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John C. Calhoun

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  1. I just had the unpleasant experience of dealing with this individual via email re: his Craigslist ad (before I stumbled upon this post). He is still shopping around the same helmet, making claims that he has received a certain offer on it and asking me to match the exact offer. He claims that he did sell the helmet on eBay last month and that he is offering up another helmet with the same markings. I find this hard to believe because the painted insignia and markered numbers on the interior webbing is exactly the same in the photos in the eBay auction linked above - down the the pencil mark semicircle below the wolf. I let him know I was not interested and thought his asking price was too high. He accused me of trying to steal the helmet at a lowball price. I never actually made him an offer, I just let him know I wasn't interested in his asking price and I thought his helmet was worth slightly more than a typical fixed-bail helmet on eBay without any markings because the Timberwolf was not on the shell itself. He told me to do my research, that's when I forwarded him this thread and a link to his closed eBay auction. He got quite nasty, used some foul language, and threatened to "post my number all over craigslist" if I emailed him again. I wish I had seen this post before I ever inquired about the helmet. IMO, this individual is suspicious to say the least. His CL post says he located in Western Massachusetts. Community beware. The sad thing is, I've really stepped away from building my collection over the last 2 years for a number of reasons - one of those being the shady individuals you run across from time-to-time that try to make you fell stupid, guilty, or bad about yourself. My first browsing of Craigslist in a long time and I ran across one of these minority nasty individuals. Bummer.
  2. I just discovered this thread today for an auction I posted last year and have now reposted on eBay. Since everyone was weighing in on the medal group, I thought I might offer up my 2 cents (specifically addressing the above question of valuation of the group): I think it's hard for any of us to place a value on an ID'd/named group and I'm sure we've all struggled in our attempts to do so - you don't want to sell yourself short, and you don't want to price yourself out of the market. I thought long and hard about the offer value of this grouping and I don't believe the above evaluation really does justice to what is being offered. The above medal grouping was for a Navy man and (this is a VERY general statement, but holds true in many cases) Navy Sampson Medals are worth about 1/3 of the value of USMC named medals (at least by my research and feel free to disagree). Here is a link to a usmilitariaforum tread discussing two USMC named Sampson Medals which fetched prices higher than that of the USN MOH recipient medal which was my grouping was compared with: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/56118-beautiful-usmc-sampson-medal/. Both of those medals were not USMC MOH recipients and from different ships (which is what makes coming up with a definite price so difficult). Here is my "less-than-scientific" logic for my pricing (again, feel free to disagree by refraining from purchasing the group); 1. Most government stamped/engraved Sampson Medal fetch >$900 (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Named-1898-Spanish-American-War-Sampson-West-Indies-Medal-U-S-S-St-Louis-/161308456340?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item258ebbb594) 2. Different ships bring different values - the Brooklyn being a sought-after ship - it brings slightly more money (http://www.ebay.com/itm/USS-BROOKLYN-SAMPSON-MEDAL-NAMED-IN-CASE-OF-ISSUE-/171319875017?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item27e375d5c9 -- assuming the case would bring $400) 3. There weren't nearly as many US Marines as there were Army or Navy personnel. USMC government stamped/engraved medals regularly fetch upwards of $2750 (see the link referenced in the paragraph above - also a quick "Google" search will bring up many other USMC medal which realized values above $3,000) 4. I spoke with the owner of a Sampson Medal named to a Naval MOH recipient. The owner informed me that he was offered $3,000 for his medal and refused to sell. 4. The Brooklyn Medal (although not complete) comes with the group (not totally sure on the value, but it certainly adds to the value =) 5. Only 15 Marines were awarded the MOH (this being the only Marine from the USS Brooklyn - collectors of USS Brooklyn medals would certainly find this appealing) - that is compared to 31 Army and 66 Navy MOH recipients. So you have a small subset within a small subset (marines being the smallest branch represented and the fewest amount of MOH's bestowed). 6. There is a really neat General Order which details the history of HOW the individual won the Medal of Honor. To me (and I understand every collector is different), I like to see some history behind my medal groupings. Someone climbing a jacob's ladder during a critical point of a famous engagement to perform a task after 2 other men have tried and failed is a really neat thing. Generally - you don't buy the story - *unless* it is recorded in a General Order and was officially documented and deemed worthy of a Medal of Honor. So, I know the USMC medals regularly go for the $2,750+ range, but how do I factor in the Brooklyn Medal, MOH recipient status, the really neat General Order or the fact that there are the fewest MOH bestowed upon Marines? I try my best. I ask myself, would I rather have TWO USMC named Sampson Medals or ONE with a REALLY neat, proven, recorded story behind it to a real American hero? To me (maybe not to others), I'd rather have the one with the really neat background. Thus a price that is roughly double the cost of purchasing two USMC named Sampson Medals (and the lucky buyer gets the Brooklyn Medal at no cost). So - I'm not forcing anyone to buy this medal group and I respect the opinions of everyone in this thread - but my opinion is that you cannot compare an non USMC Sampson medal from a different ship to this medal grouping. For every eBay auction or forum I reference, I'm sure someone can find a counter which went for a lower price. I'm fine with that and I respect your due diligence before making a purchase. I know what I believe the group is worth and hopefully I've done a fine job of refuting why it isn't a sound argument to compare apples to oranges.
