Bar mounted officer's group of four campaign medals

G 4.) Bar mounted group to Capt. Charles W. Early; Philippine #219, Cuban Pacification # 1319, Mexico # 710, Victory with Armed Guard bar. All medals and ribbons show wear. Ribbon to Philippine especially frayed.

Early was born in Virginia in 1878, a relative of Confederate general Jubal Early. He was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1898 and graduated in 1902. He had Philippine service in 1903 on the gunboat USS Princeton. Cuban Pacification service on the USS New Jersey in late 1906, and was apparently on the New Jersey again in April 1914 during the Vera Cruz operation. (Early was probably on the New Jersey during the around the world cruise of the Great White Fleet, 1907 to 1909.) During WWI he was on the USS Pennsylvania and USS New Mexico. Neither ship qualified for the “Armed Guard” bar however the issue of this bar is confirmed by a signed receipt in Early’s service file. Promoted to Captain in 1925, Early commanded the South China Patrol in 1931. He retired in 1937 and died May 2, 1939 at his home in Virginia.

Research file includes photocopies of: Brief outline of duty stations and promotions, 1902 to 1934. Several press releases with service details. Transmittal letter dated 1908 for Philippine Campaign Medal # 219 and receipt for same. Application letter and receipt, both dated 1921, for Cuban Pacification # 1319. Receipt for Victory Medal with Armed Guard bar. (There is no documentation on the issue of the Mexican Service Medal.) Also, several photos of Early, from the 1902 “Lucky Bag” and later in his career. This group originally sold in the FJP Auction May 1998.

Price $1250 (sold)




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