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WW2 US Medals And Ribbons

Original WW2 U.S. Military Medals & Awards

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1st Army National Guard Maneuvers Medal
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1USM-1. A thin, silver colored, five-arm cross with gold colored metal disk in the center, depicting a U.S. Army style eagle; the edge around the eagle is embossed, “First Army Maneuvers, National Guard;” the top arm of the cross bears the number, “1;” the other four arms have the symbol for, Infantry, Cavalry Artillery and Military Police. The cross is suspended from a nicely detailed suspension bar depicting an eagle superimposed on a brace of service arms, (rifles, swords, etc.) and standing above a bar embossed, “Maneuvers.” The flat backside exhibits a horizontal, “spring type,” attaching pin and an open wire pin catch on the back of the suspension bar. The cross is maker marked, however it’s somewhat illegible. Moderate age and tarnish, no appreciable wear. No precious metal. In the image the medal has a green tone to it' it's actually silver. Very nice. Vg. $22.00

WW1 State Of Connecticut Service Medal 1917-1918
ctww1.jpg (58990 bytes) 1USM-2. Antique gold finish medal, 1-1/4in diameter, depicting, in very high relief, a woman in flowing robe holding an olive branch, standing next to a large eagle with arrows in its talons, with wording, "World War 1917-1918. Reverse depicts an olive branch and State of Connecticut shield logo. Wording, "State of Connecticut for Service. Blue ribbon with white and red central stripe. Slot brooch with horizontal attaching pin and open pin catch. Medal on original card, in original 2-1/4in x 3-3/4in cardboard box with metal tabs to secure lid, with appropriate ribbon bar in glassine envelope. Card is maker marked, "The Robbins Company, Attleboro, Massachusetts."  Slight yellowing to paper parts. Unissued. Excellent.  $35.00

Numbered Distinguished Flying Cross, (DFC), Medal With Sewn Slot Suspension, in Presentation Box With Ribbon Bar and Enameled Lapel Device, Very Low Serial Number 8801 

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1USM-3. The Distinguished Flying Cross Medal was instituted in 1926 and was awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The medal depicts an antique gold colored four bladed propeller, superimposed on a Maltese cross with rays extending between the arms of the cross. The medal is suspended from a horizontal suspension bar, which is attached to a blue iridescent ribbon with white and red stripes. The backside of the ribbon has a, “sewn slot suspension,” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch; also included is an enamel DFC buttonhole device, for wear on civilian clothing and a DFC ribbon bar with a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. The flat bottom edge of the medal is clearly stamped with a very low serial number “8801.” The front of the medal is in excellent condition, exhibiting slight and insignificant signs of age from handling and storage; the front retains approximately 99.8% of its original antique gold finish with just the slightest hint of tarnish on the tips of the design; the backside is very lightly aged and retains approximately 99% original finish. The front of the ribbon is in excellent condition; the backside is also in excellent condition, except for one tiny, unknown, brownish soil spot on the right backside that can be seen in the image, (nothing at all of a serious nature); the brass sewn slot suspension is aged and tarnished. The buttonhole device is in excellent+ condition. The ribbon bar exhibits moderate signs of age and soil; it appears that the ribbon bar was worn on a uniform for a period of time; the backside has a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. The medal and accessories come in their original dark, blue/black, leatherette presentation case, which is gold leaf embossed, “Distinguished Flying Cross,” and has a gold leaf embossed design on the lid and around the edges. The exterior of the box exhibits light signs of age, as well as light spots of surface wear to the dark blue/black fabric and gold leaf finish, (nothing of a serious nature). The interior of the box is lined with pale gold silk and velvet material and is in excellent condition.  A beautiful, well cared for, numbered example with a very low serial number. Very Scarce. Overall excellent. $245.00

