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  1. I don’t think that’s likely as he departed for the ETO less than three months after entering active duty.
  2. From Kadet's link - the pin back is an exact match. "Both of these Combat Infantryman Badges were manufactured in England during WWII. Both are covered in my book "Combat Infantryman Badge 1943-1975"." So based on all this great feedback, now my concern is that he was SC (signal corps) on his discharge form, he was a glider rider - and a good part of the 101st Signal Company went into Normandy by glider. BUT, the jacket has an infantry branch disc and a CIB. I know when I served in the Cav, we made every Soldier wear Cav brass - medics, mechanics, commo guys, etc. Was that a practice in the 101st - everyone wearing infantry branch (unlikely)? Could an SC guy earn a CIB? I suppose everyone was an infantryman in Normandy, Market Garden, the Bulge. He told me that he was part of a bazooka crew, assigned a jeep and trailer. (Note that the infantry disc is a screw back while the US is a pin back - not matching.) Could he or someone else have embellished this with infantry branch / CIB? (Him, family, the American Legion post, etc.)
  3. Thanks very much for the great feedback. I plan to get his full service record once NARA reopens. The discharge shows 10 Apr 42 as his entry onto active duty, arrival in ETO of 14 Jul 42, and departure to US on 7 Sep 45. Continental service was 2 mos, 27 days; Foreign service was 3 yrs, 2 mos, 16 days. The Asiatic ribbon is clearly something the family put on there (that was his daughter's reaction). He had a brother in the USAAF who may have served in the Pacific - no one has papers or info, so that's my next project. Criteria for the Occupation Medal began on 9 May '45, serving there for 30 days - which he clearly did. Completely understand re rank. T5 was "highest rank held" and I remember him telling me that his rank was pretty fluid (busted when off the line and misbehaving, promoted on the line when in combat). Some of the stories he told me caused my surprise at the GCM ribbon when I saw it.
  4. His discharge papers: - list his grade at discharge as T/5. Rank on jacket is Corporal. - Organization says 101 Airborne Signal Co. Branch on the (screw back) collar disc is infantry and he had described to me many actions that sure had me convinced he was Infantry. Could this have been his unit throughout or maybe he was assigned to it at the end of the War? - Only has the EAME and DUC listed. (Noted Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland) No mention of any other awards on that document (the only one my cousin had). Seems he would have also had the WWII Victory and Occupation. Questions: 1. Should I restore it to show his actual awards and not the incorrect / incomplete ones that are on here? 2. Should I have the CIB repaired by a jeweler so it can remain on the jacket? 3. Should I have the jacket dry cleaned to help preserve it? (Am a bit dismayed by the mothing.)
  5. He did not serve in the Pacific - we think someone in the family put that ribbon on here. The EAME has three bronze and one silver star. I suspect he rated an arrowhead for Normandy and maybe he added the silver star instead? Gorgeous CIB. Unfortunately it is barely hanging on - one pin is gone except for very small remains - it looks as if the badge was glued on where the left pin was missing.
  6. I just got this from my cousin - her father's jacket. It has been in an American Legion post museum for several years and she graciously got it back and sent it to me
  7. He was in the 101st Signal Company. That Company had Message Center, Radio, Wire, and Carrier Pigeon sections. Some jumped and some were glider borne. I don’t have too much more information - his discharge only lists an EAME medal and no others so I need to get his whole file if it exists. His uniform jacket was donated or loaned to a VFW and his daughter said she’d ask them to return it to the family - we’ll see how that turns out. At the least (if its still there) she will take photos of it for me.
  8. I understand, but to me it screams neglect more than history. It looks like she stored it in a damp dirty place and no one took care of it. It's not as if this were dug up or looked like this when he wore it - it became this way through neglect. This condition seems to suggest it will continue to decay over time if left uncleaned.
  9. This is a family member's dog tag (101st Airborne WWII) just given to me last week. Blackened, green oxidation, etc. Tag and ball chain are in pretty bad shape and I don't want to damage them when cleaning or restoring. Any advice would be appreciated.
  10. Unless it is something of historic significance it will end up in storage.
  11. Like 32sbct says, could have been another jump (Grenada, Panama) not necessarily with the 173d. Lots of guys have multiple combat patches to choose from and a lot choose to double patch for their current unit. He might have done this earlier in his career as an infantryman (basic wings and a CIB) then went on to a different MOS where jumpmaster wasnt a thing.
  12. There are a few. Adam Driver, Rob Riggle, Drew Carey, USMC veterans. Zulay Henao, Ice-T, Randy Couture, Army. Skye Marshall Air Force.
  13. Beck Bennet, Saturday Night Live 29 Feb 2020.
  14. ... Mensink received the Soldiers Medal, the highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation, for his actions at a Birmingham, Ala., hospital when he removed a live grenade from a mans leg.
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