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VIETNAM-TET-101ST

Published on: October 29, 2013
Categories: COLLECTIBLES, HISTORIC, MWB, VIETNAM, WATCH BOXES FOR SALE

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THE PRICE OFFERED HEREIN INCLUDES BOX, FLAG, ALL ITEMS IN BOX ONE YEAR GSW WARRANTY FOR WATCH AND AN ONLINE PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL. PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 4 WEEKS FOR LINK 948.87 + FIFTY DOLLARS SHIPPING. FOR DISCOUNT CLICK HERE

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ROCK’S WATCH RESTORATION DOMAIN

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101ST AIRBORNE READY

GLASS CUT AND REMOUNT IN BLACK BOX

THE COLOR OF THE 101ST BACKGROUND

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YOU WILL NEED SOME WALL SPACE, THIS TET OFFENSIVE BEN TRE FLAG IS SECURED TO THE BOX. THIS WAR BOOTY REPRESENTS BEN TRE AND THE SEVERAL 101ST CASUALTIES THAT REQUIRED AN AIR LIFTED WHEN A ROCKET PROPELLED GRENADE STRUCK A DUSTOFF HELICOPTER.. THE 101ST WENT TO THE RESCUE OF THE MEN IN THE CHOPPER… STORY BELOW.

20 X 43 INCHES WITH FLAG

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THIS IS A SPECIAL WWII TO AFGHANISTAN “101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION” A BAND OF BROTHERS MILITARY WATCH BOX OFFER

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THE MAIN WATCH IS A WAR BOOTY HELVETIA WITH INTEGRATED SWEEP SECONDS AND AN FULLY ORIGINAL RADIUM DIAL AND HANDS A WONDERFUL COLLECTORS HELVETIA YOU CAN REMOVE AND WEAR 24/7

OVERHAULED SERVICED

HELVETIA 1945-1949
MILITARY
RADIUM DIALED
SWEEPS SECONDS
WRIST WATCH
TURKISH CASE BACK
GREEK TRENCH ART
ON INTERIOR
30.44 X 38 MM

WITH
ORIGINAL CRYSTAL CROWN DIAL & CASE

[CROWN WAS RE-PLATED]

GENERAL WATCH CO HELVETIA
SIGNED
17 JEWELED
CENTER SWEEPS
MANUAL WIND MOVEMENT

WITH

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REPRODUCTION BLACK CLOTH
U.S. MILITARY STRAP AS DEFINED IN TM 9-1575

WITH
ONE YEAR WARRANTY ON WATCHES AND TIMERS
AND
FREE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE APPRAISAL
INCLUDE ALL THE HISTORY AND PICS OUTLINE BELOW

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THOUGHT I WOULD PLACE SOME PICS OF STUDIO. THE WORK WAS COMPLETELY ACCOMPLISHED BY ROCK AND DENISE EVERYTHING BUT AIR CONDITIONING, MAIN POWER, AND BATHROOM

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ROCK & DENISE BUILT OUT GOLDSMITHWORKS

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THIS AREA IS JEWELRY REPAIR AND CUSTOM WORK

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AN AMAZING JOB BY ROCK & DENISE

 

 

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THE INCLUDED HISTORY OF THIS 1O1ST AB MWB WILL BE PART OF YOUR ONLINE APPRAISAL

The 101st Airborne Divisionthe “Screaming Eagles”is a U.S. Army modular light infantry division trained for air assault operations. During World War II, it was renowned for its role in Operation Overlord the D-Day landings starting 6 June 1944, in Normandy, France, Operation Market Garden, the liberation of the Netherlands and action during the Battle of the Bulge around the city of Bastogne, Belgium. During the Vietnam War, the 101st Airborne Division fought in several major campaigns and battles including the fight for Hamburger Hill in May 1969.

