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United States: Distinguished Service Cross (Army). With 1 x Bronze 'Oakleaf Cluster'



The Bronze 'Oakleaf Cluster' emblem denotes that the recipient was awarded a 'Second Award' of the Distinguished Service Cross

Note: In addition to United States Arny recipients, this type of award continued to be awarded to United States Air Force personnel through to the 1960's, and before the institution of the Air Force Cross in 1960 (the first award of the USAF Air Force Cross was made retrospectively in 1964)

The corded silk riband with unmarked 12mm crimp' style mounting brooch, in use circa 1950's - 1960's (Korean War and Vietnam era)

Reverse of the 12mm crimp-brooch retaining the original long-hinged pin and intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The absence of any numbering or any maker marks on the insignia together with the type of 12mm crimp-brooch indicates that the medal is an example of insignia awarded post 1945, ad typically for the Korean War and through to the early Vietnam War era of the 1960's

Condition: EF

Code: 20333

75.00 GBP


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United States: Air Force Cross



Important: A very early 1960's (Vietnam War) strike

The decoration with makers hallmark 'HLP' stamped on lower arm of cross, being the mark for premier medal maker 'His Lordship Products' which company was awarded the contract to strike these decorations

This is - after the Medal of Honor - the second highest gallantry award in the United States Air Force 'Order of Precedence'

The medal riband is fitted with an early 12mm crimp-brooch, complete with long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse, as issued

Sold complete with 1960's hard shell plastic case, that includes riband bar and enamelled lapel pin

Note: Since its inception in 1960, and through to October 2017, it is estimated that there have only been 202 awards of the Air Force Cross, comprising 197 individual recipients of which five have been awarded the decoration on two occasions, By campaigns the decorations awarded to the 197 x individual recipients by campaigns and wars have been:

- Second World War 1941-1945: x 3 'Retroactive Awards'
- Cuban Missile Crisis 1962: x 1 'Posthumous Award'
- Vietnam War: x 180
- Mayaguez Incident 1975: x 4
- Gulf War 1991: x 2
- Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, 1993 x 1
- Afghanistan 2002-2016: x 6

Fifty awards have been posthumous, including 30 to Air Force personnel missing in action. Twenty-four have been awarded to enlisted personnel, including 12 to Pararescuemen. Seventeen graduates of the United States Air Force Academy have been presented the award, and 13 were awarded for conduct while a prisoner of war.

A most desirable Air Force Cross award set for the Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 20332

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United States: Distinguished Service Medal (Army). With 1 x 'Bronze 'Oakleaf Cluster' for second award. Gilt and enamel



A fine contemporary issue of the type of insignia awarded since circa 1985, including awards for the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan War, the Iraq War, and operations associated with the Global War Against Terrorism

The bronze 'Oakleaf' emblem on the medal riband indicates that the recipient had been awarded a 'Second Award' of the decoration

The decoration fitted with 9mm crimp brooch mounting bar which retains the long-hinged pin and drop lock clasp fittings, as issued. The reverse of the mounting brooch with official Government Contractor maker mark 'G27'

Note: The DSM (Army) was instituted by Presidential Order on 2 January 1918, and was awarded to United States Army Air Corps and United States Air Force personnel through to the mid 1960's. In 1960, the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal was instituted, but the decoration was not awarded until 1965, before which time the Distinguished Service Medal (Army) continued to be awarded to Air Force personnel

Condition: EF

Code: 20331

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United States: Bronze Star Medal. With 'V' Valor combat device



The 'V' Valor combat device indicates that the Bronze Star Medal was awarded for heroism displayed in combat

Important: The award is sold complete with its plush 'Coffin' black leatherette hinged case of issue, With the name of the medal in gilt tooled letters on the outside upper lid. The interior plush pad including a silk ribbon bar with pin fittings and an enamelled lapel pin riband bar with fob backing. A set as issued circa 1945-1960, for Second World War and Korean War veterans

The silk corded riband mounted on an un-marked slot brooch, this retaining the original long-hinged pin and intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

Condition: About EF

Code: 20330

55.00 GBP


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United States: Presidential Medal for Merit (Instituted 1945). Gilt & enamel



Important: The medal only awarded 1942-1952

The silk corded riband fitted with a 12mm unmarked crimp-brooch issued circa 1945-1952. The brooch retaining the original long-hinged pin with intricate drop-lock & clasp fittings

The Medal for Merit was created by Public Law 77-671 and its awarding codified by Executive Order 9286 - Medal for Merit on December 24, 1942, later amended and restated by Executive Order 9857A of May 27, 1947. Created during World War II, and awarded to "civilians of the nation's prosecuting the war under the joint declaration of the United Nations and of other friendly foreign nations", the medal has not been awarded since 1952

The Presidential Medal for Merit is one of the highest civilian decorations of the United States. Awarded by the President of the United States to civilians for exceptionally meritorious conduct. At the time, it was the highest award available to civilians. Created during World War II, and awarded to civilians who contributed exceptional services to that war. The medal has not been awarded since 1952. Eligible to receive the medal are civilians of any nation who have rendered exceptional service since the proclamation of an emergency by the President on September 8, 1939. Foreigners who have assisted in the war efforts of the United Nations (as existing on July 20, 1942, which is not the present UN). Proposals are considered by the Medal for Merit Board, numbering three members appointed by the President, of whom one is appointed by the President Chairman of the Board. The medal cannot be awarded for any acts relating to the prosecution of World War II, after the cessation of hostilities (as proclaimed by Proclamation No. 2714 of December 31, 1946), and no proposal for an award for such services could be submitted after June 30, 1947

