Wartime Collectables
Military Antiques

Andrew H. & Gale V. Lipps
P.O. Box 165
Camden, SC 29021   USA

ph. 803-463-6935 (text o.k.)
Email wartime@wartimecollectables.com
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Militaria updated 7/15/20 

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USMC Expeditionary Medal with WAKE ISLAND bar
The USMC Expeditionary Medal with the WAKE ISLAND clasp was awarded to sailors and marines defended Wake Island in December 1941 from the Japanese assault. The Americans surrendered Wake in late December, having caused heavy losses on the Japanese forces. Attributed Wake Island medals are extremely rare.
A small number of original clasps were discovered perhaps 20 years ago and the occasional unattributed medal & clasp combination appears.
This piece shows wear compatible with the clasp being original to the medal but there is simply no way to know. But it is an original M.No.262 rim numbered award and an unquestionably correct clasp!
Note the characteristic slight slant to the E in WAKE and the pattern and detail of the rope border.
$750.00   SOLD