Upon its arrival in Vietnam in 1965 (1st Brigade, followed by the 2nd and 3rd Brigades in 1968), the division was an airborne unit. In mid-1968 it was reorganized and redesignated as an airmobile division, then in 1974 as an air assault division. Both of these titles reflect the fact that the division went from airplanes as the primary method of delivering troops into combat, to the use of helicopters as the way the division entered battle. Many current members of the 101st are graduates of the U.S. Army Air Assault School and wear the Air Assault Badge. Division headquarters is at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. In recent years, the division has served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The division is one of the most highly decorated units in the U.S. Army and has been featured prominently in military fiction since its first deployment.

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Helvetia, General Watch Co, Bienne, Reconvilier, Tramelan, Vienna

1880: Foundation of La Generale Watch Co / General Watch Co by the company Louis Brandt & Fils (Omega) for manufacturing cylinder watches and genuine Helvertia calibres with enhanced quality lever movements. 1885: Transfer of the trade mark Helvertia from Louis Brandt & Fils to the new La Generale Watch Co.

1968: Aquisition of the movement factory Helvetia SA in Reconvilier by the SGT (Societe des Garde-Temps SA). The watch factory Montres Helvetia SA in Bienne remained independent.

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WWII HELVETIA POCKETS

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THIS HELVETIA LEFT US NO CHOICE BUT TO STAY 100%ORIGINAL WITH ONLY A NEW BALANCE HAIR SPRING & MAINSPRING AND THE ORIGINAL CROWNREPLATED

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CASE BACK IS SIMPLY STUNNING. THE ABOVE SHOT WAS BEFORE WE CLEANED AND LIGHTLY POLISHED IT. NOTE THE ORIGINAL BRASS SPRING BARS! THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN CHROME PLATED.

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SIGNED

HELVETIA [IN THE ORIGINAL GENERAL WATCH FACTORY HELVETIA FONT]

THIS ORIGINAL HELVETIA DIAL HAS A WARM & GLOWING PERFECT PATINA IN ABSOLUTE NON-DAMAGED CONDITION

WITH FACTORY OUTLINED RADIUM NUMERALS IN MINTY CONDITION

AND THE OUTER NUMERAL MARKED SWEEPS SECONDS CHAPTER RING IS FRESH CLEAN & SHARP

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THE BLACK STEEL HANDS ARE ORIGINAL AND ARE RADIUM FILLED WITH NO CRACKS BREAKS OR WEAR

THE FACTORY BLACK CENTER SWEEPS SECONDS HAND WITH TAIL IS AS IT WAS AND IS

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THE SUBSTANTIAL HEAVY CHROME OVER BRASS CASE HAS SOME MINOR WEAR ADDING VINTAGE FACTS TO THIS AWESOME MILITARY TIME PIECE

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ONLY THE HEAVY DUTY LARGE ORIGINAL FITTED CROWN WAS PROFESSIONALLY RE-PLATED

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NOTE THAT THE CASE IS ACTUALLY IN FANTASTIC CONDITION

ALSO NOTE THE CASE BACK WITH IT’S COPPER SHOWING

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WWII HELVETIA WATCHES ARE SIMPLY AWESOME WHEN THEY ARE THIS CLEAN AND HAVE AGED RADIUM

PERFECT FOR THIS 101ST MWB

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THIS CLOTH MILITARY STRAP WITH SILVER COLOR BUCKLE WAS CHOSEN DUE TO ITS AWESOME LOOK FEEL AND FIRST CLASS WORKMANSHIP

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ONE OF A KIND DETAILED TURKISH CASE BACK WITH INTERNAL GREEK TRENCH ART

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NOTE THAT THE CASE BACK IS FITTED

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NOTE THE METAL RETAINER PIECE WITH CUT-OUTS AROUND THE EDGE RIM ? THE BACK WAS DESIGNED WITH THE CHROME PLATED COPPER OUTER CASE BACK.

