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    Hi, Mike!

    I live in Kane County, IL.  Nice to meet you!


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    Mark Goodman

    I’m Mark Goodman and just joined the Order. I’m an Army and Navy vet who currently serves in the California State Guard. As such, I am very interested in the history of California National Guard and California State Guard awards and decorations. I have noticed that California is one of a handful of states that issues a Good Conduct Medal. I am very interested in finding information about the history of that award.


    Welcome Mark, and thank you for your service.

    The California National Guard Good Service Medal is awarded for at least 3 continuous years of service after 19 April 1952, provided the individual has attended at least 95% of drills and Annual Training each year (attendance for over 15 days at a training school can substitute) and not been AWOL, their immediate commander deems them to be abover reproach, they meet all the requirements for their MOS/grade, and have no civil or military convictions (apparently minor traffic violations don’t count!). They need to have conducted themselves in an exemplary manner that causes them to stand out amongst their peers. That’s about all I know about it.

    Mark Goodman


    That’s about the extent of my knowledge on the CA GCM other than there have been several versions. I’ll investigate further and share what I find.



    Hello all,


    My name is Marcus von Minden and although I just purchased a membership to OMSA, I have been viewing the blogs and other information for approximately 5-6 years now.  I though it is about time I bite the bullet so to speak and purchase a membership.  As for me, I am retired from the fire services after 29 years and also am a veteran serving 6 years in the military.  My primary interests are Imperial German and German State medals from 1800 onwards.  I have been collecting for approximately 40 years and started as a young boy when I caught a glimpse of my great grandfathers medals which were always tucked away by my parents.  I am glad to say, I am now the proud keeper of these medals which began my fascination with Imperial German medals.

    Thanks for reading…



    Welcome aboard, Marcus. The German States are absolutely fascinating, aren’t they?

    Wim Martens


    My name is Wim Martens, I’m from Belgium, but living in Spain. I got my grandfathers’ medals from WW1 and WW2 and that’s how it all started. Also Spanish Civil War is in my area of interest due to my Spanish political family. Main focus is on miniature medals and sets. Hope to share knowledge and pictures with all of you!

    Attached my grandfather as NCO (Sergeant) together with British NCOs from the RAF in 1918.

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    Welcome to this happy – if fairly quiet – throng, Wim.

    Kelly Shortt

    Greetings from Lakeland, FL… My wife & I attended our 1st OMSA convention (Orlando). Great time and learned a lot. Joined last year… I am retired US Army, my collection is, well, my own awards. I do have some hand-me-down acquired WW2 era US full size pendants that I hope to restore for creating a display group for a deceased relative. BTW I posted a topic requesting references to said project in another forum area.

    My wife, Jan, likes “shiny” trinkets as she does jewelry making as her hobby so seeing the displays, etc spawned some ideas and purchases for her. For me, I am an admirer of medals and related items for history, design, symbolism, etc. Lectures were enlightening, chats with various folks entertaining and informative.

    Look forward to future interactions. Thanks for facilitating or membership.


    Wonderful to have you both with us.

    Daniel Sauerwein


    I recently joined OMSA in the last couple weeks and am excited to see what membership has to offer. I live in North Dakota and enjoy researching military history, including the decorations and awards of the armed forces. I am also a member of several organizations tied to veterans and their families, some that issue their own badges to members, including the Sons of the American Legion, VFW Auxiliary, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW), the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), and Logan’s Brigade.

    I have a small collection of medals, badges, and decorations, including a shadow box I made for my late grandfather, a Korean War veteran. I have a couple original GAR badges, as well as my late great uncle’s Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Army Good Conduct Medal from his service in the Pacific in World War II.

    I am not sure how much collecting I will do beyond, but am excited to learn more from you all and the fine research that publishes in the JOMSA. I look forward to getting to know you all and getting more from membership. Thanks.


    Welcome aboard, Daniel.

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