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I have thought there is a need for a Special Operations Page on the forum. So, in that theme, here is a sampling of my OSS collection

LTC Estey was a Property Control Officerfor the field Photographic Branch. he was a retread who was awarded a Silver star and meritorious service PH in WW1 while assigned to the 26th Infantry. The PH in WW2 was awarded 6 December 1944 while assigned to the OSS London HQ. This colorful event is recorded in Robert Alcorn's book "No Banner No Bands". In short, he was in wounded in the derriere by glass blown in from a V-2 that landed nearby while engaged with a lady of the evening.

 

 

 

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Naylor Foote: Originally in the British Army, served in the OSS in China. During the Korean War, served with UNPIK until captured and spending the rest of the war as a POW.

 

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I wish. I have been trying to research it through the soldier's medal to no avail. I think the LTC rank is added or the officer was promoted after his time in in China and added the rank. Otherwise it would be easy to verify. There is a number (9187) inked where it says Lot Number but have had no luck with that either. It is a nice uniform. I just wish I could ID it.

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Amazing collection! The way you have it displayed is very nice as well.

 

Philip

Actively Seeking:

WW2 USN/USMC Attributed/Named Purple Heart Groups

WW2 USN/USMC Combat Aviation Groups

 

WW2 and Prior USN/USMC Medal Groups

 

Contact me if you have something

 



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Here is the only OSS group I have. This is from Colonel Douglas Harper who was just short of amazing. His obituary (posted here: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/OBITUARY-Douglas-Harper-2807780.php ) says he made more than 1500 jumps! The items I have of his are all Vietnam era. I have his greens, dress blues and his mess dress. There are a handful of insignia with some CBI made pins but no full-size medals.

 

Unfortunately it is in a box right now because I have no way to properly display it and quickly pulled it out for this post.

 

Mike

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Wonderful focused collection. Some stunning stuff! Thanks for sharing. Bobgee

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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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Excellent focused collection. You have some really great items there!

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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