These shadow boxes were put together by my grandma to showcase my grandfathers awards from his time in the service. Joe Bake USMC(R) of VMSB-243. The Flying Goldbricks were a Marine dive bomber squadron in WWII flying against Rabaul and the Philippines. Some of the ribbons are post war as Baker went on to stay in the Reserves for a number of years. Being retrained in the new jets of the era such as the F2H Banshee for deployment to Korea. But by the time the training was complete the need for extra pilots was gone and so never deployed to Korea. The dive bomber unit has a website where you can get a little more history on it. Vmsb243.com
I’m pretty sure she put them together after he passed away as the Major rank is upside down and some of the ribbons may be as well. He stayed in the reserves until well into the 60’s according to his records but no one ever talked about it. The stories always stopped after Korea, guess it was just office duty mostly after that.
So who’s good with Medals? I have most ID’d but there’s a few I’m struggling with finding. I think they’re all WWII era but they could be later too. What I have so far.
Branch of Service USMC
Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
Navy Unit Commendation, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic–Pacific Campaign Medal
WWII Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Unknown
Unknown, American Defense Service Medal
If you know what those unknown two are let me know.
A little story I got from a relative about his arrival in theater during WWII
Next to last I have not ID’d yet.
The last one one is upside down if the colors are blue, yellow and red. If so it is the Navy Presidential Unit Citation. Is there a star on it?