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  1. These brooches are not unknown but typically found on pre-WWI medals. Jim
  2. Looks like the rosette in the first picture goes with the red/white ribbons in the second picture. Jim
  3. The HALPRO Detachment (HALPRO = Halverson Project) was a provisional unit of B24s under command of Col Harry Halverson. It was formed to bomb Japan from China but was retained in Egypt to participate in the 1st Ploesti mission. It never did get to the CBI but was absorbed in the 376 BG. Later, MG Brereton, then Commander of the 10 AF was sent to North Africa with the 9 Bomb Sqn from the 7 BG in India to reinforce the Desert AF. Brereton stayed in North Africa to comamnded the 9 AF and the 9 BS eventualy returned to the CBI. It was theroretically possible for a B17 to have the same serial
  4. Looks like the top bar to a GAR Membership medal. Jim
  5. I believe these were privately issued commemoratives. They were advertised for sale quite frequently during the 80s in military history magazines. Jim
  6. It was fairly common for GAR Departments to adopt Corp badges as their Department emblems. The Sons of Union veterans followed the same practice early in their history. Jim
  7. The red ribbon is GAR. The GAR used solid ribbons to indicate officer positions at the post, department and national levels. They later adopted the the flag ribbon with colored edges. Jim
  8. Allan, The WW2 cases weren't manf marked like the the one's from the 60's. If I remember correctly, Arrow had the contract to supply cases to the Army in the 40's to replace the small blue boxes. The small domed boxes that the Navy used until later in war are the ones Stranberg identifies as the original "coffin" cases. There was an article in the "Medal Collector" several years ago describing these early Arrow cases. The one I have is the standard WW2 blue leather case with Air Medal printed on top and the gold border. I'll have to check but I believe it's the later metal version. His
  9. The ribbon in the picture was made by NS Meyer. They went out business in the late 1980's or there abouts. I believe Vanguard bought all their stock. Jim
  10. Perhaps not all. When my father returned to Morrison Fld, FL from India in Oct 45, he received his Air Medal and other awards. The Air Medal was in the standard WW2 titled Arrow case (most of you call it a coffin case) and it had a crimp brooch. I suppose it could have been hot off the production line but I'm guessing it was made well before the Japanese surrender. Jim
  11. It's likely that the original owner attached the USO pin to the ribbon at some point so that it wouldn't get lost. My mother did this with some of her Red cross insignia. Jim
  12. This looks very similar to one of my father's ribbon bars. His had an AM, ACM & APCM. The APCM had metal stars but the AM had the same OLC. His was made in Calcutta, India. Your guy could have been in the 9th Bomb Sq/7th Bomb group. This squadron was sent from India to Egypt with Gen Brereton to aid the British and became part of the Desert Air Force for a while. I don't recall at the moment how many European campaign stars the 9th earned. It's possible your guy stayed in the Middle East with Gen Brereton when the 9th AF was activated. or returned with the 9th BS to the CBI. J
  13. Kevin, Nice medal. Do you know if the organization still exists? It is not considered one of the allied orders of the GAR. The allied orders are: - Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) - Auxilliary to the Sons of Union Veterans of the Cilvil War (ASUVCW) - Womens Relief Corps, Auxillairy to the GAR (WRC) - Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865 (DUVCW) - Ladies of the GAR (LGAR) To my knowledge the GAR never recognized any other organizations or allowed any other organization to use their name or symbols. It's possible that it's an offshoot of o
  14. Distinguished Service Medal To Joseph L. Lockard "For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great reponsibility. Staff Sergeant Lockard was the operator in charge of the detector unit operated by his organization on the Island of Oahu, Territory of Hawaii on the morning of December 7, 1941. In order that instruction in the operation of aircraft warning equipment might be given to another soldier under training, he, in devotion to duty, remained at his station upon completion of the scheduled operating period. At approximently 7:02 a.m., a signal was dete
  15. It used to be in the AF Regulations (1980's). I don't recall the number, each badge had its own reg. Not sure how it would translate into the current Af Instruction system. Jim
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