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  • in reply to: "Sponsor a New Member" Challenge #34768

    KevinBeyer
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    Hello again, all,

    In June I posted an idea for increasing OMSA membership.  I don’t know if anyone read it, or, if they did read it, if anyone followed the suggestion.  Well, I did.  I put the money aside.  I thought about with whom I wanted to share my hobby.  And, I reached out.

    Now, I do not have children.  There was no one in my immediate family to whom I could make an offer.  So, it was a stretch for me to find someone to ask if they would like a free-t0-them, 1 year OMSA membership.  And, to be completely transparent, the young woman whom I asked turned me down.  She thanked me, but said she weren’t interested.  Fair enough.

    I spoke with a friend of mine who has three boys.  She was not aware that I am a medal collector.  I asked her if any of her children were interested in history.  I then explained that I was and that I pursue that interest through my membership in OMSA.  She told me that her eldest son was a huge history fanatic and that she thought he would love to learn more.  So, when I renew my membership in January, I will also be gifting a new membership to a bright eyed and interested young person.

    How about you?

    Kevin
    OMSA #7096

    in reply to: Wanted: Army & Navy Legion of Valor #32733

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Hello,

    It looks like it is time for my now seemingly annual message stating that I am seeking reunion badges for the Army & Navy Legion of Valor to add to my collection.

    If you have any to sell, or trade, please contact me at

    radiationkevin@gmail.com

    I am even prepared to offer a finder’s fee to anyone who can point me to someone who has LOV items for sale. If I add new piece(s) to my collection based upon your lead, I’ll send you something for the effort.

    Thanks!

    Kevin Beyer
    OMSA #7096

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    in reply to: What's your Holy Grail? #31397

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Ok, I’ll bite.  Last seen in what context?  At a show?  Private collection?  A dealer’s website?  As part of a grouping?

    Secondly, if I may ask, what makes this group important to you?

    -Kevin

    in reply to: What's your Holy Grail? #31359

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    My Holy Grail would be a well-documented Military Order of the Dragon medal, complete, and in excellent condition.  I find this medal, designed and executed by Bailey, Banks, and Biddle, to be the pinnacle of medal artistry.  Its pendant’s contrasting gold and black color, the beautifully rendered dragon, its bright yellow ribbon with embroidered characters, and topped with a pagoda suspension bar are stunning in their execution.

    Following that, I would love to own the Military Order of the Serpent membership badges for either LTC Frederick Mason Fanning, or Maj. Walter Scott MacAaron who were founding members of that organization.  Fanning was the first National President of the M.O.S., wheras MacAaron was the third.

    -Kevin

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    in reply to: What's your Holy Grail? #31358

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Jeff, I can see how finding a grouping such as you describe as being a challenge.  If an American posed as a Canadian to serve in Britain’s Army, how would someone be able to trace that lineage 70+ years later?

    I can appreciate the uniqueness of the circumstances and can see how that would be a Holy Grail for your cross-national collecting interests.

    in reply to: What's your Holy Grail? #31356

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Chris, surely a medal of that importance would be in the possession of the family, contained within a museum, or privately owned.  Let’s hope that it hasn’t been lost to the ages.

    I can see how that would be a Holy Grail in someone’s collection.

    in reply to: What's your Holy Grail? #31319

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    I am not well educated on the command structure of Allied forces working in conjunction with one another.  Are there circumstances were this occurred?

    in reply to: OMSA Convention Date Bars #30941

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Thanks to Clyde Tinklepaugh, the OMSA Secretary, I now have examples of the 2014 and 2015 bars.

    I am still looking for the previously mentioned ones from the 1960s and the 1990s.

    Thanks!

    Kevin

    in reply to: OMSA Convention Date Bars #30808

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Tim,

    The earliest bar that I have is 1960.  Is that the earliest year in which they were made?

    I’ll try reaching out to the Secretary for the later years like you suggest.

    I find it interesting to see how the appearance of the bars has changed over the past 50+ years.

    Kevin

    in reply to: Russia Participant in Military Operations in Syria #30634

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Hello,

    I managed to obtain the Syrian Operations medal through a seller in Moscow.  Previously I had obtained the medal for the Annexation of Crimea.  My assumption is that the ribbon colors would be identical (at least for the stripes that are identical).  A side by side comparison shows that they are not.  There are several explanations.  1)  The colors don’t match.  2) The colors should match, but the Quality Assurance at the ribbon producer’s facilities are lax.  Or, different ribbon vendors, different post production results.  3) One, or both, are not original medals as issued by the Ministry of Defense.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this matter?  Russian Federation medals are not my strength.

    Thank you,

    Kevin Beyer,
    OMSA #7069

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    in reply to: JOMSA Issue Index? #30339

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Thank you for the responses.  I certainly do appreciate it.

    KB #7096

    in reply to: Wanted: Army & Navy Legion of Valor #11701

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Hello,

    I am still seeking reunion badges for the Army & Navy Legion of Valor to add to my collection. If you have any to sell, or trade, please contact me at

    radiationkevin@gmail.com

    I am even prepared to offer a finder’s fee to anyone who can point me to someone who has LOV items for sale. If I add new piece(s) to my collection based upon your lead, I’ll send you something for the effort.

    Thanks!

    Kevin Beyer
    OMSA #7096

    in reply to: Military Order of the Serpent #17619

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Hello, Everyone,

    I am still looking to add new M.O.S. items to my collection. Does anyone have any for sale, or trade? If I don’t already have it in my collection, I am certainly interested.

    Please email me at radiationkevin@gmail.com

    Thank you for your time!

    Kevin Beyer
    OMSA #7096

    in reply to: Tank Corps Association Medal #17368

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    One of these medals just sold on eBay within the last few weeks. I took note of it as I had never seen the likes of it before.

    I wish I had better news for you.

    Kevin Beyer
    OMSA #7096

    in reply to: Nuclear Tests – Nuclear Weapons #17286

    KevinBeyer
    Participant

    Yuri,

    I would certainly be interested in seeing any items that were related to the Nuclear Submarine fleet. That could be its own topic.

    Please don’t be discouraged by other people not contributing to this topic. For most, it is outside their experience. You may not think so, but you appear to be the expert in this field of collecting. That happens sometimes when we find an area that hasn’t been explored as deeply as you have. And, it is rewarding to us all that you are sharing your collection!

    Do you have many medals/badges from Ukraine? I thought that there were many Ukrainian awards for Chernobyl. But, I have to admit, I know very little about this subject.

    Kevin
    OMSA #7096

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