USS Iowa Sampson Medal group with Good Conduct Medal
G 3.) Sampson group – USS Iowa, phase 1, impressed Stephen A. Farrell, App. 2d C., with case. Good Conduct Medal USS Hancock 1905 (early type brooch), with bar USS Hancock, West Indies # 728, re-ribboned with first pattern ribbon. Old replacement ribbon on Sampson.
With research showing that Farrell had enlisted service from 1896 to 1913, when he was appointed to the warrant rank of Gunner. Service on the USS Iowa from 1897 to 1901. Retired on medical disability as a Lieutenant in 1922. WWI service was as Armament Officer at Naval Air Station Killingholme, England. Was probably issued Victory Medal with “Overseas” bar. (No Victory Medal with group.)
His medical records note that he suffered injuries while lost with two other officers in the wilds of Canada for a month in the winter of 1921 following a balloon trip. The trip had originated in Long Island, NY! It set a record for the time and the story was national news. Note that there is no documentation that verifies the issue of the West Indies by number.
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