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From: Heath, Ohio, United States
Registered: Apr 2010

posted 01-16-2013 03:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wharfrat57   Click Here to Email wharfrat57     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thought some of you might be interested. Really interesting find. Any thoughts on this one?


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From: Liverpool, United Kingdom
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posted 01-16-2013 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for rgarner   Click Here to Email rgarner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well now that is quite the find, I am very skeptical however. I couldn't imagine something with such personal value to a family be up for sale, it just doesn't make sense to me.


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From: Fl, USA
Registered: Mar 2002

posted 01-16-2013 09:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for riolag   Click Here to Email riolag     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It was probably originally sold through Steve at Farthest Reaches as he has been selling items for Wally and now his family for years. Check his website as there are plenty of awards and other documents for sale.


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From: Brimfield, MA
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posted 01-16-2013 03:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's got his name on the back. Fakes usually are not engraved on the back.


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From: Crestwood, MO
Registered: Mar 2009

posted 01-16-2013 05:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Wikipedia, not always a reliable source, has Wally and October 15, 1962 as his date for the medal, the medal shown has December 28, 1965.

Does anyone have a solid source to get the dates the medals where actually awarded, selected and what the date means?

It's possible the date on the medal is date presented while records show a different official date of selection.

The awards come with a certificate as well. I would think they would have been sold together.

Recently Wally’s son sold a Robbins medal that was on board Apollo 7 on eBay.

It might be possible to contact him through his eBay account and find out more.


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From: Seminole, Fla.
Registered: Jul 2003

posted 01-16-2013 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Go4Launch   Click Here to Email Go4Launch     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Administrator Webb presented Schirra, Stafford, Borman and Lovell with Exceptional Service Medals at MSC on December 30, 1965. At the same ceremony, he also awarded Schirra a Distinguished Service Medal, a departure from NASA's plan to not award a DSM to any Gemini astronaut until the program's conclusion. The DSM was for Schirra's decision to not eject when the Titan shut down on Dec. 12.

The Wikipedia date is for the DSM he received for Mercury.


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From: Allentown, PA, USA
Registered: Apr 2012

posted 01-16-2013 07:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragon001     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Military Times has some information. Only has info on one of his Navy DSMs.


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From: Atlanta, GA, USA
Registered: Feb 2007

posted 01-17-2013 05:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I received this from the seller:

Thank you for your email. I do not have a lot of provenance with this item (only verbal). Picked it up from an long time OMSA member (that came to a local Charlotte show) that stated he got it from and individual that received it from Wally prior to his passing. Sorry, no actual paperwork proving background or paperwork evidence of coming from Wally Schirra.

All times are CT (US)

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