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This is a wonderful thing to do!
However, please make sure you have a written agreement with them that it is a loan, and in the event that something happens to you, the exhibit is still property of your estate. You should also make sure they have some/enough insurance to cover your collection in the case of loss or theft.
And a Happy New Year to you as well!!!
Heh Heh, I saw that one.
It’s a bit more than I can pay, but it is truly a fine example, including the case.
Wonder who it could have belonged to? A 4 time recipient must be rather rare.
Interesting to see the winged clasp with the 4 in it, did not know that was how they denoted additional awards.
I also thought that Mentioned in Dispatches was a British thing, but I guess not.
I am part Dutch, so these things interest me, but the available information is hard to find.
I am still looking for one.
Saw a reproduction on ebay the other day, but want an original.
A US Medal of Honor is legal to possess in the US, but not legal to sell, trade, or pretend that it was awarded to you.
Sometimes the government will confiscate one if they feel it was stolen or otherwise acquired improperly. I would suspect that the medals you have might be subject to confiscation based on the information you provided. Much in the same way as the US Government confiscated a 1933 $20 gold piece some years ago. It is unfortunate, but I would not bring them in the US, and they certainly can no longer be legally sold here. American history lost overseas forever.
I loved the story of the Shinseki Purple Heart. He was awarded two during Vietnam. I would make sure your father documents the gift, and possibly you could get Gen. Shinseki to write a letter as well. That provenance would be very valuable to future generations. The Purple Hear can still be legally bought and sold in the US. You just cannot try to pass one off as your own.
Slot broach Purple Heart, WWII production.
The number is just a serial number. As far as I know, there is no way to match that number with a recipient. If you know the name of the recipient, you might be able to prove it was his by matching the number on his service record. That is, if the service record exists, and someone actually made note of the medal No.
It has been almost a year and I have not had much luck with pursuing this medal.
Too much work and not enough $$$.
I appreciate your input.
Now that the law is in effect, has it had any impact on those who do business with the medal collecting community?
Anyone refusing to sell in or to people in Alabama? A passing reference to the CFR may not be enough to get you out of trouble.
I have been collecting long enough to remember the days when it was illegal to outright purchase Federal decorations, so you had to send a coin or a stamp with a purchase to make it a "trade" instead of a "purchase". Finally that changed and it did help out collectors. It seems now we are going backwards.
Why not just make it illegal to wear a medal if you are doing so for financial gain? That seems to be the main issue for Stolen Valor. At least include an exception for collectors and/or reinactors?
No problem Frank, I should visit here myself more often.
I would be glad to share what I have found on the CAM if you decide to write another book!
Haven’t had much time to follow up on the research for my article lately.
Are you including anything on the Air Force civilian medals?
I have had a particular interest in the Civilian Air Medal, and information seems to be rather scarce about them.
I have a friend who earned it in the US Air Force serving in Guam in support of B-52 air strikes. He said he was continually getting into trouble because he did not like wearing the ribbon on his uniform as he did not actually feel like he was in Vietnam. USAF felt differently, and has specific rules on who was awarded this medal.
I am Raymond. Have been a medal collector for over 30 years, mostly US awards, but I also occasionally pick up other things of interest. I have been an OMSA member for at least 15 years and I am looking forward to participating in this forum.