TRENCH WRITING INSIDE

1941 GREECE 1945 KKE

“KKE” & “GREECE”

Founded in 1918, the Leftist/Communist Party of Greece , better known by its initials, KKE, is the oldest Greek political party in the last 100 years. 2on the Greek political scene. KkE was founded on 4 November 1918 as the Socialist Labour Party of Greece. KKE rallies a significant amount of support within the organized working-class movement. The KKE stands in elections and has representatives in the Greek Parliament, local government, and the European Parliament.

Greece

Greece dealt the first victory for the Allies by resisting the Italian invasion on 28 October 1940 and pushing Mussolini’s forces back into Albania. Hitler was reluctantly forced to send forces to bail out his ally and subdue Greece (Operation Marita). The resulting Battle of Greece in April 1941 delayed the invasion of the Soviet Union by six weeks. This fact, combined with the heavy losses of the German Fallschirmj¤ger over Crete, effectively put a halt to large-scale German airborne operations for the remainder of the war. The country was occupied by Germany, Italy and Bulgaria, while the government and the King fled the country to Egypt, from they supported a vigorous Resistance movement in Greece from 1942 on.

dominated largely by the leftist National Liberation Front (EAM). Throughout 1943, the guerrillas succeeded in liberating much of the country’s mountainous interior, establishing a free zone called “Free Greece”. After the Italian capitulation in September 1943, the Germans took over the Italian zone, often accompanied by bloodshed and atrocities, as the Italians tried to resist (as in Cephallonia), or as the Allies tried to occupy Italian-held areas (the Dodecanese Campaign). As the tide of the war turned, and Liberation approached, the Resistance became divided along political lines, and a mini civil war ensued between EAM, rightist resistance groups and the collaborationist government’s Security Battalions.

An agreement establishing a national unity government was reached in the May 1944 Lebanon conference, which eased tension somewhat in the final months of the Occupation. With the advance of the Red Army through Eastern Europe in summer 1944, the German forces withdrew from the Greek mainland in OctoberNovember 1944, although garrisons were left behind in many islands, including Crete, where the German forces surrendered after the unconditional surrender on 8 May 1945. The returning government in exile, backed by British forces, soon clashed with EAM forces in Athens, in the first episode of the Greek Civil War; a conflict that would last until 1949 and leave a divisive legacy in Greek politics and society until the 1970s.

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GREEK?

BUT THE CASE BACK HAS A CRESCENT AND SUN/STAR

WHICH WOULD BE TURKEY.

Turkey was neutral until several months before the end of the war, at which point it joined the Allies. Prior to the outbreak of war, Turkey signed a Mutual Aid Pact with France and Britain in 1939, yet remained neutral after the German invasion of France. In June of 1941, after neighboring Bulgaria joined the Axis and allowed Germany to move troops through to invade Yugoslavia and Greece, Turkey signed a non-aggression pact with Germany.

Turkey was an important producer of chromite, a key ingredient in the manufacture of stainless steel and refractory brick to which the Germans had limited access. Sale of chromite to Germany or to the Allies (who mainly bought in order to preclude sale to Germany) was the key issue in Turkey’s negotiations with both sides.

Turkey halted its sales to Germany in April, 1944 and broke off relations in August. In February, 1945, after the Allies made its invitation to the inaugural meeting of the United Nations conditional on full belligerency, Turkey declared war on the Axis powers, but no Turkish troops ever saw combat

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HELVETIA GENERAL WATCH COMPANY SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS SWISS Manual Wind Sweep Second 17 jewels f = 18000 A/h power reserve 40h

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NOTE THE FORT BENNING GEORGIA JUMP POST CARD AWESOME

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Unit Insignia

CombatBadge

 

 

United States Army Air assault Infantry Division

Active 1918; 192142 (paper division) 1942  45 194849; 195053 (training division) 1954present Garrison/HQ Fort Campbell, Kentucky Nicknames “Screaming Eagles” (Special Designation), “Puking Chickens”, “One-oh-worst” (Derisive)”Puking Buzzards” Motto “Rendezvous With Destiny” Mascot Bald Eagle a.k.a. “Old Abe” Engagements World War II Vietnam War War in Southwest Asia Afghanistan Campaign Iraq Campaign

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower addresses American paratroopers prior to D-Day.

