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This is the first attributed Wake Island group I've had. The story of their sacrifice is incredible.
Gifford L. Haley lost his life on 8 December 1941 as a Marine airman serving in the defense of Wake Island.  Included are original photo’s,  his USMC Expeditionary medal MNo.9572 with as issued WAKE ISLAND bar and rarer than the medal, his FDR death accolade noting loss on Wake Island.
 

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Andrew H. Lipps
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Wow, very nice group; those early campaigns are so interesting because a handful tried to fend off the masses and often sacrificed everything to stem the tide. 

 

Kurt

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WOW

!!!! 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

 


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Andrew,

 

You are KILLING it with these posts of great items from your collection. PLEASE keep posting them!

 

 Was there a Purple Heart with the grouping?

 

Allan

Never under-estimate the power of prayer.

 

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Incredible grouping! Thank you for sharing! What an incredible thing those Marines did. 
 

Patrick

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Always looking for items from these men (family members):
Even if not to buy, to know where they are would be great.
Cornelius Doherty - 108th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania NG, WWI Joseph A. Doherty - 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ID. KIA March 3, 1944.
Harry Riley - 62nd Armored Field Artillery Bn, Died August 13, 1944. Robert Lester Mahler - I/3/24, 4th Marine Div. WIA March 8, 1945.
Thomas R. Riley - USAAF Joshua L. Doherty - With a Seabee Unit, I believe.
Ens. Alex A. Gorski, USNR - Died as a POW, January 28, 1945. Capt. Henry Gorski, USN (ret.)
Remembering their service and sacrifice.

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Andrew, what a great grouping!!!  You are very blessed to have it. I really enjoy your posts. Keep them coming. Dave

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17 hours ago, Allan H. said:

 

 Was there a Purple Heart with the grouping?

 

 

I am curious about that too! 

Or perhaps other items?

 

Regards

Herman 

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I showed all I have. I know a small paper relating to his unit receiving a Unit Commendation sold on eBay a while back, I haven't seen anything to indicate that the Heart is in private hands and the family apparently doesn't have it.

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Wow, Andrew this is a jaw dropping-ly rare and historic grouping to a brave Marine who was killed so early on in what at the time must have felt like (to them at least) a hopeless and futile resistance to a far superior IJN force.  This is the stuff of legend and it is such a delight to be able to see a real, and attributed group to one of the brave men who sacrificed their life in such a famous battle so early in the conflict!  Simply outstanding and a real pleasure to view.

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
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9 hours ago, wartimecollectables.com said:

I showed all I have. I know a small paper relating to his unit receiving a Unit Commendation sold on eBay a while back, I haven't seen anything to indicate that the Heart is in private hands and the family apparently doesn't have it.

 

Okay, thanks for the reply. 

 

A one in a million find. Great medal.

 

Regards

Herman 

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If I were a betting man, I would bet that his wife received his KIA Purple Heart. Once she remarried, the Next of Kin moved to his mother. The Expeditionary and Wake Island bar would have been forwarded to her. I think that is why the medals aren't together.

 

Thanks again for sharing the grouping Andrew!

 

Allan

Never under-estimate the power of prayer.

 

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Andrew,

 

This is an absolutely stunning group.. You are the right caretaker for this grouping..

 

Thank you for sharing this with us.

 

Best regards and stay safe

 

Leigh

"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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I think what Allan stated makes sense; didn't the Purple Heart certificate and the FDR accolade usually come in the same mailing tube? I am sure someone on this forum can't tell us when both documents began to be sent to the KIA families?

 

Kurt

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

 

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48 minutes ago, Kurt Barickman said:

I think what Allan stated makes sense; didn't the Purple Heart certificate and the FDR accolade usually come in the same mailing tube? I am sure someone on this forum can't tell us when both documents began to be sent to the KIA families?

 

Kurt

 

Some dude on the forum wrote a book about this stuff... Anyway, on page 495 and 496 of the book, it has the tube for the accolade and the large mailing envelope for the Purple Heart certificate, sent at different times through the war by the Navy Department. 

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