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Pre WW2 USMC Shooting Medals I Just Purchased


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I took a shot at these and bought these 7 shooting medals, all named to Byrle (B.C.) Williby. I think he was too young to have served during WW1 but it appears he stayed in for 30 years and ended up a Warrant Officer. From what I gather, he grew up in or near Des Moines, Iowa, went to the Marines for 30 years and the retired back to Iowa where he passed away in 1988-ish. I purchased the medals from a guy who lives just north of Des Moines but he had no history on Williby and said he purchased them from a friend about 8 months ago.

The earliest medal dates to 1929 and the latest 1939. The dogtags belong to a relative named Ivor Williby. They just came with the group of medals.

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I sure would like some validation that these are nice and real vintage pieces and that maybe I bought them at an okay price ($675).

 

Thanks for looking!
Kim

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That price is a song for an original Distinguished Badge, engraved and of the era.

 

Phenomenal badges...

 

Williby was also a China Marine

-Brig
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Thanks for the replies. I am certainly out of my element when it comes to special marksmanship medals like these. I may go ahead and have his records pulled to see whereall he served. 

Will his records comment on some of these awards?   Kim

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Saw these when my friend bought them.came out of eastern Iowa.

 

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12 hours ago, kfields said:

Thanks for the replies. I am certainly out of my element when it comes to special marksmanship medals like these. I may go ahead and have his records pulled to see whereall he served. 

Will his records comment on some of these awards?   Kim

They could, but the archives might not be operating mid-COVID. At least not for requests.

 

For early competitive shooting, a phenomenal resource is Barde's "Marine Corps Competitive Marksmanship'. Expect to pay around $80 when you can even find it, however with enough patience you may snag it for $50

 

The book confirms he went Distinguished in rifle in 1931.

 

It also confirms him being on the winning team for the Elliot Trophy in 1935 on the Quantico team. His team and their scores:

Capt WW Davidson (275)

1LT IM Bethel (281)

Cpl RB McMahill (273)

Cpl BC Williby (273)

 

It's interesting to note that he added the EGA to the Elliott badge. Here's an image of the actual trophy:

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I used to be heavy into marksmanship stuff when I was working as a coach and PMI. Over the years, as the Marine Corps used the hell out of my quals, I got tired of sucking yard line and largely sold/traded most of my stuff except the better badges and competition related stuff. I once owned the campaign and leg medals of Donald R Rusk, however his Distinguished badges were missing and I always suspected they were smelted for scrap long ago. That's the problem with the gold marked early Distinguished Badges...you have to hope they survived a century without seeing the smelter

-Brig
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"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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Brig,  Thanks for the confirmation!   Kim

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Thanks guys! I know bits and pieces about this guy but unfortunately I'll have to wait until the virus scare subsides and researchers are allowed back into the archives before I can get his records.  Kim

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