Title: THREE MEDAL LOT, GOOD CONDUCT AND TWO BRONZE PISTOL COMPETITION BADGES - 1925 Description: A three medal grouping with an engraved Good Conduct Medal and two bronze pistol competition badges, one Division Competition badge and one Marine Corps Competition badge. Good Conduct Medal is engraved "No 80799. DAVID W. CORBETT. 1ST ENLISTMENT. 1922-1926." Both of the pistol badges have the initials "D.W.C" etched into the back. Trumpeter Corbett served two enlistments from 1922-1926 and 1926-1930. He won an Eastern Division bronze and Marine Competition bronze medal for the pistol in 1925.
Size: 1-1/2" x 1-5/8"
Item # 045
Title: TIFFANY & CO BRONZE 1930 UNITED STATES LINES WW1 GOLD STAR MOTHER'S PILGRIMAGE MEDAL Description: From 1930 to 1933, the US Government funded overseas pilgrimage trips for "Gold Star" mothers and widows of US service members killed and buried in France. The trips were conducted on United States Lines and supervised by the US Quartermaster Corps. They toured sites and visited the cemeteries of their loved ones. To commemorate the trip, medals made by Tiffany and Co were presented to the participants. References online state that there were close to 6700 participants. This one is edge stamped "BRONZE m 4915". The gothic m is for John C Moore II, the Director of Tiffany and Co. The ribbon is tattered and broken in places. Unfortunately, this medal has not been tied to a name. Photos of the Gold Star trips are for reference only and not included.
Size: 1-1/2" round
Item # 034
Title: NICE QUALITY EXPERT RIFLEMAN BADGE TWO PIECE Description: Mid-1920's brass over silver finish expert rifleman badge. Barrel catch construction.
Title: M1922 STERLING RIFLE SHARPSHOOTER BADGE TWO RING Description: This is a scarce two ring sterling Rifle Sharpshooter badge with hooded catch.
Size: 1-7/8" x 1-3/4"
Item # 040
Title: ENGRAVED USMC GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL 1919-1923 Description: A numbered enlisted good conduct medal that was issued in 1923 for 4 years of "Excellent" characterization. It is engraved "No 75254. FLOYD F. BLOODGOOD. 1ST ENLISTMENT. 1919-1923." Ribbon shows some spots of fray. Floyd Bloodgood enlisted in 1919 and went to training at Paris Island. He served aboard the USS Albany, USS Arizona, and USS Alert as well as League Island Pennsylvania and the Navy Yard at Puget Sound.
Size: 1-5/8" x 3"
Item # 001
Title: EXPERT RIFLEMAN BADGE W/ EGA Description: Heavy quality sterling rifle expert qualification badge with attached EGA. Marked "STERLING" on rear of upper bar and lower wreath. Marines could qualify as Expert, Sharpshooter, or Marksman. Expert is the highest qualification obtainable.
Size: 2" x 1-3/4"
Item # 041
Title: ENGRAVED BRONZE 1931 DIVISION (WEST INDIES) RIFLE COMPETITION BADGE, 31 YEAR VET, PEARL HARBOR/GUADALCANAL Description: A bronze "Division" Rifle Competition Badge, won by Corporal Alvie L. Thomas, USMC in 1931 at what I believe was then called the "West Indies" Rifle and Pistol Competiion for Marines serving in Cuba, Haiti, Dominican Republican, etc. Thomas joined the Corps at age 13 as an Apprentice and then was appointed a Trumpeter serving at Marine Barracks Washington DC, the Naval Academy, USS Georgia, and Marine Barracks Boston. During World War One he served at Quantico as staff with the Officer's Overseas Training Camp. He served in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and the Virgin Islands in the 1920's. He spent a lot of in Haiti in the early 1930's and would go up to Sergeant only to be busted to Private. He faced about 6 summary court-martials for various offenses. At 20 years of service, he was a Private. He seemed to like being a Private until the day he witnessed the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941 as part of the 3rd Defense Battalion. At the start of WW2, he soon found himself rising the enlisted ranks and as a Platoon Sergeant in 1942, he was on his way to Guadalcanal to fight the Japanese. He landed there in August 1942 with the Special Weapons Group, 3rd Defense Battalion and returned to San Diego in early 1943. He was promoted to Master Gunnery Sergeant in 1944 and the muster rolls stop there. I assume he was retired at this time with over 31 years of service. Worthy of better research.