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  1. 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.
  2. 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 sh
  3. An interesting piece - certainly agree that it's an unofficial "commemorative." First time I've seen anything like it...
  4. Thanks to those who wondered why I've been MIA!  I am certainly alive and well.  However, my time has been sidetracked by other pursuits, leaving little time for much else...  First, I started a full time job last August; I had considered teaching for some time and was offered a full-time position teaching U.S. Government and Criminal Justice at a high school.  It's been both a rewarding and frustrating experience, but something I believe is extremely worthwhile.  As General Stanley McChrystal recently wrote in a New York Times editorial, "education is the lifeblood of a great nation."  I thought it time to go back to serving my country instead of sitting on my butt.

    The second thing that has taken up my free time ... and expendable cash ... is in the picture attached.  My wife and I moved to the Chesapeake Bay with the idea we'd get a boat.  And last April we did just that...  Getting ready to take her out tomorrow for the start of this year's boating season.


  5. KIA first day of the Battle of Messines. Nice pick-up.
  6. Yea, Chris, this really is the first US medal that I thought was totally unnecessary and completely "cheap" looking. Of course, this is the artist concept, actual medals haven't been produced yet. But I thought the GWOT Expeditionary Medal, which was already authorized for this campaign, was sufficient.
  7. Let the debate begin. I think it looks like a commemorative medal vice a campaign medal. http://www.defense.gov/News/News-Releases/News-Release-View/Article/708442/department-of-defense-publishes-inherent-resolve-campaign-medal-guidance
  8. I am in awe just with this "taking shape" shot. Impressive. I knew you were a serious collector, but I think most of us could be lost for hours/days in your "two small rooms" exploring your treasures. Only one suggestion... You still need a corner that looks something like this...
  9. Gunner, PM sent. Thanks! Here is Carter - not sure what medal ribbon he is wearing. Also, an image of his grave.
  10. I always thought the 1956 Suez Crisis needed more discussion.
  11. Gunner, thanks! Image matches a photo I have of the man in uniform...
  12. This is an understatement. Oh, you are talking about compasses. Yea, our compasses are bigger and better too... So, if Brit ones would swing for ages, exactly how is that better? To me, the sooner a compass settles and finds its equilibrium orientation the better. Especially if I am out in No-man's-land, where the artillery can come quick, I'd want my compass to settle fast so I can get out of there...and go in the right direction!
  13. I suspect your Reuß bravery pair must be a bit scarce to find... Thanks for sharing.
  14. Christophe, that's an impressive group in #31. I'm not familiar with the cross with the yellow/red/black ribbon (and what I assume is it's 1st Class counterpart). Which German State is this from?
  15. On an Army band uniform, small mini groups make perfect sense. Army band uniforms are unit issue items because they are required for performances. Band members do not have to purchase those items. Same for ceremonial units like the Old Guard in Washington, DC. However, for everyone else, mess dress uniforms are optional and therefore, private purchase and expensive. Of course, officers have to buy all uniforms. Again, expensive. I am old, but in my day, it was rare that an officer bought a mess dress uniform before being at least a senior captain or a major. Even rarer for an enlisted
  16. I found this young corporal and sergeant, but I couldn't find an Army lieutenant or captain. (Of course, recent combat vets; so, they have a bit more than a Cold War era soldier.) So, other ranks and subalterns certainly do buy/wear mess dress and miniature medals. It's just not usual in my opinion, which makes me see small groups as possibly incomplete. Seems more common for company grade officers in the Air Force: Like I said, not impossible for small mini groups. Just very unusual for the Army. And in my opinion "unusual" means it is worth asking the extra questions
  17. Do you have any with a company grade officer in mess dress? That's my point. Not that the full authorization of medals is wrong, but that it is unusual for mini medal sets to be this small. Not impossible, but unusual. I would bet a case of good German beer not one of these fine young soldiers own a Mess Dress uniform on which they could wear mini medals.
  18. The Bronze Star with V/Air Medal/ARCOM likely is a top row. With the bottom row starting with either a Good Conduct Medal (if enlisted) or a NDSM (if officer) and then a campaign medal like a Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal or Vietnam Service Medal (and maybe a Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal). The ARCOM/AAM/Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal could be the complete deal for a for an officer (Good Conduct Medal ranking in precedence above the reserve component medal) serving in the Reserves after 1971 in the period 1975-1989 when no NDSM was authorized. The ARCOM/AAM/NDSM c
  19. Yes, Berlin Airlift devices are scarce. Something about this one just does not feel right to me though. Miniature medal sets are worn on mess dress uniforms. [Although they can also be worn on civilian formal attire (e.g. tuxedo) or other civilian attire for occasions like Veterans Day after retiring or leaving military service]. Mess dress uniforms are quite expensive; so, in my experience, usually senior NCOs or officers have those in their closet. And with that rank, I would expect more decorations. I suppose this could be a vet who was proud of his Berlin Airlift service, especially s
  20. Unfortunately, the bottom left ribbon is not a WWI Victory Medal ribbon bar. This is the WWI Victory Medal: Note that the ribbon in your group has two white stripes. (The WW2 Victory Medal ribbon has two white stripes, but this is not that ribbon either.) According to this website on US State National Guard ribbons, your ribbon is an obsolete Service Medal. (See chart below; bottom left ribbon.) It gives no other information, but given the similarity it could be related to WWI service (although the NY State medal for WWI has a blue/white ribbon). Many of the other ribb
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