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A rare Purple Heart medal group of 3 to a Scottish resident of the Hawaii Islands, who was 'Killed in Action' at Saipan: Private First Class Pearson Skene, Jr., HQ Co, 1st Battalion 105th Infantry Regiment, 27th Infantry Division, United States Army, late

- Purple Heart (Charles P. Skene Jr)
- Asia Pacific Campaign Theater Medal
- Allied Victory Medal

Note: The Purple Heart' officially engraved on reverse and all medals being contemporary original issues on silk ribands, with correct brooch fittings exactly as issued by the War Department

Sold together with a most comprehensive archive of original letters, cards and photographs, far too much to list individually but including;

- Plush titled leatherett case of issue for Puple Heart addressed to NOK in Scotland
- Photograph of group of officers of The Hawaii Rifles, inc Lt. Skene (extreme left)
- Large illuminated Purple Heart bestowal document from President Franklin D. Roosevelt
- Copy of the 'Leo O Honomu' issue of August 1944, with front page obituary
- Army notebook
- A selection of ornate,Christmas Cards from the Islands to his family in Scotland
- Various correspondence ex US War Department to next of kin in Aberdeen, Scotland
- Lots of letters and photographs from friends and well wishers in the islands
- Archive of letters written by Charles during his initial journey to Hawaai 1928

And much more.........

The below obituary (including garbled sentence and wrong date of education) with photograph of the fallen, was published in The Aberdeen Press & Jornal newspaper issue of 24 August, 1944



An Aberdeen sugar planter. Mr Charles P. Skene, second son of Mr & Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queens Gardens, has been killed in action against the Japanese while serving with the American forces in the South Pacific.

He fell in the fighting which led to the capture by the Americans of Saipan - the Bomb Tokio island (sp)

When Japan opened hotilities against America, Mr Skene was serving as a lieutenant with the Hawaii Rifles, a local defence force, but he decided to join the American Army

For fifteen years he had been on the sugar plantations at Honomu, Hawaii, where he was a field superintendent.

When news of his death was received at Honomu a special memoral service was held

Mr Skene was a popular figure in Honomu. A former member of the 1st Aberdeen Troop of the Boy Scouts, he started a Boy Scout troop for the natives

He was also an enthusiastic sportsman, and was also a member of the team which won the basketaball League championship in 1941. It was a tream of many nationalities, no fewer than five of Mr Skene's tem mates were Japs

Thirty five (?) years ago Mr Skene was a pupil of Aberdeen Grammar School

The same newspaper subsequently published the below Purple Heart award announcement, in their issue of 9 December 1944




Mr & Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queens Gardens, Aberdeen. have received a letter signed by Mr Henry L. Stimson, Secretary for War, U.S.A., announcing that their son, Pte. (First Class) Charles P. Skene, has been awarded the Purple Heart.

Pte. Skene lost his life when fighting with the American Army on the attack on Saipan

Mr. Stimson in his letter stated that he was writing on behalf of the President

Before joining the American Army, Pte. Skene was for fifteen years on sugar plantations at Honomu, Hawaii. He is a former pupil of the Aberdeen Grammar School


Charles Pearson Skene, Jr, Private (Ist Class), United States Army, second son of Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Skene, 2 Queen's Gardens, Aberdeen, Scotland was killed in action on Saipan Island, South Pacific,on 12th July 1944, aged thirty-five. He left Scotland for Hawaii at the end of 1928, and becamea field superintendent on sugar plantations at Honomu. He started a Boy Scout troop for the natives and in 1941 he was manager of the team which won the basket ball league championship, a team of several nationalities, no fewer than five being Japanese. When Japan opened hostilities, he was serving as a Lieutenant with the Hawaii Rifles, a local defence force, but he subsequently decided to join the United States Army. All reports from his officers and from the men who fought the enemy by hi sside contained praise of his exemplary conduct in action, for which he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. In September 1944 his father received the following letter from Mr. Henry W.Stimson, then Secretary of War in the United States:-"At the request of the President, I writeto inform you that the Purple Heart has been awarded posthumously to your son, Private (1stClass) Charles P. Skene, Junior, Infantry, who sacrificed his life in defense ofhis country. Little thatwe can do or say will console you for the death of your loved one. We profoundly appreciate thegreatness of your loss, for in a very real sense the loss suffered by any of us in this battle for ourcountry is a loss shared by all of us." His body, originally interred in Saipan Island, was re-interredin Hilo Military Cemetery, Hawaii, in March 1949, with full military honours