Civilians of foreign nations could receive the award for the performance of an exceptionally meritorious or courageous act or acts in furtherance of the war efforts of the Allies against the Axis Powers. The first person to receive this medal who was not an American citizen was Edgar Sengier, the director of the Belgian Union Miniere du Haut Katanga during World War II. Sengier was awarded the Medal for Merit on April 9, 1946. The second foreign civilian to receive the medal was the Canadian spymaster William Stephenson in November 1946. Stephenson had the code name "Intrepid" during World War II. Another recipient was Sir Robert Watson-Watt, a British pioneer of radar, who created a chain of radar stations around the UK which enabled advance information to be available to the Royal Air Force of incoming German aircraft and was instrumental in the winning of the 1940 Battle of Britain. He was sent to the US in 1941 to advise on air defense, after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. He was awarded the US Medal for Merit in 1946

A very attractive, rare & desirable item of United States insignia - and scarce on the market

Condition: EF

Code: 20329

265.00 GBP


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United States: Air Medal. With 2 x Silver 'Oakleaf' clusters on riband



An award from the era of the Second World War / Korea War 1945-1954

The 2 x Silver 'Oakleaf Clusters' on the riband denote that the recipient has been awarded a further 10 x awards of the Air Medal (each silver emblem representing 5 x additional awards)

The silk corded medal riband is suspended from an un-marked 'Slot Brooch'. This retaining the original long-hinged pin and clasp fittings as issued

Important: The style of mounting brooch and the absence of any numeric emblems indicate that this is a decoration awarded to a United States Army, or United States Air Force personnel circa 1945-1968, and contemporary to the Second World War and Korean War

The Air Medal was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1942. It was awarded retroactive to September 8, 1939 to anyone who distinguishes himself by meritorious achievement while serving with the Armed Forces in aerial flight

An early example of an Air Mail for the Second World War / Korean War

Minor service wear to silk riband

Condition: VF

Code: 20327

85.00 GBP


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United States: Air Medal. With 1 x Silver 'Oakleaf Cluster' on riband



An award for operations post 1985

The Silver 'Oakleaf Cluster' on the riband denote that the recipient has been awarded a further 5 x additional awards of the Air Medal (each silver emblem representing 5 x additional awards)

Important: The style of mounting brooch and the absence of any numeric emblems indicate that this is a decoration awarded to a member of the United States Air Force and contemporary for aerial flights and aerial services since circa 1985

Medal riband fitted with circa post-1985 9mm crimp-brooch with intricate drop-lock and long-hinged pin & clasp fittings, as issued

The reverse of the crimp-brooch with Federal Government contractor makers marks 'G27'

The Air Medal was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on May 11, 1942. It was awarded retroactive to September 8, 1939 to anyone who distinguishes himself by meritorious achievement while serving with the Armed Forces in aerial flight

A contemporary issue of the Air Medal awarded in er of Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan War, Iraq War and the Global War on Terror

Condition: EF

Code: 20326

40.00 GBP


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United States: Soldiers Medal



A 1945 Second World War issue of the Soldiers Medal

The medal silk corded riband is fitted with a Second World War era 'Slot Brooch' brooch, complete with long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse, as issued

The medal sold complete with original Medallic Art Company card box of issue for the decoration, this with makers label dated 19 July 1945, and with large ink stamp on edge of box 8455 246 3835

The Soldiers Medal was instituted as a bravery decoration for award to United States Army personnel on 2 July 1926. The decoration is awarded United States Army personnel decorated 'For Valor' in acts of heroism performed under non-combat conditions, i.e., for acts not involving armed conflict with an enemy of the United States

A very scarce and desirable early issue of the medal. Choice

Condition: EF

Code: 20325

125.00 GBP


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United States: Navy and Marine Corps Medal



An attractive 'Matt' bronzed finish strike of this decoration

The medal riband is fitted with a 12mm crimp-brooch (circa 1960'-1980's), complete with long-hinged pin & intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The medal brooch with Federal Government contractor marks 'LI-GI' on reverse of 12mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal was instituted on 7 August 1942, as the highest non-combat bravery decoration for award to United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for acts of heroism performed under non-combat conditions, i.e., for acts not involving armed conflict with an enemy of the United Sates

Condition: EF

Code: 20324

35.00 GBP


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United States: Navy and Marine Corps Medal. With 'Gold Star' emblem for second award



The ordnance issue 5/16 inch 'Gold Star' emblem on the riband denotes that the recipient has been awarded a second award of the Navy & Marine Corps Medal

The medal riband is fitted with a crimp-brooch, complete with long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fittings on reverse, as issued

The medal brooch with federal government contractor's marks 'G27' on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

The Navy and Marine Corps Medal was instituted on 7 August 1942, as the highest non-combat bravery decoration for award to United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for acts of heroism performed under non-combat conditions, i.e., for acts not involving armed conflict with an enemy of the United Sates

Condition: About EF

Code: 20323

40.00 GBP


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