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  1. Largest ribbon rack I have seen: Douglas MacArthur's at the MacArthur memorial in Norfolk, VA Largest in my collection: two way tie between Rear Admiral Harold Briggs and Major General Jack Frisbie at 16 ribbons each (photo's attached) Largest I have seen being actually worn: I do not have a name but we had a Gunnery Sargent in the Marine Detachment on the U.S.S. Nimitz who's ribbon rack nearly touched the hem on the shoulder of his uniform tunic.
  2. The NYS Conspicuous Service Medal is not traceable by number as far as I know. This is what the NYS Division of Military and Naval Affairs says about this medal. CONSPICUOUS SERVICE MEDAL To whom awarded: The Conspicuous Service Medal may be awarded to any individual who shall have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service in a capacity of great responsibility. The service can be performed while in an active status by a member of the New York State Organized Militia, by a civilian in support of the New York State Organized Militia, or to o
  3. I don't think I have ever seen a picture of a five star General or Admiral wearing a helmet at that rank. As GSP said, it is unlikely they would be in situations where they needed one. That having been said this is purported to be Eisenhower's helmet, but I have no way of knowing if that is true. It looks too gaudy.
  4. Just to let everyone know, I am the new owner of the uniform being discussed. My father was in the 112th prior to the war and I wanted a documented uniform to the 112th Infantry in my collection. My intentions are to remove the incorrect CIB and ribbons and otherwise leave the uniform as is, adding notes to my files as to the original owner and the information posted here. I am not planning on adding wings or the correct ribbons. As far as when I sell it, I am 62 years old and have been collecting since I was 12, and over that 50 years I have sold exactly one item from my collectio
  5. I don't know enough about these to say for sure, but the ones I have seen have a more pronounced curvature on the top of the cap and do not have the heavy stitching along the top edges. That being said I am sure there were variations.
  6. U.S.S. Ramsay DD-124 On 10 December 1940, Ramsay returned to Pearl Harbor and, throughout the next year, operated with Mine Divisions 5 and 2. Moored at Pearl Harbor on the morning of 7 December 1941, she fired her guns in combat for the first time at carrier-based planes delivering Japan's declaration of war on the United States. Underway from the harbor before 0900, for offshore patrol, Ramsay made sound contact with a submarine at 1120. She released ten depth charges, and then watched an oil slick spread over the attack area. She had damaged, and possibly had sunk one of th
  7. Nice! I love the Gambier Bay commissioning issue of the ship's newspaper.
  8. Here is a small U. S. Coast Guard Antarctic Service group I have in my collection. The Coast Guard Achievement Medal is named to a Mark E. Butts with the date 11 JAN 1991. I have tried researching the name but with no luck so far.
  9. Nothing public, but for several years now I on Veteran's Day and Memorial Day I visit every Medal of Honor grave in New York's Oswego and Onondaga Counties.
  10. It is meant to be a camera lens focusing light onto the photographic film. When I was on the U.S.S. Nimitz my office was right next to the photography lab. so I saw a lot of sailors wearing these. I had no idea the rating had been discontinued.
  11. Army Mexican Service medal 10478 was awarded to Burke, M. 1st Sgt, Hq/49th Inf. Source: Army Mexican Service Medal Issue Records compiled and edited by Albert F. Gleim
  12. It is great that it worked out so well for you. I need some of that luck! I look forward to seeing it when you post it on the forum.
  13. New York State Conspicuous Service Cross 9376 was issued to McClellan Barclay in 1951. Source: For Merit, Service and Valor: The History of Some New York Military Decorations and Awards and their Recipients (1915 - 1983) Volume II by Doug Boyce, Gary Hartman, Nick McDowell. Published by the Orders and Medals Society of America, 2008.
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