Collection of Shooting Medals- ID’d Culver Military Academy Cadet

The medals and patches are from the years 1946- 1949. Later this graduate attended the Indiana University in 1953 and served in the Air force during the Korean War.  Some medals named.

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This fine set of shooting medals belonged to a 1949 Culver Military Academy graduate, Alonzo Hernly Boyd, from Cambridge City, Indiana (1930- 2010).  He went on to Denison University and then graduated from Indiana University in 1930.  Boyd served in the US Air Force during the Korean War.  He was the 5th generation at Wayne Trust Company in Cambridge City in 1956.  From 1968 he serve as President and Chairman of the Board of Wayne Bank and Trust.  Boyd most likely was involved with the R.O.T.C. program at Indiana U.

While attending Culver, he proved to be a good marksman with the rifle, as this collection can attest to.  The collection consist of jacket or shooting vest patches/ tabs; (1),  A Culver MA, medal dated 1946, with 2 clasps (see photos);  (2),  and another similar from Culver dated 1948 with 2 clasps, both made by BLACKINGTON; (3), Junior Small Bore/ EXPERT- N.B.P.R.P. (National Board for the Promotion of Rifle Practice), a gilt-brass medal also made by Blackington; (4),  2nd Army Area 1948 Intercollegiate Team Match with 3 clasps, and (5), similar for 5th Army Area 1949, both made by Dondaro. These are gilt- brass also. (6),  1947 National R.O.T.C. Rife Match, 1947/ William Randolph Hearst Trophy- Championship Team, 2nd Army Area.  On the reverse is engraved “CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY/ TEAM No. 1 (Won By) ALONZO H. BOYD.”  There is a maker cartouche but I can’t make it out.  This is made of white metal, and enamel accents.  (7), a very similar medal with slightly different manufacturing process., with the broach different, “Fifth Army Championship Team.  On the reverse, engraved “ALONZO H. BOYD/ CULVER MILITARY ACADEMY.

These medals range in 60mm to 90+mm height.  Ribbons for the most part are very good with some color fading, wear.

The round patch is embroidery on wool, the other two tabs are paint screened on wool.

A nice group from a period where our people and our government weren’t afraid of weapons in the hand of the public.

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Weight 2 lbs