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United States: Purple Heart Medal. Reverse officially named (John P. McHenry)



Important: Private First Class John P. McHenry, 2nd Battalion 30th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division, United States Army is confirmed 'Killed-in-Action' in Italy, 12 November 1943

Reference US WWII Hospital Admission Card Files, John P. McHenry was killed by penetrating wounds to the abdomen and arm caused by shell explosion, shell fragment, or artillery shell

The body of Private First Class John P. McHenry lies interred at the Sicily?Rome American Cemetery and Memorial which is the World War II American military war grave cemetery, located in Nettuno, near Anzio, Italy. The cemetery, contains 7,858 American war dead, and covers 77 acres (31 ha) and was dedicated in 1956. It is administered by the American Battle Monuments Commission

Note: The decoration is a Second World War issue item of insignia

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

John P. McHenry was a native of New York, United States, where he was born circa 1919 (Army Enlistment Records refer). The National Census for 1940, records that John was employed as a Government Worker 'Laborer' with the Civil Construction Corps, and residing at CCC Camp F-19, located at Fairgrounds, Yavapai County, Arizona. At the time the Census was collated in April 1940, John had been working continuously with the Civil Construction Corps for the previous 52 weeks. The 1940 Census shows that John had been earlier residing at, New York City, Westchester County, New York, on 1 April 1935. By September 1940. John had relocated to Washington State, where he enlisted in the United States Army at Fort Lewis, Washington, on 17 September 1940. His unique Army Service Number was 19016328. On enlistment he elected to join the 'Infantry' and his terms of engagement are shown as 'Enlistment for the Philippine Department'. indicating that John had considerable ambition to soldier further afield with the United States Army in what was then called the Philippine Commonwealth. Immediately prior to enlisting in the Army, John had been residing at King, Washington, and described as an 'Apprentice to Other Trades'. He was described as a 'White' make and measured just over 5ft and 6inches in height and weighed 138 Lbs, and had attained 2 years of 'High School' education.

A desirable 'Mid-War' confirmed battle casualty award for Italy

Condition: About EF

Code: 20149

275.00 GBP


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United States: Purple Heart Medal. With 'Gold Star' device. For USN / USMC / USGC personnel who have been awarded the Purple Heart a second time



The presence of the 'Gold Star' device on the riband drape denotes that the recipient had been awarded a 'Second Purple Heart

The Gold Star emblem is the correct ordnance issue 5/16" size, as worn by personnel who have been wounded a second time after their initial Purple Heart award, and as worn by members of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard (by contrast Army and Air Force personnel wear a 'Silver Oakleaf Cluster' if wounded a further five times)

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 'G-23' on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

A contemporary award as issued to personnel who were casualties (killed or wounded) during the Gulf War & Somalia, and issued from stocks held in hand to casualties from later wars in, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 20148

75.00 GBP


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United States: Purple Heart Medal. With 'Silver Oakleaf Cluster' emblem



The emblem indicating an award to United States Army, or United States Air Force personnel who have been wounded in action on 'Five' occasions

The presence of the 'Silver Oakleaf Cluster' emblem on the riband drape denotes that the recipient had been 'Wounded-in-Action' a further five times!

The 'Silver Oakleaf Cluster' is worn by those Army and Air Force personnel who have been wounded an additional 5 times x after their first award (Bronze Oakleaf Clusters are worn by personnel wounded a second time, with additional stars for each subsequent additional wound - as many as 4 x bronze clusters may be worn on the riband drape)

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 'G-27' on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

A contemporary award as issued to personnel who were casualties (killed or wounded) during the Gulf War & Somalia, and issued from stocks held in hand to casualties from later wars in, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 20147

85.00 GBP


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Republic of South Vietnam: Campaign Medal. With clasp '1960-'



A superior quality United States strike

The medal fitted with crimp brooch mounting bar which retains the long-hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fitting on reverse as issued

Reverse of mounting brooch with Government Federal Contractors marks 'G27'

The South Vietnam government awarded the 'Campaign Medal' with clasp '1960-' to all participating 'allied' forces personnel, including, but not restricted to the armed forces of: United States, Philippines, South Korea and the Commonwealth countries of Australia and New Zealand, who served in Vietnam between 1960-1975

Condition: EF

Code: 20146

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United States (Washington State): Washington Air National Guard Commendation Medal



The decoration fitted with crimp brooch mounting bar which retains the long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fitting on reverse as issued

Reverse of mounting brooch with official Government Contractors marks 'Graco-GI'

A scarce State Air National Guard decoration

Condition: EF

Code: 20139

20.00 GBP


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United States: Purple Heart Medal. With 'Silver Star' device. The device indicating an award to United States Navy, United States Marine Corps or United States Coast Guard personnel who have been wounded in action on multiple occasions


The presence of the 'Silver Star' device on the riband drape denotes that the recipient had been awarded 'Five further Awards' of the Purple Heart