Silver Star Medal With WW2 Type Sewn Slot Brooch Suspension
SilverStarSewnSlot.JPG (45047 bytes) 1USM-4.The Silver Star was instituted in 1932 and was awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, (originally for Army only), for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States, or while serving with friendly foreign forces. The medal depicts a small silver star within a laurel wreath, superimposed on a larger, 5-point, gold colored star. The medal is suspended from a square suspension device, which is attached to a red, white & blue stripe ribbon. The backside of the ribbon has a, “sewn slot brooch suspension,” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch; this type of suspension brooch is characteristic of brooches found on WW2 period medals. The front and backside of the medal are in excellent condition and shows just a hint of age; the medal retains 99.5% of its original matt gold finish. The tiny silver star on the front of the medal exhibits moderate age and tarnish. The front and backside of the ribbon are in excellent condition; the fabric is bright and has just a hint of age from storage. The bright brass brooch exhibits light and insignificant signs of age and it has a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. A very nice example. Overall about excellent. $55.00
American Defense Service Medal With Navy “Fleet Bar” 
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1USM-5. The American Defense Service Medal was instituted for all branches of service in 1941; it was awarded for 12 months of Army service during the years of 1939 to 1941and any Navy active duty time during the same period. The front of the antiqued bronze finish medal depicts a robed woman, standing on an oak leaf branch, holding a sword and shield; the words, “American Defense,” are embossed along the top border of the medal. The reverse is embossed with the following lengthily inscription, “For Service during the Limited Emergency Proclaimed by the President on September 1, 1939, or During the Unlimited Emergency Proclaimed by the President on May 27, 1941.”The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to an iridescent yellow ribbon with thin red, white and blue stripes. This specimen has the Navy “Fleet” bar device properly attached to the ribbon; the addition of the “Fleet” bar indicated the recipient was serving with the U.S. Navy, outside the Continental U.S. prior to America's entry into WW2. The medal and ribbon exhibits very light signs of age and very insignificant soil from handling and storage. The backside has a sewn slot brooch with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. A very nice example. Overall Vg+. $19.00

Three Ribbon Bars, Army Size, Plastic Covered Ribbons with Flat Face Clutch Back Attaching Devices and Four Bronze Star Devices
Rib3bar1.JPG (14924 bytes) 1USM-6. 4-1/8-inch long x 3/8-inch wide ribbon bar with two, WW2, flat face, clutch back attaching devices bearing the following three, separately affixed, ribbons: 1). Army Good Conduct, 2). American Campaign, 3). European-African-Middle East Campaign. The backside of the American Campaign ribbon is clearly marked, “Wolf-Brown Co.” Plastic covered ribbons were commercially made during WW2 and are actively sought after by present day collectors. These ribbons are not contrived or made-up, they are exactly as we acquired them from WW2 veteran accumulations over the years; the ribbons on this bar are in the correct order of precedence. The metal parts are in excellent condition, except, one of the clutch back devices exhibits moderate spots of verdigris, (nothing serious). The plastic covering on this example is actually fused to the material of the individual ribbons; a process, which has kept the ribbons in excellent+ condition. $29.00
Numbered Silver Star Medal With Full Wrapped Brooch Suspension, in Presentation Box With Ribbon Bar and Enameled Lapel Device, Serial Number 110483 
SilverStar483.JPG (32773 bytes) 1USM-7. The Silver Star Medal was instituted in 1932 and was awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces, (originally Army only), for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United States, or while serving with friendly foreign forces. The medal depicts a small silver star within a laurel wreath, superimposed on a larger, 5-point, gold colored star. The medal is suspended from a square suspension device, which is attached to a blue ribbon with white and red stripes. The backside of the ribbon has a, “full wrapped brooch suspension,” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch; also included is an enamel Silver Star buttonhole device, for wear on civilian clothing and a Silver Star ribbon bar with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. The inside of the bottom left point of the star is stamped with the serial number “110483;” (on this specimen the area where the number is stamped, is slightly rounded and some of the numbers are not completely formed, which is a normal situation found on some of these