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  1. Medallic Art Co. produced the second run of numbered WWII DSCs under P.O. 10408 of January 20, 1943. These crosses have a wrap brooch, a large diameter suspension ring, and are numbered on the (viewer's) right side of the lower cross arm. The lowest number I've seen from this contract is 141xx and the highest is 214xx.
  2. I don't believe BB&B produced numbered Distinguished Service Crosses during WWII. The Robbins Co. made the first numbered WWII DSCs under Contract No. W669 of December 30, 1941. They have wide red stripes, a small diameter suspension ring with the ends soldered closed, and are numbered on the (viewer's) left side of the lower cross arm. The lowest serial number I've observed from this contract is 98xx and the highest is 131xx. Most of the examples I've seen have a copper-colored slot brooch, but two had the black slot brooch commonly found on the January 1945 Robbins Co. DSC contract.
  3. I've no desire to part with it, but here's Wirt McCreary's West Indies Campaign #242, issued for his service as a naval officer during the Spanish American War. However, since he was a Marine officer when he applied for the medal in 1908, he received the USMC issue. It turned up on eBay in 2002-03, along with his Cuban Pacification and Philippine Campaign. The photos were poor, and the medals weren't described as being numbered. I don't remember the China Relief or Order of the Dragon being available from the seller, so it's nice to see the CRE turn up. He was certainly a character, as ev
  4. PQMD Purchase Order #1262 of Aug. 16, 1943.
  5. MBSM #15637 was issued in March 1920 to an E. J. Bradbury of New York, NY.
  6. Yes, it's true that the US Mint did produce Navy campaign medals with a straight "For Service" on the reverse. However, I agree with the two Kurts that this medal isn't one of them. The coppery finish, suspension ring, numbering, and WWI Victory Medal style wrap brooch are not consistent with Mint pieces. Based on the style of numbering, your Army Civil War was manufactured by the Joseph Mayer Co. Values are always subjective, but I've seen examples in similar condition sell in the $250 - $300 range.
  7. It's a War Department Civilian Service award. The one shown is for six months' service. Examples awarded for meritorious or exceptionally meritorious service had embroidered bands on the ends. In addition to Army Service Forces, I've also seen variations with Army Ground Forces and Army Air Forces insignia in the center. I believe they were first approved in 1943.
  8. It looks like a ribbon for the Army Ordnance Association.
  9. Here's the best I can come up with: 1. Soochow Creek 2. Veterans of Foreign Wars Membership medal 3. USN Good Conduct 4. ? 5. Yangtze Service 6. USN Expert Pistol/Rifle 7. Yangtze Barrier 8. ?
  10. The seller listed it as a ground dug relic rather than a Purple Heart. It's probably not a coincidence that the auction had been running for days, and then was cancelled only a couple hours after being posted here.
  11. Great photo! :thumbsup: The top right is a Navy Good Conduct Medal with multiple re-enlistment bars. I'm not sure what the top left medal is. The bottom left is a West Indies Campaign, bottom center is the Sampson Medal, and the bottom right is a Philippine Campaign.
  12. I don't know how frequently retroactive awards were made, but yes, Bronze Stars were issued for actions prior to 1944. Here's a WDGO authorizing a Bronze Star to an Army officer for heroism in the Philippines during March 1942.
  13. I don't know if wider cases were made, but the four WWII examples I've seen here on the forum all appear to be the standard Army/AAF size.
  14. Here's the best comparison I could come up with. The top one is from the eBay auction; the bottom four have been previously posted on the forum. The eBay case appears to be aluminum construction, whereas the other four are all wood.
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