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World War II: 1939 ~ 1945
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A0034
Selling Price: $535 - Postage in the U.S.A. is: $5
RARE EARLY UTAH NAMED "ENAMEL" 1ST TYPE PURPLE HEART MEDAL
FROM A WWI VET WHO EARNED THE MEDAL & QUALIFIED DURING THE INITIAL 1939 ISSUE PROGRAM!
This is a Next-Of-Kin purchase from an estate sale here in Utah for a Private in the Army named Titus Jones, who was originally from the remote area of Duchesne, here in Utah. Not much is known of the unit he was in or the circumstances of his wounding, but he was not killed in WWI, but awarded the Purple Heart Medal that is offered here post 1939, like many WWI veterans were.

The medal is guaranteed forever to be original 1939 issue, and for the purists, it is a BENT SLOT BROOCH TYPE (1939-1941): bronze gilt, enamel heart, with a 5 digit numbering on rim (69,856). This is part of the original 1939 contract manufactured by Medal Arts, the primary distinction in this style is the brooch. It also has the smooth, enamel heart on the front.

These early WWI veterans had either applied directly, or their next of kin applied for these medals and they were usually awarded between 1939 and 1941.

Wish I knew more on this man, but he was apparently wounded on two occasions, as he applied for a second Purple Heart Medal and received it much later. I also have that later medal, but it is a slotted brooch and not numbered but has the Oak Leaf Cluster. I'm quite sure secondary petitions were told to wait, and especially once the war was on, so it is understandable that the other medal was not an early model. Too bad. These two medals are not offered together, since they are not both named to the same man and so I broke up the set. If interested, information on the other, un-named and slotted brooch medal that I also have is available upon request.

The enclosed era case contains the lapel pin and the separately mounted ribbon bar.



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