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Trying to identify an old US war badge

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    ckwilliams
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    Default Trying to identify an old US war badge

    Need help with identifying an old war badge or medal I found. It is brass as far as I can tell. I have searched everywhere and can't identify it. It was found in an old barn on our property. It is about 1 3/4" tall with the strap holder and 1 1/2" wide. I have attached pics of it.

    Thanks for any help you can provide
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    also a guess;I am thinking of a military academy award ...as all armes are represented..!?? Indeed civile war related and local made when a see the details (badly casted)
    Always looking for Belgian Congo stuff!
    cheers
    |<ris

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    I saw a similar item in a friends collection. It was slightly different in the US shield but it represented all of the service branches as this example does. His also still had the ribbon attached. He said that he was told it was a Spanish American War medal. Something like a victory medal or a veterans commemoration medal. Regardless they still sell for a lot.

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    retiredkper
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    Default Re: Trying to identify an old US war badge

    This is part of the membership medal of the Regular and Volunteer Army and Navy Union veterans group formed in 1886 and still active today.

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    ckwilliams
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    Retired.....
    Do you know of a website where we can find this medal at. We would like to get some information on it.

    Thanks

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    retiredkper
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    Default Re: Trying to identify an old US war badge

    I am sure if you Google it and you will find their home site.

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    Hotchkisscrew
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    Default Re: Trying to identify an old US war badge

    I have a similiar one issued for participation in the Span-Am War. The symbols represent Infantry, Cavalry, Engineers, Navy and Artillery. The US design is similiar to that found on SAW veterens metal cemetary flag holder / markers.

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    Yes, it is indeed a Army/Navy Union Medal. It was one of the first post Civil War Veteran Associations that cropped up to help with Veteran affairs. There were several styles to these and I believe your's was issued around the time of the Spanish American War.

    Regards,

    Joel

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    ckwilliams
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    Default Re: Trying to identify an old US war badge

    Joel,

    Thanks for replying to the post. Do you have any information of where we could find information on this medal on the internet?

    Thanks

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    ckwilliams,

    I used to own one and it was disclosed to me what it was from another forum member. They are common to find and there is usually one or two floating around for sale on Ebay.

    I apologize that is all I can offer.


    Regards,

    Joel

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