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Air Force Achievement Medal

Condition: VF+

Air Force Achievement Medal. Crimp brooch is marked "LI-GI". 

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Air Force Commendation Medal, "Ross M. Newell"

Condition: VF

Air Force Commendation Medal, hand-engraved "Ross M. Newell". 

Lt Col Ross M. Newell served from June 1942 through January 1965 (World War II, Korea and Vietnam). Born in 1919, he died in 1980 and is buried at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

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Air Force Cross

Condition: VF+

Air Force Cross, unnamed. Crimp brooch , unmarked. 

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Air Force Distinguished Service Medal

Condition: VF

Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. Unnamed. 

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Army Commendation (Brady, 4th USASA Fld Stn)

Condition: VF

 Army Commendation Medal, crimp brooch, machine-engraved on the reverse “4th USASA Fld Station/SSgt John J. Brady, Jr/Oct 1958-Dec 1959/Asmara”.

Kagnew Station, at Asmara, Ethiopia, was an Army Security Agency facility for monitoring communications.

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Coast Guard Achievement Medal

Condition: VF

Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Unnamed. 

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Coast Guard Commendation Medal, current

Condition: VF

Coast Guard Commendation Medal, current type, unnamed. 

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Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal

Condition: VF+

Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Crimp brooch. 

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Coast Guard Medal

Condition: VF

Coast Guard Medal. Crimp brooch; unnamed. 

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Defense Meritorious Service Medal, named

Condition: VF

Defense Meritorious Service Medal, machine-engraved "Robert F. Trimble". 

An officer by this name was a 1945 West Point graduate and was commissioned into the Air Corps.

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Defense Meritorious Service Medal, named

Condition: VF

Defense Meritorious Service Medal, machine-engraved "Hollar, R.M.". 

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Defense Superior Service Medal

Condition: VF+

Defense Superior Service Medal. The crimp brooch is marked with an "M" in a square and "GI". 

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Joint Svc Achievement Medal, "Presentation Only"

Condition: VF

Joint Service Achievement Medal, with "For Presentation Only" struck in the reverse center.  Cased with a ribbon bar and lapel pin. Only about 1000 medals were struck like this so the awards could be made before the full manufacturing run was complete. Some discoloration from contact with the lining of the clamshell presentation box.

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Legion of Merit (Paulo Assis)

Condition: VF+

Legion of Merit, legionnaire, crimp brooch. Machine-engraved "Paulo/Assis". In a current plush case with ribbon bar and lapel pin. 

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Legion of Merit, chief commander

Condition: VF+

Legion of Merit, chief commander. In a current plush case with ribbon bar and lapel pin. 

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Medal of Freedom, "Display Only"

Condition: VF

Medal of Freedom, bronze, slot brooch. With "Display Only" engraved across the reverse. 

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Meritorious Service Medal

Condition: VF

Meritorious Service Medal. Crimp brooch, unnamed. 

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Meritorious Service Medal, "SMSgt J.D. Warner"

Condition: VF

Meritorious Service Medal,  crimp brooch, machine-engraved "SMSgt/J. D. Warner/1970".  Light age.

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Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Condition: VF

Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal. Crimp brooch; unnamed. 

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Purple Heart, "Joseph Mazzie"

Condition: VF+

Purple Heart, slot brooch, machine-engraved "Joseph Mazzie".  Joseph Mazzie, born in 1920, enlisted in New York City in September 1942.

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Purple Heart, "Norman Gross"

Condition: VF

Purple Heart, slot brooch, machine-engraved "Norman/Gross".. Numbered "458617".

Norman Gross was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1925 and enlisted in the Army on 26 January 1944. He was wounded in action in November 1944. He died in Miami, Florida on 4 April 1992.

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Purple Heart, "Sanford Briggs, Jr"

Condition: VF

Purple Heart, slot brooch, machine-engraved "Sanford/Briggs Jr".

Briggs was born in 1931 and enlisted in the Army in 1948. He served through 1954 and died in 2007. He is buried in the Bath National Cemetery, Bath, New York. 

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Purple Heart, Herbert Duckworth

Condition: VF

Purple Heart, slot brooch, machine-engraved "Herbert Duckworth" 

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Purple Heart, Thomas L. Waldron

Condition: VF

World War I Purple Heart, hand-engraved “Thomas L./Waldron”, numbered “38406”. No brooch, new ribbon.

Cook Thomas L. Waldron, Company K, 354th Infantry, 89th Division, was wounded in action 11 February 1918.
 

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Purple Heart, William C. Marshall

Condition: VF+

Purple Heart, slot brooch, machine-engraved "William C./Marshall". Unnumbered.

At least 15 men with this name enlisted in the Army during World War II. 

