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1896 Artillery 1st Class Gunner's Badge


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Was happy to have found this recently, they don't show up often. 
1896 U.S. Artillery 1st Class Gunner's Badge. Authorized for wear 1897-1903.
This example is engraved to the recipient, R o y  H. S tone. Research shows he enlisted in the army in St. Louis, Missouri in 1904, and was sent to the Coast Defenses of Pensacola Bay (Fort Barrancas, Fort Pickens, Fort McRee) in the 15th Company, Coast Artillery Corps, where he served until discharge in 1907 as a Sgt.
Though this badge was replaced by the new style 1st Class Gunner's badge in 1903, I think some may have still been worn in 1904 as that is when the original owner first enlisted from what I can find.
These badges are much harder to find (especially engraved examples) than their replacements, the 1903 1st Class Gunner's badge, which was worn 1903-09. 

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Very nice, I read an article on these I think in asmic years ago.

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