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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 in 1932. We also have the English translation. Lt. Palmer entered the USMC in 1918 from Ohio to train as an aviator. He had held a commission as an infantry officer in the Ohio National Guard. He did not complete flight training training until 1919 and became Naval Aviator 2864. He stayed in the Corps and was soon assigned to flying duties in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. In 1923 he participated in a long-distance endurance flight which became the longest flight in U.S. aviation history and the second longest flight to date in world aviation history. He and a companion pilot and two mechanics flew two DH-4B bi-planes from Haiti to San Francisco and back to Haiti which took two and a half months and covered 10,953 miles with actual flying time of 127 hours, 15 minutes,. Lt Palmer eventually was assigned to Quantico where captained the Marine Corps football team for several seasons, He had been a stand-out player at the University of Ohio, He was reassigned to Nicaragua in 1930 and commanded a squadron there and was cited by the government particularly for his work during the earthquake in Managua in 1931. "Hoke" Palmer, as he was known, retired from the Marine Corps in 1936 as a First Lt. During his 18 years in the Corps he flew 61 different aircraft and models logging 3,162 hours as a pilot. He died in Ohio in 1972. He received the WWI Victory medal, the USMC Expeditionary medal and the Second Nicaraguan Campaign medal. Semper Fi ! Bobgee
  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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