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09 Nov 2020

Mementos of Thanks from My Former Employer

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In all my years of writing blogs, I have simply referred to my former employer as my employer. It was never necessary to my posts for me to reveal my employer until now. Because my employer sent Veterans Day medals to all the veterans on their payroll, it is now necessary to reveal their identity.

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11 Apr 2020

Exonumia

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I only own 2 Medals. 1 is the First Lady medal that came with my Presidential Kennedy dollar. The other one I didn't realize that I had until I readDr.Darryl's blog. I split my government service into 2 periods. The first period I was in artillery, in which I spent 6 years. My next 21 years was spentin what I call the "Deep State" :-) I started this period as a 72G, Telecummunications Center Operator. I progressed through the ranks to E-5 again.I was an E-5 in the artillery also serving as a Motor Sergeant. After completing 72G school I attended an extra course called the DSSCS (DefenseSpecial Security Communications Systems) course. While attending this school, I was visited by two gentlemen in 3 piece suits who wanted to offerme a "job". They informed me that they were from WHCCA (White House Communications Center Agency). They told me that I would be TDY (awayfrom home) 7 months out of the year. I politely declined their offer due to the fact that I was engaged and didn't want to be displaced after I was tobe married. A couple of weeks later I was visited again by two gentlemen in 3 piece suits who offered me another job. They advised me that they hadheard that I had declined the previous WHCCA job, so they had another offer. It was a position in Mons, Belgium and was a civilian assignment. I wasworking (indirectly) for Gen. Alexander Haig who was then SACEUR (Supreme Allied Commander Europe). This was before he became Chief of Staff toRonald Reagan. To make a long story short, I exited the military in 1986 but continued working for the Dept. of the Army until 2000. Upon my departure from the Dept. of the Army, I was awarded the below certificate along with the medal. I had put them away until I recently readDr.Darryl's blog and got to thinking I may have one of those! I exited my government service as a Tables Manager/Telecommunications Specialist, GS-9.I'm not sure what kind of metal the coin is made out of but I know that it's HEAVY and looks like maybe bronze. It's fairly thick also. Notice the picture ofthe wooden holder they gave me. Dr.Darryl's blog got me to reminiscing when I read the one about the CIA ...LOL! I've worked with folks from thatAgency and have good friends who have worked there. I'm proud to be a veteran and was once part of the "Deep State" ! The first picture is of me in myNEW uniform of the day. I call it my coronavirus uniform. The bottom 2 pictures are of my better half and I during my Deep State years. Until next timemy friends, stay SAFE and healthy and PLEASE help flatten the curve ! Charlie aka slybluenote

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10 Nov 2018

A Five Medal Salute to Veterans

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As a veteran myself I want to thank todays veterans for their selfless service and sacrifice to our country. I was fortunate to have joined the Navy in a time of peace (1976-1982) and have never fought in a war. I always told people that my war was the Cold War. Still we constantly trained for war. I likened my service to a person keeping watch on the wall of a city while those in the city rested in security. Todays veterans know the horrors of war and I thank them for fighting our wars while we in the city rest in peace. This 5-medal salute is my tribute to todays active and veteran service men and women.

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03 Nov 2016

Important Tiger General’s Medals Unearthed in Old Suitcase Full of Clothes

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After almost seventy years out of public eye, the medals from one of China’s most important 20th C. military heros, Jiang Dingwen (蔣鼎文), have been rediscovered in a country home in Vermont. The eighteen medals found mirror the military history of China as it evolved during the early decades of the 20th century and span the periods from 1923-1965. The discovery tells a story of the rise of China in the early decades of the last century.

