This small gilt badge was given to Private “THOMAS N. PRAY/ TROOP “A” 5th CAVL’Y”. The badge is numbered 708, and made by S.N. Meyer, Wash, D.C. The ribbon is the typical red and gold silk, showing some wear on the central folds., Ar
accompanying this badge was another small bronze badge for the USWV (United Spanish War Veterans) 47 State Encampment, at Camp J.J. Doran, April 18-19, 1912, at Fall River, Mass.
I don’t know why Pray was made an honorary member. I do know he initially enlisted into troop “D” 5th Cavalry, and was discharged from the service July 29, 1907 at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, in the rank of private. Other records found indicate in the 1930 U.S. Census he was living at the Washington (D.C.) Soldier’s Home. In that record he had stated he had Mexican Border service, so he must have re-enlisted. Pray was originally from West Virginia.
The honorary member badge is 60mm high, the other encampment badge is 50mm approximately.
Both are in very good-fine condition.