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  • The Awards of Admiral John McCain who Orchestrated Guadalcanal

    Admiral John McCain Sr., Grandfather of John McCain III, Republican Candidate for President during the 2008 elections, was one of the most important admirals in American naval aviation in the Pacific during World War II. John McCain was born on August 9, 1884 on his family’s plantation in Mississippi. He came from a military family where it was custom for the first born to take over the plantation and for the second born to enlist. McCain was the third born and had no obligation to join but felt compelled to follow in his brother’s footsteps. In 1906 he graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis as an Ensign, ranking 79th out of 116 students. He was not the most competent student but throughout his career proved that he was indeed a natural leader. He began his service in the Pacific Fleet and on escort vessels in the Atlantic during the First World War. In 1929 he graduated from the Naval War College, and a little later from Flight Instruction School at Pensacola. He was awarded his Naval Aviator Wings at the age of 52, making him the oldest man to achieve the status.

    After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, McCain, who meanwhile had been promoted to Rear Admiral, became commander in chief of land-based naval aviation in the South Pacific. In 1943 he became Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, Responsible for air operations of the United States Navy. He returned to the Pacific in 1944 and took command of the 2nd Fast Carrier Task Force and a little later Task Force 38 of the US 3rd Fleet with nine fleet aircraft carriers and eight light aircraft carriers. Because of his successful tactics in July/August 1944, he was able to destroy 3000 Japanese aircraft on the ground, and with a few days sink 49 ships. He was awarded the Navy Cross for the rescue of the heavily damaged cruisers "USS Canberra" and "USS Houston" from sinking by the Japanese in October 1944. On 2 September 1945 he was on board the "USS Missouri" at the Japanese surrender. Importantly, McCain was a pioneer of aircraft carrier operations who in 1942 commanded all land-based air operations in support of the Guadalcanal campaign, and who ultimately in 1944-1945 aggressively led the Fast Carrier Task Force, in the Pacific Ocean theater.

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  • eMedals is Pleased to Offer the Preeminent Collection of "Belts, Buckles, & Brocades of the Third Reich" as Presented by John R. Angolia in his Pioneering Collectors Guide

    A collector since the early 1940's, author and pioneer of the collecting community, John Angolia has published multiple works on German militaria. These founding collector guides include but are not limited to the following; Daggers, bayonets & fighting knives of Hitler's Germany (1971), Edged Weaponry of the Third Reich (1975), The Military Awards of the Third Reich (1976), On the Field of Honor; A History of the Knight's Cross Bearers (Volume 1; 1979, Volume 2; 1980); For Fuhrer and Fatherland; Political and Civil Awards of the Third Reich (1978), Cloth Insignia of the Nsdap & SA (1985), Swords of Germany 1900/1945 (1988), Uniforms and Traditions of the German Army: 1933-1945 (1988), The HJ (Volume 1; 1991, Volume 2; 1992), Uniforms & Traditions of the German Army 1933-1945 (1992), Kriegsmarine: Uniforms & Traditions (1992), Labor Organizations of the Reich (1999), and of course, Belts, Buckles, and Brocades of the Third Reich (2001).
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  • eMedals will be Attending the Gunzenhausen Show October 27th-29th 2016

    The Gunzenhausen Show is an international militaria show held in the charming town of Gunzenhausen, Germany. It is a yearly event attended by dealers and collectors from all over the world. It offers a more intimate atmosphere allowing collectors to get a closer look at some extraordinary pieces. Representatives from eMedals Inc will be attending this show on October 9-10, 2015.

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