I started collecting worldwide medals and militaria in 1978. About twenty years ago I started to focus primarily on attributed US medals. My main area of interest is the US Navy and Marine Corps from 1898 to 1945, especially Good Conduct Medals. I also collect attributed Army campaign medals issued for service from 1861 to 1917, as well as Loyal Legion membership badges.
In addition to collecting I also enjoy doing research, on both medal recipients and the medals themselves. My idea of a great vacation is a week in Washington, D.C. or St. Louis, digging through records at the National Archives and the Military Personnel Records Center.
I joined The Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) in 1987 and have attended most of the annual OMSA conventions since 1988. I am also a member of the Southern California Orders and Medals Society (SoCalOMS) and have served as the society’s Vice President for many years.
In addition to collecting, I also enjoy photographing medals and have been the primary photographer for three books: American Society Medals by Lee Bishop and J. Robert Elliott, Vernon's Collector's Guide to Orders, Decorations and Medals (3rd & 4th editions) and The Medal Collector's Companion.
My pictures have also been used to illustrate several other books as well as numerous articles in the OMSA Journal. I've also had the privilege of photographing some spectacular medals at the Smithsonian Institution, the Washington Navy Yard Museum and the American Numismatic Society Museum in New York. Some of these photographs will eventually be posted on this site.
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