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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

I just recently acquired this group from another member of the forum, and finished doing some research on the group. I also acquired the boxes with the medals, but am only shpwing the medals in this thread.

S/Sgt Hayes was from Hollidaysburg Pa. and enlisted in the US Army in April 1941. In October 1943, he was sent overseas. In November 1944, his unit the 110th Infantry, 28th Division, found themselves entering a place that would become legend, the Hurtgen forest. 12 days later S/Sgt Hayes was wounded and captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3B.

Notice his ribbon bar has the American Defence and the GCM in the wrong order. If you are a purist this is not unusual!

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His Purple Heart is officially hand engraved and was most likely issued to him named after he came home, rather than while he was a POW.

Edited by KASTAUFFER, 14 January 2012 - 03:57 PM.


#2 dhcoleterracina

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 09:13 AM

Cool group, you just can't leave those POW groups alone

#3 DakotaDave

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:39 AM

I just recently acquired this group from another member of the forum, and finished doing some research on the group. I also acquired the boxes with the medals, but am only shpwing the medals in this thread.

S/Sgt Hayes was from Hollidaysburg Pa. and enlisted in the US Army in April 1941. In October 1943, he was sent overseas. In November 1944, his unit the 110th Infantry, 28th Division, found themselves entering a place that would become legend, the Hurtgen forest. 12 days later S/Sgt Hayes was wounded and captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3B.

Notice his ribbon bar has the American Defence and the GCM in the wrong order. If you are a purist this is not unusual!

MVC_020L.JPG

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His Purple Heart is officially hand engraved and was most likely issued to him named after he came home, rather than while he was a POW.



Nice group Kurt, I always had a thing about the 28th and the Hurtgen after reading "Follow Me and Die, The Destruction of an American Division in World War II" by Cecil B. Currey, an excellent account of the 28th's massive losses there. S/Sgt Hayes was fortunate indeed to have made it out even if wounded and a POW.

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 02:58 PM

7 years later, and look at what I bought on Ebay...... All his paperwork including his POW ID card.

 

 

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#5 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:00 PM

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#6 BILL THE PATCH

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:39 PM

Great score, did you know they were going on eBay or you just got lucky finding it. So great you can finally get it all back together

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#7 manayunkman

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 03:57 PM

Amazing!!!



#8 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 04:49 PM

Great score, did you know they were going on eBay or you just got lucky finding it. So great you can finally get it all back together

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I got lucky . I didn't even realize it went with the group I already had until I received it in the mail. LOL!

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#9 Nic

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Posted 11 March 2019 - 05:11 PM

Wow! That is outstanding Kurt!

#10 decwriter

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:02 AM

Nice luck Kurt! It's good to see all the items together again after seven years.

#11 Brian R

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 04:04 AM

Wonderful set Kurt, and great job bringing it together. It would love to come live with me in New York if it ever tires being in your collection. ;)



#12 bobgee

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:10 AM

Outstanding!



#13 Wharfmaster

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:13 AM

Amazing !



#14 Simon Lerenfort

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 08:05 AM

Very lucky to find them and re-unite them. Iconic items to the Keystone Division.



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Posted 15 March 2019 - 06:14 AM

Incredible find!!!! I know I would have jumped out of my skin to see that show up on Ebay.

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