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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:32 PM

Once in a while an officially named Purple Heart turns up that is not a posthumous award. This is one of them.

Pvt Francis Andrews served as a scout with the 142nd Infantry , 36th Infantry Division ( The T-Patchers ). He was a replacement , arriving in Europe in November 1944 . He endured 2 months of combat until he was wounded and captured on January 29th, 1945. He earned a CIB and a Purple Heart during that time.

He spent the rest of the war in Stalag VA and VIIA until he was liberated .

His Purple Heart is officially large machine engraved , is in the original shipping box , and is accompanied by the original engraving order from the PQMD.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:34 PM

The box and engraving order. His Purple Heart was engraved at the PQMD in August/September 1945 .

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:37 PM

Pvt Francis Andrews before he went overseas.


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PFC Andrews after he came home.


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:38 PM

His discharge and seperation qualification document.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:42 PM

The original Telegrams to his wife announcing he was MIA , and later Liberated .

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:43 PM

Newspaper Clipping announcing he was MIA .

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Letter returned to sender because the intended recipient was MIA.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 04:48 PM

Lastly, 2 postcards sent by Pvt Andrews while he was a POW. His wife must have been relieved when she received these.

Lets not forget the POW's this Memorial Day.

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Posted 26 May 2008 - 07:28 AM

"...returned to military control..."

I can almost see the expression on the face of his wife; overcome with emotion when she read this...

Thank you for posting this Kurt; incredible.

God Bless our POW's.


Thanks Steven, I also find those telegrams to have powerful meaning,

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 12:05 PM

In case you'd like to know, Francis Andrews was in L/142 before he was captured. 

At that time, the 142nd Inf. was in Bischwiller, France.

 

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Posted 04 January 2015 - 06:05 PM

Thanks for the info Dan,

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