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  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant
  • United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant

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United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant

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United States. A Nicaragua Campaign & Good Conduct Medal Pair to Guadalcanal Participant

Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (in bronze gilt, engraved "No. A823 / DEWEY G McALLISTER / 2ND ENLISTMENT / 1934-1938" on the reverse, measuring 33.7 mm in diameter, original ribbon suspended from a hanger with pinback, the hanger inscribed "U.S. MARINE CORPS", Harris Type X with the 'A' prefix which was awarded by Headquarters Marine Corps from 1938 to 1945); and Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal (in bronze, U.S. Mint strike, number impressed "M. No. 5528" on the edge, measuring 32.5 mm in diameter, original ribbon with brooch pinback). Extremely fine. Accompanied by his Wartime Identification Tag (silvered iron, magnetic, obverse stamped "MC ALLISTER / DEWEY G. / 213128 / T.7/42 / TYPE -O- / USMC.", reverse with thumb print impression, drill holes at either end, measuring 38 mm (w) x 31.7 mm (h)); a 1st Marine Brigade Iceland Patch (white cotton patch, with the image of the polar bear screen-printed in black ink, sewn in place to a card frame, measuring 50 mm (w) x 36 mm (h)); a Photograph of Sergeant McAllister (black and white, matte finish, obverse illustrating Sergeant McAllister in his dress blue uniform shortly after graduating from Sea School, wearing his Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal ribbon bar and two shooting badges, postcard-style backer with the inscription "Dewey G. McAllister USMC / Taken 1939 Norfolk Va." in pencil, measuring 87 mm (w) x 138 mm (h)); along with copies of his Service Records and assorted research papers.
 
Footnote: Dewey Gilliss McAllister was born on March 10, 1910 in Kentwood, Louisiana, the son of William Perry McAllister and Mary E. McAllister (nee Taylor). McAllister was to have a long and eventful career in the United States Marine Corps. He was accepted for enlistment on September 19, 1927 at New Orleans, Louisiana, at the age of 17 and enlisted for four years' service at Parris Island, South Carolina, on September 27, 1927, stating his occupation as that of Farmer. He was rated as a Trumpeter on March 17, 1928, then transferred to Pensacola, Florida in April 1928, where he remained for five months, before being transferred to Quantico, Virginia in September 1928. Trumpeter McAllister was transferred to Washington, D.C. in February 1929, for the inauguration of President Herbert Hoover, which took place on March 4th, after which he returned to Quantico. Two months later, he was transferred to Hampton Roads, Virginia in May 1929. He was named Private on November 29, 1930, Trumpeter on March 30, 1933 and promoted to Private First Class on October 20, 1933. His first overseas foray came on an "Expeditionary Duty" to Nicaragua in June 1929. While on route, he made his first transit of the Panama Canal, before spending the night of June 12th in Corinto, Nicaragua. Another night, while on route to Managua, his unit slept in tents, McAllister noting that the mosquitoes were "bad". After Managua, he left for Granada, Nicaragua. He served in Nicaragua with the 2nd Brigade and Fifth Marines from June 14, 1929 to May 10, 1931. After his Nicaraguan service, he returned to the United States aboard the troopship USAT (United States Army Transport) St. Mihiel, arriving in New York after a nine day trip and was posted to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn. In January 1932, he went to San Francisco, California aboard the USAT (United States Army Transport) Grant, where he was posted to Mare Island, before leaving by bus for New York in April 1932. McAllister was subsequently posted to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from June 9, 1932 to June 12, 1934, which he described as "two long years in The Black Republic". It was here that he qualified as a Sharpshooter on January 20, 1934. In June 1934, Private First Class Dewey Gilliss McAllister returned to Norfolk, Virginia and after three months, was Honorably Discharged on September 15, 1934, his character noted as "Excellent". He re-enlisted for four years' service at the Marine Barracks, Norfolk Naval Yard in Portsmouth, Virginia on September 24, 1934. Shortly thereafter, he found himself in New York again, before being transferred to Washington, D.C. in March 1935, where he was named Field Music Corporal on June 4, 1935. McAllister was posted to Panama in September 1936, for duty with the Special Service Squadron. From April to July 1937, he was on a "goodwill tour" of the West Indies, before returning to Washington via Norfolk in September 1937. While on this "goodwill tour", he served with the Omaha-class light cruiser USS Memphis (CL-13) from October 9 to November 9, 1936 and the Omaha-class light cruiser USS Omaha (CL-4) from November 10, 1936 to August 4, 1937. He qualified as a Browning Automatic Rifle Expert on March 13, 1937, as a Pistol Expert on August 9, 1938 and as a Expert Rifleman on August 12, 1938. From March to April 1938, he was transferred to Warm Springs, Georgia for three weeks as part of the President's Guard.
 