  3. I'm not huge on Vietnam War Collecting, but I was under the impression that some merrowed-edge patches had been around since WWII. I believe I read somewhere that the original 101st Airborne "Pair-a-Dice" pocket patch was a merrowed-edge patch. Just for my own education - why do you say that the 10th flashes are decades newer? Thank you to the first poster for the thought that the disc could be for equipment or luggage. I handn't thought of that.
  4. Picked up this small lot from a local estate. This is my first Special Forces find. The DUI is hallmarked "V21" for Vanguard. The dog tag, DUI, and ID bracelet are my favorite part of the group. Has anyone ever seen another dog tag like this? It looks to be private purchase/engraved. I've done some research on the individual. He was in the Army for 20 years (1950-1970) after serving 2 years in the Air Force. He left the army are served as a Supreme Court Police Officer and then served in the FBI before moving to Massachusetts to work for the USPS. A lifelong government servant. I also found a few photos of him in his service days. Neat stuff. <a href="http://s1077.photobucket.com/user/flyingrhino28/media/EF8FDA11-FF4C-4593-A6C1-94A133603545-709-000000E7D4A54992_zps2d7f0399.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1077.photobucket.com/albums/w475/flyingrhino28/EF8FDA11-FF4C-4593-A6C1-94A133603545-709-000000E7D4A54992_zps2d7f0399.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo EF8FDA11-FF4C-4593-A6C1-94A133603545-709-000000E7D4A54992_zps2d7f0399.jpg"/></a>
  5. Yes, liner and full chin strap -- everything is a bit dusty and stiff, but it's there.
  6. The other forum member is Alonzo (if you'd like to check out his thread). On further inspection, it looks like his is also painted over another Engineer logo. The Indians and size of the insignia looks so similar that I'm thinking it could have been done by the same hand.
  7. I just picked this up today. The Indian head looks very similar to another forum member's. I think it's pretty cool that you can see the old engineers logo painted in orange much smaller underneath the 2nd division insignia. Full liner and chin strap. Let me know what you think.
  8. USMC MOH Recipient. My first and only Sampson Medal. Does anyone on this thread collect these? I know another forum member posted a USN named MOH recipient medal a while back. Anyone ever seen another USMC MOH recipient Sampson Medal before? Apparently there were only 15 Marines to be awarded the MOH from the Spanish American War. I'm curious to know if there are any others currently floating around... Thanks much!