Gen. Eisenhower speaking with 1st Lt. Wallace C. Strobel and men of Company E, 502nd PIR on 5 June. The placard around Strobel’s neck indicates he is the jumpmaster for chalk No. 23 of the 438th TCG.

THE PHOTO IS HAND SIGNED BY 101ST PARATROOPER ROY ZERBE. ROY ZERBE ADDED CO F 506 PARA INF  TO HIS SIGNATURE. ROY “JOSH” ZERBE SERVED WITH THE 101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION, 506 PIR COMPANY.

HE JUMPED ON D-DAY AND SAW COMBAT IN HOLLAND. HE WAS WOUNDED SEVERELY WHEN HIS FOXHOLE TOOK A DIRECT HIT FROM A TANK SHELL ON THE NIGHT OF OCTOBER 6/7, 1944 IN HOLLAND.

HE SURVIVED HIS WOUNDS AND UNDERWENT 40 RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERIES ON HIS FACE AND JAW. HE IS PROMINENTLY MENTIONED IN IAN GARDNER’S NEW BOOK ABOUT THE 101ST, ” DELIVER US FROM DARKNESS”.

UNFORTUNATELY, AFTER A SUCCESSFUL LIFE, ROY “JOSH” ZERBE PASSED AWAY IN THE SUMMER OF 2011.

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RIBBONS

THE 101ST WERE AWARDED NUMEROUS MEDALS AND UNIT CITATIONS DUE TO COSTS OF ORIGINAL RIBBONS BEING HIGH, WE TRIED TO SECURE A GROUPING THAT WOULD REPRESENT THE LONG JOURNEY FROM WWII THROUGH TO AFGHANISTAN.

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WAR BOOTY FROM THE TET OFFENSIVE VIET CONG/PEOPLES LIBERATION FLAG BEN TRE 1968

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Dustoff 65A flew a UH-1 Iroquois

The Rescue of Dustoff 65 ,,,was a battle in April 1968, during the Vietnam War. A Medivac helicopter was preparing to evacuate wounded soldiers from the United States 101st Airborne Division when a rocket hit the tail rotor forcing the helicopter down into the jungle. A rescue team spent five days finding, retrieving and extracting the men from the crashed helicopter while fighting off communist forces..

Following the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War American forces tried to limit arms and material from being resupplied to depleted enemy units via the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Supplies flowed through the A Shau Valley, about 30 miles (50 km) southwest of Hu, South Vietnam.

There elements of the 101st Airborne Division would frequently interact with NVA units. On 3 April 1968 during one such firefight the 101st took several casualties that required immediate medical evacuation.

A Bell UH-1H Iroquois helicopter (serial number: 66-17043) from the 498th Medical Company, 55th Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, originally from Fort Benning, operating under callsign Dustoff 65, was assigned to evacuate the wounded. Due to the thick jungle foliage the helicopter could not land and so the Americans used a “jungle penetrator”, which is a wedge-shaped stand attached to the helicopter’s winch to lift the wounded from the jungle floor to the hovering helicopter.

On board Dustoff 65 were:

  • Pilot First Lieutenant Ben Knisely

  • Co-Pilot First Lieutenant Mike Meyers

  • Crew-chief James Richardson

  • Medic Bruce Knipe

Crash and rescue

As the helicopter was hovering above the canopy a North Vietnamese Army rocket struck the tail rotor resulting in a controlled crash landing a short distance away. In John Cook’s book he claims that medic Bruce Knipe and crew-chief James Richardson were blown from the helicopter but Knipe claims his safety harness (nicknamed the Monkey tail) kept him in the aircraft.

At the medic evacuation site Lieutenant Tim Lickness, from the 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, saw the helicopter go down and immediately arranged for a five man strike team to try and rescue the downed crew of Dustoff 65.

