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This is one soldier's keepsakes from apparently late war duty racing through Germany with the 65th Armored Infantry (under 20th AD), capturing prisoners galore and knocking down last-ditch resistance. And, oh, gathering the spoils of war and writing about it in his diary.

 

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One of the handwritten pages:

 

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Man... I'd love to have an armored grouping like that!

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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The German Cross looks like it's black backed which would make it for the Panzer guys and more valuable. Perhaps it's dark green but a great group regardless.

 

I looked again under different light and there is for sure no green: just a sort of faded black (is that paper?). I know squat about TR shoulder boards and rank insignia but I saw something online that made me think the "pink" trimmed board was Panzer.

 

Here's another shot of that cross back:

 

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Would you mind posting more of his journal? Maybe a separate thread somewhere? Seems like a great read!

 

Here's the full text: it's not long, but is great account of soldiers fighting in the very final days of the war in Europe"

 

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Really nice stuff !

In Memory of Air Corps Technical Sergeant Carl F. Durfee. He died of wounds on 30 December 1944 while serving in the South Pacific. You are not forgotten.

ASMIC member

American Legion member

US Air Force & Air National Guard TAC - MAC

JOHN N. DANIELS ---152nd COMPANY C New York State Infantry--- captured 1864 survivor of Andersonville ---- Great-Great-Great Uncle

Captain Robert L. Hosler, 522nd Fighter/Bomber Sq. 12th Army Air Corp. World War Two P47 Pilot - 1 DFC- 5 Air Medal & 0ne Purple Heart---Uncle

1st Sgt Ann Barry, US Army Air Corp WAC World War Two --ETO --- Aunt

Sgt Willam M. Barry, USMC----Pacific World War Two--Father





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A very neat group with an interesting recollection of events. Can't say I've ever heard a Vet use the wording ' Looted ' instead of liberated

 

The SS school he is referring to is Flint Kaserne known by most as SS-Junkerschule Bad Tölz, it served as HQ for Patton's Third Army and later the 10th SFG

 

The German Cross looks to be a Panzer issued with fine hand embroidery

 

 

CDub

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A very neat group with an interesting recollection of events. Can't say I've ever heard a Vet use the wording ' Looted ' instead of liberated...

 

 

CDub

 

Based on what he wrote in the back of the diary, I'd say this was written as events happened so "looted" was his first impression.

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Bad Tolz must have been a treasure of trove of SS items. Is the piping on the Hitler Youth shoulderboard red or pink?

 

Nice pile,

 

Kurt

My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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In the HJ, pink piping denotes motorized Hitler Youth which is rarer than Allegemeine or regular HJ. Also, the G on the board means he served at the Gebiet level of Hitler Youth which is the next level below Reich or national level. Really cool.

 

Kurt

My hobby is my job and my job is my hobby. High School and University History Instructor

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