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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
  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 J
  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 n
  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 Schoo
  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
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