan - I look forward to this kind of additional information. Can you post an image of the entire General Orders No. 243 of 10-1045? Looks like Sullivan is not the only person to be awarded the DSC under that GO. If you can't post an image of the whole GO, can you identify the source that issued the General Order? Many thanx!
  5. Have a Distinguished Service Cross name you want to check? Go to dscdatabase.com This site lists virtually all known DSC recipients along with supplemental information (when available). If you corrections or additions, the site provide a way to let us know. If you have a DSC recipient who is not listed, please note you must identify the awarding General Order before the name can be added.
  6. The combination of colors matches the new US Navy Civilian Service Achievement Medal, I think Jeff is right
  7. Do you by any chance have the names of the others who were awarded the Soldiers Medal for this action? And, by any chance do you have the General Orders (number and date) awarding the medals? I would like to add their names to my Soldiers Medal database (which now has over 10,000 names). Thanks! Nick
  8. Tom is correct for WW II (only three received three awards of the DSC). During its entire history, only 15 people received three DSCs. They are: CHAMPENY, Arthur S., Colonel (Infantry) (WIA) - WW II (2) and Korea (1) CHILSON, Llewellyn M., Technical Sergeant (Infantry) - WW II GUTHRIE, Murray K., First Lieutenant (Air Service) - WW I HIRSCHFELDER, Chester J., Colonel (Infantry) - WW I (1) and WW II (2) HOLLINGSWORTH, James F., Brigadier General - WW II (1) and Vietnam (2) MacARTHUR, Douglas A., General of the Army - WW I (2) and WW II (1) MacNIDER, Hanford, Brigad
  9. FERGUSON, William J. Corporal, USMC - WW I Unit: 17th Company, 5th Regiment (USMC), 2nd Division (U.S. Army) Date and Place: November 10, 1918; near Villemontry, France Medal Number: 2699 Source: War Department General Orders No. 32 (March 1, 1919) Other Awards: - Navy Cross (for the same action) - Silver Citation Star for gallantry in action at Chateau-Thierry - Silver Citation Star per HQ Second Division G.O. No. 88, dated December 31, 1918 - French Croix de Guerre with bronze star Burial: Unknown Note: He was born in (and entered the Marine Corps from) Cleveland, Ohio.
  10. I'm pretty sure this group of ribbons was to Richard E. Cavazos. He earned his 1st DSC in Korea as a 1st Lt. and his second in Vietnam as a Ly Col. The rest of the ribbons look pretty much (but not entirely) correct.
  11. His Croix de Guerre with Bronze Star was announced in War Department General Orders No. 68 (1919)
  12. A total of 74 individuals are known to have applied for and received a DSC in lieu of a previous award of the Certificate of Merit. Please note that not all recipients of a Certificate of Merit also received the Certificate of Merit Medal approved in 1905. There were a total of 33 (34 if you count John C. Young’s second award) Certificate of Merit conversions in which the recipients received all three medals (the Certificate of Merit medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Distinguished Service Cross. They are: Abbott, George F., Corporal, Co. G, 9th Infantry: China Relief Expe
  13. Dave, I can help you and save you a lot of work. Please e-mail me cpm.mcdowell@gmail.com
  14. George Studley did not actually make any medals: he assembled them from components from various sources, including BB&B. I learned years ago from a very reliable source that he managed to get some officially struck but unfinished Brevet Medal bottoms (just the cross, no EGAs). He reportedly had the bottoms finished by J.K. Davidson, and using good Brevet ribbon and other EGAs he assembled the components into complete medals, using wrap brooches (which were commonly available at the time). If all of this is correct, and I believe it is, then the Brevet Medal in this thread is more or le
  15. There might be an interesting answer to the question about the authenticity of this medal. George Studley obtained an unknown but small number of the basic Brevet Medal (just the cross, but without the EGA device). He used them to assemble full medals, using properly woven ribbon and a slightly different EGA. I don't know for sure what kind of pin he used, but I think it was probably the wrap brooch. Please bear in mind that Studley did not actually make medals - he just assembled components he got from legitimate manufacturers (like BB&. The Brevet crosses he used had not been fully
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