The Silver Star emblem is the correct ordnance issue 5/16" size, as worn by personnel who have been wounded a further five times after their initial award, by members of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps and United States Coast Guard (by contrast Army and Air Force personnel wear a 'Silver Oakleaf Cluster' if wounded a further five times)

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 contractors marks 'Graco-GI' (denoting maker Graco, of Tomball, TX) on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, as issued from circa 1980's

A contemporary award as issued to personnel who were casualties (killed or wounded) during the Gulf War & Somalia, and issued from stocks held in hand to casualties from later wars in, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 19992

85.00 GBP


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United States: United States Navy Expeditionary Medal. With clasp ?Wake Island? I


Important: The ?Wake Island? clasp is the only ?Battle Clasp? sanctioned for award and wear on any United States campaign medal for the Second World War

The medal is an un-numbered later strike. The die-struck clasp with back-strap on reverse

The medal with a knob and loose ring suspension

The riband fitted with a post 1965 'crimp-brooch'. This with Federal Contractors makers mark 'LI-GI' on reverse of the mounting brooch. The brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop clasp fittings as issued

The Navy Expeditionary Medal was instituted in August 1936, and made retrospective to specified qualifying expeditions / services dating back to 1874

The qualifying criteria for this medal extends to all United States Navy personnel, i.e., officers and enlisted men of the Navy, who have actually landed on foreign territory and engaged in operations against armed opposition, or operated under circumstances which, after full consideration, shall be deemed to merit special recognition and for which service no campaign medal has been awarded

The Wake Island clasp is a unique medal clasp awarded to qualifying personnel of the United States Navy & United States Marine Corps who served at Wake Island between 7-22 December 1941. The Wake Island Device is authorized for any sailor or marine who was awarded the Navy or Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal for service during the defence of Wake Island during the opening days of U.S. involvement in the Second World War

A scarce & desirable medal and clasp issue for a most historic & gallant action

Condition: GVF

Code: 19991

85.00 GBP


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United States: Yangtze Service Medal (1926-1932). 'United States Marine Corps' reverse


An un-numbered later issue (circa 1980's) with fixed ring and loose ring suspension

The corded medal riband fitted with a crimped brooch, which has the Federal Government contractors marks 'G27'. The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings as issued

The Yangtze Service Medal is a decoration of the United States military which was created in 1930 for presentation to members of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps (and to a lesser extent, members of the United States Army). The Yangtze Service Medal is awarded for service in the Yangtze River Valley between the dates of September 3, 1926 and December 31, 1932, a period of significant unrest in the region

Basic qualifying criteria for the award of the medal was service on shore at Shanghai or in the valley of the Yangtze River between the dates of 3 September 1926 to 21 October 1927 and 1 March 1930 to 31 December 1932

The decoration may also be awarded for those military service members who served on permanent duty in Shanghai, China, provided such service was in direct support of landing operations in the Yangtze River Valley (e.g. Nanking incident of 1927). The Yangtze Service Medal was declared obsolete in 1940 when it was replaced by the China Service Medal

A highly evocative medal for the inter-wars era of colonial 'River Gunboats' and 'Chinese War Lords', as captured in the novel 'Sand Pebbles' (Richard McKenna, 1963) and depicted in the movie of that name about the services and adventures of the American river gunboat, U.S.S. 'San Pablo'

Condition: About EF

Code: 19990

30.00 GBP


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United States: China Service Medal (1937-1939 & 1945-1957). With United States Marine Corps reverse


Medal planchet with knob and loose ring suspension

Medal riband fitted with original mounting brooch with intricate hinged pin & drop latch clasp fitting. The reverse of mounting brooch with official Federal Government Contractors mark 'Graco-GI'

The China Service Medal was exclusively awarded to U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel. The medal was instituted by Navy Department General Order No. 176 on 1 July 1942, and was awarded for services in China and Chinese waters between 1939-195

Qualifying service for the award of the medal was service in China and Chinese waters between 7 July 1937, and 7 September 1939, and from 2 September 1945 to 1 April 1957

Condition: EF

Code: 19989

30.00 GBP


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United States: Vietnam Civilian Service Medal (1959-1973)


Medal riband fitted with a crimp brooch mounting bar that retains the original hinged pin and clasp fittings, as issued

The reverse of the crimp brooch with Federal Contractors marks for 'G27'

The Vietnam Civilian Service Award is a discontinued award of the United States Foreign Service. It was presented to employees of the U.S. State Department, USAID and USIA assigned to diplomatic and consular facilities in Vietnam, members of the CIA, and other specified civilian service in the airspace or territorial waters of Vietnam, greater than a year

A most interesting issue, not least as the retrospective qualifying dates, going back to 1959, long before the US military were formally involved with American troop deployments in Vietnam.

Condition: About EF

Code: 19987

25.00 GBP


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