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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 04:36 PM

I just picked this up group at a local show yesterday and was amazed at the name on the back of the medal . My Father-In-Law is a Pearl Harbor survivor and is the historian for the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association . He knows and recipient of these medals extremelly well and talks to him frequently. He is going to call him soon and ask him about these medals!

The person who this group is attributed to was a Yeoman 1st Class and was assigned to the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor. His wife had come out to Hawaii in September and on Sunday 12/7/41 he was with her rather than at his normal post. Her presence in Hawaii saved his life. When the attack began he made his way to Pearl Harbor and helped rescue men in the water and carrried wounded to the Infirmery.

1,177 men perished that day from the USS Arizona . He was one of the 335 who survived.

Later in the war he became an officer and was assigned to an Admiral on Nimitz's Staff on Guam ( thus the Aigulette ) . He probably earned the Navy Commendation Medal for his staff duty, but I do not know yet. He retired as a Lt CDR.

I hope to hear back from my Father-in-law in the next couple of days after he talks to his buddy to find out why I now have his medals!

Kurt


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Edited by KASTAUFFER, 29 April 2007 - 04:46 PM.


#2 Kurt Barickman

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 04:59 PM

Kurt,

That is one heck of a group, you never cease to amaze me with your RARE groupings in your collection.

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 06:05 PM

WOW!! Nice. I can't wait to hear what he has to say.

#4 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 29 April 2007 - 07:52 PM

I just got a call from my Father-In-Law. Evidently Jim (as he goes by) had no kids of his own, and he had given the medals to his niece and she sold them. At least they have a good home now.

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#5 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 07:40 PM

Here is a pic of Jim and his wife in Sept 1941 .


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#6 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 08 May 2007 - 12:34 PM

Here is another pic of Jim taken in December 2006 at Pearl harbor.

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Posted 06 December 2008 - 05:02 PM

Brought back to the top in commemoration of the 67th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

On a sad note. Jim passed away this year . RIP JIm .

#8 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 10 May 2009 - 06:14 PM

Here is the citation for his Commendation Medal.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 03:11 PM

BTT in rememberance of Pearl Harbor

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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:50 PM

Thank you for sharing this amazing history with us. Rest in Peace Jim,,God Bless You.

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 06:02 AM

He had one impressive career. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:39 AM

BTT for the 70th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack

#13 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:46 AM

BTT in remembrance of the Pearl Harbor attack.



#14 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:49 AM

BTT in remembrance of the Pear Harbor attack.

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 12:38 PM

Very nice post.  Thank you for sharing Kurt.



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Posted 10 December 2014 - 03:52 AM

wowow  i love this grouping  thank for the sharing  :D  ;)   beautiful  tribute  congratulations 



#17 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 05 December 2015 - 02:58 PM

Back to the top in commemoration of the 74th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.



#18 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 06 December 2016 - 09:19 AM

Back up to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack.

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Posted 06 December 2017 - 07:58 PM

BTT

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Posted 04 December 2018 - 11:05 PM

The 77th Anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack is around the corner. Remember Pearl Harbor.

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Posted 07 December 2019 - 08:57 AM

Back up in remembrance of the 78th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.


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