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Frank_Smith

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    US Militaria. Specifically, US Medals

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  1. FYI...The medal came from the collection of a long-time collector on the east coast. I have been asked to help liquidate the collection. I had a couple of others look at the medal before I listed it and they liked it. They also helped me develop a pricing range for it and some of the other pieces. I dropped it in the mail to you about an hour ago. I hope you have it soon. Frank
  2. What is disturbing is that the seller knows that it is fake and didn't bother to describe it as such. Here is the tread where the seller asked about it on this forum and was told that the medal was a fake. However, despite that, he went and listed it on eBay and didn't bother to label it as such after stating that he would "throw it in the garbage." Is this fraud on his behalf or buyer beware? www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/344487-indian-wars-no770-campaign-medal/&tab=comments#comment-2763145
  3. Gentlemen: Researching this medal has been time consuming and rewarding at the same time. I've been on the phone last night and this morning visiting with a number of extremely knowledgeable "old timers" who collected medals back in the day when research on individuals was more difficult and American medal collecting was more focused on contracts, variations and numbering styles. First off, the picture that Dave posted is identical to the cross I have posted. Also, I can tell you with 100% confidence that #123 and the medal I have posted (#136) are 100% genuine. They
  4. I'm in the process of liquidating a collection of a long-time collector friend and ran across this DFC. I've never seen anything like it and believe it's a fake. However, why would someone fake a number of a DFC and then mount it in a place where the sun fades out the ribbon? You can't even see the number from the front. Also, the three digit number on the reverse is done extremely well. The numbers are uniform in depth and very level; far better than other fakes I've seen. Other things of interest is that the wrap broach is very odd with the pin coming out of the center of
  5. Scott - At this point, I think we are looking at sometime next year. The Archives cancelled all events up to December 31st. It doesn't seem like they are in any hurry or have any incentive to open up their doors to the public. Frank
  6. It's been a while since I first posted this thread. I pulled Levy's USN personnel file in January of this year. While it mentioned that he was awarded an Air Medal by the Air Force, the actual citation was not present. I just received the award card from the Navy last week from a request I submitted in early February (before they closed down due to COVID). I found the citation to be a very unusual and wanted to post for those who were interested in seeing what the award was actually for.
  7. Scott - Navy and Marine Corps IDPF's for Vietnam are at the NPRC in St. Louis. Once the Archives reopens, you could get one by going to the center or hiring a independent researcher. Frank
  8. I believe that this piece is totally period correct. I've had a couple of broaches on Silver Stars and one on a Purple Heart that turned black (or nearly black) based on how they were stored. You can see some of the original bronze finish showing through on the back of the broach.
  9. Tolzer - Was this the IW Medal that came in the auction lot out of Maine with all the Spanish American War medals? Frank
  10. I may be the odd duck here, but the numbering on the medal doesn't look right. It's too small and too close together. That looks like the numbering Don Nixon in California was doing many years ago.
  11. Thanks again for the information. It is much appreciated. Frank
  12. Gentlemen: I recently acquired this worn cut edge black Airborne tab. It doesn't glow under a black light, but I'm not sure that it's WWII era. Could I please get some opinions from you patch guys? Thanks so much! Frank
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