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  1. IrishGunner

    One in the Same? Death Certificate

    Almost 8 years later and you don't even know if they received the document or if it was lost in transit or they stuck it in a drawer or even sold it themselves? To be honest, I'm not sure I would have donated it without some firm assurances in writing that it indeed would be in its "rightful place." Foi est Tout, but verify. Even then it would have taken some really smooth talking on their part.
  2. IrishGunner

    Father's Day Gift

    Sorry, Ed, way outside my lane and my usual Google tricks are coming up empty.
  3. IrishGunner

    Father's Day Gift

    That eight-pointed star is the primary clue then... And Hugh could be right, a merchant or shipping line insignia.
  4. IrishGunner

    Father's Day Gift

    You know, now that I look at it again, it seems odd that the eight-pointed star is silverish in color and appears to be "pinned" onto the cap vice an integral part of the insignia. Even the anchor looks metallic and more "pinned" onto the cap than an integral part of the insignia. Only the wreath appears braided. I guess all that is possible, but shouldn't the cap insignia be all one integral piece rather than appearing put together? We may never find an answer on this one...
  5. If it's the sense of his life and not specifics about his service and unit histories, there is a lot of general, albeit broad, information about the RGA in WWI on the internet. Simply use Google and a few standard phrases like "Battery life Royal Garrison Artillery WWI". You will start to get a multitude of links that often lead you to more detailed information. You can spend hours with this and is often how I start researching, even when my goal is much more specific information. You never know where a search result may lead. For example, you will find there are several books written by RGA gunners about the experience of their units; some examples: "A History of 154 Siege Battery," "With a Siege Battery in France: 303 Siege Battery RGA," and "History of the 135 Siege Battery RGA." Of course, these won't be specific to your man, but could give you a sense for what his life may have been like in a RGA Battery. Maybe you'll get lucky and find that someone wrote about his unit.
  6. IrishGunner

    Father's Day Gift

    Well, as I am sure you know, Navy service cap. But from which country is the question. The eight-pointed star at the top reminds me of the Star of Ishtar; so, I'm guessing a Muslim country. I've eliminated Indonesia, Malaysia, and Turkey; at least as far a a quick Google search allowed.
  7. Paul, you have to really like the Kondraciuk group with the Liberation of Warsaw medal! Nick, the round stamp with the eagle is from the "Wojska Polska" - Polish Army - at the top of the stamp. I can't read the print around the bottom of the stamp, but I'm guessing possibly a unit designation. The stamp underneath the red signature reads "Wojskowa Komenda Uzupełnień" - this means a provincial military reserve administration. "Korman" is a usual Polish family name, but I don't know the abbreviation "Bol." Along with the Capture of Berlin medal, Kondraciuk must have been part of Polish First Army or "Pierwsza Armia Wojska Polskiego" formed by the Soviets in 1944. Possibly a very research worthy group. Thanks for sharing!
  8. IrishGunner

    To The Point, Part 1

    You need to garner invitations to some better dinner parties! Great to read you again! Hope all is well.
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    I agree these are kinda nice. How can you not love those crossed cannons!
  10. IrishGunner

    US Certificate of Gratitude.

    First I've seen this certificate. Very interesting.
  11. IrishGunner

    Unknown WW1 US medal

    These medals likely are not from veteran's organizations; they usually were issued by local communities - towns/cities/counties - to their citizens who served in the Great War. As you note, it's a generic design; so, some smaller communities might have saved money by buying the generic stock medals. Many locales, however, had their own unique designs made with their town's name.
  12. IrishGunner

    1917-1919 ww1 medals

    The two medals with green ribbons on the left are American Legion annual convention commemorative medals. I can only read the top medal's city - Miami; the Legion's convention has been held in Miami several different times, so the medal probably has a year on it. The medal to the immediate left of the Victory Medal is a local "victory" medal awarded by towns/cities/counties; several locales used similar designs, but based on the NY State Victory Medal, this one is likely from a NY community; it may have a town name on it. The medal lower right with the 1st Division patch is not a shooting medal; rather it is a WWI 1st Division AEF Veterans Medal. This one looks a little too "pristine" for my taste to be original. The battle clasps on the Victory Medal also match to the 1st Division (Montdidier-Noyon is only to the 1st Division and/or attached units). The two Maltese crosses in the upper right are Masonic Knights Templar Maltese Crosses. The medal with the yellow/blue striped ribbon is a modern Armed Forces Reserve Medal and seems very out of place with this group.
  13. Another interesting China-related WWI commemorative:
  14. IrishGunner

    Chinese Medal France 1914-1918

    An interesting piece - certainly agree that it's an unofficial "commemorative." First time I've seen anything like it...