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Autograph and Button of a “Crippled Eagle” - American in Rhodesia


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Few months ago I happened by chance to meet one of 300 American volunteers (the “Crippled Eagles”) that traveled to Rhodesia to volunteer for service in the Bush War. He originally was in the 82nd Airborne from 1973-77, but in his words, was tired of peace time service and saw an ad in Soldier of Fortune Magazine. He volunteered and was on the ground a week or so later with the 3 Commando, Rhodesian Light Infantry. He had six combat jumps in Rhodesia and participated in Operation Dingo -Zulu 1 (144 RLI vs. 5000 ZANLA), the largest battle of the Bush War. By 1978 he knew the war was lost and went home to the U.S. on leave, never returning to his Rhodesian post. After the war he re-enlisted in the U.S. Army and became a Ranger for a number of years before retiring. I was able to get his autograph and a RLI button from him. Found a photo of him in Rhodesia online and put this nice frame display together for him. Enjoy!

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First World War 339th Infantry Regiment Uniforms

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Second World War Sicilian Campaign Named Uniforms (3rd and 45th Infantry Divisions)

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