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I bought this medal this weekend. The medal is un-numbered, so I assume a later striking. I have a couple of questions:

1) I note that the inscription on the reverse "For Service" is on a straight line, unlike the notation in "Call of Duty", where it shows these words on a curve. Any comments on this?

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2) I also note that the clasp has a simple curved retainer, rather than the rotating safety clasp used on most US medals. Any comments? (Sorry, not the best picture)

3) Any comments on the stitching?


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Need to see the obverse of the medal. Gleim's Medal Letters P136 indicates a uniservice version but specifically refers to an Army obverse and reverse, which would explain the straight "For Service"....but you would find US Navy over a trophy of arms vice the naval service emblem depicting the eagle and anchor. Clearly a contract strike (the tone of the planchet and some pitting on the face of the reverse) but I can't speak to the uniservice reverse but without trophy of arms....interesting. I believe it's re-ribboned on a split wrap brooch with open catch which would be correct for a Navy version but it is not the original set up.

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Navy obverse; so the obverse, brooch set up appear correct for Navy issue, but the uniservice reverse without the trophy of arms has me unless I am making a false assumption that the uniservice reverse medals had the Army trophy of arms....it is possible it's a later strike of the uniservice medal; Studley possibly? Need to float it by some folks more expert than I am. Sorry I cant be more help

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