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    Unknown Chinese medal

    Thank you! That was easy. Ok, now I hate to ask the question, but since I can't find another example online anywhere, are they terribly valuable? Did it originally have a ribbon? mike
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    Unknown Chinese medal

    I have had this medal for a number of years but never found out what it is. I think it is made of silver but I'm unsure. Does anyone recognize it? mike
  3. A friend of mine just picked this flag up with a bunch or other items brought back during the war. I'm guessing it's a vehicle flag because of the metal frame around the outside but I'm stumped as to what it is exactly. I thought it might have something to do with the DAF because of the gear in the design but other than that I haven't got a clue. As always, I certainly appreciate any help I can get. Mike
  4. I couldn't read the handwriting and definitely appreciate the translation. That's wonderful. mike
  5. I have a handful of German photos brought back by a US soldier but most don't have any labels on the back however this one is a little different. It's an interesting photo of a ceremony of some sorts and has pencil writing on the back. My problem now though is I can't read the handwriting at all. Is anyone able to understand what is written? Thanks a lot, Mike
  6. Still trying to find out who they are. Bumping this up after over 6 months.
  7. I was curious if anyone can recognize the generalleutnant in this photo. It is one of numerous photos that came from a 7th Army soldier that brought them back to the US during the war. These are all original photos. Thanks! Mike
  8. It definitely looks like a feldpost eagle and I'm leaning towards it being a cast copy. Why else would the holes on the wings be filled in? It isn't as clean on the reverse as the other examples I've seen so I will probably stay away. Thanks everyone.
  9. I found this railway-type eagle at an antique mall today but am not familiar with them at all. It measures about 14 1/4 inches from tip to tip and unlike the photos of others I have seen, is completely unmarked on the reverse. It at least appears old and has some wear and light corrosion. I wish I got a better picture of the front but only have one in the display case. Any thoughts? Could this be authentic? What is the going price for these size Eagles?
  10. Hello everyone, I have seen quite a number of Victoria Cross copies out there lately with some looking much nicer than others. However, if I want to get one of these, I don't want to throw my money away. At the same time, I don't want to pay anything near the Hancock copy prices. Can an anyone recommend a source for good quality copy VCs? Can any be found in the U.S.? Mike
  11. A friend of mine hit what appears to be the militaria gold mine at an antique store he visited while on vacation. He is currently unable to get online to post but I thought I would do him a favor and see what forum members think of this Demjansk shield. I don't know a lot about German medals and insignia and neither does he but when he got numerous German insignia, US ribbons and patches for under $70USD, I would take the gamble too. Any assistance would be appreciated. Mike
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    CBI Theater Blood Chits

    A variety of WWII CBI theater blood chits from my collection

    © Mike Mercier 2014

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    A Solemn Burial

    The crew of the USS Unimak buries at sea, S2C Walter Morgan, the only crewmember found from the crash of a PBM-3S on 16 July 1944 off the coast of Panama. I own a large grouping of the first commander of the USS Unimak and this original photo was part of his effects.
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    Japanese lantern and bridge

    A stone Japanese lantern with the red bridge in the background of Sarah P. Duke Gardens. Durham, North Carolina

    © Mike Mercier 2014