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  1. The story of the Jones and Melton families converge in the Civil War One additional thing I discovered about these two medals is that the story of these two families converged during the Civil War. William Martin Jones, Jr’s father, William Senior, served in the Civil War with the 122nd New York Volunteer Infantry, assigned to the Army of the Potomac. He enlisted in 1862, and beginning with Antietam he was in every major engagement and battle in the east and was present at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House in April 1865. Eston Eurel Eston’s grandfather was Daniel B. Melton
  2. Medal #30620, issued to Eston Eurel Melton, of Macon, GA. Eston Eurel Melton was born on April 15, 1900, the son of Gustavus and Otes Melton. Eston’s parents had some education and made sure that Eston went to school and learned to read and write. Eston had quit school and was working as a clerk in Macon when he enlisted in Company B, Second Georgia Infantry, Georgia National Guard, in February of 1915. He lied about his age and claimed to be 19 yrs old when he enlisted. The Second Georgia Infantry was mustered into federal service on July 2, 1916 at Camp Harris on the northwest po
  3. Medal #17686, issued to William Martin Jones, Jr, of Rochester, NY. When I began researching William M. Jones, Jr I quickly discovered that his story of service was a bit unusual. William Jones Jr was born on December 20, 1874 to parents William (senior) and Gertrude Jones. William was the middle of three children. His father became a lawyer after the Civil War, and both William and his younger brother followed in their father’s footsteps. The two brothers worked in their father’s law office after they graduated from law school and took over the business when he died in 1906. William
  4. I bought these two Mexican Service Medals over the Christmas holiday last December. They came from two different sellers. Neither are mint specimens but both medals are numbered and have names identified with each, which makes them just as good as mint examples in my mind. Interestingly, one medal is suspended showing the wrong (reverse) side as seen from the front.
  5. Everything I've read on the arrowhead device indicates it was awarded to Army and Air Corps/Air Force personnel, but no mention of award to Navy personnel. So even though he and his ship were on the beach under fire just a day into the invasion it doesn't appear he qualified for the device.
  6. You're welcome! I enjoy research and putting named to military artifacts like this. Oh, his Navy serial number was 554 83 33
  7. I hate autocorrect! He was from Silver Bow County. I believe that the city of Butte is located there.
  8. Here you go: George Junior Trevenna, born Jan 19, 1926, and died Sept 25, 2019 at age 93. Born in Silver Now County, Montana and also died there. He enlisted or was drafted in Jan 1944. Served his entire military career aboard LST 819. The ship was commissioned in Nov 1944 and sailed for the Pacific from New Orleans, LA. Participated in the Okinawa campaign where the ship came under fire from Japanese air attacks. Also served in the occupation of Japan before the ship returned home. George worked as an electrician with Montana Power & Light after World War 2
  9. Here is William's WW1 draft card. At the time he filled this out he was employed at the Stegmiller Mine located at Princeton, Mich, and owned by the Oliver Mining Co.. He listed himself as a laborer at the mine, and still single/not married.
  10. Hi Jacob, I can shed some light on the WW1 pamphlet marked 31st Division found in your 2nd great grandfather's WW1 tunic pocket. He actually was assigned to the 31st Division sometime after he was drafted. And he moved overseas to France with the Headquarters Company, 124th Infantry Regt, 31st Division, in October 1918. After the 31st Division arrived in France it was held as a replacement unit and its soldiers were transferred out to other veteran combat units trying to refill their ranks after suffering losses. That's how your 2nd great-grandfather William M. Lund wound up with the 26th Divi
  11. Both are officer's caps. The tan cap was worn when summer uniforms were authorized. The darker olive drab (OD) cap was worn with most uniforms other than the tan summer dress.
  12. Nice visor caps. Both are WW2 era style and are correct for WW2 but these continued to be used up to the mid-1950s uniform changes.
  13. Great find! Thanks for sharing it with us.
  14. Really nice group and love the interesting history with it, Mark!
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