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    US Campaign medals, Army, Navy, USMC. I collect by one of each type, by contract. If ID'd or a group I maintain that history.

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  1. Hoping to reunite groups to a family of soldiers Civil War No. 464 to Louis Bernheim (father) Spanish Campaign No. 4372 to Charles H. Bernheim (son) Albert A Bernheim (son of Louis, brother of Charles) Certificate of Merit Medal "56" Army DSM #1846 Cuban Occupation No. 2049 Philippine Campaign No. 5762 China Relief No. 212 Cuban Pacification No. 2594 WW1 Victory Thanks for any information. Mike
  2. Thanks Stratusfan for the info, MMCollector for the post.
  3. I found this at an ASMIC regional show in New England years ago. Not my normal field, but thought it was worth a look. No idea if the engraving is Navy or private. The ribbon is obviously resewn. The brooch may be a later replacement. Mike
  4. It is possible that the ring suspension on the American Defense Service Medal is a correct Navy issue. In Steve Carr and Allen Menke's JOMSA article (Jan-Feb 2010), they state that the US Mint was one of three producers of the ring or "wire loop" suspension medals and that the Navy contracted for ADSMs with the US Mint. Possibly some of the Navy medals from the US Mint had the "wire loop". Medallic Art and American Emblem Cos also made wire loop medals and are mentioned as primarily supplying the Army. However, from the article: "D.L. Auld, Medallic Arts, and Rex Company medals were generally issued to Army personnel while Mint medals were issued primarily to the Navy. This was not a fast rule, however, as the Navy used Army stock on at least one occasion." Allen Menke did much of the work on Medal Data with Al Gleim and worked on the New Medal Letter Medal Data. His work and expertise are widely accepted as definitive. Based on their article, it is hard to say if any ADSM is correct for a grouping. Bulldog06
  5. Thank you both. This is very helpful. It came as an unidentified single medal from an old collection. Based on your info, I'll go back and see if Philippine USMC # 666 is there so they can stay together. Mike
  6. Thanks for the response. This is a 1900 China Relief medal #240. I thought I was getting a USN version, but this one is also nice. Does someone have a Marine issue list? I'd appreciate an assist on this one. I have Army lists from a while back, but no USMC. Mike
  7. Can this medal be traced to a recipient? Thank you for any info. Mike
  8. Saw this thread searching for something else. Thought I’d add some info for future reference. The patch is a flash as shown in post 5. In 1976 I was with the 2nd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment in Bamberg, Germany and on the then East German/ Czech Border. The flash was worn as shown. Unlike current convention with Officers wearing their rank on the flash and enlisted soldiers wearing the unit crest, in the Cav all wore the unit crest with the rank next to it. In 1980 and 81 I was attached to the 11th ACR in Bad Kreutznach and on the East German Border. The 11th Cav troopers also wore the flash as shown in post 5. I think they wore it with gold rank insignia as shown in post 12 rather than the black on white. The plastic flash shown in post 8 did yellow from age. Mine pictured was white in 1976 when I got it and other insignia from a German vendor on the Kaserne. I also served in the 82nd Airborne from 82-85. The oval in post 10 was worn by the 1/17th Cavalry behind their jump wings. They wore the shield shaped red and white flash on their maroon berets. I’ve never seen the oval with the red in upper right worn with jump wings. With the diagonal going the wrong direction, I doubt that any Cav trooper would wear it as a wing background. My personal 2nd Cav beret from 1976 came with a naugahide? Red and white patch sewn on it.
  9. The thick planchet and number indicate this Silver Star as from the Robbins Contract dated July 1, 1942. This is a very nice WW2 example. Congrats
  10. I agree with ragpick. A type 7 missing the attached tab.
  11. Herman, In my first post, the 488.000 PH mentioned should be 588.000. I mis-typed the first digit. Looks like our number ranges match. Mike
  12. Herman, I have also found it rare to find PH's from that Robbins Contract. I have 486.xxx which has large numbers on the bottom right. A few years ago, I was actively looking for Robbins PH's, and just didn't find many. I also have 488.xxx, 590.xxx, 593.xxx, 599.xxx, and 602.xxx with small numbers on the bottom left. Based on the numbers which look like Rex numbering, my theory is that they were actually made by Rex. Rex numbers were smaller than Robbins and on the left side. I know the sources say Robbins numbers went to 600.000, but the similarity to Rex is close and the numbers continued past 600.000. The 488.000 and higher PH's all have the white Washington Coat of Arms as a separate piece like a type III unnumbered piece. My notes say that Rex had an unnumbered type III PH contract, not sure if Robbins did. Possibly the Robbins contract ended in the 48x.xxx range and another Rex started, initially numbered, then omitting the number. Interesting subject, Mike
  13. Incredible work. Until I saw the base, I thought I was looking at a photograph of a live trooper.
  14. To add to the discussion, I have a 13th Airborne Division glider badge certificate awarded to an artilleryman dated 30 June 1944. I believe the 13th was stateside until late 1944. The certificate reads "This is to Certify That (name and rank) in accordance with provisions of paragraph IV of War Department Circular 220, 2 June 1944, satisfactorily completed the prescribed course in Knots and Lashings, loading Organizational Equipment, Safe Landing Principles, and has made the prescribed number of Glider Flights. He is therefore rated from this day June 30, 1944 as a qualified gliderman. I won't show a picture because this would be easy to duplicate with today's technology. These were professionally printed with a background scene of gliders. Note no capitalization of gliderman. There is also no mention of the number of qualified Glider Flights. The soldiers discharge certificate reads Awarded: Parachute Badge Qualified: Glider Badge.
  15. We called the blanket lined jackets 'Hoch fighters' which somehow stood for wind and weather fighters. We also wore the Korean war parkas and liners in the winter time. i also had a set of winter weight mechanics coveralls which i wore when i could get away with it. I always thought Wildflecken was worse than Graf and Hoehenfels because of the wind.
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