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  1. I originally thought that as well. However, neither of these two medals are listed on eMedals' website. The seller is supposedly located out of Nova Scotia, while eMedals is located in Burlington Ontario.
  2. I stumbled across these 2 listings from a seller out of Canada, One is an early type 1 MOH and the other is a type 2 MOH. What's strange is that they are listed in the 1919-1938 militaria section which seems a bit odd. Are these legit unissued medals or possibly display copies that were made later? https://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-MOH-ARMY-MEDAL-TYPE-1-NOT-NAMED-WITH-MAKERS-NAME-ORIGINAL-VERY-RARE/174166803340 https://www.ebay.com/itm/USA-MOH-ARMY-MEDAL-TYPE-2-NOT-NAMED-WITH-MAKERS-NAME-ORIGINAL-VERY-RARE/184141969865
  3. I have come across countless examples of WWII campaign medals/ribbons with the arrowhead device. I was curious if anybody out there knows if the arrowhead device has been awarded for more recent conflicts such as the Gulf War, Iraq War, or Afghanistan? Thanks! John
  4. Thanks for the replies regarding this topic. I have to admit...I too did not even know this award existed until I stumbled across some brief online information. If anybody out there can provide any additional info...I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks! John
  5. I was curious if anyone out there could answer a question for me about the short-lived Army Wound Ribbon. It was established on September 6, 1917 for wounds received in combat, and later rescinded on 6 January 12, 1918. My question is this...was the ribbon ever officially awarded to any service members? If so...does anybody know how many were awarded? Last and final question...are there any surviving examples of the ribbon? Thanks! John
  6. Can you share a picture of this ribbon? Thanks! John
  7. It took me well over a year to research and I.D. this African-American Civil War Veteran. He has quite a unique (and sad) story. It wasn't too difficult to I.D. the photo. According to the census data from 1880 - 1890 only 1 African-American was listed as residing in Northern Wisconsin at the time. Henry Ashby's name also appeared in the Civil War Veteran's census from 1885 and 1895. It listed his unit as the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery. Henry Ashby was Eagle River's first black resident. He died in Eagle River, WI in 1907 and was buried in an unmarked grave at the local cemetery. Together with the help of the local historical society we were able to get Henry Ashby a proper headstone and Civil War GAR flag holder (see picture of newspaper article & headstone) which was dedicated on Memorial Day 2012. Henry Ashby was born a slave in Missouri and ran away from his master shortly after the start of the Civil War. He served with an engineer company digging entrenchments near New Madrid. Missouri along the Mississippi River. He later joined up with the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery and served in several campaigns. Henry Ashby was wounded at the Battle of Corinth in Mississippi in 1864, receiving powder burns to his face and eyes. Because his name was never officially entered on the unit's muster roll, Ashby was denied a pension in his later years. When you read through his 117 page pension application file you can't help but feel sorry for him. He fought to get a pension for over 20 years, with no success. More information is listed below: Private Henry Ashby 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Artillery Battery Born on or about 1832. Died on May 14, 1907 of pneumonia in Eagle River, Wisconsin. Joined the 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery Battery at New Madrid, Missouri. Discharged in October 1865 Henry Ashby filed a disability pension claim in 1887. Henry claimed an injury to his eyes due to powder burns from a cannon during the battle of Corinth in Mississippi. Henry was treated by the battery surgeon at the battery field hospital (noted in pension file). Henry’s Civil War disability pension claim was never approved due to the fact that his name was not listed in the official rolls of the 6th Wisconsin and the fact that he could not produce his official discharge certificate. Henry stated in his pension claim that he gave his discharge certificate to the commander of the 6th Wisconsin Volunteer Light Artillery Battery, Captain Henry Dillon, for safe keeping. Henry also stated that the reason his name was not on the unit payroll was because he did not draw any pay during the war. A written statement was given by 1st Lieutenant Samuel F. Clark of the 6th Wis. Light Artillery as part of Henry’s pension claim (noted in pension file). “Henry is a noble, faithful fellow and was my servant while in the battery but took an active part in every battle carrying water to the boys in the thickest of the fight and in one or two battles carried a musket – with good effect” 1st Lieutenant Samuel F. Clark Now that I've researched Henry, and provided him a proper headstone, I plan to auction off the cabinet card. Here's a link to the ebay auction in case anybody is interested. Thanks! John http://www.ebay.com/itm/151135673626?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
  8. Hello, I am looking for a Combat Infantryman Badge and an Expert Infantryman Badge made by the J. Balme Company in Paris. These were made out of sterling silver in the early 90's and have the fancy detailed scroll work on the buttstock of the musket. I bought one of the CIB versions back in the early 90's and sold it to a fellow member a couple years back (I could kick myself for doing that ). The reason I want to get an example of each (CIB & EIB) is for my son since he'll be testing for his EIB soon and will likely end up earning his CIB as well, once he's deployed to Afghanistan. He always liked my fancy J. Balme version as a kid and would love to have a fancy one to wear on his uniform as well. The problem is that these things are so rare that I can't find any! The few people that do have one, don't want to part with them. I've seen some handmade knock-offs being sold online but they are really bad quality. If anybody is willing to sell one, or knows of somebody that would, please let me know. Name your price! Thanks! John
  9. That would be the one!!! Thanks BEAST!! :thumbsup: John
  10. I'm trying to locate the website for an online U.S. military medals auction which runs about twice a year. I had it saved in my favorites but my kids deleted it by mistake. They carry some rare and hard to find items every auction cycle. Does anybody have the link? Thanks in advance for any help! John
  11. I shared this on the "Latest Finds & Acquisitions" thread but figured I'd post it here since it's my favorite find this year. John
  12. Oh man! This video brings back so many memories of some of the dumb privates I got saddled with as an NCO. John
  13. I recently acquired this rare CDV photo of an African-American Civil War vet which shows him wearing his GAR membership medal. After months of research I was finally able to identify him as Private Henry Ashby who served in B company, 9th U.S. Colored Infantry Regiment. He was severely wounded in the thigh during the battle of Deep Bottom, Virginia. John
  14. I love this photo...thanks for sharing! :thumbsup: I thought I'd share a picture of some kids who were playing "war" way back during the Spanish American War of 1898. This picture shows some local kids from Marshfield, WI who called themselves "Cole's Cuban Cadets". Charlie Cole was the neighborhood ring leader who rounded up all his buddies so they could re-enact beating the snot out of the Spanish. Two of the boys pictured actually lived in our house a few years after this picture was taken. (Sorry for the poor quality of the photo...after over 100 years it was rather faded!) John
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