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I just purchased my FIFTH  named Navy Good Conduct Medal.  I keep telling myself I collect British and Canadian.

Sadly, the cost of a Freedom of Information request in the UK is almost as much as the medal.  For my group to Smart, National Archives sent me his record for free.

Back history:  I spent my youth building model airplanes, including a whole bunch of U.S. Navy 1925-45.  So when a medal to a man who served on USS Hornet (CV-12) from its commissioning comes up, I guess I have to have it.

Michael

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I bought a USN discharge certificate offa eBay - enlisted 1949, discharged 1953, immediate re-up for 4 years..  When I found his veteran's Veteran's Burial on Ancestry it looks like he served from 1943 into the 1970s - WWII, Korea, AND Vietnam.  I'm sending off for his record, and suspect he had quite a rack, ending up as a SCPO.  Could even beat Smart's group.

Michael

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Sadly Archives now wants $25 for a service record, so I didn't send off for any more.  That's almost as much as I could sell the medal for.

I'll probably put most of my USN GCMs up for sale, as I can't afford to have too diverse a collection anymore.

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On 03/04/2017 at 18:27, Michael Johnson said:

I just purchased my FIFTH  named Navy Good Conduct Medal.  I keep telling myself I collect British and Canadian.

Sadly, the cost of a Freedom of Information request in the UK is almost as much as the medal.  For my group to Smart, National Archives sent me his record for free.

Back history:  I spent my youth building model airplanes, including a whole bunch of U.S. Navy 1925-45.  So when a medal to a man who served on USS Hornet (CV-12) from its commissioning comes up, I guess I have to have it.

Michael

I know your feelings very well. I got bitten by that bug to. From pearl harbor to torpedo bomber rear gunner on an air craft carrier... All are researched.

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