Navy Cross, CORPORAL LEROY DIAMOND, Signed, AL SCHMID, Pride of the Marines, 3x5

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Nov 21,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

DESCRIPTION: this is a genuine, hand-signed signature on a 3x5 card. The illustration shows the insignia of the 1st Marine Division and was signed by a recipient of the Navy Cross, which is the 2nd-highest combat medal that can be earned by a member of the US Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. It was autographed by LeRoy Diamond, who signed it in black ink and also wrote the date of the Guadalcanal invasion: "LeRoy Diamond, 8/7/42."

NOTE: this gentleman is now deceased and I only have just a very few of these signed cards left; I am keeping most for myself and my family...I frankly haven't decided whether I'm going to post any others on ebay after this one, so this might be the last one, which would mean no Second Chance Offer.

HISTORY: LeRoy Diamond was born in New York and joined the Marine Corps during World War II. The Brooklyn Marine trained as a machine gunner in Company H/2nd Battalion/1st Marines/1st Marine Division. Diamond was promoted to corporal and his unit invaded Guadalcanal in August 1942. On the 21st of that month, he was in command of a three-man, .30 caliber water-cooled machine gun team, positioned at the Tenaru River. The other two Marines were Private Johnny Rivers and Private Al Schmid.

Their position was attacked by an overwhelming number of Japanese infantrymen and in the fierce battle, Rivers was killed and Diamond was wounded in his arm. Despite his wound, he picked up a .50 caliber Reising submachine gun and fired it one-handed and also assisted Schmid, who was still firing the .30 caliber machine gun. Schmid was then blinded but they had repulsed the enemy attack, and had killed at least 200 enemy soldiers.

All three were later awarded the Navy Cross; Rivers' award was posthumous. Schmid was later medically discharged due to his injuries but Diamond recovered and stayed in the Corps, and was promoted several times. A book was published in 1944 called "Al Schmid, Marine" which also told about Diamond. Then in 1945, the film "Pride of the Marines" debuted, in which Diamond was portrayed by actor Dane Clark. He passed away in 2010.

ETHICS: I'm a former Marine/retire policeman/Afghanistan War vet and I'm donating part of the proceeds from all my ebay sales to groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project.

PAYMENT: by paypal and it is due here within five days.

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