  9. I thought I would share a few pieces I picked up out of the woodwork a little while back. A Sampson Medal named to Pvt. Harry MacNeal (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_L._MacNeal) MOH Recipient and a medal (without ribbon and name bar) awarded by the City of Brooklyn, New York to marines and sailors aboard the USS Brooklyn during the Spanish American War. General Order 526, dated August 9, 1899, reads: The Department publishes for the information of the service the following correspondence in regard to the conduct of Private (now Corporal) Harry MacNeal, U.S.M.C., of the U.S.S. Brooklyn: [Extract from the report of Captain Paul St. C. Murphy, U.S.M.C.] During the early part of the action a cartridge jammed in the bore of the starboard forward 6-pounder, and in the effort to withdraw it the case became detached from the projectile, leaving the latter fast in the bore and impossible to extract from the rear. Corporal Robert Gray, of the part gun, asked and received permission to attempt to drive the shell out by means of the rammer. To do this it was necessary to go out on the gun, and the undertaking was full of difficulties and danger, the latter due in a great measure to the blast of the turret guns firing overhead. The gun was hot, and it was necessary to cling to the jacob ladder with one hand while endeavoring with the other to manipulate the long rammer. After a brave effort he was forced to give up, and was ordered in. Quarter Gunner W.H. Smith then came, sent by the executive officer, and promptly placed himself in the dangerous position outside the gun port, where he worked and failed as they corporal had done. Neither had been able to get the rammer into the bore, and there seemed nothing left to do but dismount the gun. At this juncture Private MacNeal, one of the crew, volunteered to go out and make the final effort. The gun was so important, the starboard battery being engaged, that as a forlorn hope he was permitted to make the attempt. He pushed out boldly and set to work. The guns on the forward turret were firing, the blast nearly knocking him overboard, and the enemy's shots were coming with frequency into his immediate neighborhood. It was at this time that Chief Yeoman Ellis was killed on the other side of the deck. MacNeal never paused in his work. The rammer was finally placed in the bore and the shell ejected. The gun was immediately put in action and MacNeal resumed his duties as coolly as if what he had done were a matter of everyday routine. Grave site: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?p...mp;GRid=7196076 Newspaper Article from The Morning Record October 4, 1898 (includes interview with his father and family background): http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2512...pg=4271,2740112 Finally, photos of the group:
  10. Thanks all. So even if Don Draper got a reissued purple heart in 1960 (giving him the benefit of the doubt that he didn't have his actual Korean War era purple heart), it still would not have come in the blue box. For a show that pays attention to getting most details correct, I thought this was a pretty big detail to overlook. Thanks all!
  11. I've just started watching the AMC TV Show Mad Men. In the first episode (set in March of 1960, from the website's online timeline), Don Draper, the main character, pulls out the Purple Heart that he won in Korea (at least that is my understanding so far). The purple heart is in this type of case: http://static.fastcommerce.com/content/ff8...ntcased2008.jpg From my understanding, all of the Purple Hearts awarded in Korea and many from Vietnam were in the traditional WWII black coffin case (because they had so many left over from WWII). This brings me to my important question, what year did the "new" types of boxes come out that read "United States of America" and have the dark blue fake leather look. Did all medals switch over to this case in a specific year, or did some medals switch over after their original printing/boxes ran out? Thanks for your answers.
  12. Thanks everyone for your replies. I've dealt with the seller before and he is reasonable. He could produce the rifle and it could be a rust bucket with a broken stock. I will have to play it by ear. Looks like, at the very least, I will at least be able to look at it like a parts rifle and part it out if I can get it for the right price. I will keep you all posted should I end up buying the rifle in the near future.
  13. Thanks, Wayne. Your input is much appreciated. I guess I will have to see the rifle to make my assessment. It would have to be in top notch condition in every area (minus the barrel) for me to spend some money on it. I haven't heard the asking price yet, but with such a drastic alteration and no way of knowing the extent of restoration necessary, I won't be shelling out a lot of cash if I do decide to buy the piece. I'm just wondering if all of the parts were original to the rifle and WWII era, would the barrel be salvagable through a gunsmith, or would I have to get a new barrel - and thus detract from the collectibility of the piece.
  14. I might have the opportunity to purchase an M1 Garand in the near future. I haven't seen it yet, but I am curious about one thing: The gentleman who wishes to sell the rifle explained that his father had a collector pour lead down the barrel so it does not shoot. I have heard of this being done on automatic weapons for legal purposes in order to display them, but never on an M1 Garand. I am wondering if it is possible to remove the lead 1. without damaging the rifle and 2. so that the rifle is able to fire. I have been told that the barrel can be heated to remove the led - but will that fully take care of the led and will it damage the barrel? Does anyone have any experience with this to comment on my situation? I'm just trying to figure out if purchasing the rifle is "worth it." I earned my pistol permit last year and I would love to add a Garand to the collection, but only if it is "worth it" Worth it, to me, means it is a nice looking rifle that fuctions fully and accurately. If I were to have a professional remove the led and repair the barrel - what might we be talking in price? I'm guessing it wouldn't be worth the time, energy, and $$$, but I'm not sure. Any input is appreciated. Thanks in advance from a beginner firearms collector.
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