Medals, Photos, Commissioning Jack, and Lucky Bag of 1925 USNA Graduate Captain Frederick Frank Sima
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Medals, Photos, Commissioning Jack, and Lucky Bag of 1925 USNA Graduate Captain Frederick Frank Sima

Code: usnpg10025

$495.00


Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a small grouping of 1925 United States Naval Academy at Annapolis graduate and eventual Captain, Frederick Frank Sima. Sima's early service was with the Atlantic Fleet in the Far East aboard the USS Pittsburgh, among other ships, and with the Yangtze River Patrol (through Autumn 1930). He subsequently became part of the Naval Reserve. He ran a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Texas for five years before WWII broke out, when he returned to service: he was a "tombstone" Rear Admiral and was attached to the sub base at Pearl Harbor during the attack. After 1942 he commanded Mine Division 13 and other groups. After the war he participated in minesweeping missions and captained several ships, retiring in 1957. A highly decorated officer, Sima was awarded many medals for his early service, a Legion of Merit with a "V" for Valor, a Gold Star, a Bronze Star with a "V", the Argentina Order of Naval Merit and several other World War II service medals. 

This lot consists of some early pieces, including a 1925 USNA Lucky Bag yearbook named to Sima on the cover, and some early portrait photos of Sima. Other items from a later period include Captain Sima's ribbon bars (circa 1950) and his full dress miniature medal bar circa 1946 (five medals: the Legion of Merit (star is intact but "V" is not attached), Bronze Star with "V", Naval Reserve medal, Yangtze Campaign medal and the American Campaign Service medal), as well as his Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal, and a major leaf insignia. Several photographs are also in the lot: a late 1920s framed photo of Ensign Sima on board ship wearing binoculars with a cheroot in hand, a large studio portrait of Midshipman Sima (used in his Lucky Bag Yearbook), a nice WWII period photograph of Commander Sima in dress whites, a nice late 1940s studio photo of Captain Sima in tan uniform, a 1947 8x10 photo of Captain Sima swearing in his son Fred, Jr. into the US Navy, a studio portrait of Cadet Sima Jr. with a photo of Captain Sima taped inside, a studio photo of Lt J G Sima Jr., and one WWII era 8x10 photo of a ship with hull number 110. Also included in this grouping are TWO WWII US Naval Commissioning Jacks, one unnamed, and one inked in as being from a ship in Captain Sima's command, the USS Montauk LSV-6 (later the USS Galilea AKN-6), with dates of his command of the ship under each of its names.

VINTAGE: Circa 1925-1950.

SIZE: Commissioning Jacks: approximately 74" by 2-3/4" each; other items are of various sizes.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Major leaf: gilt sterling; Jacks, woven wool, Medals: bronze with silk ribbons, other items are of various materials.

ATTACHMENT: Medals and ribbons have various attachments.

MARKINGS: Lucky Bag: FREDERICK FRANK SIMA on cover; 

Bars: STAZON¨ U.S. PAT. NO. 3495577 GEMSCO INC.; 
Eagle insignia: H&H Imperial maker mark; 
Major leaf: 
Commissioning Jack: Captain F.F. Sima USN Commanding Officer U.S.S. MONTAUK (From 28 AUG. 1946 TO 1 OCT. 1946) -U.S.S. GALILEA (From 1 OCT. 1946 TO 31 MAR. 1947) and 9; STERLING; 1925 photo: WHITE STUDIOS NEW YORK; WWII photo: Birnie California; father/son photo: Pavelle Color Print Made on Ansco Color Print on Pavelle Color Incorporated, New York 19, N.Y. on reverse of cover (two other photos have writing on their reverse and text is pictured above).

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United States Navy collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJEFX13 LBBJJX4/13 hBBJJX11/14 NVAJJX13 SLDGEX05/10/20 psSLDIEX05/11/20

CONDITION: 8- (Overall Very Fine-Excellent): The items are overall in excellent condition; the two older photos have separation on their folders.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.