Jump to content
  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
  • advertisement_alt
ramram

Yamamoto Mission Pilot Ribbons & Mini Medals, etc.

Recommended Posts

I just got this in today.  It belonged to Julius "Jack" Jacobson, Major John Mitchell's wing man, for the mission to shoot down Yamamoto.  I got it from his son (neat guy) and he included a COA.  I'm mostly a diary guy (I have Jacobson's diary as well) so I don't know much at all about the ribbons and mini medals, aviator badges, etc.  I've been digging around on the internet and have gained some knowledge but still have a lot of holes so any and all help would be appreciated!  I know the mini medals are the Silver Star (for the Yamamoto Mission), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal and Campaign medal.  The ribbons I guess denote these same awards?

 

Rob M

Ribbons_&_Mini_Medals.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hello,

 

yes, you are correct.  The ribbons denote the medal awards. The far right Medal is the Pacific Theatre Medal. The gold leaves represent major rank, the enamel lapels also represent the aforementioned awards. He was also awarded the American Defense Medal (the yellow with the two red white and blue bars stripes on each side) and a Presidential Unit Citation ribbon with one star. 


Looking for vintage Pre-WWII campaign miniature medals, shoot me a message if you've got any to spare!!

 

Also looking for these vintage miniatures:

 

Presidential Medal for Merit

Silver Lifesaving Medal

Gold Lifesaving Medal

NC-4 Medal (mini) And miniature version- FOUND!!

Byrd Antarctic Expedition Medal

Purple Heart- FOUND!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What’s really neat is you have an Army Pilot with a navy Presidential Unit Citation and a gold star on his Air Medal.  Army personnel wore oak leaf clusters but he must’ve received an Air Medal from the Navy as well.  Would be interesting to review his papers!  Thanks for showing this, it’s a really neat group.

 

Kyle


donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for the help!  

 

Why would he have multiples of the ribbon bars?  Was it for different uniforms?  Also, what is the item in the top middle in the attached photo?

 

Rob M

 

Ribbons & Mini Medals Part 1.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

That is a "ruptured duck" lapel pin. I've seen them in a number of different WW2 groupings I believe they were just worn in a button hole to show that the wearer had been a member of the armed forces and is now discharged. Great grouping. 


donation2019.gif

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was also kind of curious if a pilot would typically wear anything while on a mission such as his wings?  It would be kind of neat to know that he possibly wore the wings on the Yamamoto Mission. 

 

Rob M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is his award card for the Air Medal and it does document the Gold Star to the Air Medal.

 

 

jajobc.JPG


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif

donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif
donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One of his DFCs was from the Navy too

 

 

jac1.JPG

jac2.JPG


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif

donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif
donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

it appears his Silver Star was not for the Yamamoto mission. My guess is one of the DFC’s was..
 

BAA4E7B4-5EEF-436F-994C-02F6DD976F3E.jpeg


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


donation2007.gifdonation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gif

donation2012.gifdonation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif
donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You may want to get rid of the foam backing as it will leave residue/stains on your artifacts that they come in contact with.

 

Nice display to preserve

 

Bill


"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

donation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2013.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow!  Thanks Kurt (and Bill et al.). 
 

Rob M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kurt, I got to looking again and it appears you are correct, one of the DFC’s was for the Yamamoto Mission. They thought they were gonna get Silver Stars but Lanphier’s big mouth cost them the higher awards. 
 

Rob M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nice stuff! I have a grouping from a helldiver pilot whose bomb was one of 3 that hit the Nagato in 1945. Interesting stuff!

Hunt


I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.

 

Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)

 

^^ PM ME!!

 

Instagram: @surplus_central https://instagram.com/surplus_central/

eBay: http://www.ebay.com/usr/giovachm

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
3 hours ago, ramram said:

Kurt, I got to looking again and it appears you are correct, one of the DFC’s was for the Yamamoto Mission. They thought they were gonna get Silver Stars but Lanphier’s big mouth cost them the higher awards. 
 

Rob M

 

Okay, now i'm interested. What's the story behind Lanphier's big mouth? 

 

Regards

Herman  

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
5 hours ago, Hermanus said:

 

Okay, now i'm interested. What's the story behind Lanphier's big mouth? 

 

Regards

Herman  

Since it was a secret mission to intercept Yamamoto they didn't want any of the pilots making mention that they knew Yamamoto was in the plane they shot down or it would likely give away the fact that the Americans had broke the Japanese code.  Well, Lanphier blurted out over his mic that he shot Yamamoto down before they had even landed.  He continued to have loose lips even after the mission.  Lanphier, Mitchell and the killer group were going to get the Medal of Honor for the mission and all others were to get at least the Silver Star.  When Bull Halsey found out about Lanphier's breach, he unloaded on Lanphier and tore up his MOH paperwork and told him he should be court-martialled.  All medal awards were dropped down a grade.

 

Rob M

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting story and medal group; thanks for sharing. Kurt


My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

 

post-2-0-10415400-1477335312.jpg

donation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif



Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing grouping! The first thing I noticed was the Gold Star on the Air Medal Ribbon. It is unusual to see a Navy/USMC star on an Army ribbon rack. But since the card shows it to be awarded by the Navy then that is very rare and uncommon. Love the group!


Looking for WWII Americal Division and 147th Infantry Regiment Uniforms and anything relating to the Army on Guadalcanal.

 

donation2018.gifimage.png.eeda3e0d45132eb99f4dd8b07fd60103.pngdonation2020.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What an interesting and historically significant group of medals.  Very cool that Kurt was able to pull the award cards that show that the USN/USMC gold stars are right as rain.  Very cool grouping indeed.


Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
donation2008.gifdonation2009.gifdonation2010.gifdonation2011.gifdonation2012.gif
donation2013.gifdonation2014.gifdonation2015.gifdonation2016.gif

donation2017.gifdonation2018.gifdonation2019.gifdonation2020.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is the entries from Jacobson's diary after the elation of their return when they thought they were going to get more significant medals.

 

Rob M

Yamamoto Mission Entry (6).JPG

(45).jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also have one of the photos that is autographed by nine of the Yamamoto Mission pilots along with Jacobson's COA.  This is from his estate.  If anybody's interested in it for $195 drop me a PM.

 

Rob M

Autographed Photo.jpg

Autographed_Photo_COA.JPG

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 6/16/2020 at 5:50 PM, ramram said:

Thanks for the help!  

 

Why would he have multiples of the ribbon bars?  Was it for different uniforms?  Also, what is the item in the top middle in the attached photo?

 

Rob M

 

Ribbons & Mini Medals Part 1.jpg

Maybe,

 

Might have just worn the top three ribbons on one bar on a uniform jacket or shirt and then changed them out when they got soiled.

 

I'm more interested in the gold star/oak leaf cluster combination on the Air Medal.

 

Interesting.

 

Could be more of a case of ribbons being updated and we don't want to throw them out because they might be useful some day.

 

Used to mount ribbon bars for fellow service members. Always got handed a uni-mount with multiple soiled ribbons that I would replace and put the old ones in a plastic bag. Still do it now for veterans. Have gone back to that bag on several occasions to see if I had a ribbon that isn't available but might be salvaged.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.