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    Us medals & insignia 1955 and prior

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  1. I’ve always been partial to harder to find insignia such as these various USN devices worn on USMC uniforms . The large bronze WW1 period examples are extremely hard to find. I’m also still looking for a pair of the later Chaplain devices. The CB insignia shown reversed is theater made by K G Luke.
  2. I’ve always been partial to harder to find insignia such as these various USN devices worn on USMC uniforms . The large bronze WW1 period examples are extremely hard to find. I’m also still looking for a pair of the later Chaplain devices. The CB insignia shown reversed is theater made by K G Luke.
  3. I think the reunion piece theory is a good one. I’ve never seen another like it.
  4. I’ve collected US medals since the mid sixties and had always avoided those from various civilian agencies. I bought a large lot of various insignia late last year and there were a couple of Navy civilian service medals in the lot. I was struck by the superior quality of the strikes which were head and shoulders above anything struck recently for the Military. This was odd in that many were by the same manufacturers. For example Graco made campaign medals for the Gulf war and beyond are junk, but their medals for NASA and the DOD are very well made. Many of these medals aren’t hard to find but
  5. US Civilian medals - 80% of these have been acquired since the first of the year. All of the NASA examples are early strikes with engraved reverses.
  6. I had another one of these several years ago. I remember for sure that it was slot brooch but I can’t remember the ribbon details. At that time time ( long before the Call of Duty book was written) I didn’t have that much of an eye for subtle differences or details. I only had a few non military medals at that time and I traded them all off about seven or so years ago. Since Covid started up i started heavily acquiring all of the US civilian agency and department medals I can get my hands on. Some are really hard to find , for example the three most recently authorized NASA medals and a couple
  7. I do note the bottom portion on mine is not pierced.
  8. With the exception of the brooch , my example looks identical
  9. For comparison, this is the official engraving on the POW Medal awarded to my father at one of the very first large presentation ceremonies in California shortly after the medal was first authorized.
  10. CWO Bobby Wayne Hall II was shot down on December 17, 1994 when his helicopter drifted over the North Korean DMZ. His co pilot was was hit and died in the subsequent crash. Hall was released from captivity on December 29, 1994. Is anyone aware of any subsequent actions for which the POW Medal was awarded?
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