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United States: Mexican Service Medal (1911-1917). United States Marine Corps reverse


An early un-numbered & unmarked issue, with fixed ring and loose ring suspension

The medal fitted with a Wrap Brooch'. The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop lock clasp fittings as issued

Reference 'The Call of Duty: Military Awards and Decorations of the United States of America' (Strandberg & Bender, 1994), it is estimated that 2500 USMC personnel received the medal

Condition: GVF

Code: 19599

45.00 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, goes ack to 1959, long before the US military were formally involved with American troop deployments in Vietnam.

Condition: About EF

Code: 20294

25.00 GBP


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United States: Silver Star Medal. Current issue. In case of issue



with government contractors marks for 'G27' on reverse of 9mm 'crimp' style mounting brooch, in use since circa 1985

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

The medal contained in its original plush hinged case of issue. This complete with silk ribbon bar and enamelled riband lapel pin - a set - the ribbon and pin complete with their original issue fittings.

A contemporary award as issued to personnel decorated for services in the Gulf War, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq War and during all of the operations associated with the War against Terrorism

Condition: EF

Code: 20445

40.00 GBP


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United States: American Campaign Medal. Strike by Heckethorn Mfg. & Supply Co



A very early - and attractive - 'Chocolate' strike by Heckethorn Mfg. & Supply Co, Littlehorn, Colarado

The medal mounted on the original unmarked 12mm crimp brooch, sans pin with intricate drop-lock clasp fittings. The medal supended from a silk moire corded riband

Sold together with a silk riband bar

Contained in blue card box of issue, this with label 'Stock number 71-M-912-75' Medal Campaign and Service American Campaign Complete Heckethorn Mfg. & Supply Co, Littlehorn, Colarado'

The American Campaign Medal is a military award of the United States Armed Forces which was first created on November 6, 1942, by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was intended to recognize those military members who had performed military service in the American Theater of Operations during World War II.

The requirements for the American Campaign Medal were for service within the American Theater between 7 December 1941 and 2 March 1946 under any of the following conditions:

- On permanent assignment outside the continental limits of the United States

- Permanently assigned as a member of a crew of a vessel sailing ocean waters for a period of 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days

- Outside the continental limits of the United States in a passenger status or on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days

- In active combat against the enemy and was awarded a combat decoration or furnished a certificate by the commanding general of a corps, higher unit, or independent force that the Soldier actually participated in combat

- Within the continental limits of the United States for an aggregate period of 1 year

The boundaries of American Theater are as follows: The eastern boundary is located from the North Pole, south along the 75th meridian west longitude to the 77th parallel north latitude, thence southeast through Davis Strait to the intersection of the 40th parallel north latitude and the 35th meridian west longitude, thence south along the meridian to the 10th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the Equator and the 20th meridian west longitude, thence south along the 20th meridian west longitude to the South Pole

The western boundary is located from the North Pole, south along the 141st meridian west longitude to the east boundary of Alaska, thence south and southeast along the Alaska boundary to the Pacific Ocean, thence south along the 130th meridian to its intersection with the 30th parallel north latitude, thence southeast to the intersection of the Equator and the 100th meridian west longitude, thence south to the South Pole

Condition: EF

Code: 20422

26.00 GBP


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United States: Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal. 1st type Medal (circa 1926-1954)



Contained in an unmarked blue card box of issue

A good very early 1st type 'Matt' bronzed finish strike of this Coast Guard medal

The medal riband is fitted with its integral top pinned 'U.S. Coast Guard' brooch bar, complete with long-hinged pin & intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal was authorized by the Commandant on 18 May 1921, but not designed until 1923. The medal was originally issued with a straight suspender and integral top brooch bar. Following the Korean War, the Coat Guard Good Conduct Medal stopped being issued with an integral brooch top bar

Condition: EF

Code: 20418

35.00 GBP


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Organisation of American States (OAS): Medal of Merit



Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch riband that is fitted with long hinged pin and intricate drop lock & clasp fittings

