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  1. Great find!! Charles A. Boughton was awarded the Silver Star by the 5th Infantry Division's General Order #59 (1945).
  2. I'd always believed that the untitled medal presentation cases dated from pre - early WWII. However, I recently acquired this case which seems to indicate that untitled cases were manufactured through the start of the Korean War. This example is identical to the "short" titled USN/USMC cases of WWII, except that the removable pad is made of the "plush" material found in WWII Army/AAF cases. The outer cardboard box shows that the case was made by Arrow Manufacturing Co. and is dated 22 May 1951. Were the medal titles applied after the cases were manufactured, and this is one that slipped th
  3. For what it's worth, this guy is back. He's bought several items from me using two different eBay IDs. He's always paid promptly, so I haven't had any complaints, but I thought I'd give people a heads-up in case he starts selling again. aliceandi Requested shipment to an "All-Star Asphalt" located in Downers Grove, IL The address he gave turned out to be a Mailboxes, Etc. POB alliecat10000 Requested shipment to a "Midwest Maintenance Company" located in Downers Grove, IL The address he gave was the exact same Mailboxes, Etc. POB
  4. Marion Malcolm was awarded the Soldier's Medal as a 2nd Lt., Air Reserve, in 1937 by WDGO #5. His citation reads as follows: "For heroism displayed at Lake St. Clair, Selfridge Field, Mt. Clemens, Mich., on March 3, 1937. Upon learning that a child had fallen through the ice on the lake about 50 yards from shore and was in grave danger of drowning, LT Malcolm, disregarding his own personal safety, broke through the thin ice, swam to the child, and succeeded in bringing her to safely to shore. Residence at appointment: 725 E. Washington St., Iowa City, Iowa." Do you have a photo of
  5. Good question! The transmittal letter says his service was with the 13th Regiment, but the American Battle Monuments Commission (http://abmc.gov) lists him as serving with the 6th USMC Regiment, 2nd Division. It's entirely possible that he died of illness or was killed in an accident rather than by enemy action. I haven't sent off to St. Louis for his service record yet, but that should hopefully provide some clarification when I do. I know that his date of death was after the Aisne offensive (May 27 - June 5) but before the Aisne-Marne (July 18 - August 6), so if he was with the 2nd Di
  6. Awarded to Justin F. Gill of Corning, NY for service in the 77th Infantry Division:
  7. GREAT medal! PFC Edwards was from Ohio and attached to the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Division. On July 29th, 1943, the 157th was heavily engaged in fighting against the Germans near San Stefano in Sicily. Your PH #195133 would have been produced under the July 1, 1942 Rex Products Co. contract, and should have either an enameled or painted center. That particular contract was for PH medals numbered from approximately #100,000 - 400,000. The Robbins Co. was awarded a contract on the same date to produce PH medals #400,001 - 600,000. In late 1942/early 1943, the Army discon
  8. Unattributed Navy aviation set with Art Metal Works clasp.
  9. This is one of my favorites because it's the only posthumously awarded WWI Victory Medal I've seen. It was forwarded to the sister of Private George I. Clopton, 13th Regiment, USMC on November 29, 1920. Pvt. Clopton was killed on June 27, 1918 and is buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in Belleau, France. Rather poorly written transmittal letter, which references Ms. Watt as both the sister and mother of Pvt. Clopton in the second paragraph.
  10. It's an Army JROTC ribbon for perfect attendance, awarded to cadets with no unexcused absences during each quarter/semester. Hope this helps!
  11. Hi Jerry, Here are a couple pics illustrating the differences. The one on the left is a slot brooch Army/AAF issue, and the one on the right is a wrap brooch USN/USMC example. For me, the easiest and most reliable way to tell the difference is the two-piece, soldered ring pendant described by Kurt and Bill. Brooch types are useful, but, as Kurt also mentioned, later WWII Navy issues had slot brooches, just the like the AAF medals. Additionally, I've seen one-piece AAF DFC pendants just as thick as Navy ones. However, the soldered ring is very distinctive, and only US Mint contract pie
  12. Some Officer grade examples: WWII vintage #490 Two different WWII vintage presentation cases. The one on the left was issued in 1947 to Col. James L. Henderson, British Army. Korean War vintage from 2/4/52 dated Dieges & Clust contract Vietnam War vintage from 11/66 dated Williams & Anderson Co. contract
  13. Hi Darrell, No problem, here you go. The flash on my camera made it hard to get a clear shot of the back of the CC, but it's hallmarked "BB&B Co. / STERLING" at 6:00, and the serial number is at 12:00. Interestingly, the "United States of America" is hand engraved. These are both WWII era US Mint strikes, but one has a gilt full wrap brooch, and one has a slot brooch.
  14. Sterling, numbered, BB&B hallmarked Chief Commander: Two Navy/Marine Corps issue examples. If I remember correctly, the USN/USMC did not issue any grade above Legionnaire, which is why the titles on the cases only have "Legion of Merit", with no grade stated.
  15. GICOP, Great pieces! M&B is one of the scarcer British manufacturers of US insignia, located in Birmingham, England ("B'HAM"). You can also tell they are UK made insignia by their distinctive triangular shaped pins at the barrel hinge, which act as a spring, and the open hook pin catches. Your smaller CIB looks like a US made example, probably 1950's or earlier, since there's no Institute of Heraldry hallmark on the back (9M, 22M, I-B, etc.). I hope this helps!
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