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WWII Silver Star / Purple Heart group Chinese American POW

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I recently picked this group up at a Militaria show in Tacoma a couple of months ago and did some interesting research.

 

This is a grouping to a Chinese American who served as a Sgt, with the 58th Armored Field Artillery Bn. who was wounded and received a Silver Star for actions during the Battle of the Bulge. The 58th was also part of the initial landings at Normandy on D-Day attached to the 29th Division. I do not know if he was there, but he probably was. He was captured on December 20th, 1944 and spent the rest of the war in Stalag IIA.

 

Sgt. Lum received an officially engraved Purple Heart (1st name mis-spelled) and an un-named Silver Star during WWII. He received a replacement set of named medals with new certificates in the 1980’s. He passed away in 1990.

 

This is the first opportunity I have had to purchase a grouping to a Chinese-American who was a POW of the Germans during WWII. I am sure there is much more to tell about his story.

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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His offiicially machine engraved Purple Heart with the PQMD card. Mis-spelled, but that is how he got it!

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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His replacement medals that came with the 1989 dated certificates.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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That is very cool indeed, the misspelling kind of adds something to it I think.


Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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Nice Kurt!

 

That Silver Star citation is interesting... never seen one before on that type certificate.

 

MW


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Nice Kurt!

 

That Silver Star citation is interesting... never seen one before on that type certificate.

 

MW

 

Thanks Mike!

 

I have seen them in the modern presentation folders with this citation document on one side and the medal certificate on the other.

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.

Kurt


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Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.

Kurt

 

 

:lol:

 

A very unusual group Kurt. Congratulations!!


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Great grouping. No doubt this previously had been a "specific want list item" (i.e., Silver Star/misspelled PH group to a Chinese-American held captive by the Germans) in your otherwise complete POW collection.

Kurt

 

 

When I bought it I didnt even realize he was Chinese! I still need one to a Japanese-American held by the Japanese, but those are far and few between. The only one I know is a fellow named Frank " Foo " Fujita who was a POW in Japan. Maybe his PH is mis-spelled too ;)

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Finally found 100% confirmation he was Chinese-American. I found him on the 1920 census from Oregon and it lists his mother and father as being born in China!

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Great group Kurt! As KurtA said, it is very unusual, but I doubt that will fill all the holes in your collection! Dave


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Looks like he was held at Stalag 10C.

 

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Very interesting set! Missed this one the first time around. Thanks for sharing it!

 

JD


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**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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Beautiful grouping to a brave soldier.Any idea if he ever received his POW medal and where it is?


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I don't know if he ever applied for one. There wasn't one with the group when I bought it 10 years ago.

 

Kurt


!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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When I bought it I didnt even realize he was Chinese! I still need one to a Japanese-American held by the Japanese, but those are far and few between. The only one I know is a fellow named Frank " Foo " Fujita who was a POW in Japan. Maybe his PH is mis-spelled too ;)

 

Kurt

 

Japanese-American POW in Japan... Frank Fujita must have had some hard times while in captivity! :o

 


"One law for them, another one for us !"

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Very nice group with an interesting history


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His Citation.

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Nice group indeed ! Should have been awarded a DSC.

 

Good example that engraving mistakes happened and nobody caught it.

 

 

W


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