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Is this purple heart officially engraved and WWII era or a replacement

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    Default Is this purple heart officially engraved and WWII era or a replacement

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me if this purple heart is officially engraved of if this is a post war replacement. From my research the marine was killed at Iwo Jima. Thank you for your help.
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    Seems period based on other pics and searches.. G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    is it numbered on the edge?

    Here is a great site dedicated to the PH
    Purple Heart History
    It has different engraving techniques that you can compare yours to.


    on that site they show this PH awarded to a Marine Corps SSgt. Very similar technique to yours
    Paul C Hemmelgarn

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Great post Phil !! G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    What bothers me is the "First" letter in plain hand writing and the next "Cursive"... Odd ?? Any thoughts ?? G
    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    I'm sorry G but I'm not getting what you mean????
    When I think of Cursive, I think of this

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    I'm seeing the use of the first letters of the name and his MI as being larger than the rest of the following letters. But all in the capital print letter form.
    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    It's Hand-engraved. Naturally, there will be small deviations. It looks fine to me.
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Sorry for the confusion... G
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    I'd rather be A "RaD Man than a Mad Man "

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    OK I gottcha now. You were talking about the letters sent home by SSgt Paul C Hemmelgarn.
    I thought you were talking about the engraving style.


    I think the letter he sent home prior to capture from wake he used cursive. When he was captured and interned they might of had him print so that "they" could translate/censor it easier. Just a thought.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    lol Don't feel bad, Phil...I thought the question was on the engraving of the medal as well! And, yes-you are certainly right. The letters from the POW camps were intended to be only in block letters,as the Japanese censors found it very difficult to read all the endlessly different forms of Western handwriting, so they commanded that it be lettered instead.

    I shudder to think what the Sarge went through, after being taken prisoner on Wake Island, of all places! In many island fighting scenes, neither side even bothered to Take prisoners at all....I wouldn't have wanted to be in His boots, that's for sure...Poor guy....captured within abit over 1 week's time of War being declared..spent the entire war in a Japanese prison camp(!) only to be killed by an Allied bombing run while recovering from appendicitis surgery just a few months before the End of the war....Talk about terrible luck!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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