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Lets see some US NAVY Good Conduct Medals !!


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Kaigun Shosa

Keeping the thread alive!

Here's one with a design that I have never seen before. Sorry the obverse photo didn't turn out well enough to show the bars but the top bar is: 1935 middle bar: USS Rigel; bottom bar is: USS Blackhawk

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I picked up another Nickel Cross with original ribbon

named to George H. Joseph, US Navy 1865-1875.

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aerialbridge

Nice medals. I like the engraving layout on the Logsdon medal-- I have one like it to a sailor on Bailey's sister ship DD-290, USS Dale, from I believe 1921. And two nickel crosses with original ribbon, very nice. Definitely worth researching the service IMO.

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Kaigun Shosa

Here is my good conduct medal that I had laser engraved a couple of months ago. I have been looking for someone or a company that would engrave in the old style for years and finally found a company that did it for me and designed it as per my request. It is inspired by some good conduct medals in Adam R's collection, big thanks to him for supplying me the photos out of his collection for my inspiration!

 

 

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Thought I would add a couple. He started on the USS Cincinnati and then the USS Ranger till being assigned to USNS San Diego in 1939. Interestingly he did shore duty to help with the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.

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Just found these in a small junk shop. This sailor enlisted in August 1939, and was originally part of a relief crew for SubDiv 62 through late September 1943, when he transferred to the USS Bluefish (SS-222) in time for her second patrol. He stayed with her through the rest of WWII, and later served aboard several other submarines in the occupation era.

 

I suspect he swapped out his original 1942 planchet with a new ribbon upon receiving his second award around 1946. The combat patrol badge correctly reflects his six "successful" patrols aboard the Bluefish. I'm not sure if he earned any patrol credits as part of his relief crew duty, but I thought the chances were slim of this particular junk shop having two pieces of unrelated submarine material. I'll have to track down his file to confirm, but for now they display nicely.

 

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The GCM has the right ribbon and brooch . Even though it is dated 1942 it would not have been issued until 1946 or 1947. The Navy stopped issuing hand engraved good contact medals in the early part of 1942. They begin issuing them again after the war ended.

 

Kurt

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Just found these in a small junk shop. This sailor enlisted in August 1939, and was originally part of a relief crew for SubDiv 62 through late September 1943, when he transferred to the USS Bluefish (SS-222) in time for her second patrol. He stayed with her through the rest of WWII, and later served aboard several other submarines in the occupation era.

 

I suspect he swapped out his original 1942 planchet with a new ribbon upon receiving his second award around 1946. The combat patrol badge correctly reflects his six "successful" patrols aboard the Bluefish. I'm not sure if he earned any patrol credits as part of his relief crew duty, but I thought the chances were slim of this particular junk shop having two pieces of unrelated submarine material. I'll have to track down his file to confirm, but for now they display nicely.

 

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Good Conduct Medals stopped in 1942 (which these can sometimes be found with pre war hand engraving) however the stamped medals were postwar no matter what the date was - so although he qualified in 1942 he did not receive this medal until after the war.

 

Nice grouping

 

Bill

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I wish I could come across sub items like that! As for the relief crew, they went down to the boats when they came into port and did maintenance. They relieved the boat crews so that they could get some R&R before heading out again. So he wouldn't have had any patrols while on a relief crew.

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Thank you very much for the clarification. The R&R part slipped my mind, I must've thought it was a pool of guys available to fill in crews as needed due to illness. At least it confirms the badge is his. The shop owner was a bit forgetful in what came from where and had them in separate display cases. He mentioned there might be some jumpers in storage and I'm hoping he'll call once he digs them out, so I'll consider this a win (since I didn't manage to hit the Powerball).

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Recent addition to my collection. Medal grouping belonging to Walter Cruser. I lost his Philippines Campaign but talking to person who won it about buying it.

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George M Peck CSC 60501 USS Savannah 1-13-26 Bar USS Argonne 1-13-1930 Both were sub tenders. In 1929 USS Argonne was under the command of a young Captain Chester Nimitz, who was also commander of SubDiv 20.

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