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  • in reply to: The Mysterious Sugden Medal #35668

    fred j borgmann
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    Thanks Kevin! Hope we are not the only two here, Fred

    in reply to: The Mysterious Sugden Medal #35654

    fred j borgmann
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    Sugden Medal Update… . By the 1885 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book two more Company F’s are listed which would date the creation and issue of this medal to some time between 1881 and 1885 or so I thought until an article in the December 29, 1896 issue of the Racine Journal Times was brought to my attention. This article states that the “Sugden Medal” was a drill prize medal created just for the men of Racine’s Company F. The drill competition was held on the evening of Dec. 28th in the Armory Hall and was won by a Warren Scott. The medal was held by Sergt. E. Lambert for the preceding year when Sergt. Scott won it. Sgt. Warren W. Scott was with Company F when they were sent to Florida during the Spanish-American war and died there of Typhoid Fever on July 13, 1898. Scott is listed as a sergeant on the company roster but based on his picture it would appear that he was a 2nd Lt. by the time of his death. Company F remained in Florida for the duration of the war and lost three men to disease.

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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
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    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.

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