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  1. Thought I'd share another grouping in my collection to Brigadier-General James William Carter, Sr. I don't remember how long I've owned it but probably at least 10 years. I purchased it from a dealer in the PNW as shown in the photo. From the information I have, the military memorabilia of BGEN Carter was broken up and sold (at least in part) on Ebay in 2002. The items I got came together but also included an old Ebay listing for his mini medals which did not come with the group. I know of at least one other dog tag and identity card in another collection. The DFC and AM are not named but I also have the Ebay listings for them to at least give them a minimal of provenance. MGEN Carter was also awarded the Purple Heart; its whereabouts are unknown but I will add a WW II Purple Heart for display purposes in honor of the General. In the mini group he also wore the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 battle stars, the WW II Victory Medal, the Korean War Medal (oddly no stars were displayed although he flew 100 missions there) and the UN Korea medal. I do not have his Personnel Records file but suspect he's entitled to other medals as well. The small book in the group is a diary of his WW II missions ~ effectively an unofficial log book. From Ancestry, Fold3 and Newspapers research I've been able to piece together the following information: James William Carter was born in Sumner County, TN on September 17, 1923 to Pryor William Carter, Sr and Sadie Meador. Sadly, he succumbed to cancer at just age 62 in Nashville on March 29, 1986. During World War II he joined up right from High School. After completing his Aviation Cadet training earning his wings and commission he served with the 75th Fighter Squadron, 23rd Fighter Group in the China-Burma-India theater. His first mission was flown in P-40N-5 on July 14, 1944. His nickname during his war time service was "Mouse" but one of his obituaries used "Pee Wee" which must have come later in life. His first mission in a Mustang was on November 10, 1944. His Purple Heart comes from his 68th mission on March 30, 1945. His aircraft was hit by ground fire and shattered his canopy. "Sharks Over China" says he was wounded in the face but his diary records the following: "Canopy gone and I caught the glass in the right shoulder + neck. No shrapnel. Made 4 or 5 passes after being hit. Few 2 Hrs. home with arm paining greatly. Forgot it all at Gambey Party that night. PS. Doc is still picking glass out of me..." General Carter completed 79 combat missions by July 29, 1945 plus a final ferrying mission for a total of 80 (he did not record the date of the 80th mission and notes in the diary "... was the easiest mission I had ever flown and I don't especially count it."). He earned a DFC and OLC, Purple Heart and Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters for this service. After World War II he served with the Tennessee Air National Guard. James was recalled to active service during the Korean War and flew 100 missions with the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing and earned another Oak Leaf Cluster for his DFC and 2 more clusters for his Air Medal. In civilian life he was involved in scientific research for 25 years including 10 years with NASA then in 1972 he started a vending and catering business called "Magic Services". He was promoted to Brigadier General and appointed the Deputy Chief of Staff of the TN ANG. His Find A Grave memorial has a couple of really nice pictures of him which I'll link to rather than repost: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201091464/james-william-carter/photo
  2. It could be. It's seems nicely aged but I'm still hoping its not an old movie wardrobe item or really old reenactment piece. I was hoping someone might also have the same pattern jacket, or one with similar features, and be able to shed some light. Other threads and articles talk about different zipper brands being used for example.
  3. Thanks Josh. There's another interesting entry in his record for the same date: "12-29-50 The Commanding Officer congratulates you on the performance of duty which enabled this vessel to complete a successful war patrol (25 Sept - 5 Oct 1950). The substance of messages from the Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander Naval Forces, Far East are included below: PERSONAL GREETING IS EXTENDED TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE PERCH BY CINCPACFLT X YOUR EFFORTS SHALL BE A MOST COMMENDABLE CONTRIBUTION TO THE KOREAN EFFORT WHEN THE STORY CAN BE RELATED X WELL DONE FROM ADM A. W. RADFORD. UPON LEAVING NAVFE AREA A QUOTE WELL DONE UNQUOTE IS EXTENDED TO ALL HANDS FOR A CLEAN SWEEP OF ALL TASKS CONDUCTED X SMOOTH SAILING AND GOOD LUCK X VICE ADMIRAL JOY. R. D. QUINN Commanding Officer" I take the entry to be the equivalent of a unit citation. The story to be related someday referenced in the message is described in Wikipedia as: "In September 1950 Perch transported a force from Britain's 41 (Independent) Commando Royal Marines in a raid on the northeast coast of Korea west of Tanchon.[8] The target, a train tunnel on the north-south supply line, was destroyed, with the loss of one man who was buried at sea. The commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander R. D. Quinn, became the only submarine commanding officer to receive a combat award during the Korean War when he was awarded the Bronze Star for this action." [8] The reference for this is cited as: https://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/2016/winter/perch
  4. Also, one other difference is there are no arm pit shields.
  5. Hi, I just purchased this M41 jacket and noticed a few things which are different from what is usually seen. I would appreciate some more experienced opinions on the jacket. It has a nice overall used appearance with fading and a little bit of wear around the cuffs, etc. It even a rust stain and partial wear on the collar loop which makes it look like it hung on a nail somewhere for a while. The differences I noticed are the jacket lining has a central seam, the collar does not have the tab and button on the reverse and the zipper is a Lightning brand zipper instead of a Talon zipper. There are no tags and I can't tell if there ever were any. I knew it didn't have tags when I purchased it but I wasn't as concerned about that. Thanks, Rick
  6. I thought I'd share one my favorite smaller groups which I purchased in 2010. Lieutenant-Commander John Anthony Rausch was born in 1924, served in the Navy from 1942 until 1972 and passed away in 2008. In addition to the ribbons and medals which came with the group, LCDR Rausch is entitled to the Joint Service Commendation Medal. From the information received from the NPRC, he was promoted to Chief Store Keeper in 1951 and commissioned in 1956. Among his various assignments, he was a Store Keeper aboard the USS Wadsworth (DD516) in WW II and earned his Submarine Combat Insignia for service aboard USS Perch (ASSP313) during its first successful war patrol in 1950. He must have worked with a great bunch given the humorous nature of the plaque with his very tired ribbons.
  7. Thank you scottplen and Salvage Sailor. That confirms both cases are possible. I realize records don't always list the bars (or other medal entitlements) either but I won't assume it's just missing from the medal and/or record in future for the Occupation Medals. Regards, Rick
  8. Hello, I know this is an old thread but I found it while researching to see if it was possible for the Occupation medals to have both bars attached if the person was qualified for both. I have a couple of groups were the records lists both bars but the medals came with neither bar or just one bar. Another question I've wondered about relates to the Army of Occupation medals with no clasps and nothing noted in the NPRC file: i.e. the medal is listed but no "(Germany)" or "(Japan)" noted beside it in the list of awards. That is if the person served in the Army of Occupation of Austria / Italy / Korea (and possibly Berlin from the info above) would they be just entitled to the medal and neither of the clasps? Thanks, Rick
  9. Thanks Backtheattack.
  10. Thanks Rick. Strange odds indeed. Small world eh! 😄
  11. Hello and thank you for the ad. Although new here, I've been collecting for a little over 50 years now. I've collected a variety of militaria, both Allied and Axis, up to an including vehicles at one time. My main interest for the past couple of decades has been medal groups ~ initially to all Allied forces but that got out of hand so now just to the Canadian and American forces. I really enjoy learning about the recipients and helping preserve their history. I kept representative Canadian uniforms and field equipment to go along with the medal displays in the den. More recently I began to add U.S. uniforms and field equipment to the display. I still enjoy learning about it all and adding to the collection when I can. It's been a life long passion. Rick Victoria, BC Canada
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