In addition, to above, there is also multi-page copy of 'Individual Deceased Personal File' from Department of the Army, United States. This includes a most detailed and poignant set of correpondence pertaining to the recovery of the recipients body in-the-field, and subsequent reburials. PFC Skene was 'Killed-in-Action' due to being hit in the skull by shell-fire

A rare and most comprehensive Purple Heart group to a Scotsman, and long term resident of Hawaii - sold together with a large archive above referred to

Condition: EF

Code: 17639Price: 1000.00 GBP

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United States: Medal of Freedom (Instituted 1945)

The decoration fitted with contemporary slot-brooch mounting pin, as issued. The brooch retaining the original intricate hinged pin and clasp fittings

Originally intended as a decoration for award to foreign nationals - specifically civilian - for specific acts of courage, or meritorious service that aided the United States in the prosecution of a war against the 'Axis Forces' 1941-1945

Although open for award in all theatres of war, in practise the medal was mostly awarded to resistance fighters and members of groups that gave succour to downed United States and allied airmen on the escape line networks established across Nazi occupied Europe

This prestigious award was replaced in 1963 by presedential decree, with the instiitution of the 'Presidential Medal Of Freedom' - the second highest Federal award in the United States honours system

A fine early contemporary strike of an infrequently awarded United States decoration

Condition: EF

Code: 18642Price: 95.00 GBP

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United States: Army Commendation Medal (Instituted 1945)

The award - originally a riband - was made made retrospective to 1941, and is issued for acts of heroism, meritorious achievement, or service

Medal riband fitted with contemporary early 'Slot Brooch' riband mounting bar, this retaining the original intricate hinged pin and clasp fitting

A nice early contemporary strike

Condition: About EF

Code: 18640Price: 20.00 GBP

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United States: Army Achievement Medal (Instituted 1981)

Awarded for meritorious service or achievement while serving in a non-combat area.

Condition: EF

Code: 18639Price: 15.00 GBP

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United States: Joint Service Commendation Medal (Instituted 1963)

The Joint Service Commendation Medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement while assigned to a Joint Activity involving several several services of the armed forces - and hence usually associated with 'Staff' appointments and strategic command and planning roles

An attractive gilt and enamel decoration, with hallmark on lower reverse field of planchet

The riband of the decorationwith with a crimp brooch as issued, this retaining the original intricate hinged pin and clasp fittings.

Condition: EF

Code: 18641Price: 45.00 GBP

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United States: Army Good Conduct Medal

Awarded for 3 years unblemished good conduct in the United States Army

The medal riband fitted with a 'Slot-Brooch'. Retaining the original hinged pin and clasp fittings

Instituted in 1941 for 3 Years exemplary conduct in the United States Army

A good toned early strike

Condition: GVF

Code: 18441Price: 10.00 GBP

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United States of America: Army Good Conduct Medal

A good early strike from era of Second World War 1941-1945

The silk medal riband fitted with original issue 'Slot Brooch'. This retaining it's hinged pin and intricate clasp fittings

Instituted in 1941 for 3 Years exemplary conduct in the United States Army

Condition: About EF

Code: 17799Price: 12.00 GBP

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United States: 'Battle of Manila Bay' commemorating Admiral Dewey & his victory at Manila Bay.

Dimension: Approx 35mm. Piered with ring suspension

Obverse: Portrait of Admiral Dewey. With legend 'Dewey's Victory Sur. Of Manila' and below the dates May 1, 1898 - Aug 15, 1898

Reverse: Depiction of U.S.S. Olympia. With legends 'Dewey's Flag-ship' above, and below 'Olympia, 5,800 Tons'

An interesting memento of the Philippines Campaign of the Spanish American War 1898

Condition: VF

Code: 18795Price:

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United States: 'Battle of Manila Bay' commemorating U.S.S. Olympia (Admiral Dewey's Flagship). Bronze

Dimension: Approx 31mm

Important: Reverse inscription states;


Made from propellor of Admiral Dewey's flagship which served in the Battle of Manila Bay May 1 1898'


An interesting memento of the Philippines Campaign of the Spanish American War 1898

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18796Price:

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United States: Spanish-American War. Patriotic pin 'Remember the Maine'

Dimension: Approx 32mm

Obverse: Coloured depiction of the U.S.S. Maine, with legend 'Remember the Maine' on top. Below sponsors name 'Levey Bros, & Co., Indianapolis'

Reverse: With makers marks 'The Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark N.J.' and retaining the original lapel pin fitting

The laminated badge in uncommonly 'Bright' colours / condition for a very early 'Celuloid' badge, now 120 years of age!

Condition: GVF

Code: 18798Price:

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