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  1. stogieman editorial comments:

    It's not often in life that one has a great dinner, washes up, sits down to relax with some really good friends and start's to have PLM's passed around the room. I had a wonderful working-meeting with Steve Previtera a few weeks back and of the many subjects we touched on, one was PLM's. I confessed that unlike flight badges, the characteristics of the PLM are just lost in translation/viewing images to me. I'm sorry, I just don't get them; just as I find it impossible to "see" what Rick, Daniel, Paul, et. al. "see" in the rank lists.

    After this meeting I don't think there will be too many authenticity questions for me if I am ever fortunate enough to actually hold a real PLM in my (too flabergasted to be sweaty) hands....

    As is so often the case in this hobby of ours; there is simply no substitute for handling known originals. Quality simply cannot be duplicated in an image, no matter how well the scan or photo may be. The "feel" of piece cannot be replicated, no matter how clever a fake.

    This was one of the most special nights of collecting I have had in a very long time and I am grateful to all the participants. Thank you for your time, your efforts and for sharing your collective experience(s) and knowledge.

    PS: Did I mention the ca. 1866 and the ca. 1870 St. Henry RK's I was able to lovingly hold again?

    Perfectly stated. The one thing I can't explain to non collectors about this hobby is the experience you describe that you can only get from the personal interaction and sharing with friends. I had the same type experience with my dear friend Allan Henderson at the SOS. He brought some items to the show just so I could see and handle them in person....and it was amazing, like you said, ain't nothing like the real thing baby.

    Thanks so much for sharing and reminding us the importance of the hobby beyond the pieces we collect.


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    Here is the other Medallion I bought:



    Do you recall the name of the medallion? I have the same one in silver with similar mounting stand. Just don't recall the commemoration.


  3. Born in Chenango, Texas Sasser was a combat medic in the United States Army during the Vietnam war. He received the medal from President Richard Nixon in March 1969, for his actions of January 10, 1968 in Ding Tuong Province, Republic of Vietnam.


    OUTSTANDING!!!! And as with all, their actions in their eyes were not above and beyond...their humility is numbing.

  4. Kurd Rebellion Medal enamel touch up with a fake ribbon added as well..


    Hey Lorenzo,

    This one looks like one of the fire damaged ones I sold for about 5 bucks, along with some others from the fire damaged lot. Where did you find this?


  5. Here's a little something for your interest.


    That's beautiful Hugh. What r you using to attach the breast stars and the GC sash? I have some I would love to display and hang like this. Nice presentation......


  6. A photo of the recipient and condition of the reverse of this piece indicate that it was converted to a suspension, then back to screwback.

    Fantastic piece.

    I know the regulations changed at some point leading to many of the orders moving from screw back to suspension, but was there ever a choice to wear a suspension version or screwback? I ask because of the instances where they were converted and then converted back.....curious if it was personal preference or required.

    Hey anyone have any 3d or 4th or higher awards??


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