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Philippines (Commonwealth 1935-1946): Defense Medal 1941-1942



This campaign medal was awarded to all of the 'Battling Bastards of Baatan'

A good quality United States strike

The corded silk riband with 12mm crimp-brooch with United States Federal Government contractor marks 'Graco GI'. The crimp brooch retaining the original intricate long-hinged pin and intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The medal was originally instituted as a riband only award on 20 December 1944, and awarded to all Filipino and Allied (United States) military personnel who served during the 'Defense of the Philippines' campaign between 8 December 1941 - 15 June 1942, including the epic defense of the Bataan Peninsula and the Corregidor fortress island

It was American War Corrspondent 'Frank Hewell - the last remaining correspondent on Baatan who famously coined the phrase 'The Battling Bastartds of Baatan' when he wrote:

Quote,

We’re the battling bastards of Bataan.

No mama, no papa, no Uncle Sam,

No aunts, no uncles, no cousins, no nieces,

No pills, no planes, no artillery pieces

And nobody gives a damn.

Unquote.

An essential campaign medal for any collector of medals for the Pacific War 1941-1945

Condition: EF

Code: 20354

35.00 GBP


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Philippines (Republic) : Jolo Campaign Service Medal

The reverse of the medal makers mounting brooch with makers name 'El Oro' / Military Jeweler / 'Jose J. Tupaz. Jr' / Quezon City, Philippines, on 4 x lines. The brooch retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings

This campaign medal is awarded for specified active service within the Jolo & Sulu Islands regions. Through to November 1955, there were 5 x qualifying campaigns between 1948 to 1955 for operations involving combat against the 'Moro' bandit leader Kamlon

Through to circa 1984, 'El-Oro / Jose J. Tupaz. Jr' were the principal contractor appointed by the Philippines Government for the striking and supply of official Filipino, Orders, Decorations and Medals

Condition: EF

Code: 19846

65.00 GBP


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Philippines (Republic 1946): Military Merit Medal. Gilt & enamel

The reverse of the medal makers mounting brooch with makers name 'El Oro' / Military Jeweler / 'Jose J. Tupaz. Jr' / Quezon City, Philippines, on 4 x lines. The brooch retaining the original long hinged pin and clasp fittings

Sold together with companion enamel lapel pin and uniform riband bar both these later with reverse fittings as issued

Contained within makers card box of issue. This with makers logo and marks on the inside lid

The criteria for award of this decoration was made retrospective to deeds performed at any time since 8 December 1941, including the Second World War campaigns against the Japanese. The medal can also be awarded posthumously

Through to circa 1984, 'El-Oro / Jose J. Tupaz. Jr' were the principal contractor appointed by the Philippines Government for the striking and supply of official Filipino, Orders, Decorations and Medals

Condition: EF

Code: 19850

75.00 GBP


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