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  1. muckaroon1960

    Purple Heart KIA KOREA

    Great Find and the history to go with it. A named PH is high on my wanted list.
  2. muckaroon1960

    502nd PIR Pocket Patch

    I have started to collect patches recently and have acquired this 502nd PIR pocket pouch. It is I believe a good copy and only paid a few pounds for it. Can't afford originals at $1000+. Just need to find a good quality 501 and 506 to go with it.
  3. muckaroon1960

    Purple Heart

    Hi All, the following US medals have been awarded to foreign service personnel when engaged in military duty during a time of conflict: Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Medal (Army and Navy/Marine Corp), Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Air Medal. These medals do turn up regularly at UK Medal shows awarded in British Groups. There are quite a few Air Medals available in their original issue presentation boxes along with the DFC, probably awarded to RAF personnel. I believe that the Soldiers Medal was also issued to foreign personnel who helped to save lives during conflict. On November 8th 1942 Brigadier General Amaro Soares Bittencourt became the first foreigner (Brazil) to receive the Legion of Merit. There is no mention of the Purple Heart ever being issued to foreign service personnel but that doesn't mean to say though they may have been "gifted" but not able to wear with their other medals?
  4. Had to add these to my collection. 1933-34 dated USMC Blues dress jacket ( I also got the blue trousers) and a USMC Blue dress hat (1922 type). These were the dress uniform as worn by the "China" marines i.e. those that served in China with the 4th Marine Regiment stationed in Shanghai from 1927 to 1941 . Belt is a repro but buckle is an original but unsure of date on this and the service hat. The tunic is named to a C A Recio who was I believe stationed at a US Navy Station. Rank Badge is for 6th Grade. As I said I had to have these and when you see it buy it! I do however need to find a mannequin for display with the trousers.
  5. muckaroon1960

    US Marine Corp service dress jacket

    Finally acquired a small enough mannequin to fit. (Shoes are modern but look the part). Also added a USMC Sharpshooter badge.
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    US Marine Corp service dress jacket

    Found this picture on Chinamarine.org to compare uniform to.
  7. Awarded for service ashore or on the high seas enroute to the following countries, Cuba May 11th to July 17th, Puerto Rico July 24th to August 13th and Philippine Islands June 30th to August 16th 1898. The USA declared war on Spain February 15th 1898 following an explosion aboard the US battleship Maine in Havana Harbour which resulted in loss of American lives and the loss of the ship. Although chiefly a Naval war this was an Army award to those service personnel engaged in occupying Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines which ended August 12th and following a peace treaty signed December 10th resulted in Spain giving up its claim to these countries and the island of Guam. Originally issued with a Red and Yellow ribbon this was changed to the Blue and Yellow as the former was similar in colour to the Spanish flag. About 18400 were issued, 8000 with a No. prefix, 6400 with a M No. prefix and 4000 unnumbered. This one is numbered on the rim No.3383 with a replacement ribbon. Other medals issued for this campaign were Navy and Marine Corp equivalent, Spanish War Service-Army to members of the National Guard and Army volunteers. Following the Spanish Campaign, occupation medals were issued for Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Campaign and Insurrection.
  8. muckaroon1960

    USA Ribbon Bars

    Hi, thought I'd add my meagre collection of ribbons to this great thread: WW2 (Wolf Brown). US Navy Vietnam service. Gulf War Navy service. (I have the medals for these) USAF. (Missing an oak leaf on the long tour overseas ribbon) Unfortunately none of these are attributed to any one person.
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    1917-1919 ww1 medals

    Hi Ray, like these a lot. The New York State commemorative medal (2nd left bottom row) should have a number top reverse. Which service is the reserve medal for? (next to NY).
  10. muckaroon1960

    Legion Of Merit- Chief Commander Star.

    Hi Jannis, a very nice award if I may say so...you must be very pleased with it, well done.
  11. muckaroon1960

    Legion Of Merit- Chief Commander Star.

    Hi Jannis, here's my LOM I have in my collection. Its the Legionnaire version I believe. Has split loop suspender brooch and a makers mark for Williams & Anderson. A diamond with a zig zag or lightning bolt? I would date this a post war, possibly 1950's to early sixties?
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    Legion Of Merit- Chief Commander Star.