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18 Aug 2016

The 1952 West Point USMA Sesquincentenial Medal

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Over her long and distinguished career Laura Gardin Fraser had a very cordial relationship with the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Both Frasers loved America and the Armed Forces of the United States. Many of their military related commissions not only included medallic art, but also full size sculptures and smaller bronzes. There are three significant works Mrs. Fraser completed for The United States Military Academy. The first is a 1952 bronze medal commemorating the sesquicentennial of the USMA. Struck by the Medallic Art Corporation, this medal was presented to the parents of the cadets who entered the academy that year. A small insert reads, "A memento of the United States Military Academy to the parents or guardians of the cadets who entered the Military Academy in the Sesquicentennial Year". The medal's obverse displays the flaming torch of leadership, the sword of valor, and a laurel wreath representing victory. The reverse emphasizes the United States Military Academy Coat of Arms set underneath a rising sun. Across the face of the Union Shield is a sword and the helmet of Pallas Athena. Athena is associated with the arts of war and her helmet represents wisdom and learning. Perched atop the shield is a bald eagle clutching a bundle of 13 arrows and a scroll. The scroll bears the academy's motto, "Duty, Honor, Country" and the words, "West Point, MDCCCII (1802) USMA. In front of the eagle's right wing is an oak branch signifying strength and on the left an olive branch signifying peace. [1] [2] Laura Gardin Fraser's next work for the United States Military Academy was the 1957 Sylvanus Thayer medal. This medal exhibits a profile bust of Sylvanus Thayer on its obverse and the coat of arms on the reverse. The Sylvanus Thayer medal is awarded annually by the USMA Association of Graduates to an outstanding citizen who in service to America exemplifies the USMA values of duty, honor, and country. Sylvanus Thayer known as the "father of the Military Academy" served as the United States Military Academy's Superintendent from 1817 until 1833. Under his leadership the USMA became a pioneering engineering school whose graduates were largely responsible for the construction of the nations initial rail lines, bridges, harbors, and roads. [3] [4] Laura Gardin Fraser once said that, "A sculptors life is measured in large chunks of time." Three 9x4 bronze relief panels chronicling almost five centuries of American history represents one of those large chunks of time in Mrs. Fraser's life. The following is quoted in an interview with Dean Krakel concerning the aforementioned panels, "I began this project making little vignettes of historical figures in clay. We seem to know so little about American history, and so having begun this in 1935, I began to accumulate an interesting collection. I started doing events from history and animals purely American like—the skunk. Then I started sorting and organizing my figures in chronological order, placing them on large tablets. These became like the leaves of a book. This essentially is how I started the project. For a long time I thought I was doing them for love of my country, as no one or institution seemed interested." Eventually, the United States Military Academy took an interest in Mrs. Fraser's panels and they were cast into bronze. Then finally in 1964 after nearly 30 years, they were unveiled at the dedication of the Academy's new library in the portico of the library's entrance. The first panel begins with the exploration of Leif Ericson and extends all the way through to the Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War. The second panel includes westward expansion, the development of American political parties, and the Mexican, Civil, and Indian Wars. Panel three illustrates industrial development, modern inventions, labor unions, the depression, the World Wars, and the atomic bomb. [5] 1 The United States Military Academy West Point, http://www.usma.edu/news/sitepages/coat %20of%20arms%20and%20motto.aspx 2 Medal Commemorates West Point Sesquicentennial by Fred Reed 10/4/99, http:// www.pcgs.com/News/Medal-Commemorates-West-Point-Sesquicentennial 3 The United States Military Academy West Point, http://www.usma.edu/wphistory/SitePages/ Home.aspx 4 Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sylvanus_Thayer_Award 5 End of the Trail, The Odyssey of a Statue by Dean Krakel

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19 Apr 2016

Finally! The Medal that Will be the Centerpiece of My New Collection

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Since I started my collection of Laura Gardin Fraser coins and medals, the 1920 American Army and Navy chaplains medal has been at the top of my list to purchase. These medals rarely become available for sale and the last one I bid in 2015, I lost. Since then I had e-bay searches set up to locate others that may become available.Though these medals are scarce, they don't cost too much since the demand is low. It's just that the people who own them rarely sell them. With a pocket full of e-bay bucks I searched for ways to spend my bucks when I came across the medal with a BIN price that just had listed only hours earlier with one watcher. I didn't give it a second thought and quickly snatched what will be the cornerstone of my medal collection. This medal struck by the Gorham Co. was awarded to all the Army and Navy chaplains of World War 1. It is also fitting that Laura Gardin Fraser should design and sculpt this medal. Both Frasers loved America and the armed forces of the United States. Laura had a long and cordial relationship with the West Point Military Academy that I will write about later. Interestingly, during WWI Laura volunteered to drive ambulances transporting wounded soldiers. Thus the obverse reveals her passion reminiscent of the Good Samaritan depicting a chaplain giving a wounded soldier a drink. As a Christian in the United States Navy in the late 70's early 80's, this medal kind of has a personal connection. On top of the chaplain of our ship providing spiritual assistance he also provided humanitarian assistance. The post Vietnam War era created a huge refugee problem. While at sea and 100 miles off the coast of Vietnam in the South China Sea we rescued dozens of refugees, many of them children from certain peril. It's hard to imagine what would make a person put out to sea in nothing more than a rickety wooden raft in hopes of being rescued. Only God knows the numbers of people never found. Of the ones we rescued we really adored the kids, and although the Vietnam War still triggers passionate emotions, I am proud to have been a part of that operation. Gary

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