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This is a nice attributed mounted Navy group that I picked up at the 2014 OMSA Convention. Navy Good Conduct named to Robert C Buchanan with 2nd and 3rd award bars, with a nice ring suspension Navy China Service Medal. Nice thick planchets on the medals. Come to find out that several other folks at the convention had 'owned this before' in their collection.

 

I still have not been able to find any information on Buchanan or even find him on a muster roll, so if there is anyone out there that could help and give any information on Buchanan, please give me a PM, I would appreciate it.

 

thanks for looking.

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A mounted group of miniatures, note the inventive backing material on the reverse of the group. Thanks for looking.

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WOW!! I have never seen the Dolittle mini's before.Is that mini MoH issue?

All mini MOH are unofficial, it was never authorized in miniature, the full size medal is worn even when miniatures are appropriate to the uniform

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All mini MOH are unofficial, it was never authorized in miniature, the full size medal is worn even when miniatures are appropriate to the uniform

 

 

Thats what I thought.How rare are the mini's and when were they made? Where they made by Studley?

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Minis of Bernard F. Sweeney

He got his DSC for repairing heavily damaged communication lines while under heavy enemy fire.
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Mini’s of Captain Herbert H. Michael.

He got his Navy Cross as a distinguished service award for hunting U-Boats in the Great War.

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Grouping of Vice Admiral Edward Patrick Travers:

Noted Submarine Commander, Vice Chief of Naval Materiel, Naval Advisor to the Brazilian Navy, and Recipient of the prestigious Brazilian Order of Naval Merit.

Edward P. Travers was born in the small Illinois town of Mounds in 1925. After graduating high school, Travers joined the Navy Reserve V-12 program while attending Berea College, and graduated with a commission as an Ensign in 1945. Travers would see action in the Pacific aboard the Carrier USS Hollandia during the tail end of the Second World War, serving at Guam, the Mariannas Islands, and operation “Magic Carpet” after the conclusion of the war.

After serving in China on the Staff of the Commander of Cruiser Division III, he was sent to Submarine school in New London, Connecticut, and after graduating, served aboard USS Razorback, USS Argonaut, and USS Hawkbill.

After distinguishing himself in both his skills as a Sub Commander and as a Staff Officer, he was selected by Naval leadership to serve as an Advisor to the Brazilian Navy at the US Naval Mission to Brazil in Rio de Janeiro. It would be during this time that Travers and several other US Naval officers would help train and modernize the Brazilian Navy’s submarine fleet into a formidable fighting force modeled after the US Navy. For his great contributions in shaping the Brazilian Navy’s Submarine force into a first rate fighting force, Travers was awarded the Knight grade to the Order of Naval Merit. An exclusive and prestigious award that is limited to only 150 recipients.

After serving in Brazil, Travers would serve as commander of several other Submarines and head the Undersea Tactics Unit. It would be while serving in this capacity that he would revolutionize Submarine Warfare training by condensing the standard eight training volumes into just three, which drastically increased the speed and quality of training, and retention of information Naval Submarine crews would learn during their schooling.

After serving in this capacity, Travers would hold various squadron and divisional submarine commands until he would become the Logistical Chief of Staff to the Commander of US Naval
Forces in Vietnam and Chief of Staff of US Naval Support Activity, where he would help orchestrate the Navy’s ongoing efforts to supply friendly forces and continue operations against North Vietnam. For his service in this capacity, the Republic of South Vietnam awarded him the prestigious Naval Distinguished Service Order. He would also be charged with leading the US Navy’s Budget Office, and as Deputy Manager of the Navy’s Financial Planning Department.

After the US withdrawal from Vietnam in the mid 1970’s, Admiral Travers would serve as commander of Naval Sea Systems Command and as Vice Chief of Naval Materiel Command before retiring in 1983 at the rank of Vice Admiral, ending an illustrious career that spanned 41 years.

Travers would remain an active figure within the Navy and the Veteran Community, dedicating his retirement in service to several charity and fraternal organizations including: the Naval Submarine League, the Retired Officers Association, the United Service Automobile Association, and most notably the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, serving as its president and CEO before passing away at the age of 77 in 2002.

His awards include:

The Navy Distinguished Service Medal (awarded at his retirement and not mounted on his medal group), the Legion of Merit (with V and two Gold Star Devices), the Navy Commendation Medal, the China Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the WWII Naval Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Naval Distinguished Service Order, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Knight grade to the Brazilian Order of Naval Merit.

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John Patrick Emoe 
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Awesome group! You’ve got some amazing stuff!


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Interesting that Travers was a VP at USAA back in the early 80's during the long term CEOship of AF Gen Robert F. McDermott, which really grew the organization.  From 1968 when he retired from the military to join USAA as CEO until 1993 when he became chairman emeritus, USAA grew from the 16th to the 5th largest insurer of private automobiles in the US and the nation's 4th largest homeowner insurer. Today it's still 5th, behind State Farm, Geico, Progressive and Allstate.  A great company, with great rates that really looks out for its insureds, who are "members" not just policy holders.  

 

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