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“Extraordinary Heroism” in Italy


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Valor trio and replacement set to a 27th Field Artillery Forward Observer with the 1st Armored Division.  His DSC action was in Italy but until the Archives reopen we won’t know the details.  His Purple Heart is numbered in the traceable range that traced to a January 1944 Field Hospital General Order - his first wound.  The second looks to have knocked him out of the war, as his DSC was awarded in the hospital.  The GO for his Silver Star is currently unknown but hopefully his name resides in Wiegand’s Index to the GOs if I can get my hands on a 1st Armored Division copy. 

Also present is a replacement set of medals, all engraved to the vet.  This came from a picker, who was close by so we met and chatted about how he came about the medals.  In discussion, he realized that he likely got the set from the vet’s stepson who remarked upon selling the medals “these don’t mean much to me.”  The picker helped me track down an address to see if any photos or paper still exist.  We shall see.

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Bill_Carman

Based on Planchets Press publication 'Army Silver Star Awards for WW2' volume 2,  the GO for the SSM is General Order 71,  1944,  1st Armored Division.

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Bill_Carman

From the Home of Heroes website regarding the DSC awarded to ARTHUR L. LEAHY
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Arthur L. Leahey, First Lieutenant (Field Artillery), U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in action against enemy forces from 28 May 1944 to 2 June 1944. First Lieutenant Leahey's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
Headquarters, Fifth U.S. Army, General Orders No. 133 (August 8, 1944)

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1 hour ago, Bill_Carman said:

Based on Planchets Press publication 'Army Silver Star Awards for WW2' volume 2,  the GO for the SSM is General Order 71,  1944,  1st Armored Division.

Thanks so much, Bill!

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1 hour ago, CNY Militaria said:

This looks like a great research project once the Archives reopen! Keep us posted.

Absolutely!  That day cannot come soon enough, either.  

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  • 11 months later...
manayunkman

I concur!

 

Anything New to report?

 

We all need a picker like that.

 

So help me with the math, you have 2 of each medal?

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Correct- two of each medal.  The named, wrap brooch DSC, BBB Silver Star, and numbered PH were those issued to the vet; the other three were issued as replacements and are engraved.  Interestingly enough, both the replacement Silver Star and PH are slot brooch, while the DSC is a crimp brooch.  I suspect all were reissued at the same time.  
 

Nothing new to report- with all archives closed at the moment there’s not much research to be had.

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