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  1. To build on what my esteemed colleague Doyler noted, you need to understand how rotations home often worked. When a GI had enough points to go home, he may very well have been transferred to some unit that was “going home”, so he may have only been in that unit for administrative purposes. An example - example only - he may have been in the 100th Division for the war, then got orders home and was then reassigned to the 302nd Signal Battalion as they were going home and he was attached to them for administrative purposes only. So he picks up a pistol as a
  2. Total SWAG here but my first thought was that it looked like one of the boxes or compartments on or from a gun limber or caisson or something like that, horse drawn era. No evidence to support that, just what immediately came to mind as what it was connected to.
  3. I think you have a fantastic pistol there, pretty interesting to see with the emblem in the grip like that! Probably a true "one of". Any idea what unit the German dogtag is from, and does it correspond with units the 104th was up against?
  4. Very nice! That is the second or third tag like that I have seen, I think all were for pistols brought back home from Europe. If you have not done so, it might be worth trying to get a full copy of his service record and see if there are any notes or records in them, noting the purchase of that pistol. Who knows!
  5. Well, if nothing else, its for sure a head scratcher and opens up all sorts of possibilities. Fun to try and figure it out.
  6. If that is the case then Lebanon is for sure off the table as a possibility. And I think you are spot on correct about the Expeditionary Medals. That would likely take it back to being maybe Gulf War, and maybe the Army Achievement and MNF medal for Army service in the Sinai or Egypt?
  7. I did find a wiki page that notes that the MNF in Lebanon had 159 Americans wounded during the years it existed there. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multinational_Force_in_Lebanon So much likely your man was wounded there than the Gulf War, just by likelihood from the numbers?
  8. I think that the Multi-National Observer Medal is the key, with your Sailor wounded in the October 1983 Marine Barracks Bombing in Beirut. Lebanon is a more likely scenario given that medal and the much higher number of casualties there to Navy people. 18 Navy KIAs and likely a bunch of the wounded were Navy too as there were medical and dental units in the bombed barracks. I can’t find a breakdown of Navy wounded that day, as far as numbers go.
  9. What he said. I think off a flare from a mortar or arty round or something.
  10. My guess - Navy dude who was wounded in Lebanon or the Gulf War, with a random Army Achievement for some joint duty or maybe later service in the Army Reserve. Or reverse that, Army Reserve or Guard and then Navy service.
  11. Quite a career he had, and good to see these medals remain. The research could really prove to be interesting I suspect, as pertains to the Bronze Star. I figure you have three or four very good possibilities: Awarded for individual actions on his part, awarded as part of the sort of blanket Bronze Star award to the Philippine defenders who became POWs, as a companion / conversion award with his Combat Infantry Badge, or maybe even a combination of two or all three? Please post an update if you find out.
  12. Scott, sometimes MIAs from Vietnam can be a bit difficult to research as the US Govt. had allowed families to basically lock down info which would normally be available to researches via FOIA. Apparently there was so much fraud and people making false claims about MIAs being alive and all, that the military decided to lock records down so people could not obtain info to then use against families. So as a result you may or may not be able to get some things. I would just straight up go for his service record personally.
  13. He was a 1st Infantry Division KIA so probably killed in Germany not long after the Rhine crossing at Remagen, headed towards the Ruhr Pocket fighting.
  14. The Army Presidential Unit Citation bar on his ribbons is interesting. Any idea what he received that for? My guess is for the role of the Swordfish in the defense of the Philippines and area in 1941 and 1942, but the award is not listed on the wiki entry for the Swordfish, nor did I find any note of it while surfing around the web looking for Army Presidential Unit Citation award info. It appears the Sennet also never received the Army PUC either. Was there at some point a blanket award of the PUC to all the Philippine defenders?
  15. Andrew, the Spanish Campaign which is part of the Span Am Silver Star group, is really something. I have not personally ever seen one with a Silver Citation Star. Just curious how many of those you have ever come across in your years of handling such things? Anyone else have one like that? I am not doubting it, just pointing out how seldom seen such a thing is. Great set!
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