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scottplen

i believe i am correct on id of this one ! confirmed all awards from different sources .

I believe  this was a ribbon bar for  for Dutch victory  parade?

 

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Then Lieutenant Colonel Otho Holmes was awarded a Dutch Bronzen Leeuw (Bronze Lion) by Royal degree of October 8th, 1945 number 31. 

The official ceremony was later that year. I don't know If he attended. The picture you show could be of this.

 

The funny thing is that the 82nd Airborne Division did occupation duty in Germany, so they all got the Occupation Medal. I don't see this medal in the group.

This points to a 101 Airborne Division guy perhaps. 

 

Regards

Herman 

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The Occupation Medal wasn't authorized until 1946, so he was probably discharged prior to that. The 101st was also authorized the Army Occupation Service Medal for their time in Germany and Austria after the war.

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2 hours ago, ItemCo16527 said:

The Occupation Medal wasn't authorized until 1946, so he was probably discharged prior to that. The 101st was also authorized the Army Occupation Service Medal for their time in Germany and Austria after the war.

I found online he was sent home on emergency leave and left Europe during occupation time . His wife was ill and I believe passed away ? I have the research I will dig it out ! He ended up at war college .

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From original post . Not sure if it’s unique enough to trace it to Holmes but I’ve gotten close . Could be another with same awards .

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1 hour ago, scottplen said:

I found online he was sent home on emergency leave and left Europe during occupation time . His wife was ill and I believe passed away ? I have the research I will dig it out ! He ended up at war college .

Okay, so then this is a match.

 

He served till his death in 1959. No Korea service but likely a National Defense Service medal in the fifties.

 

Very likely it is Holmes. Congratulations! 

 

Regards

Herman 

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ItemCo16527

Somehow, I always seem to forget to post this one. This group belonged to Capt. Alfred Burka who served as the commander of I & R Platoon, 17th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division from 1952 to 1953. After Korea, he spent time with the JAG Corps and ended up becoming a judge in civilian life. 

 

I purchased these from his brother, Brig. Gen. Ed Burka, around 2003 or 2004.

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ItemCo16527

Here is a nice matched pair of Ultra-Thin ribbons to an Air Force NCO. One set is clutch-back, and the other uses magnets to secure them to the uniform.

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Hello,

 

This will be my first post on the forum after joining and would like to share my interest in ribbon bars. This is my first US bar, the quality of the attachments are what stood out most to me. The single campaign star with arrowhead is intriguing as non-qualifying campaigns could be ruled out. It would be interesting to know the circumstances in which just once campaign star for an assault would be earned without being wounded or participating in other campaigns, perhaps the Rhineland with service to the end of the War and into the Occupation period?

 

Jeff

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This set of ribbon bars belonged to a USN aviator captain. Sewn on and came from a tailor in Minneapolis 

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Another nice set I have, belonged to a 2 war veteran in the USMC. This one was made in Hong Kong, so I find it interesting in that regard as well

The uniform is unnamed unfortunately 

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Another custom USMC set I have, while not sewn on like my previous example it does have a custom mount made for it.

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2 hours ago, Wally6 said:

Another custom USMC set I have, while not sewn on like my previous example it does have a custom mount made for it.

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I have one similar to this, but for a Sailor.

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I had a Navy set with a mount like that. Good to see another.

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I just recently picked up this nice USAAF post-War set. Nice age to ribbons and quality of attachments. Did some searching through the WW2 award cards of the Air Medal (got through 4000!) and consistently the most common enlisted recipients of 7 OLCs went to 12th Air Force members, with some to 9th and 15th AF.

 

After reading an extensive research article of DFC and AM award criteria to numbered Air Forces in WW2 from the USAF history website, it appears the 12th AF did not have a 'cap' on OLCs to the AM whereas the 8th AF for example would consider the DFC in lieu after a certain number of AM awards.

 

I have read around 5000 awards of the Silver Star to USAAF for WW2, it would be interesting to see the breakdown between officer and enlisted awards. No doubt this SS would represent some specific act of gallantry.

 

Jeff

 

 

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I don't know what the total number of Silver Stars would be for officers and enlisted men would be, but I imagine there would be a lot more to officers. There was quite a large number of fighter aircraft and a complete lack of enlisted pilots (I think this MOS was eliminated around 1943 or so), so that would skew the numbers more heavily towards the officers.

 

-Jeff

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This nice British-made example arrived today. I believe who ever wore this one would've served in the CBI theater. Possibly New Guinea area as well

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Anyone have an idea why one campaign star is significantly larger then the other? My theory is that it's supposed to represent 5 campaigns, but I've never seen them represented like that before, usually with a silver star or OLC. Any ideas?

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