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#1 Thor996

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 05:26 PM

One thing I have definitely learned since I started collecting militaria, the devil is definitely in the details and those details can be very rewarding at times.

 

Take this envelope cover, the person who sent this cover was at Omaha Beach on D-Day. He was KIA on September 8, 1944 and earned a bronze star on June 7, 1944 and soldier's medal for heroism on June 12, 1944 - He was killed outside Aachen on September 9, 1944.

 

But, even MORE interesting is the fellow who signed the censor on this one: LIEUTENANT COLONEL CLEMENT C. VAN WAGONER- his story is below in the links provided.

 

Pvt Charles J Feltych

He was on OMAHA BEACH

A.S.N. : 32350474
DOB : 1907
NATIONALITY : AMERICAN
RANK : PRIVATE FIRST CLASS
UNIT : 1ST I.D. - 18TH IR - 1ST BN - CO. C
37 YEARS OLD DURING D-DAY

ENLISTMENT
DATE : 1942
RESIDENCE : NEW YORK (NY), QUEENS COUNTY
PLACE : NEW YORK - FT JAY GOVERNORS ISLAND
EDUCATION : UNKNOWN
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION : UNKNOWN
MARITAL STATUS : UNKNOWN

D-DAY MISSION 1 TO 1
TARGET : OMAHA BEACH AREA - EASY RED SECTOR TIME : JUNE 6, 1944 - 10:00
MISSION : WESTERN TASK FORCE - ASSAULT FORCE O - EASY RED (H+210)
TRANSPORT : LCI(L) [USS LCI(L)-494] PASSENGER
LOAD PLACE : WEYMOUTH - PORTLAND
SOURCE : NO CONFIRMED

EVENT 1 TO 1
DATE : JUNE 7, 1944
UNIT : 1ST I.D. - 18TH IR - 1ST BN - CO. C
RANK : PRIVATE FIRST CLASS
EVENT : BRONZE STAR MEDAL
SOURCE : 1ST ID - GENERAL ORDERS #1944-80

 

 

 

https://www.govinfo....t14-Pg18719.htm

  LTC Van Wagoner was Michigan's most highly decorated veteran in World 
War II, earning, amongst other honors, the Combat Infantry Badge, seven 
Bronze Stars, four Silver Stars, and five Purple Hearts.
  The awarding of the Combat Infantry Badge reflects the valor of those 
brave men and women who serve on the front lines in defense of our 
Nation. The Bronze Star is the fourth highest combat decoration that 
can be awarded by the U.S. Armed Forces and is given for acts of 
heroism or meritorious achievement. The Silver Star is awarded for acts 
of gallantry that have been performed with marked distinction in line 
of duty. And the Purple Heart, of course, is awarded to members of the 
Armed Forces who have been injured or killed while serving our Nation. 
LTC Van Wagoner's attainment of these decorations, some of the highest 
our country has to bestow, is indicative of the highly courageous 
manner in which he served.

  On D-day, June 6, 1944, LTC Van Wagoner landed on Omaha Beach, along 
with 1,800 of his fellow members of the 1st Infantry Division, and came 
away as only one of 32 survivors.

  The courage to fight on in the face of such peril speaks volumes 
about the strength of character LTC Van Wagoner possessed.
  In the fall of 1944, while then a lieutenant, Van Wagoner served in 
Germany and participated in the battle for the city of Aachen as part 
of Company A of the 1st Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division. The 
battle required a fight for the heavily defended ``Crucifix Hill'' 
which was riddled with German pillboxes. As the executive officer of 
Company A, LTC Van Wagoner by all accounts kept his company well 
organized and was instrumental in the 1st Infantry taking ``Crucifix 
Hill'' despite suffering many casualties. All told, LTC Van Wagoner was 
in combat for 600 days and was wounded on five separate occasions.



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