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German Army whistle from Operation DRAGOON


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Robert was a Gunner's Mate on LCT 1145 during the invasion of southern France; after the landings, he went ashore and discovered a young German soldier who'd been killed in his foxhole. This whistle was around his neck so Robert took it. After France, his ship went to Norfolk for a re-painting, then transferred to the South Pacific. He stayed in the Navy up to the Korean War. There's a video of him telling the story on our Facebook page:

 

https://www.facebook.com/mvmhm/

 

He also has a trench art P-38 lightning he acquired in Palermo, Sicily - he talks about that on the video and will be donating it soon.

 

 

Mark sends

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

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The whistle is tamped "DE" on the top, and the reverse has a name lightly scratched into it...still trying to decipher that. The chain is the original one that was one it when he took it.

 

I asked him why he choose the whistle rather than the usual trophy, like a helmet, breast eagle or shoulder straps and he replied he didn't really know why he took the whistle, that maybe it was because it was something he could carry in his pocket.

 

Mark sends

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

The Miami Valley Military History Museum: http://www.mvmhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miami-Valley-Military-History-Museum/111268115594349
Official Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration: www.vietnamwar50th.com
Official Partner of the United States of America World War I Centennial: www.worldwar1centennial.org

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