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    Collecting WWII US Medals & Patches Since 1995

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  1. I picked up this buckle with some WWII & KW era medals... I think it's a fake/reproduction, but know nothing about buckles from that era... Just wanted to see if anyone who knows more about these can confirm that. Someone faintly scratched "1863" on the back... Thanks, Jeff
  2. Recent eBay Find! Seller was the Niece of the KIA Soldier. She had no family to pass the medal on to… Her biggest concern was that he was going to be forgotten... Only 19 years old and in the Army for less than 8 months, he was Killed in Action near Aachen Germany. Grouping includes KIA Telegram, KIA Follow-up Letter, and a Letter from 116th Infantry’s Chaplin. Pocket Bible & Gold Star Flag… Medal is hand engraved and numbered. Amazing Grouping! Glad it stood the test of time and remained together! I’ve blocked out the name for now, would like to research it out more before posting… “EVER FORWARD”
  3. It's not an "American Legion Pin" but a WWI US Service/Discharge Pin. They also came in silver if the soldier was wounded in combat. Hope that helps!
  4. (I found this pic online without any source credit given... If you know the source I will add it)
  5. Chief Steward Colston (1922-2017) Born the son of sharecroppers in Florida, Colston joined the Navy in May 1944. Like all African-Americans in the Navy, Colston was limited to serving in the Stewards Branch. Colston was a Plankowner on the newly commissioned USS Lionfish. He served as Stewards Mate, along with another African-American Sailor. He earned a Submarine Combat Insignia with 2 Stars. According to the book “Black Submarines in the US Navy 1940-1975" by Glenn Knoblock, Colston served on the Torpedo Reload Gang during Battle-Station Action. His fellow Stewards Mate, Lewis Jones served as an Ammunition Passer. Following WWII, Colston was promoted to Steward 3c. He would go on to serve aboard the USS Pomfret… In 1948, while on the USS Pomfret, Colston meet and served a newly assigned Ensign named James Earl Carter Jr. (39th President of the United States). Colston would go on to serve proundly as a Steward on several other submarines including the USS Besugo, USS Trigger, & USS Cervalle. Chief Colston would end his long service working at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, now known as Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Chief Steward Colston served from 1944 to 1965, during the course of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. He earned a Good Conduct Medal with 6th Awards. ~Fair Winds and Following Seas Chief Colston~ Crew of the USS Lionfish, Colston is obviously the only African-American pictured… (I found this pic online without any source credit given... If you know the source I will add it) Crew of the USS Lionfish, Colston and Jones pictured (Rear Upper Left Corner) (I found this pic online without any source credit given... If you know the source I will add it)
  6. Being Captured German Documents, they’re not 100% complete nor all there… So 50/50 chance? But I do remember quite a few being there, so it's worth a shot! They’re on old stinky German paper that's falling apart and some are on microfilm… They are under the Provost Marshall group, but I don't remember the subgroup... They’re listed by German POW Camp, then in order by POW Number. All in German... If I get back out there in the next few months I’ll let you know, maybe I can help ID some of your tags! Always great helping to restore that piece of history, putting a name to the number!
  7. Last time I went to DC, I was able to review original captured German Rosters from various POW Camps... They list POW# by Camp and have all the info on the captured soldier... So I might have some luck finding more on this tag! Here are some scans from STALAG 13C - POW Numbers 20282 - 20293 were listed.
  8. Recent eBay find! STALAG 4B Tag Based on the number it was issued during the Battle of the Bulge. No luck yet tracking down the number online, however, I did find a POW number (same camp) off by 1 digit! It was issued to a Soldier in the 44th Engineer Combat Battalion, captured 19 DEC 44. So maybe this was a fellow Combat Engineer! Looking forward to getting out to DC sometime and researching it out more! Hopefully I can put a name to the tag!
  9. Not sure if the engraving is legit... I'll leave that to the experts... But if there ever was a medal to be faked, that would be it! Obviously something is wrong with the medal’s ribbon drape! Not correct nor WWII period… And the article doesn’t really say how it "disappeared"… Maybe the family sold it? Who to say it really disappeared in the first place? It's nice the school has it, at least they will remember his service!
