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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. I bought one recently from a major dealer in VF condition in its numbered box for $300. This one's condition and sewing should be somewhat less than that. Be careful when buying this one however. I used to be WW2 decorations only, now I have 4 drawers of pre WW2 campaigns like this one!
  2. Very nice medal. Attribution data on the USN Cuban Pacification is very limited. Unfortunately this number is not traceable by the sources I have. The planchet, thin ring, and ribbon appear to be original. The brooch is somewhat hard to see. It may be original as it should be a gilt tone split brooch with an open catch. But it seems to be in much worse condition than the rest of the medal, so may be a replacement. As you've mentioned, the blue thread sewing is not original. good luck, Mike
  3. Information from the New Medal Letters book says numbered Indian Wars medals were produced from 1908 to 1936. Initial production was from the US Mint. Later contracts were done by private companies like Consolidated Jewelers and Northern Stamping. All of these medals were observed with wrap brooches having different types of pin retainers. There are later unnumbered contracts, most with crimp brooches, at least one with markings from Medallic Arts Co. Why the government contracted for more medals post WW2 is unknown. A numbered planchet could be reribboned with a slot b
  4. 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
  5. Thanks Stratusfan for the info, MMCollector for the post.
  6. 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
  7. 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 Com
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Can this medal be traced to a recipient? Thank you for any info. Mike
  11. 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 als
  12. 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
  13. I agree with ragpick. A type 7 missing the attached tab.
  14. 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
  15. 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 numb
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