Four hours later, after trudging through thick jungle, with at least one enemy contact, Lickness’ team found the two survivors. The group discovered the medic in a tree with a broken hip while they were returning to American lines. Richardson’s body was not found for several weeks.

It took almost the whole day to extract the men to the 101st Airborne Division position and another three days to clear a big enough landing pad for another helicopter to land.

When the 498th’s commander, Lt. Col. Byron P. Howlett, Jr., learned of the downed helicopter he personally oversaw the extraction operation, including piloting the helicopter that finally extracted the men from the Dustoff 65 crew and the original wounded from the 101st Airborne Division.

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The American Campaign Medal was a military award of the United States Armed Forces which was first created on November 6, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Originally issued as the American Theater RibbonÃ, the medal was intended to recognize those service members who had performed duty in the American Theater of Operations during World War II. A similar medal, known as the American Defense Service Medal existed for American defense service prior to the United States entry into World War II.

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The National Defense Service Medal (NDSM) is a military service medal of the United States Armed Forces originally commissioned by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Created in 1953, the National Defense Service Medal was intended to be a “blanket campaign medal” awarded to any member of the United States Armed Forces who served honorably during a designated time period of which a “national emergency” had been declared.

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The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is a ribbon, enclosed in a gold frame. The ribbon is very similar to the Defense Superior Service Medal, indicative of the fact that the service performed would warrant the award of the medal to an individual. Subsequent decorations of the Joint Meritorious Unit Award are annotated with oak leaf clusters.

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Southwest Asia Service Medal Ribbon military service between August 2, 1990 and November 30, 1995 for participation during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. To be awarded the decoration a service member must also have served in the geographical land areas of any of the following nations: Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and/or United Arab Emirates.

Between January 17, 1991 and November 30, 1995, service members who performed duty “in support of” the Gulf War are eligible to receive the Southwest Asia Service Medal if duty was performed in either Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Syria, or Jordan. The Southwest Asia Service Medal is authorized four campaigns of service, each denoted by a service star awarded with the medal. Authorized campaigns include: Defense of Saudi Arabia: August 2, 1990 to January 16, 1991; Liberation and Defense of Kuwait: January 17 to April 11, 1991; Cease-Fire Campaign: April 12, 1991 to November 30, 1995; Operation Provide Comfort: June 1, 1992 to November 30, 1995.

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Army Good Conduct Medal Ribbon Awarded to any enlisted member of the United States Army who completes three consecutive years of “honorable and faithful service. Such service implies that a standard enlistment was completed without any non-judicial punishments, disciplinary infractions, or court martial offenses. If a service member commits an offense, the three-year mark “resets” and a service member must perform an additional three years of discipline free service before the Good Conduct may be authorized.

During times of war, the Army Good Conduct Medal may be awarded for one year of faithful service. The medal may also be awarded posthumously, to any soldier killed in the line of duty. To denote additional decorations of the award, a series of Good Conduct Knots are provided as attachments to the decoration. Service for the Army Good Conduct Medal must be performed on active duty and the medal is not awarded to members of the Army reserve or National Guard who are not federalized to active service. For those Reserve and Guard members who satisfactorily perform annual training and drill duty, however, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal may be awarded in lieu.

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Kuwait Liberation of Kuwait Medal Ribbon Awarded to members of the Military Coalition who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm in one or more of the following areas between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1993: Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west of 68 degrees East longitude, as well as the total land areas of Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates.

To be eligible, a service member must have been: (1) attached to or regularly serving for one or more days with an organization participating in ground/shore (military) operations; (2) attached to or regularly serving for one or more days aboard a naval vessel directly supporting military operations; (3) actually participating as a crew member in one or more aerial flights directly supporting military operations in the areas designated above; (4) serving on temporary duty for 30 consecutive days or 60 nonconsecutive days. These time limitations may be waived for members participating in actual combat operations.