particular medals). The front and backside of the medal are in excellent+ condition; the medal retains 99.8% of its original gold and silver finish. The front and backside of the ribbon are in excellent+ condition; the brass wrapped brooch has darkened a bit from age but has retained near 100% of its original brassy/gold finish. The buttonhole device is in excellent condition, exhibiting some very tiny chips in the enamel that are not visible with the naked eye, (nothing serious). The front and backside of the ribbon bar are in excellent+ condition and has a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. The medal and accessories come in their original dark, blue/black, leatherette presentation case, which is gold leaf embossed, “Silver Star Medal,” and has a gold leaf embossed design on the lid and around the edges. The exterior of the box is in excellent+ condition exhibiting only the slightest and most insignificant signs of surface wear to the dark blue/black fabric. The interior of the box is lined with pale gold silk and velvet material and is in excellent+ condition. A gorgeous, well cared for, numbered example that would enhance any collection. SCARCE.  Overall excellent+. $225.00
American Defense Service Medal
amdef.JPG (40616 bytes) 1USM-8. The American Defense Service Medal was instituted for all service in 1941; it was awarded for 12 months of Army service during the years of 1939 to 1941and any Navy active duty time during the same period. The front of the antiqued bronze finish medal depicts a robed woman, standing on an oak leaf branch, holding a sword and shield, the words, “American Defense,” are embossed along the top border of the medal. The reverse is embossed with the following lengthily inscription, “For Service during the Limited Emergency Proclaimed by the President on September 1, 1939, or During the Unlimited Emergency Proclaimed by the President on May 27, 1941.” The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to an iridescent yellow ribbon with thin red, white and blue stripes. The medal is lightly overall aged and tarnished and has light to moderate wear to the finish on the edges and highlights. The ribbon is lightly aged and soiled. About Vg.  $12.00
Purple Heart Medal With Ribbon Bar and Enameled Lapel Device – Sewn Slot Brooch
PurpleHeartMdl.JPG (37498 bytes) 1USM-9. The Purple Heart Medal was instituted in 1932 and was awarded to any member of the U.S. Armed Forces killed or wounded in an armed conflict. A heart shaped, gold colored, medal with a center of, smooth, slightly raised, polished, purple enamel-like material bearing a gold colored, separately applied, metal relief of the bust of General George Washington. A multi-colored, enameled, “Washington Coat of Arms,” is exhibited just above Washington’s head. The medal is suspended from a purple watered silk ribbon with white edges. The backside of the ribbon has a, “sewn slot brooch,” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. Also included is a purple and white enamel, Purple Heart, buttonhole device, as well as a Purple Heart ribbon bar with a horizontal attaching pin that has a roller lock pin catch. The medal and ribbon its accessories exhibit light to moderate signs of age an soil from handling, as well as a few minor and insignificant dings around the edge of the medal; the purple heart is very lightly scratched and crazed and has a bubbly blemish on the upper right edge; the buttonhole device has some microscopic chips and the metal is tarnished in one spot; the ribbon bar is moderately aged, worn and is somewhat darker than the ribbon on the medal as it must have been worn on a uniform for a period of time. A very sound representative example. Vg. $44.00
WW2 Victory Ribbon Bar, Navy/Marine Corps Size, Plastic Covered, Flat Face Clutch Back Attaching Devices
RibVictMcPlastic.JPG (34920 bytes) 1USM-10. 1-3/8-inch long x 1-1/16-inch wide, Navy/Marine Corps size ribbon bar for the WW2 U.S. Victory Medal; the backside of the ribbon bar has two, WW2, flat face, clutch back attaching devices. The back of the ribbon is clearly marked, “World War 2-Victory.” Plastic covered ribbons were commercially made during WW2 and are actively sought after by present day collectors. The metal parts are moderate to heavily aged from storage, (nothing serious). This example has a separately applied plastic cover, which is slipped over the cloth ribbon; the plastic exhibits light age, is lightly yellowed and has a small chip on one corner; the ribbon is lightly faded beneath the plastic cover. A nice example. Vg. $8.00
U.S. Army Maneuvers – 1941 
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1USM-11. A thin, red, white and blue ribbon, suspended from a gold colored metal suspension bar depicting an eagle standing above a bar embossed, “U.S. Army Maneuvers, 1941.” The flat backside exhibits a horizontal, “spring type,” attaching pin and an, integral, open wire pin catch. Heavy tarnish, on about 20% of the left side of the suspension bar. No precious metal. Vg. $10.00

