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!
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?
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.