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I'm unable to locate any information on Lawton P, Muellers WWII AAF Air Medal. The medal is the wrap brooch type and I'm not sure if it's the early or late war? Any help would be appreciated! Thanks Craig! The Medal came out of Illinois.

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I wonder if it's possible that the middle initial "P." on the air medal was incorrectly inscribed. I could find no one named Lawton Mueller with the middle initial "P." I did find one that might fit the bill with the middle initial "D.". and he was from Illinois.

 

 

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WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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The Air Force reported today that seven crew members—including an officer from Jonesboro, La.— were killed in a crash in Korea Saturday . It said the U. S. RB-66C jet reconnaissance plane plowed into the ground while attempting a landing at Kunsan Air Base after a “routine operational mission” from Yakota Air Base, Japan. Six officers and one enlisted man from the 11th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron were listed as dead. They were: Capt. George A. Taylor, aircraft commander, Jonesboro, La. Capt. James M. Stitzel, electronics officer, Butler, Ohio. 1st Lt. Thomas C. Bryce, electronics officer, Buffalo, N. Y. 1st. Lt. Robert A. Chase, navigator, Eau Claire, Wis. 1st Lt. Smith Davis Jr., electronics officer, New York City. 1st. Lt. Lawton D. Mueller, electronics officer, Taylor Ridge, III. S. Sgt. Howard M. Hicks, gunner, Parkersburg, W. Va. The Air Force said the plane had requested and received permission to land at Kunsan and crashed while making a “go-around" for the landing. A spoke-man declined to identify the area in which the reconnaissance plane had been flying. No other details were immediately available. Cause of the crash is being investigated, the Air Force said.

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Here's his son's obit as well and he goes by Lawton D. Mueller Jr Ratzlaff.

 

 

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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At some point after the end of the Korean War, the Air Force switched from the large, narrow engraved font for posthumous awards to the Army-style font, which was typically seen on USAF casualty awards for Vietnam. (An example of the KW USAF font style can be seen here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/309030-fs-kia-purple-heart-to-a-usaf-silver-star-recipient-fighter-pilot/)

 

So as far as this award is concerned, I'd say it might need some more legwork to conclusively prove that it was awarded to him, given the wrong initial, but as far as the award itself and the engraving, I would not at all be shocked if this was a posthumously-awarded Air Medal to 1st LT Miller, dating from 1958-1959.

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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So as far as this award is concerned, I'd say it might need some more legwork to conclusively prove that it was awarded to him, given the wrong initial, but as far as the award itself and the engraving, I would not at all be shocked if this was a posthumously-awarded Air Medal to 1st LT Miller, dating from 1958-1959.

 

 

Hi Dave,

 

You meant to say 1st LT Mueller, correct? Just making sure. Thanks...

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Wow! Thanks.

 

You're welcome. Now, all you have to do is confirm somehow that the Air Medal was issued posthumously to 1st Lt. Lawton D. Mueller. Personally, I think it was, but.... In any case, you have a nice medal. Congrats...

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Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Hi Dave,

 

You meant to say 1st LT Mueller, correct? Just making sure. Thanks...

 

Of course. I was just changing it from the "Germanic" to the "English" version. Ahem...or something like that... :):D

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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The medal did come out of the RockIsland, ILL area from a older gentleman that cleans out estates no other items were with the medal. Thanks for all your help Gentleman as just saving another piece of history.

Also a search for (P) middle name brings up nothing as I tried many different ways

 

Its very sad that the son never knew his dad!

 

Thanks, Craig

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  • 3 weeks later...

cool medal just down the road from me NICE LOCAL PIECE!

Always looking 33rd infantry division items as well as named items from Illinois but particulary Northern Illinois especially northwest Illinois

 

 

 

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