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    Navy Crosses and USMC/Navy WWI & WWII Valor Medals, POW Groups, Fruit Salad, and British miniature valor groups,
  1. I had spoken to that seller (there was a pretty critical error in one of the original listings), the medals were his father's and sadly no one in the family wanted them. The 3rd auction had the ribbon bars, and the 2nd, 3rd and 4th enlistment bars that should've been with the GCM. I really wanted the Navy DFC, but given it was a split up grouping when I saw how much the gcm closed for I knew I'd loose. Better for one person to get the whole group.
  2. Graco used to be its own company and was bought out by Northwest a year or two ago. Other than the name change there doesn't appear to have been any changes in what they stock/manufacture.
  3. Michael contacted me earlier with his dropbox info, had pretty much everything I've been looking for. Just now had time to look through them, from the 1937 USMC regulations:
  4. The only reasonable condition that I've ever read about cleaning of a medal or insignia was with some solid brass pre WWI Major's oak leaves. The pair had massive corrosion damage (extremely thick green on the back side of the piece) which was cleaned up with a lot of elbow grease and soapy water. Granted it took decades and very poor storage for them to get into such a heinously poor condition, severe corrosion can eventually eat its way through the entire brass portion and come out the surface to the point where you have a hole through the entire piece.
  5. That was the fact staring me in the face that I kept missing, Army AND Navy.
  6. I recall in an old post (that I sadly can't find) from the 1932 regulations that multiple moh's would be denoted by a gold star; prior to that wearing multiple ribbons was the norm. Thus the reason I'm trying to find the original regulations to verify the info from the old post.
  7. I've been trying to locate some of the old medal order of precedence documents, specifically ones from the 1920's, 1932, a solid WWII piece, and a Korean war chart/document. I'm working on putting the finishing touches on some ribbon rack displays, and have been largely unsuccessful in finding period specific charts or documents. I am trying to re-create the ribbon racks as they would have been would have been worn at the time of the soldiers retirement, not using the current order of precedence. This has been problematic as we all know that various medals have gotten moved up or down in th
  8. The Navy/Marines had enlisted pilots, here's the rate for a Chief Navy Aviation Pilot: The Army had some as well, though haven't personally seen any that were below that rank of Sergeant.
  9. Very rare to see an American with a British Military Medal. Most British Awards to US soldiers were state decorations (like the Order of the Bath, OBE), don't see many Valor decorations like the MM (for enlisted) or Military Crosses (for officers).
  10. Here's a pair of (original) photos of George Henry Dean getting awarded his Navy Cross. I've got his Navy Cross, ribbon rack and he was awarded an Air Medal as well. Myself and another forum member have been trying to research it more but keep running into dead ends so far. You can find the citation here: http://projects.militarytimes.com/citations-medals-awards/recipient.php?recipientid=19066
  11. Roughly speaking newer medal strikes don't have the same level of detail that WWI-WWII ones do. There's an excellent thread on the WWII campaign medals that were made during WWII compared to brand new ones - http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/42453-wwii-crimped-brooch-theater-medals/ It shows very clearly how some of the original details have been lost over the years.
  12. I've got a WWII medal case where the piece that covers the hinge has come unglued on the top. The bottom is still firmly attached though. When the box is opened the lid is bending backwards in excess of 90 degrees and could really use the reinforcement help that repairing the hinge cover can provide. I'd thought about using Elmer's glue to re-glue the top, though have wondered if using a wood glue is a better idea. Any help or other ideas on how to best restore the box so the flap is functional again is welcomed
  13. The pattern on your's is a bit uncommon, having a criss-crossed/diamond shaped texture instead of the more common straight line ones with rows of little bumps. Here's a Major's oak leaf of the same design, the pair is in good condition but doesn't bear any hallmarks on the back, I doubt that they're Sterling. The Lt. Colonel next to it is a Meyer Should-r-form with the more common texture design that has straight lines on the stem and the texture on the oak leaf is all little straight bumps arranged in straight lines. I love Oak Leaf insignia's, with so many variations out there I love fin
  14. This ribbon set is attributed to a Navy Dive Bomber pilot from WWII. It was awarded for scoring a direct hit on a Japanese battleship which contributed materially to the subsequent sinking of the warship. I've got the Navy Cross the pilot was awarded, its an absolutely beautiful piece in its original short box case.
  15. I've got a couple of ribbon bars I'm ready to make (from a pair of soldiers I did a large amount of research on, one is from the SAW period and the other is pre WWI-WWII) and need to make them the 1/2" tall ones. I was going to have a long time friend of mine do it for me but sadly he passed away two months ago. I searched and couldn't find any tutorials on how to mount ribbon bars with raw ribbon, can anyone point me to a site or post that explains the process? Several of the bars will be 4 ribbons wide so I can't cannibalize a junk ribbon bar to do the task. Any help is greatly appreciat
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