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Earliest recorded date for a USMC Good Conduct Medal **1881**


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I recently picked up this type-III Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal No 730 issued to John T. Delaney, 1st Enlistment Nov. 23-1881, yes! you read that right 1881, 15 years before it was officially instituted in 1896. The 5th Enlistment Bar is No 730-1909-1913.  

What are your thoughts? Is this just a retroactive Good Conduct? Have you seen an older dated USMC Good Conduct Medal? 




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