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  1. Admiral James O. Richardson (Texas); CMS, Span-Am War #39, Philippine Insurrection #71, WWI #66 confirmed on box of issue and with UDC roster Military Show Montgomery, AL LTC (Dr.) Myron Shelby Jared (Missouri); CMS WWII # 4294 presented by Washington State UDC Chapter Robert E. Lee Estate and UDC roster Dan H. Ligon (North Carolina); CMS WWII #3370 UDC roster ebay Joseph W. Daniel Jr. (Virginia); CMS Korean War #181 presented by North Carolina UDC Chapter Stonewall Jackson 220 UDC roster ebay SGT Embree Bennette White III (Virginia); CMS Vietnam War #60 Served as LRRP Estate sell on ebay SPC Shelby Lee Kelso (Georgia); CMS Global War on Terror (Afghanistan) #107 presented by Georgia UDC Chapter Lizzie Rutherford 60 Son's
  2. We will have remaining early US campaign medals from Garth's collection including a named China Expedition medal, Purple Hearts and Imperial German. We are located along the Front Wall at 34 & 35. Look forward to a great show and seeing old and new friends. Mike
  3. Thanks for the paragraph. Appreciated. ordered the book and look forward to reading about Squadron.
  4. 06 AUG 45 A/C: PB4Y-1 Location: East of Korea Strike: Yes BUNO: Unknown Cause: Anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese tanker east of Korea and crashed into the ocean two miles away with no survivors found, all presumed killed. WebSite: The George and Eleanor Wack Family http://imps.mcmaster.ca/wackfamily-public/documents/uncle-toms-memoir/ [01OCT2007] The twelve members of Crew 6, "Bachelor's Delight," shot down on 6 August 1945 by anti-aircraft fire from a Japanese tanker east of Korea and crashed into the ocean two miles away with no survivors found, all presumed killed: Henry Baier, Jr., Ensign, USNR, of Seward, Kansas, Copilot-Navigator Alexander J. Boyd, ARM 1/c, USNR, of Pueblo,Colorado, AG & Radioman; James R. T. Carswell, AFC 2/c, USN, of Baltimore, Maryland, AG & Ordnanceman Lawrence R. Conroy, AOM 3/c, USNR, of Cleveland, Ohio, AG & Ordnanceman Peter G. Ilaqua, ARM 2/c, USNR, of Syracuse, New York, AG & Radioman Frank R. Kramer, AOM 1/c, USNR, of Bingen, Washington, AG & Ordnanceman (had been in Crew 8 of VB-109) John D. Keeling, 26, Lieutenant, USNR, of Scott City, Kansas, Patrol Plane Commander (had been PPC of Crew 8 in VB-109) William F. Kreier, ARM 1/c, USNR, of Philadelphia, Pennyslvania, AG & Radioman (had been in Crew 8 of VB-109) James E. Krieger, AMM 3/c, USNR, of Cincinnati, Ohio, AG & Mechanic Keith W. Radcliffe, Ensign, USNR, of Kirkwood, Missouri, Copilot-Navigator Melvin M. Rager, AMM 2/c, USNR, of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, AG & Mechanic William L. Willocks, Jr., AMM 1/c, USNR, of Schenectady, New York, Plane Captain & Air Gunner
  5. Guys, happy to present another Missouri related medal group. The group includes a copy of the official file including medal citations and photo. Ensign Keith W. Radcliffe, USN MIA 5 August 1945 declared dead 6 August 1946 Kirkwood, Missouri Ensign Radcliffe enlisted in the Navy Reserve in May 1942. In May ’44 he was commissioned and reported for pilot training. He graduated as a Naval Aviator with assignment as co-pilot/navigator with Patrol Bomber Squadron 109 (VPB-109). Reporting on 3 October 1944. VPB 109 flying PBY4-2 Privateer conducted combat operations in the vicinity of the Philippines, Borneo, Korea and Japan. On May 20 & 24, 1945, off the coast of Korea, his plane “Bachelor’s Delight” participated in the sinking of a 2,000 ton and 3,000 ton freighter transport as well as other shipping. On August 5, 1945 while strafing a 1,000 ton Japanese tanker of the East coast of Korea his Privateer with a crew of 11, was shot down by anti-aircraft fire. “Bachelor’s Delight“ crashed into the ocean some 2 miles from the target. There were no survivors. On August 15, 1945 hostilities ceased against the Japanese Empire. Ens. Radcliffe’s decorations, awarded posthumously, include; the DFC awarded 12 Dec 1947 AM 4OLC awd 1 & 2 24 Jan ’46, 3, 4 & 5 12 Dec ‘47 PH 24 Sep 1946
