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Posted: 9/8/2010 5:52:30 PM EDT
I just fouund a medal in my grandmothers house. The top Bar says, :First NGSM INFTY. The medal itself Say COI Veteran. The medal was found in Minnesota if that helps.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:00:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/8/2010 6:03:14 PM EDT by whoanelly]
If it was awarded in Minnesota the NGSM would mean National Guard, State of Minnesota. So probably First Division, MN National Guard, Infantry. Not sure what COI Veteran means...Not many acronyms for that, except the Coordinator Of Information, which existed for about a year as the precursor to the OSS in WWII.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:19:33 PM EDT

Post pics. The ribbon color scheme is important.


Link Posted: 9/8/2010 6:49:07 PM EDT
I dont have pics as I didnt bring a camera with. There is no ribbon. The top bar which also has a shield(like the AG shield/or old olymic shield).

The Top bar is connected by a set of chain loops kind of like my marksmanship medal over here.

I am wondering if its a medal from the Civil War or Phillipine Insurrection.


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Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:14:33 PM EDT



Here it is bad cell pic.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:17:49 PM EDT
Center of Influence.
Link Posted: 9/8/2010 7:34:23 PM EDT
wrong timeframe I think. I might be wrong
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:37:55 AM EDT
Mercury-Redstone Ball-Turret Gunner ?
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:50:29 AM EDT
It would definitely appear to be a service medal for the 1st MN Infantry, whcih saw action at Gettysburg. What COI Veteran represents is uncertain.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 11:52:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RevolverRO:
Mercury-Redstone Ball-Turret Gunner ?

Heh.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:20:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SiVisPacem:
It would definitely appear to be a service medal for the 1st MN Infantry, whcih saw action at Gettysburg. What COI Veteran represents is uncertain.


Yeah, which would make it the 1st infantry regiment, not division, which I had originally guessed.

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Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:27:07 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 4:28:23 PM EDT by Strykewolf]
Originally Posted By whoanelly:
Originally Posted By SiVisPacem:
It would definitely appear to be a service medal for the 1st MN Infantry, whcih saw action at Gettysburg. What COI Veteran represents is uncertain.


Yeah, which would make it the 1st infantry regiment, not division, which I had originally guessed.

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Well, if that is correct...would this guy be able to help?

http://1stminnesota.net/

((ETA)) Or, even these folks?

http://www.firstminnesota.org/


Looking around for the medal, but, no luck so far.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:28:54 PM EDT
That would be the correct timeframe. This was my grandmother's fathers medal I believe.
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:29:39 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 4:34:09 PM EDT by Strykewolf]
Also, could COI Mean Company I? I did notice a Company K mentioned.

(ETA) If so, it could have been a medal 'commisioned' at the Company level and not offical?

(ETA 2) Couple interesting timeline on the Regiment...

http://civilwarintheeast.com/USA/MN/1MN.php
Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:41:13 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/9/2010 4:48:55 PM EDT by Strykewolf]
Still looking down the Co I angle...to see if it pans out...


2nd Company Sharpshooters

Organized at St. Paul, Minn., November 23, 1861, to March 17, 1862, and mustered in March 20, 1862. Moved to Washington, D.C., April 21-26, 1862, thence to Virginia Peninsula May 3-5. Attached to 1st U. S. Sharpshooters as Company "I" until May 30, 1862. Assigned to duty with 1st Minnesota Infantry, May 30 to November 23, 1863. Attached to 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac.



http://www.civilwararchive.com/Unreghst/unmninf1.htm

((ETA))Welps, out of time to mess with it today, and out of search ideas. I'll dig a bit more tomorrow when my brain comes up with another way to try and id that medal.

Link Posted: 9/9/2010 4:49:11 PM EDT
Ah You and I are looking at the same thing. You might be on to something.
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