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Die Ebay Polizei have already yanked the auction.

 

Kurt

 

 

Funny how it was up for days, then I post it here and it is gone... think.gif

 

Here is a visual of a same style brooch like the one yanked...

 

 

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Ribbons deteriorate very quickly, especially when a medal is worn very often, or not cared for or stored properly. A year or so ago, I got on this kick about buying beaten up medal planchets, wherver I find them I pick them up...seen a Silver Star turned into a necklace, bronze star sewn to a leather jacket, and just some really used and abused medal planchets in need of some love. I just bought a pile of new ribbon drapes off eBay, and plan to re-ribbon some of these old medals, just for the sake of their appearace. I'll tag them all as re-ribboned originals. It's very likely this was done. A good example of this is the MOH. If I'm not mistaken, most recipients receive a new neck ribbon for their medal on a regular (perhaps anual) basis whether they request one or not because they're frequently worn out, faded, soiled, etc. The brooch of a medal is a good indicator or what time period it was made, but once that's gone, you have to really know what you're looking at to date the acutal planchet, unless it's numbered or engraved.

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Funny how it was up for days, then I post it here and it is gone... think.gif

 

Here is a visual of a same style brooch like the one yanked...

 

 

maybe some lurker with an agenda had it yanked to offer to buy from the dealer after it was ganked. I seriously don't think any active participants in this forum would do such a thing, but we have 1400+members and I know they don't all post think.gif

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Ribbons deteriorate very quickly, especially when a medal is worn very often, or not cared for or stored properly. A year or so ago, I got on this kick about buying beaten up medal planchets, wherver I find them I pick them up...seen a Silver Star turned into a necklace, bronze star sewn to a leather jacket, and just some really used and abused medal planchets in need of some love. I just bought a pile of new ribbon drapes off eBay, and plan to re-ribbon some of these old medals, just for the sake of their appearace. I'll tag them all as re-ribboned originals. It's very likely this was done. A good example of this is the MOH. If I'm not mistaken, most recipients receive a new neck ribbon for their medal on a regular (perhaps anual) basis whether they request one or not because they're frequently worn out, faded, soiled, etc. The brooch of a medal is a good indicator or what time period it was made, but once that's gone, you have to really know what you're looking at to date the acutal planchet, unless it's numbered or engraved.

 

 

You are correct about the MOH reciepiants recieving a new ribbon for replacement wear.I had the honor to meet Don Rudolph a few years ago.He was attending a veterans conferance I was doing a display at.Don was wearing his medal and was very willing to answer any questions asked.I was able to hold his medal and I asked why the ribbon was so new.The medal was almost smooth.His response was he had gotton a new one and was his third ribbon since the award ceremony.Over the next couple of days we spoke of his military career and he had invited the two of us doing the display to lunch.After showing us pictures with him and President Kennedy and Jackie and several personal pictures of the Kennedys the conversation got back to the MOH.Since this was soon after the ban on buying/owning the MOH I asked Don what he was required to do with the old ribbons and how he got replacements.He stated that all he did was place a phone call and one was sent.The others didnt have to be returned and he said the other two are in my desk drawer.He pulled one out and said this is the one President Truman placed on me in 1945.Long story short Don sent me the MOH neck ribbon with a note about a week later with a hand written note saying it was the first ribbon he wore and it was the one Truman put on him and he wore it from 1945 til about 1985 and got a replacement.Don had also been an escort during VietNam for the 5th army area and he was resonsible for escorting any KIA MOH reciepiants from the area the 5th Army encompassed and stayed with the casket until it was delivered to the soldiers home state or Arlington,which ever the family decided.

 

He also was a guest in Washington DC on many occasions and this is how he got to know the Kennedys so well.Don was also the secretary for the MOH society for several years and he could reciet all of the living members from memory as well as their addresses.Rest in peace Don......

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