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November 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm #12478jb floydModerator
The catalog for the 15 November 2012 FJP Auctions sale has been posted at: http://www.FJPAuctions.com
US collectors will note that the sales starts with two Distinguished Service Crosses – one for a 503rd Parachute Infantry action in the Netherlands East Indies, and one to Lt Gen Reuben Jenkins, who was commanding IX Corps in Korea. Also of note is a Bronze Star to a French civilian for support during the North African invasion. Several World War I Purple Hearts and variety of later Hearts are offered as well. On this catalog’s cover, you’ll see a beautiful Treasury Gold Lifesaving Medal to a Coast Guard aviator for a rescue off San Diego in 1937. This is followed by a Treasury Silver Lifesaving Medal for a rescue made in brutal weather off the Massachusetts coast in December 1910. Included in the catalog is a selection of Civil War corps and unit badges, including one to the 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, an African-American unit. Among the groups, a WWI Silver Star/Purple Heart pair to a corporal who removed his gas mask while under gas attack to maintain control of 12 prisoners under his charge. Another noteworthy group is a Navy-Marine Corps Medal/Bronze Star group for fighting fires after a crash aboard USS Chenango (CVE-28).
The British section has several very unusual Polar Medals, including one to a seaman on an 1818 expedition to find the Northwest Passage and another to a man for duties in the Antarctic that spanned 6 years. We also offer a 1914 trio to a field grade officer of the Highland Light Infantry who served in France and Palestine and a World War II group to an aerial gunner credited with two “kills”, which includes his air gunner’s log book.
The World section has an array of orders, decorations and medals worthy of any collection. We offer a very scarce Ngan Tien Medal, second class, from Annam. Also from Southeast Asia, we have several rare Vietnamese awards, including a first type Military Merit Medal and Medal of the Nung Autonomous Zone from the waning years of the French era in Indochina. Another rarely seen medal is the Austrian 1893 Sea Voyage Medal. We also have an outstanding selection of Finnish awards, our usual run of Imperial German orders and decorations and some rare modern awards, such as the commander’s badge of the Greek Commendation Medal of Merit and Honor.
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