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the Executive Order 9260 Legion of Merit and EO 10600

 

at: The American Presidency Project

http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=58838

 

 

at: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/c...rder/09260.html

 

 

at: Wikisource

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Executive_Order_10600

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Here is a WWII era USN/USMC LOM group that just sold on Ebay for $382.00. It looks to be a WWII USN/USMC Bronze Star. I found it to be puzzling that there was no WWII era Campaign Medal in the group. Even if it were a top set, it should still contain either the Pacfic or European Theatre Campaign Medal(s). Note the shorter drape and the small jump ring that is specific to WWII USN/USMC LOM's.

 

The WWII theater campaign medals were in very short supply even into the 1950s. It's not uncommon to see a bar mounted Navy group missing some campaign medals to which the bar's owner was obviously entitled. It was simply a case of the medals not being available at the time the group was put on on a bar mount.

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Here's a USMC group with a Legion of Merit, which isn't seen too often. It's a WWII era Army silver planchet type, some of which were apparently borrowed from the Army by the Navy. (I have one other in a USN group.)

 

This group belonged to John A. McAlister, who received the LoM and Purple Heart for Korea. The SS and BS were for WWII. Details on the LoM to follow.

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The citation for Mcalister's LoM, for service as the XO of the First Marines, First Marine Division in Korea.

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McAlister as a full colonel, wearing ribbon bars for the Silver Star with second award gold star, Legion of Merit with V, Bronze Star with V, Purple Heart and Navy Presidential Unit Citation. It's interesting that he's chosen not to wear the ribbons for his campaign and service medals, but this matches the way that the full size medals are mounted. Also strange that he didn't put the "V"s on the the ribbons of the full size medals. But this is exactly the way it was when I got the group.

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Here's a Navy LoM with V and gold star for second award. Navy double award for WWII are fairly rare. The LoM and BS are both un-named but the identity of the recipient is known based on the rim number of the Yangtze Service Medal.

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