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    Howdy - My primary interest is early 20th century USMC history. I specialize in medal groups but have other 'stuff' as well. Particularly interested in WWI but also Span-Am, Banana Wars, China Marines and through the end of WWII. I especially enjoy researching and "putting meat on the bones" of the men whose medals I now take care of. I will try to participate and will be happy to address any USMC topic that I can. Hope to post some interesting pics and stories in the future.

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  1. Sad news. Rest in Peace, SSG Shurer. By your deeds your memory will endure.
  2. I believe his BOS was Artillery when he formed the Rangers. In the pic with the 45th patch it looks like he's wearing crossed cannons - not rifles. Non infantry BOS could have been a technical disqualifier for the CIB even though he was an Infantry commander. My 2-cents. Bobgee
  3. Hi Bob! I'll take the RO and the Para Instructor wings. $25 to you PayPal address which is?


    Bob Baird

  4. Started out as MOS 3531 - logged lots of miles on the M-35 etc. later 0302 - Semper Fi!
  5. An interesting footnote regarding "The Longest Flight" ln 1923. These Marine aviators had made a record flight in U.S. aviation. It brought great credit on the U.S.A. and the Marine Corps. It was the second longest flight in world-wide aviation history. However, when the Distinguished Flying Cross was instituted in 1927 and recognized many aviation achievements prior to its institution these aviators were overlooked. I have always wondered whether their flight was even considered. Seems to me they got screwed. My 2-cents! Bobgee
  6. Here's a photo taken during the longest flight. Lt. 'Tex' Rogers on the left; Lt 'Hoke' Palmer on the right.
  7. Thanks for the comments, guys. I've had this group awhile. Dug it out for a review. It's quite extensive with 100s of period photos. Here's pic of the group which includes some of his Ohio N.G. insignia. The wing, which is vintage 1920s/30s, is not his unfortunately and is displayed to reflect his aviation service. Also here's closeup of the Medal of Merit. It is plain on the reverse with no HM. Bob
  8. The U.S. Marine Corps had a significant presence in Nicaragua starting in 1912. Marines continued to serve there into the 1940s with large numbers in garrison and in various combat actions in the 1920s & 1930s. Often a group of medals of a Marine will turn up containing a decoration awarded them by the Nicaraguan government. This is one such group. In most cases that I have seen the circumstances behind the award have been lost to history. In this case we know exactly why First Lieutenant Horace D. Palmer received his medal as we have the original diploma signed by President Moncada i
  9. Seeking USMC WWI rim-numbered Good Conduct Medal #44010 Thanks! Bob
  10. Thousands awarded to Americans in WWI- so 'either or' IMHO. And it looks fine to me. Bobgee
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