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I just swept up a bunch this morning. Let me know if I missed any.
It is almost certainly a fraternal organization’s medal. The Knights of the Maccabees (K.O.T.M.) was founded in London, Ontario, in the 1870s. The Maccabbees came from the membership of the Ancient Order of the Foresters (A.O.F.), which was also active at the time and had a substantial Canadian membership. The Maccabbees used a desert tent design, often on a globe, in their insignia. Check this link to see some Maccabbee insignia (although I don’t see anything that matches): http://www.phoenixmasonry.org/masonicmu … cabees.htm
Any hope of reading the letters on the top bar?
Seventy years does odd things to the dyes in ribbons and I suspect that happened in this case. By its position following the American Defense Service Medal and preceding the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the American Campaign Medal and the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal are the most likely candidates. With 10 stars on his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, he probably didn’t have enough time to get to Europe, but would probably have qualified for the American Campaign by virtue of spending a year or so in training in the CONUS before deploying to the Pacific.
In the image, the American Campaign Medal is on the left and Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal on the right.
Whatever the base color is now, the stripe pattern matches the American Campaign.
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The specific ribbon is the American Campaign Medal, which time has not treated too well,
I can’t visualize the color pattern. Any chance of an image?
Heading out this morning for Hotlanta. See everyone there.
"we old vets sometimes do funky things with our awards."
Hugh’s comment is certainly true and really should be emblazoned in a collector’s mind as he deals with groups like this. I’ve always preached that a watershed point in medal collecting is when you understand the difference between "what should be" and "what is".
The point being that you can understand the regulations, but until you understand that recipients didn’t necessarily know the regulations or didn’t care, you will miss some great nuances in collecting. With a group like this, the veteran attached some importance to an item that does not appear in the regulations. Maybe he received it from a Korean general or other official; maybe it represented his memories of working with the ROK Army; maybe it was a piece of insignia that he picked up along the way and just tossed it in with his own awards. It’s certainly not "what should be", but is "what is".
This falls into a gray area for military medal collectors — an "awarded" medallion from outside the DoD. Any idea if the services recorded these awards in the individuals’ records? Possibly a letter of appreciation from the Military Aide to the President or a mention in an efficiency report.
Google his full name and several society registers will pop up.
Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire 10 Oct 1850, he was a stock and bond broker. He was also a member of several lineage societies: SAR, Society of Colonial Wars, etc. He was National No.21 of the Founders and Patriots and No.21 of the New York society as well.
1. It’s good to know that everything is so under control in Alabama (my home state, by the way) that the legislature can finally get around to solving problems that don’t exist.
2. This law duplicates the federal law in Title 18, Section 704, US Code. However, the text of Section 704 includes the term "except pursuant to regulation", which refers to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR, by all readings I can find, allows the sale of all federal awards, badges, etc, except for the Medal of Honor.
So, I guess that Alabama state troopers will be staking out the Huntsville show, ready to pounce on any miscreant offering a National Defense Service Medal. Probably not much reason to stake out the "flea markets", as every one I’ve ever been to in the state was overrun with NASCAR memorabilia, tube socks and jelly glasses. Never found a medal.
Your current membership number is 8296.
See you in Atlanta.
I’ve added a number of interesting medals to my web site (http://www.FloydMedals.com) recently.
Part of the update comes from an old collection of British medals. While many of the groups are already gone, there are still some excellent campaign medals listed.
I’ve also been able to include some rare early Italian awards, including a couple of medals for China 1900.
I’ve now listed over 2100 worldwide medals.
There might be something there for you, so please stop by.
For WWI service. The 1920 census put the town’s population at 5255, so a scarce medal.
Game tokens perhaps?