  10. https://www.foxnews.com/us/medal-of-honor-purple-heart-gun-show-vanishing Medal of Honor recipient's Purple Heart purchased at gun show, donated to school decades after it vanished - By Robert Gearty | Fox News A Purple Heart belonging to a World War II Medal of Honor recipient from Texas that had been lost for decades was bought by a woman at a gun show on Long Island, N.Y., this past September for $60 -- and on Friday, she donated it to a Texas school bearing the name of the honoree. The medal was presented at a Veterans Day ceremony to Robert G. Cole Middle and High School in San Antonio, at a ceremony in front of 750 students. "The kids went nuts. When we dismissed them to go back to class, they just poured out of the stands and everyone wanted to see it,” retired Army Col. William LaChance, who has run the Reserve Officers' Training Corps [ROTC] program at the school, told News 12 Long Island. The medal originally was presented to Army Lt. Col. Robert Cole. However, the award eventually made its way to the gun show, where Lisa Ludwig of West Babylon, N.Y., bought it. The seller was a man who bought military medals from estate sales and resold them, the Rivard Report in San Antonio reported. The man wanted $120 for the Purple Heart, which Ludwig said she couldn’t afford, according to the news outlet. At the end of the show, he surprised her by knocking his price down to $60. Ludwig told the Rivard Report she thought she was getting a Purple Heart with no name inscribed on it. She said it blew her mind to discover hers had a name. She said when the seller realized his mistake, he asked for it back, saying it was worth as much as $2,500, the news outlet reported. With the Purple Heart in her possession, Ludwig said she then researched Cole’s background and got an even bigger shock. Cole was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading a battalion against dug-in German forces near Carentan, France, five days after he and his men parachuted into Normandy on D-Day, officials said. Three months later, a German sniper killed Cole in the Netherlands. A month after that, on Oct. 30, 1944, his widow, son and mother were presented his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart at a ceremony in Texas. LaChance told the Rivard Report officials have been unable to find any other relatives of Cole still living. “What a huge piece of history,” LaChance told the news outlet. “Even though Robert G. Cole never had it pinned on his chest, I feel like now we have a piece of him, and that’s important for the kids.” LaChance said it’s been decades since anyone has seen Cole’s Medal of Honor. Ludwig told the Rivard Report she felt wonderful about donating the Purple Heart to the school. “It’s a beautiful story,” Ludwig said. “I felt very warm-hearted and full-hearted and very American. That really made me feel like such a good American, and I’m so happy that it’s where it should be.”
  11. Any updates on the Medal Grouping? Did you research it out any further or did you pass on to another collector?
  12. I want to get his service file and just noticed he has 2 different USMC Service Numbers! His older tags have a different s/n then that on his 1944 tags. The later tags match the s/n on his discharge document... Very odd! Any thoughts from USMC collectors?
  13. So a few weeks ago, I saw this WWII USMC Good Conduct Medal posted on eBay with a "Buy it Now" or Best Offer… So after a few back and forths I got it! I never owned a named WWII USMC GC Medal, so I was happy to get one! Bought it as is, knowing noting about the Marine. Later that day I went to the library to use Ancestry and found out "Roy R. N-A-T-I-O-N" was in the 2nd Marine Division, so that was cool to see! The Seller later told me he had some dog tags and other stuff from this same Marine! I wanted to keep everything together so I bought the rest of the stuff! He then sent me a copy of the Marine's Discharge Record, big surprise there! Turns out he was a Chauffeur (PFC) with the 2nd Engineer Battalion located at the Marine Barracks, Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. He also served on Guadalcanal (Jan-Feb '43), hard to make that out, it's in the fold line: "Participated in Active... Guadalcanal" NZ Hat Badge is obviously from his time in New Zealand with the 2nd Marine Div. Coin is Engraved: "Remember Pearl Harbor - I was there Dec 7th 1941" Name is on the backside Looking forward to getting his USMC File and learning more about him!
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