The Organization of American States 'Merit Medal' has its origins in the 1965 Dominican Republic crisis. A leftist revolution broke out that would have succeeded had it not been for an American military intervention in cooperation with the Organization of American States or OAS. To honour the participants of this campaign the Inter-American Peace Medal for Merit was designed with a Spanish legend and inscription and showing the western hemisphere

The OAS came into being in 1948 with the signing in Bogota, Colombia, of the Charter of the OAS, which entered into force in December 1951. It was subsequently amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires, signed in 1967, which entered into force in February 1970; by the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias, signed in 1985, which entered into force in November 1988; by the Protocol of Managua, signed in 1993, which entered into force in January 1996; and by the Protocol of Washington, signed in 1992, which entered into force in September 1997

The Organization was established in order to achieve among its member states as stipulated in Article 1 of the Charter, "an order of peace and justice, to promote their solidarity, to strengthen their collaboration, and to defend their sovereignty, their territorial integrity, and their independence"

Today, the OAS brings together all 35 independent states of the Americas and constitutes the main political, juridical, and social governmental forum in the Hemisphere. In addition, it has granted permanent observer status to 69 states, as well as to the European Union (EU)

The Organization uses a four-pronged approach to effectively implement its essential purposes, based on its main pillars: democracy, human rights, security, and development

Condition: GVF

Code: 20290

20.00 GBP


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United States: Department of Defense Desert Shield / Desert Storm Service Medal (1990-1991)


Awarded to eligible qualifying 'Civilians' employed / contracted by the United States Department of Defense during the Gulf War of 1990-1991

The medal fitted with crimp brooch mounting bar with Government Contractors marks for 'LI-GI' (Lordship Industries) which retains the long hinged pin & intricate drop lock clasp fitting as issued

Reference 'USA Gulf War Civilian Service Medal by S.G. 'Yash' Yasinitsky published in the OMSA Journal Volume 42 of 1991 No 12;

Quote,

US GULF WAR CIVILIAN MEDAL

A new medal for service in the Gulf War has been approved by Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney and is scheduled to be distributed to about 4,000 civilians who served in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm as employees of the Defense Department or as workers who supported the war effort, such as members of the Red Cross, the USO, and the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. The obverse of the new civilian medal is inscribed "DESERT SHIELD" along its upper circumference, and "DESERT STORM" along its lower circumference. In the center it shows a shield with a torch adopted from the Statue of Liberty, placed over a pair of crossed sabers. The reverse design hasin its center the eagle from the Department 30 of Defense Seal. Above is the inscription "DEPARTMENT/OF/DEFENSE" and below are crossed sprigs of laurel. The ribbon appears to be similar to that of the Southwest Asia Service Medal, but not identical.

Unquote.

Condition: EF

Code: 19570

12.00 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 long hinged pin & drop lock 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 very prestigious award was replaced in 1963 by 'Presidential decree', with the institution 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: 19624

95.00 GBP


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United States: Defence Superior Service Medal



Medal riband fitted with crimp brooch with long-hinged pin & intricate drop-lock clasp fittings, as issued

The Defense Superior Service Medal (DSSM) is a senior decoration of the Department of Defense, awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces (all services and branches) who perform "superior meritorious service in a position of significant responsibility"

The decoration is most often presented to senior officers in the flag and general officer grades, followed by a lesser number of colonels and USN and USCG captains. The medal is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense and was established by President Gerald R. Ford on February 6, 1976, in Executive Order 11904

Condition: EF

Code: 20328

30.00 GBP


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United States: Navy Good Conduct Medal. Type IV 1961- current issue



The medal fitted with unmarked 12mm crimp brooch mounting bar (Vietnam era). The reverse of the mounting brooch retaining the original hinged pin and intricate drop clasp fittings as issued

A good early 'Matt Finish' strike of the Navy Good Conduct Medal as awarded during the era Vietnam War

Condition: EF

Code: 20314

Reserved


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