Army Good Conduct Medal With Bronze Two Knot Device for Two Additional Awards, Sewn Slot Brooch
GoodArmy2knot.JPG (45732 bytes) 1USM-12. The Army Good Conduct Medal was instituted in 1941 for Exemplary conduct, efficiency and fidelity during three years of active enlisted service with the U.S. Army, (1-year during wartime). The front of the antiqued brass finish medal depicts an eagle standing on a sword, which is on top of a book, the words, “Efficiency, Honor Fidelity,” are embosses around the outer edge of the medal. The reverse depicts a star and the words, “For Good conduct,” within a laurel and oak leaf wreath. The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to an iridescent red ribbon with six white stripes; there is a bronze finish device with two knots affixed to the front of the ribbon, which signifies two additional awards of the medal. The backside of the ribbon has a “sewn slot brooch suspension” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. The front and backside of the medal are in excellent+ condition and retains approximately 99.8%, or more, of its original antiqued brass finish. The front and backside of the ribbon are in excellent+ condition, as is the two-knot device. The sewn slot brooch suspension still retains its bright, polished brass, finish and has a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. Avery nice example. Overall excellent+. $15.00  
Named Air Medal With Sewn Slot Suspension, in Presentation Box With Ribbon Bar and Enameled Lapel Device. James C. Mclntosh  
AirMedalJCM.JPG (31349 bytes) 1USM-13. The Air Medal was instituted in 1942 for all services, for heroic actions or meritorious service while participating in aerial flight. The heavy, antiqued gold medal depicts a diving eagle, holding lightning bolts in its talons, superimposed on a sixteen-pointed star. The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to a blue iridescent ribbon with two orange stripes. The backside of the ribbon has a, “sewn slot suspension,” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch; also included is an enamel Air Medal buttonhole device, for wear on civilian clothing and an, oversize, plastic covered, Air Medal ribbon bar with double clutch back attaching pins. Oversize, plastic covered, ribbon bars are usually associated with WW2 U.S. Navy and Marine ribbon bars, (It is quite possible that this was a Vietnam awarded medal due to the clutch back devices on the ribbon bar, although the ribbon bar could have been a later addition). The backside of the medal is engraved with the reciepetants name, James C. Mclntosh. The front of the medal is in Vg. condition it exhibits light to moderate signs of age and surface wear on the highlights; the front retains approximately 98% of its original antique gold finish with very light tarnish on the worn surfaces; the backside exhibits moderate surface scratches and light tarnish but still retains at least 95%, or more, of its original finish. The front of the ribbon is lightly worn from handling; the backside of the ribbon is excellent; the brass sewn slot suspension is aged and tarnished and has a variation, separately attached, horizontal, metal, attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. The ribbon bar exhibits moderate to heavy signs of age from storage and it is pinned directly through the velvet base of the box. The plastic covering on this example is the type that is fused directly onto the material of the ribbon.The medal and accessories come in their original dark, blue/black, leatherette presentation case, which is gold leaf embossed, “Air Medal,” and has a gold leaf embossed design on the lid and around the edges. The exterior of the box exhibits light signs of age, as well as spots of surface age and wear to the dark blue/black fabric and gold leaf finish, (nothing of a serious nature). The interior of the box is lined with pale gold silk and velvet material, which exhibits light soil, in spots, from handling and use, (nothing serious). A very nice named example. Vg. $120.00
WW1 Occupation of Germany Medal, the Pershing Medal, With Sewn Slot Brooch
PershingMedal.JPG (38810 bytes) 1USM-14. The WW1 Germany Occupation Medal was authorized for wear in 1941 for persons who served in the Army of Occupation in Germany, Austria or Hungary during the period of November 12, 1918 to July 11, 1923. The medal is referred to as the Pershing Medal. The front of this, very heavy, antiqued gold finished medal depicts the profile likeness of General John J. (Black Jack) Pershing, American Commander in Europe during World War I, as well as the dated, “1919 & 1923,” which was the period of the occupation of Germany after WW1; the reverse depicts a large spread winged eagle and the words, “U.S. Army of Occupation of Germany.” This medal and its ribbon are not generally found on military uniforms due to its late date of inception; by 1941, most men who participated in the German occupation had long left military service. The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to a black iridescent ribbon with red, white and light blue stripes. The backside of the ribbon has a “sewn slot brooch suspension” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. The front and backside of the medal are in near excellent condition, exhibiting very light and insignificant signs of age and very light surface wear to the finish, with some very tiny and insignificant edge dings from handling and use, (nothing at all of a serious nature); the medal still retains approximately 98%, or more, of its original antique gold finish. The front and backside of the ribbon are in near excellent condition, exhibiting very light age, as well as very light and insignificant soil on the white stripes, on the front side, from light handling and use. The sewn slot brooch suspension still retains its bright, polished brass, finish and has a horizontal attaching pin with a roller lock pin catch. Avery nice medal that is not often encountered. Overall near excellent. $55.00
A Wonderful Example of an Early WW2 U.S. Air Medal With a Full Wrapped Brooch
AirMedalBrooch.JPG (41107 bytes) 1USM-15. The Air Medal was instituted in 1942 for all services, for heroic actions or meritorious service while participating in aerial flight. The heavy, antiqued bronze medal depicts a diving eagle, holding lightning bolts in its talons, superimposed on a sixteen-pointed star. The medal is suspended from a ring, which is attached to a blue iridescent ribbon with two orange stripes. The backside of the ribbon has a “full wrapped brooch suspension” with a horizontal attaching pin and a roller lock pin catch. The front and backside of the medal are in excellent condition, exhibiting only the slightest insignificant signs of age from storage and retains approximately 99.9% of its original antique bronze finish. The front and backside of the ribbon are in excellent condition, except for one tiny, unknown, blemish on the front lower right side of the ribbon, which can be seen in the image, (nothing at all of a serious nature); the brass wrapped brooch has darkened a bit from age but has retained near 100% of its original brassy/gold finish; it must be noted that this medal is not often encountered with this early type, full wrapped suspension brooch attachment. A beautiful early example. SCARCE.   Excellent. $85.00

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