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    Does anyone know the best way to preserve items. Any info would be appreciated. They were my Grandfathers.
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    you will find lots of good basic tips in these guides here:
    CCI Notes

    Also, is there a name on the medal with the red white and blue? it is a British military medal for gallantry - they were at times awarded to foreign soldiers. What was your grandfathers name? very nice items to have.

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    His name was Luke Gaffey. No engraving on the medal for gallantry. The only engraving is on the purple heart. That is numbered as well as the Distinguished service cross medal.

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    That cap would look nice in a 3d matted frame. It would be hard to do without pins or using the ribbons to bear the weight of the medals. Very cool stuff from within the family!

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    Should I try to replace ribbons before mounting or leave as is. Thanks for the responses so far.

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    personally - I'd leave the ribbons alone. They have nice character.

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    Leave them for sure... Exactly as is!

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    The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Luke Gaffey (ASN: 1214669), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F., near Ronssoy, France, 28 September 1918. Private Gaffey displayed rare courage in leaving shelter and going into an open field under heavy shell and machine-gun fire and rescuing wounded soldiers of another regiment.
    General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 133 (1919)

    Action Date: 28-Sep-18

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private

    Company: Company F

    Regiment: 108th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 27th Division, American Expeditionary Forces

    he President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Service Cross to Private Luke Gaffey (ASN: 1214669), United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with Company F, 108th Infantry Regiment, 27th Division, A.E.F., near Ronssoy, France, 29 September 1918. When all the other members of his squad had been killed or wounded, Private Gaffey picked up an automatic rifle and advanced alone against an enemy position.
    General Orders: War Department, General Orders No. 133 (1919)

    Action Date: 29-Sep-18

    Service: Army

    Rank: Private

    Company: Company F

    Regiment: 108th Infantry Regiment

    Division: 27th Division, American Expeditionary Forces

    The london gazette changed their search engine and I can't figure out how to see if the MM is confirmed to him.

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    I do not understand how he would have a British MM in the group. Look at the bottom of the rim (along the bottom edge)and see if there is a name there, if so please let us know the info

    Dean O
    Canada

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    Dean, MM's and other british gallantry awards were made to allied armies, French, Belgian, American - in much the same way the Croix De Guerre was awarded to Commonwealth forces. They were awarded UNNAMED. The london gazzette often has the awards lists - IF one were recorded. They were at times given in bulk to the foreign commands to be dispersed as the regional commanders saw fit.

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