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  1. Especially as a signalier - He might have spent time in Iceland or England, not earning campaign credits but certainly racking up the overseas time.
  2. A little bit of a different medal- engraved War Department Exceptional Civilian Service medal. Victor W. Nielsen was the Chief of the Western Defense Command’s Civil Affairs Division Research Branch from 1942-46. As such, he had a part in the round up and internment of Japanese civilians on the West Coast. While I haven’t nailed down his precise role, it’s possible this award is related to that. His son was an AAF pilot and shot down in the ETO. A unique piece of history that needs more research.
  3. Thanks Kurt. I agree it likely is supposed to be 1944 during Leyte.
  4. A friend of mine was selling a bunch of stuff and was fortunate to get this small group. Wisconsin-born Native American who served for the duration and made the almost 17,000 mile trek across the Pacific with the 32nd Infantry Regiment. Aside from the PH case, everything in the group fits in the case!
  5. This is great, Allan, thanks for sharing and educating!
  6. Leave the bottom row- those might be the original ones
  7. Sent you a PM about the 3rd Armored grouping.

  8. I think 13.(2) is where the argument that "only Infantry personnel" received CIBs becomes complicated. This 1954 reg clearly states that officers commanding infantry organizations for 30 days or more were exceptions and therefore eligible for the award. I think going by the 'spirit' of this regulation might have resulted in non-infantry personnel being awarded CIBs, but realize that the preponderance of such awards was likely a grunt handing an FO, medic, or other soldier living in the foxholes his CIB in recognition of their shared sacrifice.
  9. Thanks so much, Eric for the Kanji help! Kyle
  10. Thank you Gents for your help. I’ve flipped the photos so the Writing is correctly oriented, but rust makes a couple symbols tough to distinguish.
  11. Group to a veteran of C Company of the 5th Marine Battalion- This Marine brought a camera and also took a couple souvenirs home with him. The flag is presumably signed by members of his platoon with their names and addresses. When I first got the group in 2008 I sent over thirty letters in hopes of tracking down members of the platoon but received zero responses from vets. Some family members responded to say the Marine had passed. Aside from the flag there’s a small box and a Samurai sword. Outside of the sword having an officer’s tassel I don’t know much about either item.
  12. Mark- so glad you finally got a photo of all three brothers. Given that some collectors seem to immediately flip items they get from families it’s great to see how an eleven year investment coupled with patience produced a very neat piece of American history. Kyle
  13. Absolutely! That day cannot come soon enough, either.
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