DescriptionGemini 4: National Space Award Gold Medal and Citation Presented by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to Astronaut Ed White II, Directly from his Family's Collection. Two unique framed items, as follows. (1) Medal. A 52mm 10K heavy gold medal of very high relief portraying a space-suited astronaut against a space theme field with "VETERANS of FOREIGN WARS - THE UNITED STATES" around and "Space [VFW logo] Award" beneath. On the lower edge are the hallmarks, "Medallic Art Co NY" and "10K". The medal is suspended from a ribbon and shadow-box mounted, 9.625" x 12.625" overall, on black velvet above a metal plate engraved "EDWARD H. WHITE II". Frame a bit scratched, medal excellent. (2) Citation. A beautiful certificate accomplished in calligraphy, black text with gold, red, and blue highlights, 10.625" x 15.625" sight size and framed to an overall 12.125" x 17.125". It reads, in part: "National Space Award Gold Medal and Citation presented to Edward H. White, II Lieutenant Colonel, USAF. In recognition of his surpassing skill and courage which took him and all mankind beyond the frontiers of human knowledge about outer space and blazed a trail into a new frontier that will challenge all future generations." It was awarded posthumously on August 20, 1967. White had perished in the tragic Apollo 1 training fire on January 27, 1967. The certificate is signed by the VFW Commander in Chief and Adjutant General. Excellent condition.
Included with this lot is a signed certificate of authenticity from Ed White III, stating: "This award presented to my father posthumously by the Veteran's of Foreign Wars would have been highly regarded by him due to its importance and beauty. In addition, it would have meant a great deal to him because his father and two uncles all served as Officers in World War II. In addition my father's younger brother served as a 'Wild Weasel' fighter pilot in the Vietnam War where he was shot down and is still listed as M.I.A. This prestigious award and certificate have been part of the Edward H. White II Estate since their receipt in 1967."
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