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  • in reply to: The One That Started It All #34801

    fred j borgmann
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    Back in 1964 I found 4 Prussian campaign medals on the bid board in my favorite Milwaukee coin shop which sparked my interest in German states medals. Then within a year or so at the annual Milwaukee Numismatic Society coin show I found 2 Wisconsin National Guard medals, Spanish-American War and Mexican Border Service medals, which hooked me for life.

    in reply to: Canadian WWI Gold Medal #34747

    fred j borgmann
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    Thanks Karen! I never did find out anything about the unit markings on his medal. Based on the Records Jeff Floyd provided I know that the name is miss-spelled on the medal and that he entered service from Hanover, Ont. Regards, Fred


    fred j borgmann
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    Here is the obverse and photo;

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    in reply to: Who's our oldest member? #34016

    fred j borgmann
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    I am not the oldest member but I have been collecting for a while. I bought my first medals off a bid board in a local coin shop in 1963 or 1964. At coin shows medals would show up occasionally. Gun shows were also a good place to look. Best of all were classified ads in the local newspapers offering to buy medals etc. There were still a lot of WWII veterans around back then and after years of nagging from their wives they were ready to sell. For books all that I can remember were the lists and booklets by Al Babin with his line drawing illustrations. It was a fun time to collect.

    in reply to: road to Hell Paved with Good Intentions #33406

    fred j borgmann
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    No there isn’t Megan. Back when I published it they wanted three copies and $100+ so I rejected that idea. I will never pay for the right to donate especially when they demand 3 copies. They do have a copy of my first book but that was 30 years ago when they were not so greedy. I have given a few to local libraries etc. who were grateful. Fred

    in reply to: Mothers of Defenders of Liberty #33336

    fred j borgmann
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    Photo’s;

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    in reply to: Mothers of Defenders of Liberty #33335

    fred j borgmann
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    Clyde, I have a Middleton Mothers Star (one star on brooch) and it is definitely from Massachusetts based on the State coat of arms, a standing Indian with a bow and arrows.

    in reply to: Gaps in the literature #31793

    fred j borgmann
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    Five years later but still nothing I know of exists about the Swiss Border Duty Medals issued during 1870-71, 1914-18, 1939-45.

    in reply to: Unknown M.N.G. Medal #31742

    fred j borgmann
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    Minnesota for sure! First Infantry Company E, 5 year faithful service medal. The two holes in the shield are all that is left of a cutout “1 E Co” silver monogram that was mounted there. The medal is listed as Fig 40 in William C. Williams book on Minnesota awards.

    in reply to: An Unusual Badge #30525

    fred j borgmann
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    Thanks Jeff

    in reply to: The Order of the Founders and Patriots of America #17534

    fred j borgmann
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    Thanks Jeff !! Your are a gold mine of information. Fred

    in reply to: Help please #17513

    fred j borgmann
    Participant

    Thanks Frank, but I do not have the original. I do have a larger version that is too large for this site which I will try to PM you if I can. Fred

    in reply to: German Military Veterans Groups in America #17445

    fred j borgmann
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    Local historical societies may have some information in their files about these groups like newspaper clippings etc. Also many of these types of groups were incorporated as non-profits with the state. Those incorporation papers may be on file with the state or state historical society.

    in reply to: Iowa Mexican Border Service for medical personnel #17333

    fred j borgmann
    Participant

    I wonder if this could be an Iowa Red Cross award.

    in reply to: Canadian Local WWI & WWII Service Medals #17264

    fred j borgmann
    Participant

    Just in case anyone may be interested here is a listing of Canada’s pre 1914 local issue medals.

    Canadian pre 1914 Local Military Service Medals

    1866:
    Welland County, Ont. Sil, brz and white metal to veterans of the battles of Ridgeway and Fort Erie

    1885:
    Norwood Village, Ont. sil
    Victoria County, Ont. gold

    Boer War
    Canada, generic, white metal, three types

    Clarksburg, Ont. gold locket: Obverse Masonic & Odd Fellows symbols.
    Reverse engraved town and name inscription.

    Halifax, N.S. sil table medal

    Toronto, Ont. Silver medal plus brz on wood plaque

    Westmount, Que. Brz with enamel high lighting

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