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WWI PERIOD U.S. NAVY MEDAL TRIO USS PITTSBURGH For Sale


WWI PERIOD U.S. NAVY MEDAL TRIO USS PITTSBURGH


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WWI PERIOD U.S. NAVY MEDAL TRIO USS PITTSBURGH:
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Here is an interesting and I believe underrated WWI period U.S. Navy medal trio. This nice, clean, tight group includes a Navy Good Conduct Medal engraved "Arsenio P. Resa U.S.S. Pittsburgh, 19-april 1915" and a WWI Victory Medal. The key piece here is a scarce "M.No." prefixed numbered U.S. Navy Mexico Campaign Medal. The vast majority of Navy Mexicos are the unprefixed style numbers. From my extensive medal tallies, it appears that about 15,500 of those were produced. After that supply was exhausted, the Navy ordered about 1,100 more medals. These M.No. medals are quite distinctive, having a straight "FOR SERVICE" on the reverse, a full wrap Navy style brooch and a different ribbon stock than the earlier medals.I have tallied only ten of these in thirty years and several hundred or more of the non-prefixed examples. In my experience, the M.No. medals are almost always found in mediocre condition and seldom appear in attributed groups. In fact, I think this is the only attributed one I have seen. The "Pittsburgh" was an interesting ship. As Armored Cruiser No.4, it was commissioned as the U.S.S. Pennsylvania", she became famous when "During the winter of 1910-1911, a plane landed on and took off from a platform on her after deck, opening the era of naval aviation." She was renamed the "Pittsburgh" in 1912, so that a battleship under construction could take "Pennsylvania."During the 1914 operations against Mexico,she, with Mr. Resa aboard, patrolled the waters off of Verz Cruz. During WWI she rated no battle clasp for the Victory Medal, but performed valuable service as the flagship of the Pacific Fleet, frequently sailing in South American waters and keeping the Germans away from the eastern Pacific.

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