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Gary B

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  1. My father graduated from Tyndell flexible gunnery course in 1943. As I recall he told me that he was presented with Air Crew wings but bought his gunner wings later from a vendor. I will look for the exact dates. As an aside, he was shot down on his 51st mission on a night intruder raid to take out the last bridge over the Po River in Italy. The pilot was killed bailing out too low. My father, the other gunner and bombardier evaded capture for 9 days and returned to American lines. Gary B
  2. Thanks for the addtional info. Gary B
  3. Here is mine. C.O.NROY, Robert Albert, 549165, CoA, 1stBn, 9thMar, 3rdMarDiv, FMF, KIA: February 27, 1945 Don't have my records with me at the office.... Gary B
  4. To be eligible for the CIB with star he would have had to have served in combat in 2 wars of the 3 he would have been able to serve in (WWII, Korea, Viet Nam). Since he was a Marine in WWII he would not have been eligible for a CIB so would have had to have earned his CIB with star for Korea and Viet Nam, which you indicate he did not serve in Viet Nam. The pictured ribbon rack does not have his USMC combat action ribbon on it as depicted in his portrait from WWII as a Marine. He might have decided to "swap out" his USMC Combat action ribbon for a CIB on his own when he switched to the Army after WWII. That would "justify" the star on his CIB. The additional ribbons might have been added on by the vet since he thought he was eligible for them (overseas ribbon, Armed Forces medal etc) Gary B
  5. Not much more can be said that has not already been siad....what a wonderful and hisrotic group! Robert must have alot of good karma built up to keep finidng such lovely pieces! Gary B
  6. Hi Vince, Nice seeing you over here on this forum. Does this mean you are giving up medal bars? LOL! Gary B
  7. Hi, It has been awhile since I have posted. A friend sent me the below document. I have heard of these but have never seen them...is this a citation for a medal, or just a letter of commendation. Rare? Desirable?? Any idea on value (can PM me if you do not want to post price on forum) Gary B
  8. Mike, What on earth are you doing over here on the USMF showing CW Campaign medals....get back over to the Imperiaal Forum where you belong! Just kidding, congrats on a quite a find...identified, officer and a single digit to boot! Gary B
  9. WOW! Congratulations on a wonderful find. Excecptionally rare to begin with but to have the transmital letter with it is just amazing! A PH that has eluded my collection for years. Gary B
  10. David, Been away for a while and come back to all of these wonderful postings. This is indeed a spectaculr and rare group related to a "campaign" that most do not know about. Hope all is well in the USN! Gary B
  11. I guess the SOS was good to you (no shock there!), Robert! What a historic group to a brave pilot. Gary B
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