Awards & Medals Research
I often receive requests to research U.S. medals. Below you will find a list of what types of research I can do. It aids the collector and of course I hope that you might sell me some medals as well!
The fee for this research is $5.00 per medal (cash or stamps preferred, check ok) and a long (legal size) SASE with all inquiries...no SASE, no reoly!
Many times basic info will lead you to other sources. If I cannot find anything, I'll return your $5.00 in the SASE.
ALL INQUIRIES MUST BE SUBMITTED IN THE MAIL.
NO EMAIL RESEARCH REQUESTS PLEASE.
PLEASE READ THE RESEARCH INFO BELOW FIRST.
Wartime Collectables (research)
P.O. Box 165
Camden, SC 29021
CIVIL WAR We can provide info on most CW Union officer's & enlisted men to include unit, service time, etc. We have info on perhaps 1/2 of the Confederate veterans. We cannot provide National Archives documents. We have the medal rolls for No. prefix numbered Army Civil War Campaign medals (M.No. & plain numbers are not traceable) and the rolls for the Navy & USMC Civil War Campaign medals (plain numbered). We also have the index to MOLLUS medal recipients by medal number so we can look up your MOLLUS Member medals (not companions) and send some bio info on the recipient as well. We can also research traceable range UDC Cross of Military Service medals for WWI and numbered New Jersey state service medals.
U.S. ARMY CAMPAIGN MEDALS Many numbered rim U.S. Army Campaign medals are traceable. The prefix pattern of the number on the rim is important: Plain number, "M.No." prefix, or "No." prefix. M.No. prefix numbers are NOT traceable and plain unprefixed numbers are only traceable on the USN/MC Civil War, Army Mexican Border Service Medal, and the Army Spanish War Service Medal. Below is a list of the number ranges we can trace...
CIVIL WAR No. 1-554 (also Navy Civil War)
INDIAN WARS No. 1-1927
CHINA RELIEF EXPEDITION No. 1-1228 & 1501-1634
SPANISH CAMPAIGN No. 1-7800 & 8001-8140
PHILIPPINE CAMPAIGN No. 1-23250 & 24001-25000
PHILIPPINE CONGRESSIONAL No. 1-6179
CUBAN PACIFICATION No.1-6339
CUBAN OCCUPATION No.1-4102
PORTO RICAN OCCUPATION 1-200 & No.201-320
MEXICAN SERVICE MEDAL No.1-10000, & 100001-12529
SPANISH WAR SERVICE 1-16650
MEXICAN BORDER SERVICE 1-34012
State issue medals such as the New York WWI Service Medal are not traceable by the number, nor are the United Spanish War Veterans.
CERTIFICATE OF MERIT Number rolls No. 1-368.
NUMBERED DSC'S & DSM'S
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS Most of medals numbered 1-8000 are traceable to the recipient.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE MEDAL Most of the medals numbered 1-2184 are traceable to the recipient.
Numbered Purple Hearts, Air Medals, Legion of Merits, DFC's, & Silver Stars are NOT traceable, nor are DSC's & DSM's in the WWII number range.
I do not have access to WWI records for the Silver Star or Purple Heart.
USMC numbered rim Good Conducts are NOT traceable.
MEXICAN WAR OF 1847 I have the pension list of Mexican War Veterans which notes unit and state. Often this seemingly simple starting point to research a Mexican War veteran is difficult to obtain and of invaluable assistance.