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lettow

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  1. The catalog is long out of print. Copies appear on Ebay occasionally. There are two volumes -- one for stateside and one for overseas.
  2. According to Paul Cunninghams catalog of US military tokens, it is from the Air Service Mechanics School at Kelly Field, TX.
  3. There was a Josephine Southard who was 19 in 1918 living in Bisbee with her parents. Her father was a miner and did not serve in the war. They moved there from Oklahoma. By 1920, she is back in OK. My guess is it is a sweetheart piece made by someone in Co. G who was from Bisbee.
  4. I thought the same thing. I would have expected some OLCs at least.
  5. What is the branch disk? The PUC and fourragere must be unit awards as he shows no combat history. I assume the knot on the GCM is silver.
  6. Paying troops in the local currency is necessary for the health of the local economy. Allowing too many dollars into an economy weakened by war undermines the local currency and exacerbates the financial chaos. US troops during the post WWI occupation of Germany were paid in US dollars. The black marketing of those dollars into the economy led to an imbalance as the marks obtained were re-converted to dollars at the official rate. This led to more dollars being allocated into the theater than the total amount of troop pay and expenditures. This lesson was forgotten
  7. This is not true. There was no scrip used during WWII. MPC was not used until September 1946. Except for China, US personnel were paid in the local currency. They received pounds in England, Ireland, Australia, francs in France, etc. They were paid in Allied Military Currency in Germany, Italy and Japan. AMC was not scrip. It was legal tender in those countries and used on the economy. Personnel in China were paid in US$ because inflation made the local currency useless. Also, war bonds were paid by allotment.
  8. James M Cuthbertson is the son of Alexander A Cuthbertson and was born in 1921.
  9. Does Norwich also believe he was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom? Until you can provide an official government document showing him as a LTG, you have nothing but an interesting story.
  10. A cooper is a barrel maker. A cobbler is a shoemaker.
  11. It looks like a dependent tag. December 1, 1942 is Irene's birthdate. Ancestry has her most recent last name as K R E M E N in Cresskill, NJ.
  12. I agree that he was probably an artillery spotter given his branch, the DFC and multiple Air Medals. The location the picture was taken, Willow Glen, CA, may or may not be helpful.
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