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WWII 28th DIVISION HURTGEN FOREST POW PURPLE HEART GROUP

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I just recently acquired this group from another member of the forum, and finished doing some research on the group. I also acquired the boxes with the medals, but am only shpwing the medals in this thread.

 

S/Sgt Hayes was from Hollidaysburg Pa. and enlisted in the US Army in April 1941. In October 1943, he was sent overseas. In November 1944, his unit the 110th Infantry, 28th Division, found themselves entering a place that would become legend, the Hurtgen forest. 12 days later S/Sgt Hayes was wounded and captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3B.

 

Notice his ribbon bar has the American Defence and the GCM in the wrong order. If you are a purist this is not unusual!

 

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His Purple Heart is officially hand engraved and was most likely issued to him named after he came home, rather than while he was a POW.


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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I just recently acquired this group from another member of the forum, and finished doing some research on the group. I also acquired the boxes with the medals, but am only shpwing the medals in this thread.

 

S/Sgt Hayes was from Hollidaysburg Pa. and enlisted in the US Army in April 1941. In October 1943, he was sent overseas. In November 1944, his unit the 110th Infantry, 28th Division, found themselves entering a place that would become legend, the Hurtgen forest. 12 days later S/Sgt Hayes was wounded and captured by the Germans. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag 3B.

 

Notice his ribbon bar has the American Defence and the GCM in the wrong order. If you are a purist this is not unusual!

 

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His Purple Heart is officially hand engraved and was most likely issued to him named after he came home, rather than while he was a POW.

 

 

Nice group Kurt, I always had a thing about the 28th and the Hurtgen after reading "Follow Me and Die, The Destruction of an American Division in World War II" by Cecil B. Currey, an excellent account of the 28th's massive losses there. S/Sgt Hayes was fortunate indeed to have made it out even if wounded and a POW.

 

DakotaDave


"Consider yourselves already dead." - General Savage to assembly of the fictional 918th BG - "Twelve O'clock High"

 

"The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end, that's all there is."

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7 years later, and look at what I bought on Ebay...... All his paperwork including his POW ID card.

 

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Great score, did you know they were going on eBay or you just got lucky finding it. So great you can finally get it all back together

 

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Great score, did you know they were going on eBay or you just got lucky finding it. So great you can finally get it all back together

 

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I got lucky . I didn't even realize it went with the group I already had until I received it in the mail. LOL!

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Wow! That is outstanding Kurt!


"Sometimes the bravest meet death with their deeds known only to heaven." --S.L.A. Marshall

 

 

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Nice luck Kurt! It's good to see all the items together again after seven years.


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Wonderful set Kurt, and great job bringing it together. It would love to come live with me in New York if it ever tires being in your collection. ;)

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Outstanding!


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Amazing !


In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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Incredible find!!!! I know I would have jumped out of my skin to see that show up on Ebay.

 

Marty

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