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Donald

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  1. atb, I was only referring to the VM. Which in the UK in regards to the British Armed Forces, there are no clasps worn. Of the thirteen Victorious Nations adopting the VM, the USA alone issued it with campaign clasps. The 1914 Star does have the entitlement to a clasp (generally known as the "Mons" clasp), if the recipient was actually under fire between the dates; 5th August and 22nd November 1914. Don
  2. Allan, I stand corrected. There are slight variances between each medal struck by each victorious nation. Having the original box and mailing address would add value and I would not suggest a US price as I have no experience of purchasing US medals. Don
  3. It is a "common" WW1 medal. The Victory Medal. Awarded at the end of the Great War by all the Allied Nations using the same ribbon design and medal. However the British Military Authorities did not allowed the wearing of the "Battle Clasps" on the ribbon, as demonstrated by the US version of the medal. The value here in the UK of a British VM is about £30/$45
  4. Until Pte Beharry was presented with the VC by HM the Queen, the British Armed Forces did not have a serving recipient of the VC since the retirement ( in the 1980's) of the the Gurkha who won his during the Korean War.
  5. Only one Victoria Cross was awarded during the Iraq campaign (Pte Beharry) There has been only one other VC awarded for Ops in that part of the world (Cpl Budd. Parachute Regiment) With regret it was posthumously. There have only been 4 VC's awarded since the end of the Korean War (Two during the Falklands War and both posthumously)
  6. Unfortunately, here in the UK, we also have "Walt's". People posing as someone/some thing they are not. :thumbdown: Only two weeks ago, our national newspapers exposed a old boy who tried to pass himself off as a Falklands War vet. It was clear from the TV interview, that he had never served in the Armed Forces. As he did not use the right military terms/speak, in addition he must have got his medals from a jumble sale, as they were all WW2 medals. He didn't have the sense to wear the Falklands Campaign Medal (SAMA82)! :w00t:
  7. The top pair of badges are for a US Army First Sergent (E8). The bottom pair are, I believe, are 1st Sergent again with a variation of the diamond in the middle. However, no doubt any resident US Military Rank Badges expert will enlighten us on details and styles.
  8. Just a wee note to same save confusion: The SAS "wings" shown above is a SAS Regimental Cap-Badge. The SAS Para Wings are a completely different thing.
  9. The ribbon is of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military Division). The ribbon is of the 2nd type (Post 1936). The grade of the award looks to be (according to the tone/colour of the emblem) of the grade of Officer (OBE) as oppose to the grade of Member (MBE). If it is a OBE, then the rank of the recipient at the time of the award would be around a LTC or full Colonel.
  10. You mentioned that they are from a RAF uniform - with the two centre ribbons having been awarded for WW1 service, this chap may have been a member of the Royal Flying Corps or even the Royal Naval Air Service - pre-runners of the RAF which came into being 1st April 1918?
  11. Oops! I didn't even recognize them as US ribbons. As you can see - I need to brush up on my US ribbons!
  12. You say the first (top) bar is mounted "British" style, however I do not reconised any of the ribbons, so I doubt they are offical British medal ribbons.
  13. It looks very much like a unoffical "Crossing the Line" commemoration medal. Though a certificate would have been the more common memento given out. Luckily I only got a certificate each time I crossed the equator, as I would not have had any room left on my chest!
  14. All I can think of is that, who ever had the ribbons made up wanted to avoid the ribbons going through the wash along with the jacket! That's a interesting set of ribbons, especially with Mention in Despatches emblem on the Victory Medal
  15. The only time British medal ribbons are made up to be detachable is when they are to be worn with a "tropical" uniform ("whites"). Hopefully attached is a pic of my medal rack, made up to the authorised fashion. It is the same set-up for the medal ribbon rack or the set up for the mounting for the full medals, I personally have never seen a medal ribbon row(s) made up with studs.
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