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All,

I was wondering if anyone has photos and /or descriptions of Nicaraguan decorations awarded to marines during the campaigns there. I am interested in the Presidential Medal of Merit, Cross of Valor, and Medal of Distinction. Thanks in advance.

John

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Hello Gentlemen,

I know some sort of answer comes more than 13 years after the last post on this topic, but nicaraguayan phaleristic is also fascinating, because very few is known about, despite a book was published in 2007? or 2008.

In all my life I have been able to but 2 Cross of Valour, with each a different ribbon. The one at left is older (clearly). And ribbon from the one at left correspond to the one illustrated in the book.

Medals are in blackened metal.

I hope this helps.

Regards.

    Emmanuel

Nicaragua Cruz de Valor 1.jpg

Nicaragua Cruz de Valor 2.jpg

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Here is the Nicaragua Distinguished Service Cross.

Mine is marked 14 kt Gold.

Likely it is an early one, but it is possible that later version were in metal gilt.

Long time ago I had downloaded from eBay a photo the miniature of the Distinguished Service Cross

Any ways a very are to get award.

Best regards.

   Emmanuel

Nicaragua Distinguished Service Cross obverse.jpg

Nicaragua Distinguished Service Cross reverse.jpg

Nicaragua Military Merit Cross 1930ies reverse.jpg

Nicaragua Military Merit Cross 1930ies obverse.jpg

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Here an exemple of the Medal of Merit.

This medal is clearly a medal struck in the 1920ies (more recent strike lacks details).

This medal is NOT in my collection, I just host the photo.

I hope this helps.

Regards.

    Emmanuel

Nicaragua Medal of Merit 20ies.jpg

Nicaragua Medal of Merit 20ies close up.jpg

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Hello Gentlemen, to complete this post, here some photo of Anastacio Somoza, that I grabbed left & right on the net. They are the best I have been able to get, which shown his medals. Ribbon of his Distinguished Service Cross seems different of mine, but I'am pretty sure mine is correct too (maybe ribbon colors have changed from decade to another ??).

I've never been to Nicaragua myself, but I bet all traces of this era have been vanished, and that no sample of pre 1977 Orders & Medals remains in Museum in Nicaragua, if ever there were there.

Could be possible that one day I would fly up to Managua (from a nearby distance in central America), just to check if there is an Army Museum worth to visit).

There is a web site, where all the current (post sandinist) medals of the Nicaraguan Army are on display, ....and even if this web site is down, I had downloaded the photo of the medals, so one day I may post them on GMIC, but in medal show or auction I never saw any of these new medals for sale, with sole exception of the Army 5 Years Long Service Medal (yes they got an Army 5 Years Service Medal currently).

Regards.

    Emmanuel

Nicaragua Anastasio Smoza Garcia as elected President in 1936.jpg

Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Garcia 2.jpg

Nicaragua Anastasio Somoza Garcia 1.jpg

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