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Silver Star, "Don Williams"

Condition: VF

Silver Star, wrap brooch, hand-engraved "Don/Williams", numbered "110743". With a copy of the book "War of Our Years", which has a small photograph captioned "Sgt Don Williams. Entered Sept. 29, 1941. AAF. Killed in European area. Silver Star. Participation in five separate bomber combat missions." The book covers the World War II service of men of Potter County, Texas (county seat: Amarillo).

A "Don J. Williams" (ASN# 18037070), from Potter County, enlisted 29 September 1941.  SSgt Don J. Williams, a gunner assigned to the 67th Bomb Squadron, 44th Bomb Group, was killed in action on 8 March 1943 when his B-24D was shot down near Sierville, France, by German FW-190 fighter aircraft. The MACR lists him as "Donald J. Williams"; his grave marker in the Llano Cemtery, Amarillo, shows "Don J. Williams". A building at the Amarillo Army Air Field was later named in his honor. The news articles at the time mention Williams receiving the Air Medal and Purple Heart, but they do not mention the award of a Silver Star.

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Silver Star, "Stanley Bacon"

Condition: Near VF

  Silver Star, slot brooch, unnumbered, hand-engraved on a slant "Stanley/Bacon". The ribbon shows age and wear.

Stanley Bacon was born in Washington in 1893. Commissioned a second lieutenant of cavalry in 1916, he transferred to the field artillery in 1921. He was promoted to major in 1928, lieutenant colonel in 1938 and colonel in 1945. Colonel Bacon died in November 1960 and is buried in the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Texas. His 1949 Army Register entry includes the award of a Silver Star, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.-

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Treasury Silver Lifesaving Medal, "Virgil Smith"

Condition: Near VF

 Treasury Silver Lifesaving Medal, with replaced suspension bar and brooch, engraved “To Virgil Smith for bravely rescuing a shipmate from drowning, February 16, 1934". The pendant shows substantial pitting, appearing to have been in sea water for some period. With copied research.
The account of Smith’s action reads: On the afternoon of 16 February, 1934, while preparations were being made on the USS Texas to send a diver down from the bow to reave off messengers for paravane chains, there was a heavy swell which caused the ship to roll considerably. During one of these rolls the port gunwhale of the motor launch which contained the diver caught under a scupper lip. This movement careened the motor launch over to such an excessive angle that it began to take water and at the same time threw several men of the diving party into the water.

When the accident occurred the diver, Seaman 1cl W.E. Baker, U.S. Navy, had on a rubber diving suit but was without shoes, breast plate or helmet, and Virgil Smith, U.S. Navy (at that time a gunner’s mate 3c) was lacing Baker’s legs. Both men were thrown into the water and both caught hold of the scupper lip. Due to the heavy roll of the ship and the weight of the diving suit, Baker was unable to continue to hold on without assistance. Smith, upon seeing Baker’s predicament, wrapped both his legs around Baker’s waist, scissors fashion, thus assisting Baker to hold on. About this time a line was thrown to them. Due to the rolling of the ship Baker was partially submerged and his diving suit filled with water and became very heavy, but Smith continued to hold him with his legs until a boat arrived from the USS Oklahoma. A member of the crew of the boat from the Oklahoma threw the two men a line and hauled them alongside the boat. By this time Baker’s suit was full of water and was so heavy he could not be pulled into the boat until a member of the boat crew split the suit with a knife and let out the water.

Virgil Smith enlisted in the Navy in 1930. He was commissioned in 1942 and served as an officer until 1948, when he reverted to enlisted rank. He returned to officer rank in 1951 and served in that status until retiring in 1960 as a lieutenant commander. In October 1942, Smith was among those at the Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, commended for the expeditious handling of repairs to USS Enterprise and USS South Dakota. In 1944, Smith received a letter of commendation for “meritorious conduct and outstanding performance of duty while voluntarily engaged in diving operations and directing the efforts of a group of divers incident to the salvage of vessels damaged by enemy action at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941...” In 1959, Smith received a letter of commendation from the Commander in Chief of the Chinese Navy for his work with Chinese naval units as part of the naval section of Military Assistance Advisory Group in Taiwan. Smith was from Indianapolis.

While the lifesaving action was in 1934, the award was not recommended until July 1940 and the actual award was made in January 1941. In December 1941, Chief Gunner’s Mate Smith was assigned aboard USS Oklahoma. While Smith clearly was not a fatal casualty in the Pearl Harbor attack, it seems likely that his personal effects remained in the Oklahoma on the bottom of Pearl Harbor until 1943, when the ship was refloated and moved to drydock. Smith’s April 1944 letter of commendation for diving operations at Pearl Harbor, and the fact that the Oklahoma was drydocked there in late 1943, would indicate that Smith could well have played a role in the recovery of his own medal from the salvaged Oklahoma.

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