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Early Vietnam 1966 KIA Valour Grouping to James Mitchell Cornett

No 25367148 Private First Class James Mitchell Cornett was born on May 10, 1943, and was originally from Elizabethton, Tennessee. He served his country in the Vietnam War in the United States Army, as an Infantryman in Alpha Company 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, His tour began on September 25, 1965. Nearly 6 months later, on March 24, 1966, PFC Cornett was killed under hostile conditions in Binh Duong province, South Vietnam; he was 22 years old at the time of his death. PFC Cornett is memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Panel 6E, Line 46

The grouping consists of the following;

Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Vietnam campaign medals, name tag and Infantry Combat badge.

Official Award Documents for both Bronze Star and his Purple Heart in official padded booklet.

Various original cloth patches including Airborne patches (One article states that he transferred to the 173rd Airborne”

Military I.D. and many original photographs in Vietnam

Basic training book from 1962

1965 original Discharge paper where he transferred to the reserves.

Numerous newspaper clippings including one of his parents receiving the Bronze Star.

Over 50 letters to him from family and several from him to them where he describes “loosing men like they are going out of style” along with killing two V.C.

A letter from the White House and several letters from his Congressman.

An amazing collection showing the complete story one man’s heroic life from enlistment until his death in Vietnam.



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GROUP 1: Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3583 PTE G. A. KENNEDY 2/BN AIF.

Previous service stated as 3 years “Aust. Garrison Artillery”

EMB: 2nd November 1915

Transferred to 54th Battalion before joining the 5th Pioneer Battalion in March 1916

WIA: 11th March 1917 "Gun Shot Wound, Head"

Subsequently transferred to 2nd D.A.C. due to wounding

Admitted to 6th A. F. Amb. 3rd January 1919 “Septic Leg”

RTA: classed as “invalided” arriving in Sydney 1st June 1919 and discharged “permanently unfit”

GROUP 2: Four: 1939/45 Star, Africa Star. Defence Medal, War Medal and Australian Service Medal 1939/45 all medals correctly impressed to NX1098 A. KENNEDY

Note: Due to Albert Kennedy’s file not being opened at this stage, all we can ascertain is that he enlisted on the 18th October 1939 and served as a Sapper with the 6th Division Engineers. Discharging 18th May 1942 with the fighting still going on may be due to an injury or wound he obtained in Africa. Further research required.


Good VF $1350


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Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (1054 Pte. J. Maisy 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)


Note: J. Maisy is listed as ‘dead’ on the medal roll. Sold with copied medal roll extract (medal issued to ‘Thomas Maisy, Bluebury, Berkshire’)


Light Scratches to Queens neck VF $525


Single: India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Burma 1885-7 (890 Pte. W. Fell 2d. Bn. L’pool R.)

Minor edge nicks, nearly extremely fine $485


Single: Abyssinia 1867 (R. G. Slade Carprs. Crew H.M.S. Dryad

                                                                                                             Jeweller cleaned good very fine $985



Single: Abyssinia 1867 (757 A. Jones H.M. 45th Regt.

                                                                                                                       Jeweller cleaned very fine $950


Single: Afghanistan 1878-80, correctly chisel engraved to B/156. PTE. W. SEALEY. 66th Foot.

Note: Confirmed on roll with clasp Kandahar 1st Sept. 80.

Roll further states “Crossed Frontier Feb. 1880. Sick at Quetta. At Sibi”

A rare medal converted into menu holder to a surviving member of the 66th who survived solely because he was sick when the rest of his unit was massacred.

Good very fine $725



Single: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, Suakin 1885 (2496. Pte. Sterry. 19th Husrs.)

Pitting, nearly very fine $525

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Single: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, dated reverse, 2 clasps, Suakin 1884, El-Teb_Tamaai (3035. Pte. F. Carter. 19th H...sars.)

Pitting polished out good  fine $625


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Single: Egypt and Sudan 1882-89, undated reverse, 1 clasp, The Nile 1884-85 (2499. Pte. W. Smith. 19th Husrs.)

