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WWII 10th Mountain Division KIA Purple Heart

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Private First Class Richard C. Dierolf of Pennsylvania, who gave his life for his country on April 14, 1945, in Italy. He was an infantryman with the 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division.

I have rarely encountered a Purple Heart grouping as complete as this.

Private Dierolf's posthumously awarded Purple Heart, officially hand engraved by the Philadelphia Quartermaster Depot, within its presentation case. Included is the ribbon bar, lapel device, extra lengths of ribbon, and the tissue paper that encased the decoration.

The cased decoration is within the cream colored protective cardboard box, within the Registered Mail carton in which it was sent to Private Dierolf's widow.

 

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Private Dierolf's insignia, as well as his wife's sterling silver sweetheart pin, were also kept in the decoration case.

 

A privately purchase service accolade with his photograph was present as well.

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The Purple Heart citation, and the Presidential memorial accolade, were still in their 1945 mailing tube.

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The 48 star flag from Private Dierolf's coffin after he was returned to Pennsylvania from Italy for burial, and something that I have never seen before:

Attached to the coffin flag is a wire with a metal soldered "US" seal. On that wire is Private Dierolf's dog tag and a large identification plate, which I presume was on the military coffin in which he was sent back to the United States from Italy.

 

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Excellent group of material and so happy it has been kept together. I have always had a soft spot for the 10th. My Dad was an MP at Camp Hale from its inception through 1944. He shared lots of stories about his time policing the Mountain troops!

 

John


Top dollar paid for WWI AEF Tank Corps uniforms, medal groups, equipment and photos,
unit histories and rosters...especially anything associated with

301st (Heavy) Tank Bn
Drop me an email and let me know what you have.

 

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An amazing grouping for sure! Wow.....

 

-Ski


In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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The photo is definitely not of your guy. Perhaps a relative? Dieroff was 25 when he was KIA.

 

-Ski


In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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The photo is definitely not of your guy. Perhaps a relative? Dieroff was 25 when he was KIA.

 

-Ski

 

On that I disagree.

The photograph may look to you to be a man older than 25, but he is not.


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Very Nice Bill! I bet that didnt come from Renningers!

 

Kurt


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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 group.

 

That flag is a KIA flag with those grey white metal grommets.

 

I've never seen one used for any other purpose.


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I should add that, regarding the photograph of the soldier, I should have taken a close up of it out from underneath the glass. On close viewing of the actual photo you can see that the solider is young. My photo of a photo does make him appear older.

 

As to his specific company, the "Honor Roll" of the 10th mountain Division in World War II puts him in L Company. I suppose that ordering the IDPF would provide further information regarding the circumstances of his death.


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Go on to denver public library website a guy they will research him has all 10 th mountain info j recieve a huge packet for $7

scott


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That is a very nice complete group, and I will second what Scott said about the Denver Public Library. Excellent resource for 10th Mountain guys. Thank you for posting.

 

bill


- Looking For USMC "Rim Numbered" GCM 26922 & USMC Yangtze Service Medal MNo1086 -

- Looking for Attributed -

US Campaign Medal Groups - Army or USMC

WW 1 Silver Star & Purple Heart Medal Groups and WW 1 Groups with Mexican Campaign Medal or Mexican Border Service Medal

 

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There is another burial card with corrected Co and Date of death

 

Co L April 14 1945

 

but it was too large to load !!!


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Oh my god...on thread I missed. Very close family connection. Never thought I would personally have something like that on the forums.

 

PM sent Will.

 

 

Mike


My friends, my heroes. You will never be forgotten.

Jason Gonzalez- June 5, 2005

Keith Mariotti- June 30, 2005

Jason West- July 24, 2006

Carlos Martinez- April 25, 2009

Patrick Hamburger- August 6, 2011

Kevin Hatcher- March 29, 2012

David Chu- June 23, 2013

Steven Keech- September 15, 2013

Mark Armijo- March 6, 2019

 

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Will - are you still in possession of this grouping? I have some relevant information. Thanks

 

Steve Coffey

President

10th Mountain Division Descendants


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Will - are you still in possession of this grouping? I have some relevant information. Thanks

 

Steve Coffey

President

10th Mountain Division Descendants


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Interesting - the Army paperwork says he was with D Company, but the veteran database says it was L Company, as does the 85th Combat record. Unusual... 1st Bn was in reserve for this action on the day he was killed.

 

I show he was a late arrival to the Division (Camp Swift TX just before deployment) and he was killed on hill 913 Castel D'Aiano, same place and day that Senator, 1Lt (now COL) Robert Dole was wounded. Co L was hit with heavy artillery - this may be where he was killed


David Little

collector of WWII 10th Mountain, Chaplain and Medical gear

Tenth Mountain Division Foundation - Secretary
Tenth Mountain Division Living History Display Group - President

National Association of the Tenth Mountain Division - Life Member
Tenth Mountain Resource Center - Board Member
Consultant to National Archives and US Army Center for Military History, film and television.

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I am resurrecting this old thread and putting out an APB. I really need to find this group. He was my late grandmother's (on my mother's side) first husband and these were probably sold during an estate sale when she went into assisted care in PA.

 

I have a number of documents relating to his death but need help finding where it all went.

 

Thanks so much!

 

Mike

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My friends, my heroes. You will never be forgotten.

Jason Gonzalez- June 5, 2005

Keith Mariotti- June 30, 2005

Jason West- July 24, 2006

Carlos Martinez- April 25, 2009

Patrick Hamburger- August 6, 2011

Kevin Hatcher- March 29, 2012

David Chu- June 23, 2013

Steven Keech- September 15, 2013

Mark Armijo- March 6, 2019

 

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These are all the documents

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My friends, my heroes. You will never be forgotten.

Jason Gonzalez- June 5, 2005

Keith Mariotti- June 30, 2005

Jason West- July 24, 2006

Carlos Martinez- April 25, 2009

Patrick Hamburger- August 6, 2011

Kevin Hatcher- March 29, 2012

David Chu- June 23, 2013

Steven Keech- September 15, 2013

Mark Armijo- March 6, 2019

 

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Yes, this is one of the most complete groupings that I have seen and is dedicated to a WWII hero who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Rest In Peace soldier your death helped free the world from those who sought to oppress and enslave the world.


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