    Hi very nice award, any makers marks or symbols anywhere?
  13. Hi Mike, here's a Royal Warwickshire Regiment side cap I have in my collection.
  14. On April 9th 1917 the Battle of Vimy Ridge was fought as part of the opening phase of the British-led Battle of Arras. Four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force took part in the battle together for the first time and was successful in driving the German Sixth Army from the ridge. A 250-acre part of the battleground on Hill 145 serves as the site for the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. There were 10,602 Canadian casualties of which 3,598 were killed and 7,004 wounded. The Germans suffered an unknown number of casualties with approximately 4,000 men becoming POW's. Four Victoria Crosses were awarded to the Canadian Corp. (Information from Wikipedia) One of those Canadians Killed in Action on the first day (9th April) was Private 401015 James Stone Olde, 4th battalion, Canadian Infantry, Central Ontario Regiment. Aged 22 he was born in the civil parish of Forrabury, Boscastle, Cornwall, England in 1895. His parents were Mark and Mary Olde. James is buried at the Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus which was part of the 4th Battalions objective during the battle and would have been one of those first over the top as the 4th were in the front line on the morning of the 9th April, Easter Monday 1917. James is also remembered in Canada’s Book of Remembrance page 303. This is his Victory Medal which was awarded posthumously after the War. The picture of the memorial I took back in 2007 when I visited Vimy, Ypres, Passchendaele and the Somme battlefields.
  15. Killed in Action 28th April 1917 aged 20, Lieutenant Ralph Shaw DSO, 11th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment. Son of W W E & Lucy A Shaw of Handsworth Wood, Birmingham. Has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. The 11th Bn fought at the Battle of Arleux which was part of the Battle of Arras. This original picture of him I bought from a car boot a few years ago. I was told his medals including the DSO were at the Fusiliers museum in Warwick but when I enquired the museum replied they had no knowledge of this and in such an offensive manner and there's me thinking of donating the picture to the museum...their loss. Frame is pewter over wood with details on the rear and original Warwickshire badge. Size is 15" x 12". London Gazette dated 18th July 1917 which suggests a posthumous award for the DSO, "2nd Lt. (temp. Lt.) Ralph Shaw, R. War. R., Spec. Res. For conspicuous gallantry and ability in action. When all the senior officers of the brigade had become casualties he assumed charge of the whole line, and showed great courage and judgment under very heavy fire in organising the consolidation".
  16. Worth the trip if you can go. Lots to see there as well as Passchendaele, Ypres and the Somme. The Vimy Memorial itself is quite stunning and very moving also.
  17. Hi Rebecca, thank you for the update on this post. I bought the medal some years ago as I have an interest in WW1 hence my visit to France and Belgium and especially Vimy Ridge. At the time of my visit the memorial was closed as it was being renovated before the Queen officially rededicated the memorial on the 90th anniversary of the battle, however a bit of Herras fencing wasn't going to stop us seeing the memorial in all its splendour until that is the Canadian caretaker threw us out!!! But we still got to visit the memorial and the battle field. We did the same at Thiepval as that was also undergoing renovations. Its great to put a picture to the owner of the medal, I say owner as all these named medals do belong to their original recipients in my view. I'm just its custodian for now. The medal has pride of place in my collection and is framed along with a Canadian cap badge and a 4th infantry lapel badge. Its good to be able to pass on James' story as well to others especially as he was born in England and at Boscastle which itself was in the news some years ago due to flash flooding almost wiping the place off the face of the earth, thankfully with no loss of life which is more than can be said for the Battle at Vimy and all previous efforts by the French and British to dislodge the Germans from there before the Canadian Infantry performed their heroic deed with James Stone Olde playing his part but which cost him his life. Lest We Forget all those killed and wounded at Vimy Ridge whatever their nationality.
  18. This is the view from the memorial across the plains of Douai. The Statue is called "Canada Bereft" who mourns the loss of all Canadian soldiers killed in WW1. The remains of the battle field which has been preserved.
  19. muckaroon1960

    Medal of Honor Ribbons

    Thanks Sal, appreciate your input.
  20. muckaroon1960

    Medal of Honor Ribbons

    I've recently acquired a job lot of American military ribbons and amongst them was a medal of honor ribbon marked NS Meyer M22 on the rear. The stitching on the stars looks like it was hand finished but is very different from the Graco version I have and also another un-named version. Anyone ever seen one like this before? Graco G27 Version Un-named version
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    Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    Another Vanguard V-21-N marked miniature, Distinguished Flying Cross fixed to a 1:144 scale model of the Memphis Belle. I have this alongside another B17 and B24 Liberator on display.
  22. muckaroon1960

    Lets see your US miniature medal bars

    Its not a bar only a single but a good one at that. Vanguard made Army Distinguished Service Medal Miniature. (length + 2") V-21-N is hidden on the brooch pin bar. This is possible post 1974 manufacture?.
  23. muckaroon1960

    Medal of Honor Ribbons

    Hi Sal, I think the only decent looking one is the Graco made ribbon, I'm not sure at all about the other 2 though. Like you say possible foreign made?
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    US Navy and Naval Hats Caps and Devices

    There is a name tag in the USMS hat for Ensign Edward Borth, 3100 Lafayette Avenue, Austin, Texas. Information I have found is: Edward William Borth born 16th March 1926 died 19th March 2011 (Baltimore, MD). Father was Reinhald, Mother Marie and a brother John (1940 census). 3100 Lafayette avenue was built in 1939. E W Borth signed onto Naval reserve 1953. The long shot is that Edward was 17 in 1943 and eligible to join the merchant marine. Training was reduced from 4 years to 18 months during the war so earliest he could have qualified would have been circa late 1944? But then this is only supposition?
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    US Navy and Naval Hats Caps and Devices

    Hi, I have recently acquired this US Maritime Service Hat. It has the correct buttons on the gold braid. Not sure of its date of origin but I do have a name which I am researching at present. The hat was made by Wender & Goldstein, New York.