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  1. Some more Islamic Republic medal images-
  2. I believe this is the contemporary Republican version...
  3. I found this picture on an obscure web site on inter-military cooperation. can anyone identify the ribbons on this chaps' bar?
  4. I wondered about that too-where was the 442nd? Also, where was the Queen Elizabeth Garde Regiment in the fall of 1918?
  5. This guy is either an uber-patriot con man or a con man using emotive patriotism. Word on the street is he has hopes to get the sale banned, then lobby Congress to fund his Purple Heart Memorial Center and pay himself to be Executive Director of course. He has mastered the process of using modern US media to create " false" but feel good stories-combining a straw man enemy of " greedy businessmen profiting off the deaths of heroes" with a feel-good story about a " lost" item being returned to distant family members. Recently he " returned" a " Purple Heart Death Diploma" issued by the state of Vermont to a family of dustant relatives ( 3rd cousins twice removed) of a poor 18 year old guy who died of flu and never left Vermont in 1918. It made a great photo op and he stated that " greedy, nasty eBay gun-type collectors" who drove the price up". The 24 year old journlist did not know, nor care that dying of flu did not merit a Purple Heart. It's about selling advertising in the papers-and pathos sells. I heard that the certificate is now apparently in the back of the family garage, ready to be tossed out in the next de-cluttering. The free market is brutal-if you can not sell it, why would you pay to send it to the "Purple Heart Museum"? You won't -and these medals will go into the garbage. This guy was apparently also a trump Campaign county director and has been lobbying hard for his poposed " Purple Heart ban" .
  6. A nice, unexciting little group-ex Baden Regt. 109, then in Landwehr in middle age. I see no Bavarian LS certificate, so he probably just used the BLS ribbon for his manouvre souviner medal.
  7. That Westphalian bravery medl is awesome! Bavery in the Retreat from Moscow! In the Guard Jaegers! That is beyond cool!
  8. That is a great little group. Note he got the Militaerverdeinstkreuz 2x as an NCO and then a year later got the BMVO4x!
  9. Not only pilots, flight crew qualified too- and I would bet this guy ended his career as a Major. Note The USAAC good conducts- followed by only one USAF good conduct-6/9 years total enlisted time. But two NCO schools AND 24 years (+) based on the longevity ribbon. Career from@ 1953-1978-ish? When was the long tour deployment ribbon created?
  10. Ulsterman

    etiopia & angola

    That Junta badge is cool and I bet has some history
  11. Well, those are rare as rare can be. The Orders are detaied in Orden magazine from 1980 or thereabouts-
  12. Is the ribbon on the Derg refugee medal a Nigerian one? I reckon the Resistance planchet got swapped over- but maybe there was a rare variation? The Negerat was published right through the Mengistu collapse, so perhaps it can clear up some question. The LOC has a full run.
  13. I'd love to see photos of vets with these. Brandon Gauthier has a number of superb shots and examples. He is up in Vermont and has a web site: www.portraitsofwar. . Its worth a look.
  14. The more I look at this, the more I go hmmmmmmmmmm.......almost like a piece of Coro had a tughra inner core added. Yet, too complex and nice- and unique to be costume jewelry methinks. Owain? Owain? By the way Gordon, how's the Hungarian collecting going? I had lunch with one of Pal Mater's' insurgent body guards yesterday. He has an album of unpublished photos of '56- before Andropov dropped the hammer.
  15. perhaps he lied.That's why I wondered about the Bund of German Jewish War veterans.
  16. Well, not really, but I am very surprised he is a Catholic and not Jewish. Kind of an interesting for its pedestrianness, " all over the place, but nothing unusual: been there, did it" war for this guy. I got briefly excited by the demob. stamps as I misread it as " Party Comrades...btln. unit", but then retead it and realized my error. If you ever want to sell........
  17. Do I see an EK2/HKx/Austrian bravery w/bar and Hungarian WW1 medal?
  18. Brandon recounts in his book getting an ARCOM with V device - along with his entire company- for a minutes long firefight in Iraq against insurgents in a Mosque- allegedly. Smith was never completely sure that anyone was actually firing back and the incident might well have been a " jumpy shot" catalyzing a mass unit reaction. The implication was he got a medal merely for firing at what might have been an empty building.
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