Useful Links

Links to web sites that should interest the American Medal Collector

1.  After you have decided what books of potential collecting interest that you want to buy I would suggest you purchase them on EBay or you can try using the Out of Print book search engine on the books web site. It is located at

2. One of the best ways that you can learn about American Medals is by going to Militaria Shows, where you will meet dealers and other collectors with similar interests.  You can find the dates and locations of these through the Military Trader.  The Magazine the Military Trader will give you that information or it can be found on line at: 

3. Another good way to learn about American Medals is by Joining OMSA The Orders and Medals Society of America.  They have a good web site at:  They have a the Journal of OMSA that has excellent articles that are in the process of being put on line.  They have a Database that has photos of medals worldwide.  There is a Forum where you can ask questions, under publications you can purchase OMSA Monographs and Medal Notes such as Al Gleim's, An Annual Convention where you can meet fellow collectors, attend Seminars, and shop in the bourse, a Ribbon Bank, and even a Library that you can borrow books from.

4. The real value of the National Geographic Magazines that I have recommended along with books, such as Strandberg's 2004 expanded edition of "The Call of Duty", is in their good pictures of original American Medals, their ribbons and pins. Good information can also be found at Nick McDowell's web site   On it he has a number of quick reference links that contain the basic information on each American Medal and ribbon of the Armed Forces.

5. If you are interested in how American Medals are designed, how to replace lost medals and award documents, and associated Military web sites, I recommend exploring the US Army's Institute of Heraldry at    The Institute has very useful links that are well worth exploring in detail.

6. For those who do not have good access to Militaria shows, one of the best ways to acquire good American Medals is through web sites that primarily feature them and are run by knowledgeable dealers who know how to describe them.  The best one to do this with is one run by Jeff Floyd, that is located at:    He sells foreign medals as well as US.  Another source is run by Andrew Lipps and his wife called “War Time Collectables”  His web site is located at:  He posts new medals and groups periodically

7. There are several web sites that show a large number of awarded American medals that provide the American medal collector an opportunity to examine original pieces.  These feature good photos and research on members of our armed forces awarded the Purple Heart Medal most of whom have paid the supreme price for their country.  One of the best is run by Robert Wilson from Raleigh, North Carolina. His site features an excellent collection of awards associated from the State of North Carolina.  He has a great presentation of World War I, World War II, and later Purple Hearts that show, along with other medals, good examples of how these medals are engraved:

Next I would suggest another Purple Heart web site "To Honor our Fallen" located at:   

Finally I suggest this excellent Purple Heart site that can be found at "My Purple Heart Collection":

I recommend that the reader check out the links from all of these sites in detail.

8. For those interested in US Army Badges CMTC Medals, and Army Air Corps wings I recommend Bill Emerson's site:   Besides pictures, there is a great deal of information on more than just these items   A similar site that has some medals, but is mostly contains insignia belongs to Dr  Howard G Lanham:

9. For those interested in American Society Medals and Membership Badges for Hereditary and Veteran American Societies the best books on the subject are: "Hood, Jennings and Charles Young.  American Orders and Societies and their Decorations.  Philadelphia, 1917.  107pp, 18 color plates. " and  "Bishop, Lee and J. Robert Elliott.  American Society Medals: An Identification Guide. Salt Lake City, Utah, 1998.  320pp"  The best web site that can be found is belongs to the Hereditary Society Community:  The ones on this site are all currently active while the books will also show most of the no longer active societies.

10. For those interested in non wearable medals also known as Table Medals I recommend this book by: Julian, R.W.  "Medals of the United States Mint: The First Century 1792-1892".  El Cajon, California, 1977.  424pp, illustrated.  The definitive study of the medals made by the US Mint, including Congressional award, lifesaving and marksmanship medals.  Modern copies of these are sold by the mint and can be found at:

11. Another good source of information and pictures of original American Medals can be found on Adam Rohloff's site Old US Medals.  The link below will take you direct to his page describing, which US Campaign Medals and Decorations can be traceed through their edge numbers. This is a very useful tool to verify the recipient of single medals and or groups.  Once the name rank and unit / ship of service is identified, further researching what recipient did takes a numismatic artifact to a piece of real American Military History. Adam does medal research, and has posted some good samples of what can he has found on in the National Archives.  His research fees are also quite reasonable.

For those interested in Indian Peace Medals I recommend: Prucha, Francis Paul.  "Indian Peace Medals in American History"  Madison, Wisconsin, 1971.  186pp, illustrated.  This work has been reprinted several times and was published in paperback in 1994. Finest work on the subject.  Also: Prucha, Francis Paul. "Peace and Friendship: Indian Peace Medals in the United States"  Washington, DC, 1985.  32pp, illustrated.  

Warning--American Indian Peace medals are the most faked American Medal.  They were struck by the mint; mostly in silver, in 3 different sizes, have an average production of around 200 each size.  They were sold by the mint in bronze in the largest size for many years afterwards to collectors.  Some of these were holed, banged up, sand polished, plated heavily in silver, aged and often show up at nearly every flea market in the states.

More links will be added later. 

If  I have missed any American medal related books or links please let me know.

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