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  1. Wilmington worked well for me and probably will do so again in November. This sounds promising for SOS!
  2. Issued to Ira B. Leonard, New Britain, CT. He was a Corporal in the 1st Connecticut Infantry.
  3. 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.
  4. The medal was sent to Frank L. Palumbo in Geneva, Ohio.
  5. Sigma Kappa sorority, founded 1874.
  6. These are strategic target training folders (tactical versions are much smaller and meant to be clipped to a kneeboard of the pilot or weapons systems officer). B-52s had the space to lay out a notebook for use. They would contain annotated maps, photos and radar images or radar predictions (hand-drawn depictions of what the radar navigator should see on his scope). These examples show numerous radar offset points (points in circles), which help to precisely locate the aircraft and can be used when the target is not visible otherwise. A real-world target would be marked with an equilateral tr
  7. I've just added a Philippines/China/West Indies/Sampson Medal group to my website, as well as several medals relating to the 10th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry for service in the Philippines. I've got another 200 or so medals in the pipeline and a few groups, including a WWI DSM/Silver Star group to an Artillery Brigade commander. My work is cut out for me for the near term.
  8. Joe, The books I referenced are: McDougall, Thomas D. Marksmanship Awards of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (MVM), Part 1 "The First Family". Sterling, VA, 1997. McDougall, Thomas D. and Jeffrey B. Floyd. Marksmanship Awards of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia (MVM), Part II, “A Concise Medallic History”. Sterling, VA. 1999 McDougall, Thomas D. and Jeffrey B. Floyd. Marksmanship Awards of the Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, 1880-1915. Round Hill, VA, 2007. There's some duplication in text, but the key is that they contain the rolls
  9. Massachusetts had a very active marksmanship program. One of the aspects of it that is little-known is that the MVM changed its badge designs about every five years. In some cases, it was a completely new design, in other cases, it was adding silver or gold classes above the bronze basic award. That's why you don't see 15-bar marksmanship badges for Massachusetts. Usually, upon the fifth requalification, you jumped up a class. There are a couple of very small-run publications (25-30 copies) that contain the known rolls. More later as I get a chance to clear some rubble from my desk.
  10. Herman, Department of the Army General Orders back through 1948 are at: https://armypubs.army.mil/ProductMaps/PubForm/AGO.aspx Jeff Floyd
  11. Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, seventh class.
  12. A good friend for more than 40 years, Bob was the epitome of "Semper Fi."
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