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S/SGT GRAN V. CORDER-KIA 25 AUGUST 1944


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Staff Sergeant Gran V. Corder was a gunner on a B-26, serving with the 495th Bomb Squadron, 344th Bomb Group flying out of Stansted, England. On 25 August 1944, shortly after take-off Corder's pilot, William H. Geary radioed that he was on one engine and was going to crash land. Immediately after landing, the B-26 burst into flames, killing the entire crew. In honor of the anniversary of his death, I thought I would post the Purple Heart presented to his family.

 

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

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Photo of the crash scene

 

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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Official statement on Corder's death:

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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News article on his death:

 

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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Great piece Erick! I remember this one very well. Thanks again to this hero who gave the final measure. Glad that it went to such a great caretaker and thanks for sharing .......

"I looked up at the bunker in front of me and saw a khaki-uniformed NVA with a pith helmet, chest web gear, green Bata boots and an AK, Type 56, and no other identifying insignia. Then I shot him." -- Sergeant Tony "Fast Eddie" Anderson, RT Kansas, TF1AE, 1971

 

"My God, where do we find these men?" President George H. W. Bush commenting on 1st SFOD-Delta after the Operation Acid Gambit rescue of Kurt Muse.

 

"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me." - Inscription on the dog tag resting on the flag-draped homeward bound casket of an American Special Opearations warrior killed in action in Afghanistan, July 2005. - Dick Couch - Chosen Soldier

 

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Seems it was common for personnel wounded or lost their lives involved in accidents were awarded the Purple Heart during WWII.

 

Today however, the U.S. Army does not approve requests for the Purple Heart to former POW’s who were wounded during captivity contrary to guidelines.

 

Robert

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Geez that photo of the crash site really highlights the violence of the crash thanks for sharing

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  • 10 months later...

Thanks for honoring a great man. Gran was my mothers brother. Would you be interested in selling this medal? I'm also interested in determining how the medal made it to the open market. Thanks in advance.

Safetyman,

 

Thank you for the kind words. It is my pleasure to honor T/SGT Corder and the others who have sacrificed to protect our liberty. I will contact you separately via a personal message (PM).

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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  • 9 months later...

SSG Corder's gravestone was posted on findagrave and I thought I would add it here.

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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