  6. Congrats on your find. Always nice to put a picture of the service member. Well done!
  7. Pvt. Everett Hegstrom, HQ, 2 Bn 501st PIR KIA morning of 7 June during assault on Carentan. Hegstrom was from Buchanan County near St. Joseph. His remains were repatriated and he is buried next to his mother. Found at the Atlanta Military show. A Purple Heart to a Missouri paratrooper KIA Normandy has long been searched for. An added plus, the medal is to a 501st paratrooper a battalion I was CSM of 50 years after his death. Next time I visit home I will visit their grave paying my respects. RIP paratrooper. Mike
  8. Marvin welcomed me when I joined ASMIC a few years ago. I enjoyed listening to his stories. Rest in Peace.
  9. I, too. Saw a trailer yesterday and liked what I saw.
  10. Thanks to Shawn, fellow forum member, I added this Air Medal to the collection. Assistance in locating Edward's Purple Heart much appreciated. Edward R. Jones: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/94312337/edward-r-jones Jefferson City, MO. B-17F downed by FW-190 and FLAK over Munster, Germany. Left, kneeling in the photo. 42-30734 (100th BG, 351st BS, "Slightly Dangerous") shot down by Hptm. Walter Hoeckner in Fw 190A-6 and flak at Munster, Germany Oct 10, 1943. MACR 1023. 3 KIA, 7 POW. 42-30734 was a B-17F 351ST SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH IN AUGUST 1943, A VERY EARLY REPLACEMENT CREW. THEY WERE FLYING THEIR FIFTH MISSION ON 10 OCT 43. A/C #42-30374 "SLIGHTLY DANGEROUS" MACR # 1023, Micro-fiche #339 This crew was on its fifth mission. Apparently after reaching the I. P. this A/C received a head-on attack by enemy a/c and Edward Jones was severely wounded by a 20mm. Almost simultaneously there was a direct flak hit in the waist and both waist gunners killed or severely wounded. Bail out order given but evidently not all got our before ship exploded. Lt. Sprow shoved Lt. Jones out of nose escape hatch after pulling his rip cord. Several men blown out when plane exploded and their chutes opened. One crewman later reported as follows: "The Germans threw his body (Jones') into a truck transporting us to a jail. He was all shot up and he was white. I presume he had bled to death." The 100th BG Foundation received the following note from Jack Stern on 1 Aug 2006: On the crew of Charles H. Thompson you have Donald Leech listed as tail gunner. Actually he was the left waist gunner and Floyd M. Cahall was the tail gunner. You have me listed as Sgt. actually all enlisted men were S/Sgt, so as for more details when our plane reached the I.P. our number 4 engine burst into flames. We dropped out of formation and dropped our bombs. Our number one engine burst into flames whereupon our pilot Lt Charles H. Thompson sounded the abort signal. Seeing the ball turret gunner still rotating and he would not hear the signal, I grabbed a handfull of casings and my chest chute. I threw the casings on the turret and when he looked up at me, I put on my chest chute and pointed at it and indicated bail out. I returned to my gun to give him cover and saw him bail out of the waist door. I had not seen the tail gunner and started to throw casings at his position when I saw both waist gunners lying on the floor, and non responsive. A FW-109 seeing us all alone and on fire closed in for a easy kill. I fired first and saw him go down. There was a loud noise and I blacked out. When I came to, I found myself swaying in the air. Our plane had exploded and the force of the explosion had opened my chute. I was immediately surrounded by German soldiers when I landed. I was reunited with Richard E. Derby and Jesse W. Cook and sent to Stalag 17. We spent 20 months there and were on a 300 mile death march at the end of the war. I would appreciate it if you would send me a corrected listing. S/Sgt. Jack Stern Mike
  11. Thanks guys for all the comments. Gary, your wish is my command:)) Mike
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