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  1. That's too bad. I guess I'll have to wait and see if it's worth the try when they're back open. I've checked all the sources I have access to. Unless someone has some Airborne or jump school rosters from WWII, I don't think I will be getting any further with my research at moment. I do appreciate all the help so far!
  2. Here's a little update: I did some more research, this time in Spanish. A couple of sources claim he participated in D-Day/Operation Overlord. One source also says he remained in Japan for 4 months after the war as part of the occupation force. I don't know if these claims are true or just myths, but it sure sounds interesting. Is it possible to get a copy of his service record and get information on the units and campaigns he was in? Is there a topic here on the forum about requesting Army service records or does anyone have experience? I may consider doing that if it's even possible. I
  3. Interesting! And I didn't even realize that the wings were droopy until you mentioned it. It does look like a pre WWII eagle.
  4. Here is an interesting Marine Corps Recruit Depot Boxing Medal I found. First time I've seen one of these. I think it is from around the 1940's. It came with a WWII/Korean War era USMC Good Conduct Medal, but I don't know if they are both from the same person. Not sure what the value is, but this medal must be pretty rare. Has anyone else here seen one of these before?
  5. I have put a couple of smaller things like dog tags in shadows boxes using string. Since web gear is heavier you could use shoe laces to mount it in the shadow box. I would get some laces with a similar color as the web gear. You can poke two holes in the board in the back of the shadow box where you want to attach the web gear. That way you can just pull the lace through the holes and tie the web gear on. That should hold the web gear in place and not cause damage like adhesives or wire might do.
  6. Not sure if you already know this, but the Good Conduct Medal is the newer version so the medal bar probably dates to around the 1960‘s. The medals for WWII service are older pieces though. I don‘t have access to the US Navy muster rolls, but you should be able to look up the last name and find out where and when he served.
  7. What a great and rare medal! This is the type of stuff you want to find.
  8. Yes, Tro and Tro Rivero are the same person. And thanks for mentioning the custom of Spanish naming. That could very well be the reason he dropped the last name "Rivero". Luckily he was the only soldier with that name to serve in the US Army in WWII, so this is without a doubt his medal. I asked the person I got the medal from if they had any more items that belonged to him, but unfortunately this was it. It would be great if I could find a photo of him, but no luck so far. The only photos I could find online show people that were associated with him, that's all.
  9. Thanks for the input. The information concerning his service was compiled based on various sources. If you do research on him, you will find that some sources contradict each other. For example in one book the author says he was a Marine, which is obviously not true and in another one the wrong year of birth is given. The short biography I posted is based on what I consider the most reliable information available. But without applying for his military records I don't think we will know for sure if everything stated about him is true or not. However, his service with the 3rd CCRCG in Toome is d
  10. Supposedly 67 at the beginning of the service number indicates the soldier belonged to Project 100,000.
  11. Wow, great tags! Beautiful condition for being from the ground!
  12. Usually I would just post this in the "Named Army Good Conduct Medals" topic, but this unique medal deserves having an own topic. This GCM was awarded to Cuban revolutionary leader Emilio Tro who was acquainted with the famous Fidel Castro. Unfortunately I have not been able to find a photo of him. Enjoy the medal and the story! Emilio Tro (Rivero) was born on June 18, 1918 in Havana, Cuba. In his youth he participated in overthrowing the dictatorship of President Machado and he also took part in the Spanish Civil War. Due to his actions against the regime of President
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