Contact marks, therefore nearly very fine $575


Single: QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899 three clasps : CC,OFS,T." impressed 488 TPR. C. A. WORSFOLD S.A.C.

Note: Worsfold was a Farrier Sergeant in “A” Division and is noted as having died of Enteric fever at Bloemhof on 20th May 1902. All three bars are confirmed on the medal roll.


Edge knock otherwise VF $445


Single: QUEENS SOUTH AFRICA MEDAL 1899 two clasps "CC, SA 02" Impressed 39270 PTE. W. WILSON. 140TH IMP: YEO: COY


Note: Private Wilson was a member of 140th (Fincastle's Horse) Company. This was part of the second contingent who saw action late in the war against the "Bitter Enders", the Boers who had elected to fight on. Fincastle’s Horse was used as mounted infantry for reconnaissance work, very mobile, fast scouting units and capable of fighting alongside regular army when required.

Good VF $355



Trio: 1914/15 star, British War and Victory Medal all correctly impressed to 3146 DVR. J. F. DAVIS 1/F.A. BDE AIF.

Previous Military service stated as “Rifle Club Tumbarumba”

EMB: 21st November 1914

Admitted hospital Mena 4th April 1915 “Sick”

Transferred to 1st Battery 11th July 1915 Gallipoli Peninsula

RTA: Invalided on the 3rd September 1915 “for discharge in Australia”

Discharged: 27th December 1915 2nd Military District

Note: Due to Driver Davis’s early discharge he becomes a member of the initial RSL club the “Returned Servicemen’s Association” (RSA) of New South Wales of which his rare original badge numbered 548 is included. Also included is a Political Labor League (NSW) 1915 silver jubilee badge/fob and a 1937 Coronation medallion both belonging to him.




Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 34604 GNR. D. C. ARMSTRONG 4 D.A.C. A.I.F.

Cane Farmer Douglas Cave Armstrong enlisted in Cairns Qld 4th November 1916

Emb: 21st June 1917

Transferred to 11th F. A. Bde 4th November 1917

RTA: 23rd September 1919

Note: Gunner Armstrong applied for his medals in the U.K. in 1939 where he resided at that time.

 Good Very Fine $375

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Pair: British War Medal and Victory Medal impressed to 276 CPL E. S. HEITHERSAY 9/L. H. REGT. A.I.F. (missing 1914/15 Star)


Previous service listed as “S. A. Police 7 months resigned 8-8-09”

Emb: 11th February 1915

Proceeded to join M.E.F. Gallipoli 16th May 1915

8th July 1915 (admitted to hospital at ANZAC) “Rupture Hernia” resulting in being sent to UK 18th Sept.1915

On command at Royal Small Arms Factory 27th January 1916

RTA: 4th May 1917 “for duty in small arms factory”

Discharged 15th July 1917 in the 4th Military District

Note: Due to Corporal Edgar Stocks Heithersay’s occupation in civil life as a Mining Engineer in WA & SA he was one of eight A.I.F. members chosen for “a course of instruction as Barrel Straighteners at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield”. These men on completion of their course were returned to Australia to take up duties at Lithgow factory.

 Very Fine $525


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Pair: Queens Korea Medal and United Nations Korea Medal. All medals correctly impressed to 26166 P. E. Griffith.

Peter Edward Griffith was born in Sydney, N.S.W. on 8 August 1925. He served in the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment, 25 July 1953-6 April 1954.


Near EF $525


Pair: Vietnam Medal and Vietnam Star with 1960- clasp to A56467 WELLS R. L. with both medals correctly Airforce style named.


The Vietnam Veterans Nominal Roll states the following;


Name: Raymond Lionel Wells

Date of Birth: 15/11/1943

Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia

Service: RAAF

Rank: Corporal

Served with Headquarters, Australian Force Vietnam (RAAF Element) from 12th June 1966 to 15th May 1967


VF $525