This was followed by a posting to the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C. from 1938 to 1939, where he was promoted to Corporal on September 9, 1938. During the war years, his shooting qualifications were as an Expert in 1938, 1939, 1944 and 1945, and as a Sharpshooter in 1940 and 1942. McAllister was at the Sea School at Norfolk, Virginia, where he successfully graduated and was posted to the light cruiser USS St. Louis (CL-49) from 1939 to 1941. In November 1940, he left Norfolk for Long Beach, California, which was followed by his departure in December 1940 for Honolulu in the Hawaiian Islands. After two months in Hawaii, he returned to Long Beach in February 1941, his tenure with USS St. Louis lasting two years. McAllister was then posted to Reykjavík, Iceland with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, 1st Provisional Brigade over the winter of 1941-1942, which he described as "eight months of solitude". After serving in Iceland, McAllister served with the Marine Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific area from October 1942 to August 12, 1944. He is credited with having been at Guadalcanal with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, from January 4 to February 9, 1943. The Guadalcanal Campaign, also known as the Battle of Guadalcanal and code-named Operation Watchtower by American forces, was a military campaign fought between August 7, 1942 and February 9, 1943 on and around the island of Guadalcanal in the Pacific theater. It was the first major offensive by Allied forces against the Empire of Japan. After the ceasing of hostilities at Guadalcanal, he proceeded to New Zealand with the 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines. He would soon see action again in the Pacific theater, this time at the Battle of Tarawa in the Gilbert Islands from November 20 to 23, 1943, the battle a part of Operation Galvanic, the American invasion of the Gilbert Islands. It was the first American offensive in the critical Central Pacific region. It was also the first time in the Pacific War that the United States faced serious Japanese opposition to an amphibious landing.
 
Previous landings met little or no initial resistance, but on Tarawa, the 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and well-prepared, and they fought almost to the last man, exacting a heavy toll on the United States Marine Corps. U.S. Divisions suffered similar casualties throughout the duration of other previous campaigns, such as over the six months of the Guadalcanal Campaign, but the losses on Tarawa were incurred within the space of seventy-six hours. After combat at Tarawa, McAllister returned to the United States in October 1944, where he was posted to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Marine Corps Base in San Diego, California. It was here that he was Honorably Discharged on November 14, 1945. He continued to serve with the Marine Corps for another three years, stationed at Camp Pendleton, California and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, from 1946 to 1948. He retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant on September 30, 1948 at Shumaker, Arkansas and remained on the inactive reserves from October 1, 1948 to November 30, 1957, in the rank of Master Sergeant. The Muster Rolls confirm his award of the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, number 5528 on February 15, 1938 and the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, number A-823 in January 1939. In addition, McAllister was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon with One Service Star, along with a second Nicaraguan Campaign medal (totaling two), the American Defense Ribbon, the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Medal. He was married to Bessie Irene Fortney (August 28, 1909 - October 20, 1994). Dewey Gilliss McAllister died on May 9, 1993, at the age of 83. He was cremated and his ashes placed in the Urn Garden at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon.

 

 
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