CtahhR Posted October 18, 2017 Share #1 Posted October 18, 2017 Here is the group of Lieutenant-Colonel Harold George "Hardy/Hal" Knecht 17073873/A0706206. Born 11th June 1918 in Granite City, Illinois, Died 15th May 2007 Rescue, California (just outside Placerville, El Dorado County - His daughter Kimberly Gay designed the county flag). This group came from an abandoned storage locker (close to where Knecht lived) and was no doubt saved from being scattered. He was predeceased by his daughter and wife but I did manage to track down his family (not too easy with female lines), although they were not interested in recovering the group. Only the Commendation Medal is named. The Air Medal was awarded by GO 819 of 21st February 1945 (I've not yet located that.) Hal completed 25 combat missions during World War II as a pilot of a B-24 of the 778th Bomb Squadron, 464th Bombardment Group, 15th Air Force. He enlisted in the USAAF on 30th July 1942, before transferring to the Reserve and returning to full time USAF service until 1969. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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