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This USS New York Good Conduct is dated about 8 months after Dick's posted above, and is definitely a different layout and I believe a different hand. Rundquist and Rosloof most certainly knew each other, being shipmates and fellow New Yorkers. Note that Dick's Good Conduct engraving has an interesting facet, it seems to say "New Yory"

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Chief Gunner's Mate John Rosloof's son SGT James Rosloof, 7th IR, 3rd ID, KIA in the Anzio Breakout on 23 May 1944. They shared an April 6 birthday, 52 years apart. John died the year after his son, 29 December 1945.

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Hermanus & Gerradtgrant:

 

Originally, the Sampson Medal was issued to a limited number of ships who participated in a limited amount of actions from May to August 1898; the basic engagement was indicated on the back of the medal. They were generally simple medals with a top ship bar however some had extra bars, indicating multiple actions, hung by links from the ship's bar. Those are what are now called the "Phase I" medals because other ships which were in the area subsequently asked that their service be recognized. From that request the list of ships (and actions) was expanded; those are now known as "Phase II" issues. A third round occurred when Phase I awardees asked that those actions of Phase II be recognized. That request resulted in the addition of the extra bars and those are what is currently called "Phase III" Sampsons. .

 

 

 

Jim T.

 

 

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Here is a Sampson group to Jenner Fast USS Yankee. I have no idea what Phase this medal would be.

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Hermanus & Gerradtgrant:

 

       Originally, the Sampson Medal was issued to a limited number of ships who participated in a limited amount of actions from May to August 1898; the basic engagement was indicated on the back of the medal. They were generally simple medals with a top ship bar however some had extra bars, indicating multiple actions, hung by links  from the ship's bar. Those are what are now called the "Phase I" medals because other ships which were in the area subsequently asked that their service be recognized. From that request the list of  ships (and actions) was expanded; those are now known as  "Phase II" issues. A third round occurred when Phase I awardees asked that those actions of Phase II be recognized. That request resulted in the addition of the extra bars and those are what is currently called "Phase III" Sampsons. . 

 

 

 

Jim T.

 

 

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Thank you for that clear explanation. Makes more sense now.

 

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Here is a Sampson group to Jenner Fast USS Yankee. I have no idea what Phase this medal would be.

 

 

This is an outstanding group! As I also collect New York Naval Militia this is really special to me. The Yankee Sampson should be a Phase II.

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Hermanus & Gerradtgrant:

 

Originally, the Sampson Medal was issued to a limited number of ships who participated in a limited amount of actions from May to August 1898; the basic engagement was indicated on the back of the medal. They were generally simple medals with a top ship bar however some had extra bars, indicating multiple actions, hung by links from the ship's bar. Those are what are now called the "Phase I" medals because other ships which were in the area subsequently asked that their service be recognized. From that request the list of ships (and actions) was expanded; those are now known as "Phase II" issues. A third round occurred when Phase I awardees asked that those actions of Phase II be recognized. That request resulted in the addition of the extra bars and those are what is currently called "Phase III" Sampsons. .

 

 

 

Jim T.

 

 

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Thanks for the explanation.

 

Regards

Herman

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You are welcome, i'm always glad to be of some help.

 

The saga of these commemoratives is, for sure, one of the most convoluted, yet interesting, of all US medals. The best reference about them is The West Indies Naval Campaign: The Sampson Medal, The Ships And The Men, by Weaver, Gleim and Farek. Copies of this publication periodically come up on eBay.

 

In my opinion the US government went top shelf in the specification of this one. They were issued in cases of a steel frame covered in leather lined in purple velvet. The designer even made provision for a fitted well for the planchet so it would not shift around. The equivalent today would probably exceed the production cost of the entire medal.

 

My photography skills are sorely lacking but you'll get the idea from the attached photo. I've been meaning to weigh one but when you heft it, you appreciate the effort put forth to honor these men.

 

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Jim T

 

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Great medals - Great thread! Thanks to all posters!


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