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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:13 AM

I recently picked this group up at a Militaria show in Tacoma a couple of months ago and did some interesting research.

This is a grouping to a Chinese American who served as a Sgt, with the 58th Armored Field Artillery Bn. who was wounded and received a Silver Star for actions during the Battle of the Bulge. The 58th was also part of the initial landings at Normandy on D-Day attached to the 29th Division. I do not know if he was there, but he probably was. He was captured on December 20th, 1944 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag IIA.

Sgt. Lum received an officially engraved Purple Heart (1st name mis-spelled) and an un-named Silver Star during WWII. He received a replacement set of named medals with new certificates in the 1980’s. He passed away in 1990.

This is the first opportunity I have had to purchase a grouping to a Chinese-American who was a POW of the Germans during WWII. I am sure there is much more to tell about his story.

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#2 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:14 AM

His offiicially machine engraved Purple Heart with the PQMD card. Mis-spelled, but that is how he got it!

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#3 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:16 AM

His replacement medals that came with the 1989 dated certificates.

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#4 dskjl

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:20 AM

That is very cool indeed, the misspelling kind of adds something to it I think.

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#5 MWalsh

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 11:52 AM

Nice Kurt!

That Silver Star citation is interesting... never seen one before on that type certificate.

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#6 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 02:52 PM

Nice Kurt!

That Silver Star citation is interesting... never seen one before on that type certificate.

MW


Thanks Mike!

I have seen them in the modern presentation folders with this citation document on one side and the medal certificate on the other.

Kurt

Edited by KASTAUFFER, 18 June 2010 - 02:52 PM.


#7 BigJohn#3RD

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 03:17 PM

Awesome and interesting grouping thanks for sharing.
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Posted 18 June 2010 - 04:18 PM

Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.
Kurt

#9 Jim Baker

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Posted 18 June 2010 - 07:13 PM

Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.
Kurt



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A very unusual group Kurt. Congratulations!!

#10 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 19 June 2010 - 11:29 AM

Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.
Kurt



When I bought it I didnt even realize he was Chinese! I still need one to a Japanese-American held by the Japanese, but those are far and few between. The only one I know is a fellow named Frank " Foo " Fujita who was a POW in Japan. Maybe his PH is mis-spelled too ;)

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Posted 14 May 2011 - 07:53 PM

Finally found 100% confirmation he was Chinese-American. I found him on the 1920 census from Oregon and it lists his mother and father as being born in China!

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Posted 15 May 2011 - 05:27 AM

Great group Kurt! As KurtA said, it is very unusual, but I doubt that will fill all the holes in your collection! Dave

#13 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 28 September 2013 - 07:09 PM

Looks like he was held at Stalag 10C.

 

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 06:47 AM

Very interesting set! Missed this one the first time around. Thanks for sharing it!

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Posted 29 September 2013 - 11:17 AM

Beautiful grouping to a brave soldier.Any idea if he ever received his POW medal and where it is?



#16 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 03:01 PM

I don't know if he ever applied for one. There wasn't one with the group when I bought it 10 years ago.

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Posted 23 November 2014 - 04:37 PM


When I bought it I didnt even realize he was Chinese! I still need one to a Japanese-American held by the Japanese, but those are far and few between. The only one I know is a fellow named Frank " Foo " Fujita who was a POW in Japan. Maybe his PH is mis-spelled too ;)

Kurt

 

Japanese-American POW in Japan... Frank Fujita must have had some hard times while in captivity! :o
 



#18 David D

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Posted 11 November 2016 - 09:27 AM

Very nice group with an interesting history

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Posted 05 April 2019 - 10:07 PM

His Citation.

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#20 Wharfmaster

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Posted 06 April 2019 - 09:27 AM

Nice group indeed !  Should have been awarded a DSC.

 

Good example that engraving mistakes happened and nobody caught it.

 

 

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