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#1 johnny12550

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:53 AM

I have not seen any of these. Has anyone seen an Air Medal to a Cavalry Officer before? This was was before the 1st Air Cavalry came into play. The document for the Medal was issued in 1948, but indicates for actions in December or 1944.

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#2 johnny12550

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 10:54 AM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:08 AM

Can't help you on the medal, but here are a couple of references to Edward A, Maher who served in the Cavalry.

 

https://www.ebay.ie/...1-/163693633348

 

Edward A. Maher, III Captain Instructor
-From NY, a smoothie-gone to Texas
 


#4 USMCR79

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:08 AM

I have had one also - The officer that I had earned it for making observation flights in a Light Aircraft in North Africa in 1942

 

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#5 johnny12550

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:25 AM

This Captain may have been doing something similar. The award document doesnt say much

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:29 AM

It also appears that many of his items were auctioned last year. https://www.lotsearc...Price&order=ASC



#7 johnny12550

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:49 AM

I didn’t see any of those items. I got all small stuff. Some other documents, Dog Tags, His pre war Cavalry items, etc....

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:53 AM

BTW, I don't think that I said it, but that is a cool looking medal.  I hope you can find out how he earned it.



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:56 AM

Some of the stuff that also came with it.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:57 AM

Pre war items.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 11:59 AM

Thanks for all the information BEAST. I am hoping to find out how he earned the medal. This all came out of a coin shop dealer that I discovered. I mentioned him in one of my last posts regarding an Army Occupation of Cuba medal that I bought from him

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:04 PM

Thats a cool find ! Ive seen air medals for Infantry guys but never for CAV ! Very nice !

#13 johnny12550

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 12:13 PM

He was from NY. The dealer had his award document for the NY conspicuous Service Cross, but could not find the medal. I’m hoping it turns up!

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:00 PM

A single-day (25 Dec 44) Air Medal to a cav officer -- makes me think of somewhere in the Bulge.



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:43 PM

This is the first officially engraved Air Medal to a Cavalry recipient I have every seen. I like it. 

 

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 03:20 PM

I'm with USMCR79. I'm thinking he was on a small plane conducting a recon flight for the cavalry. I'll keep looking



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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:03 PM

It looks like the Chanor Base Section was part of the Advanced Sector Areas. I didnt know that and just discovered it while researching. These patches where also in the suitcase which had all these items. He said he bought them about 30 years ago as a group. Im thinking he was also part of a Tank Destroyer unit based on the patches found in the case. There were some other items that were in there that I think I need to look at.

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:04 PM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:04 PM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:05 PM

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 06:54 PM

He was definitely at lest part of the Tactics Department of the Tank Destroyer School in 1942

 

 

https://www.tankdest...m_Camp_Hood.pdf

 



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Posted 15 February 2020 - 06:16 PM

This could be your guy. hope this helps. Also, check out the 1965 air force officers reg. and 1939 army officer reg. too. i was able to get some hits on them.

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:10 PM

Source:  FultonHistory.com

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Posted 15 February 2020 - 09:15 PM

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#25 johnny12550

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Posted 16 February 2020 - 07:53 AM

AZNarion and Weaver45, Thanks for the information. That is definitely the same guy. All the info matches with the patches and collar brass that I found with medal. When I go back i'll dig out more stuff out of the suitcase he had everything in. I did find an old passport application and a family tree on Ancestry. I'll post a little lapel badge that I also found that was interesting




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