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DakotaDave

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  1. All I can find is that he enlisted US Army 31Oct 1952 and was released 20Aug 1954, buried Calverton National Cemetery NY. DakotaDave
  2. Looks like he served 18Aug1943 til 14Feb1946, Sgt USArmy, buried National Memorial Cemetery Phoenix Az. May have served with Co C 1395th Engineer Construction Battalion on Okinawa, but needs further research to confirm. Medal is probably a 1950's issue for service in WWII. Google is your friend. DakotaDave
  3. I have a number of officially engraved WWII medals, in particular DFC's, AM's and some PH's, that have engraver score marks, they are not that uncommon. A good engraver would have used a polishing cloth to remove them, but that was not always the case. This is purely a comment on the score marks not on whether the engraving on the medal is official or unofficial. DakotaDave
  4. I found a note in the 1958 Annual Report of the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution indicating there were 10 recipients, I don't believe there were any more. DakotaDave
  5. Yeah, I could personally see an "R" device on an Air Medal, maybe even a DFC, as valid recognition for drone operators. DakotaDave
  6. Kurt Well sir, in my opinion you have the original medal issued to Smith at Bolling Field, may I be the first to congratulate you, an incredible find bar none. DakotaDave
  7. Think the case is hard to find, try and find the lapel pin! DakotaDave
  8. I checked "Call of Duty", case appears to be the same as used for other MM decorations, I don't recall having ever seen a case specifically made for the MM DSM. Dakotadave
  9. Interesting, stamped naming on the PH would indicate it was issued sometime between Aug 1945 and Nov 1945, great group!! Probably listed as MIA until his status was changed to KIA during this time period, is my guess. DakotaDave
  10. I'm sure your right, I was shouting at the TV screen "show the number, just show the number" but he didn't, frankly doubt he knew it was even there! The wife told me to chill out. Actually, the AM was probably also numbered given the time of death so early in the air war. DakotaDave
  11. Got home and checked "The Call to Duty" by Strandberg and Bender and sure enough on page 174 of the 2nd edition is this same medal. I even have a margin note I made regarding the engraving being done by two different engravers due to obvious differences in the "hand" used to engrave the name versus the rest of the wording. DakotaDave
  12. He should have technically been copilot on the lead aircraft that day but got bumped by a Lt Col and he flew as an observer instead. The unit was the 360th Bomb Squadron of the 303rd Bomb Group, the "Hells' Angels". As mentioned in the clip he was killed in a midair with another B-17 a few missions later while in heavy cloud cover. The 303rd website, which is extensive, has alot of good info on him and the mission. DakotaDave
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