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Frank_Smith

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    Edmonds, Washington
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    US Militaria. Specifically, US Medals

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Tolzer - Was this the IW Medal that came in the auction lot out of Maine with all the Spanish American War medals? Frank
  5. 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.
  6. Thanks again for the information. It is much appreciated. Frank
  7. 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
  8. Pfrost: Thanks for the information. As for the pins being replaced, I think they are original. I've seen pictures of a few others by searching the Internet the last couple of days and the solder seems a little "blobby" on all of them. Frank
  9. rooster77 - I appreciate the comment. Thank you! Would it be possible for you to show me a picture or refer me to a post where there are electric welded post so I can see the difference? Frank
  10. Good afternoon: I was wondering if any of you wing experts could give me an indication on the manufacture date of this H&H Naval Aviator wing? It measures 2 3/4 inches, is clutchback, and is marked on the reverse. I tried to take good, close up pictures. I've been told that it was a late WWII era wing, but wanted to confirm what it really was. I sincerely appreciate your help! Frank
  11. Yes. I saw at least one at the SOS this year.
  12. Happy Saturday to everyone! I have a question. I bought a small collection of WWII-era patches a while back that included this example of the 1st Infantry Division. The more I look at it, the weave seems different. Can any of you patch experts tell me what I have? Is it foreign made or does it look funny because it was likely stitched to a shirt? Thanks! Frank
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