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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0171
Selling Price: $535 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $8
1 - MINT SPLIT BROOCH NAVY USN USMC TYPE I PURPLE HEART MEDAL
WITH SHORT CASE & ORIGINAL WHITE SHIPPING BOX VET ID'D!
From an estate pickup that I met while at yard sales, this is from Ronald W. Jacobs, who was wounded and lost his eye to shrapnel while supporting the Naval invasion fleet off Normandy. I have a photograph of the man, as he was a two stripe Pharmacist's mate. The lot originally came with his jumper set and a few other photos, but this lot is only for the one photo, the medal, the extremely rare short Navy blue case and the even rarer white shipping case the medal came in. Also enclosed is his dual ribbon ETO bar with one star. No arrowhead present, as I think he was back to the states and discharged before any of the formalities of uniform preparation occurred.

This is a fine example of an original 1943 US Navy, and US Marine Corps TYPE I (1943) medal is 100% mint. It is sterling silver gilt, has a plastic heart, is the first type split wrap brooch, and is unnumbered. The ribbon that is in the box is Sterling base metal on the clasp, as they should be. You tell the difference as the USN/USMC split brooches were not numbered, the Army ones were. Also the USN/USMC medals had plastic hearts, the Army were enamel on the initial split brooch medals.

There was only a production run of 135,000 medals ordered by the Navy's Bureau of Personnel from the US mint in 1943. No other Navy medals were ordered until Ovctober of 1944. Again, it is identical to the Army Type I medal, except for rim numbering being not present.

The box is actually rarer than the medal (penciled name of vet on rear), and the white shipping/mailing box is a hyper-rarity. You will not find a better medal as this is time-capsule mint in every way.

The man died of stomach cancer in 1996 and was by all accounts a bitter drunk who abused his family. Two photos of the sailor are enclosed. One is on a post card mailable print. The other is a studio portrait and is 5 x 7 and period taken and printed.



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