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Thanks! I think it might be parts of two groups. I havent been able to match up some of the items to the main guy, anything pre-1902 I havent been able to attribute to him so far. I can find no record of him in the Navy before then and not sure why he has a Spanish American War Medal as he was on the USS Constitution in 1902. The group cabinet card is from Hong Kong and Tintype seem to be before then and the KIA cabinet card is dated 1898. I also could find no record on him on the USS Iowa. There is a news article for a Comdr. Gaston D Johnstone "Who fired first shots at Manila Day , Dies" where it says he is his Brother In Law. So they might be for him, I havent researched him yet.

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Looking at the 2nd photo album I am 99% sure that it is of the USS Raleigh the ship that Johnstone was on during the Spanish American War which makes more sense with the older photos and medal. So most of the pre 1900 is actually for Johnstone and possibly his father who was also in the Navy. The post 1900 stuff maybe a mix of Gardner and Johnstone. Flag TBD

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Fantastic group, but that news article that the first shot of the Battle of Manila Bay being fired by Raleigh is a good example of bad reporting. The very first shot fired at the Battle of Manila Bay on May 1, 1898, on the famous orders of Commodore Dewey to Captain Gridley, commanding the U.S. Flag Ship (USFS) Olympia of the Asiatic Fleet, were fired by Olympia's #1(forward) Main Battery 8 inch starboard guns. Specifically, Gridley's order was directed to the forward turret captain, who was literally standing on top of the turret during the entire battle (he was knocked down several times by the concussions), and who gave the firing order to Olympia's starboard gun captain who executed the order, thereby firing the first shot of the first major battle of the Spanish American War, which is generally regarded by historians as the point when the US gained global super power status. Pretty historic event and gunshot.


From Admiral Dewey's autobiography-


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What a great group (or groups if the earlier photos and items were from his brother in law).

I found it interesting that these old photos show the crew barefoot!

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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By god that fellow had been there, done that, and didnt need the damn Tshirt!

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]

WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Is Gardner, Jr. wearing a Silver Star with gold star? I couldn't find any record from Home of Heroes, or anything else online.




Sure looks like it.

***WANTED*** Uniforms to Pearl Harbor Survivors.

Wanted: USN uniforms to Pearl Harbor survivors & WWII sunk ship survivors. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/264131-wanted-uniforms-to-pearl-harbor-and-sunk-ships-survivors/


WANTED - seriously interested in named Chief/Senior/Master TORPEDOMAN USN uniforms from the 1950s-1960s-1970s, and named USN jumpers or CPO coats from WWII. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/321179-wanted-torpedoman-uniforms-named-1920s-1970s/


"All Torpedoes running Hot, Straight and Normal."





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This one says


Charles Francis Hill


Died August 4th or 11th and I think 1898




Is this a postmortem I wonder?







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