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Brian R

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    Attributable WWI and WWII Award Groups - American and German
  1. I have bought $5 items at the big shows and $1000 items. Bring what you want to sell. There is something for everyone.
  2. Thanks for the positive feedback, everyone. I'm glad you like it and can appreciate its historical significance combined with Johnson's tragic loss.
  3. This is a very impressive group. The Silver Star engraving is excellent and Im glad to see such a tragic story will be preserved.
  4. From the CHP... But at the crossroads time was running out. Shortly after 1600 the German artillery really got to work, for twenty minutes pummeling the area around the crossroads. Then, preceded by two panzer companies (perhaps the final assault had waited upon their appearance), the entire rifle strength of the 4th Panzer Grenadier Regiment closed upon the Americans. Outlined against new-fallen snow the line of defense was clearly visible to the panzers, and the Shermans had no maneuver room in which to back up the line. The fight was brief, moving to a foregone conclusion. At 1700 the
  5. Some more perspective - the crossroads is shown here, with the men also known as Task Force Parker, named after Major Arthur C. Parker III, who initially occupied the area with artillery and some 105s on December 19th. This map is included in the After The Battle, Battle of the Bulge book (page 273). You can just see Regne to the right of the crossroads.
  6. Hi Guys - I want to show this interesting but tragic Purple Heart to a New Yorker killed at the Baraque de Fraiture crossroads in Belgium 75 years ago today, on December 23, 1944. I was lucky enough to get it from another collector a year or so ago. John A Johnson, from Brooklyn, served with 87th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 7th Armored Division. His unit was added to reinforce positions at the crucial crossroads as St. Vith and the surrounding area were being evacuated. The crossroads was crucial because of its access to multiple roads, its high altitude for the area, and that it was
  7. Actually, we can confirm the Chilson piece right now. The one I posted is not it. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/1673-msg-llewellyn-chilson/ Chilson's awards came all at once too, where I would guess Meyer received his cross before being award the second and third DSC.
  8. Yes, Tom. Thank you! I agree. It would also be interesting to know if Meyer's awards are still with the family. This subject is one of the reasons it is interesting to know, at least generally, the trend for which crosses (by maker/number) were awarded when. As Chilson's first DSC came almost a year after Meyer's first, I'd be surprised if he was awarded one with a number as low as 9889. I'd guess these earlier awards were made before the push into Germany (when it seems most WWII DSC awards were made). Then again, it is only a guess as old stock could have certainly been awarded at variou
  9. Thanks, Tom. This is very helpful and I appreciate your reply. When I was first exposed to this cross, I remember researching the subject and found that there were only 3 awardees to be thrice awarded. I can't remember the details or awardees off hand, but the timing of the other recipients' awards didn't not seem to fit in with this cross. I will have to find that info out and report back. It really is an intriguing cross.
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