πŸ† HONORABLE MENTION NAVY MEDAL

Danwell

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4 hour hunt gives up ten rough looking wheats and a Navy Medal of some sort. The name on the back is clearly visible. Any suggestions on how to locate the owner other than the phone book? WP_20140405_001.jpg WP_20140405_003.jpg WP_20140405_007.jpg WP_20140405_008.jpg
 
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Google..? that is my go-to..but well done! and awesome pics..love the stuff in the ground! ddf
 
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Danwell

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Update on the Navy Medal. Not only did I discover the medal, I discovered the history of the Navy Medal of Good Conduct and what it meant to the ones who received it. I was able to track down the next of kin. It was the daughter in law of the service man. We spoke for a while on the phone and she told me a bit of her family history. Her husband, who was the son of the service man, had passed away 9 years ago and her emotions ran high when she said he would be amazed to learn of this. The woman has two grown children with family's of there own and that they were both excited when she told them about the medal. The man who had originally received the medal was and still is a huge part of this family's life. I will be mailing the medal off today! For those of you who have never had this experience I hope you get the chance. For those who have, know exactly how it feels. It's funny...I think of treasure as an object found below the soil that has not been seen or held for years. It's nice to be reminded that the word "treasure" can be used as a verb! HH to you all!
 

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that's cool. great return!
 

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I vote Honorable Mention.
Danwell, I know the feeling (returned a couple of WW II identity discs --service tags).
Monetary value of any found coin pales compared to the value experienced in returning an object (such as yours) to the heirs.
Well done!!
Don....
 
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Danwell

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Thanks Don,The acknowledgement is greatly appreciated!
 

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Well Done! You make us proud to be detectorists! The grandchildren I'm sure will be ecstatic to have such an important momento of their grandfather. Did the daughter-in-law have any idea of the existence of the medal before? and if so, have a story of how it was lost?

Update on the Navy Medal. Not only did I discover the medal, I discovered the history of the Navy Medal of Good Conduct and what it meant to the ones who received it. I was able to track down the next of kin. It was the daughter in law of the service man. We spoke for a while on the phone and she told me a bit of her family history. Her husband, who was the son of the service man, had passed away 9 years ago and her emotions ran high when she said he would be amazed to learn of this. The woman has two grown children with family's of there own and that they were both excited when she told them about the medal. The man who had originally received the medal was and still is a huge part of this family's life. I will be mailing the medal off today! For those of you who have never had this experience I hope you get the chance. For those who have, know exactly how it feels. It's funny...I think of treasure as an object found below the soil that has not been seen or held for years. It's nice to be reminded that the word "treasure" can be used as a verb! HH to you all!
 

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Congrats and WTG on the research and return. I knew it was a Good Conduct medal when I saw it and glad you got one with the man's name on the back. I got mine in the 80's and it isn't inscribed.
 

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wtg! i hope one day i can do this. wish this was how the world saw us!
 
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Danwell

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Well Done! You make us proud to be detectorists! The grandchildren I'm sure will be ecstatic to have such an important momento of their grandfather. Did the daughter-in-law have any idea of the existence of the medal before? and if so, have a story of how it was lost?

She wasn't aware of the medal but she new of the location I found it. She said her husband mentioned it all the time. I was wondering if the medal was ever replaced considering the date was 1939 and he eventually retired with the Navy.
 
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Danwell

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Congrats and WTG on the research and return. I knew it was a Good Conduct medal when I saw it and glad you got one with the man's name on the back. I got mine in the 80's and it isn't inscribed.

I learned while researching the medal that the inscription was done by hand until 1940. In an effort to save money during the war, the went to a stamping machine until approx. 1954 when all inscription ended. Which made this medal even more meaningful considering it was one of the last to be inscribed by hand.
 

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