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  1. This is the Colombian Order of Military Merit "Jose Maria Cordova", knight.
  2. Good exchange officers blend in with the host unit. In this case, I suspect he wore the British camo to blend with his troops in the field and chose to match the RAF Regiment method of wear of insignia. Not an uncommon solution to a simple problem. In the 1980s, we (USAF folks who deployed as part of Army units) were constantly changing our insignia (bright vs subdued; location/type of name tags, etc). Finally, our wing commander said to ignore the USAF regulations and wear what the Army wore. Problem solved. In a Reconnaissance Technical Group in Hawaii (photo interpre
  3. I've spent a large part of the weekend adding some spectacular items to my FloydMedals.com website. Among the new items: a Treasury Silver Lifesaving Medal (1917); a Silver Star to a Marine killed in action in North China in 1947; some Marine Corps Good Conduct Medals; a Specially Meritorious Medal; an Airmail Flyer's Medal of Honor; a dated Philippine Campaign Medal; a West Indies Campaign Medal, edge-engraved to a Revenue Cutter Service officer. With many more medals to come over the next week or so. I'm also planning to be at the OVMS Show in Wilmington, Ohio, on 6-7 November,
  4. It's probably not an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, but a New Jersey Distinguished Service Medal (same ribbon)
  5. The "sticks" are fuze extenders, which detonate the bomb above the surface. When a bomb penetrates the surface, much of the effect is absorbed in blowing a hole in the ground, so the extender prevents that.
  6. I'm not a uniform guy, but my concern is that the jump wings are direct embroidery, while the CIB and "US Air Force" tapes are not (it looks like the CIB was removed from something else and added here. You won't see many CIBs on Air Force uniforms, but they could be worn if earned in the Army before an inter-service transfer (I had a tech sergeant who worked for me in 1972-3 who worn a CIB on his Air Force uniform. He also carried a copy of his orders because he got called on it regularly). I can think of no valid reason for the jump wings to be on the right side of this uniform.
  7. "Union Blue" is an alphabetical sort, so if you start only with a membership number, it's a tedious slog to find that number. Several folks have assembled numerical rolls based on this book and commandery rosters. While not posted on the web, those data bases can be accessed by polite requests here.
  8. This is a proposed design for the Spanish War Service Medal by Bailey, Banks & Biddle. While BB&B produced some of the ribbon (which is often seen on ribbon bars), the design was not accepted by the Army and so never issued (Ref "The Call of Duty", Strandberg and Bender).
  9. Wilmington worked well for me and probably will do so again in November. This sounds promising for SOS!
  10. Issued to Ira B. Leonard, New Britain, CT. He was a Corporal in the 1st Connecticut Infantry.
  11. Palumbo served in Company E, 5th Ohio Infantry until he was discharged in August 1917. He rejoined in November 1917 and served in Company, 145th Infantry. He was in France from June 1918 through March 1919, earning the "Meuse-Argonne" and "Defensive Sector" clasps on his Victory Medal.
  12. The medal was sent to Frank L. Palumbo in Geneva, Ohio.
  13. Sigma Kappa sorority, founded 1874.
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