Thanks for the replies. Yes, I do agree that erasing someone's name off of a medal and selling it as unnamed is disgraceful. It totally disrespects that person and their sacrifices and contributions. I know the market is out there, but I will not have anything to do with it.
I am wondering if anyone knows of reputable collector forums or collectors in the US? The reason I ask is that the backstory is that after the war, he finished seminary at Princeton University in New Jersey. He subsequently moved to Milroy, Pennsylvania as a pastor of a church there . According to his military records, the 2 medals were shipped to him on February 17th,1922. In 1923 he and his family moved to Pennington, New Jersey where he was a pastor until he retired and lived there until he passed away in 1973. His daughter(my mother in law) is still alive and thinks they were probably lost in the move as she never saw them and she has a very sharp memory; even at age 94! Fortunately, she gave us his Military Medal For Bravery which he was awarded for his actions under fire at the Battle of Passchendaele on November 6th,1917. This has been framed and is in our living room(This is probably more info than you're interested in)
Also, I have heard that there are original unnamed medals out there that were manufactured but never given out...possibly overproduction?
Oh well, this is all an extreme longshot, but it is nice to know there are other folks out there with the same interest in preserving pieces of history.