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  1. I love this type of pin. Never saw this one. I'm guessing it is early WW 2. One from WW 1 would have had a screw back pin on the reverse.
  2. For some interesting reading, look up the Gold Star mothers's trip to Europe in the 30's to visit grave sites. The government paid their way and there was a big stink about using government money to send people on a "vacation" as they put it, to Europe. I'd bet my life it was a trip that all of the mother's wished they were not eligible for.
  3. This is an interesting pin. No doubt original. I can't recall ever seeing one made of this material. I do know that uniform buttons were made during the war of some vegetable material and have the look of plastic. This might have been made before the war ended when brass was still rationed. However, years ago while scrounging in the basement of an Army and Navy store that was closing, I found several thousand of these pins made of sterling silver and gold plated. It would certainly have been more economical to make them of some base metal. Sterling jewelry was fairly cheap in those days so may
  4. I have a lot of these. Apparently the 40/8 organization is still around but from the looks of the pins I have, I can't figure out exactly what they do. It seems to relate to nursing. They must have get togethers and give these pins out. Most of mine are fairly recent.
  5. I just took a look at this and the seller does list it as a re issue. What is odd is that it has a contract number as noted on the card. Could they have been government contracted to give to families? I never heard of them doing that. They don't even issue medals for pre WW 1 campaigns, or do they?
  6. What is the bottom one in the box? Years ago, an Army?Navy store was closing in Philadelphia and they let me scrounge around the basement. I found, and bought, almost 2,000 of these in Sterling on the original cards.
  7. I've been collecting/scrounging for over 60 years and never saw any North Korean bring backs. Most of the men I talked to that were there during the Korean War said they never thought to bring anything back or that there wasn't anything to bring back. I imagine there must still be Chinese stuff floating around there from that period, so it would be pretty hard to authenticate anything unless it was obtained from a vet.
  8. E.H. Simon was a contractor who made U.S. medals in the 1960s.
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