My name is Jeffrey Floyd and I’m a medal collector. I’ve been in this fascinating hobby for over 50 years and, in addition to medals, have always accumulated information, whether or not I could use it at the time. I chose the name “Medal Collectors’ Cooperative” for this blog for two reasons: (1) This was the name OMSA’s founder, S.G. (Yash) Yasinitsky, used when he started publishing what was to become the Journal of the Orders and Medals Society of America, and (2) because I envision this blog truly to be a cooperative effort among all interested parties.
I expect the scope of this blog to be quite wide. I’ll emphasize the decorations and medals of the United States, but I expect to follow the data wherever it leads, just as Yash did. I have collected US medals, British medals, Latin American medals and simply things I like that don’t lend themselves to categories. After many evolutionary steps, I focus now on foreign awards to Americans and American awards to foreigners. I’ll share a lot of that with you. Many years ago, I acquired the research files of James Peterson, author of the OMSA monograph on Japanese awards and a noted collector of US city and local awards for war service. Jim built a file of over 60,000 3×5 cards to record his findings. I will be mining Jim’s records for nuggets of data that may spark further research, or just be that one fact someone was looking for.
So, I solicit your input, your ideas and your support. We should all be able to learn something.