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Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Ribbon Awarded for participation in “any military campaign of the United States for which no other service medal is authorized” including the Cuban Missile Crisis between October 1962 and June 1963, actions in Lebanon, Taiwan, the Congo, Quemoy and Matsu, and for duty in Berlin between 1961 and 1963, initial operations in

South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, Panama, Grenada, Libya, Operation Earnest Will, peacekeeping and sanction missions against Iraq, Operation Northern Watch, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Vigilant Sentinel, and United Nations actions, including Bosnia and Somalia.

Additional awards of the medal are denoted by service stars, with the arrowhead device also authorized for United States Army personnel who are awarded the decoration through participation in an airborne or amphibious assault. The Fleet Marine Force combat operation insignia is also authorized for certain sailors.

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World War II (WWII) Victory Medal Ribbon Awarded to any member of the United States military who served on active duty, or as a reservist, between December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946. The World War II Victory Medal was first issued as a ribbon, and was referred to simply as the ÓVictory Ribbon.

By 1946, a full medal had been established which was referred to as the World War II Victory Medal. There is no minimum service time limit for the issuance of the World War II Victory Medal, and the National Personnel Records Center has reported some cases of service members receiving the award for simply a few days of service.

As the Second World War ended in August 1945, there are also cases of service members, who had enlisted in 1946, receiving the decoration without having been a veteran of World War II.

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Army Valorous Unit Citation Award Awarded to units of the United States Army displaying extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States of America.

The Valorous Unit Award is also granted to any United States Army unit which, while serving with friendly foreign forces, engages in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The award created in 1964 and is retroactive to August 3, 1963. The Valorous Unit Citation Award is the second highest unit decoration which may be bestowed upon a U.S. Army unit and is considered the unit equivalent of the Silver Star.

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The 101st Division headquarters was organized 2 November 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, having been constituted on 23 July in the National Army, it was son demobilized on December 11, 1918.

The division headquarters was reconstituted in the Organized Reserves and then in 1921, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and thus, as the successor to the traditions of the Wisconsin volunteer regiments of the American Civil War, the “Screaming Eagle” became the nickname of the Division.

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World War II

The 101st Airborne Division was activated 16 August 1942 at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana On 19 August 1942, its first commander, Major General William C. Lee, promised his new recruits that the 101st had “no history but had a rendezvous with destiny.”

In his first address to his soldiers the day the division was born, Lee read General Order Number 5 dated 19 August 1942:

The 101st Airborne Division, which was activated on 16 August 1942, at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, has no history, but it has a rendezvous with destiny.

Due to the nature of our armament, and the tactics in which we shall perfect ourselves, we shall be called upon to carry out operations of far-reaching military importance and we shall habitually go into action when the need is immediate and extreme.

Let me call your attention to the fact that our badge is the great American eagle. This is a fitting emblem for a division that will crush its enemies by falling upon them like a thunderbolt from the skies.

The history we shall make, the record of high achievement we hope to write in the annals of the American Army and the American people, depends wholly and completely on the men of this division. Each individual, each officer and each enlisted man, must therefore regard himself as a necessary part of a complex and powerful instrument for the overcoming of the enemies of the nation. Each, in his own job, must realize that he is not only a means, but an indispensable means for obtaining the goal of victory. It is, therefore, not too much to say that the future itself, in whose molding we expect to have our share, is in the hands of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division.

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US Army FM 57-10, Army Forces in Joint Airborne Operations Field Manual, 101 pages, size is 6″ x 9″. This manual sets forth tactical and administrative support doctrine for the employment of Army forces in joint airborne operations, Command and Staff Procedures, Tactics and Techniques used in the planning and execution of such operations.

Chapters in this manual include:

Command. Organization. Responsibilities. Tactical Planning & Procedures. Administrative Planning and Procedures. Conduct Of Airborne Operations. Duties of Army Liaison Officers. Air Movement Procedures. Planning Schedules. Joint Airborne Advance Part.

This manual is Illustrated using line drawings.

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THE VIETNAM ERA 101ST WINGED EAGLE STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL STITCHING THE WWII RED GLIDER PATCH IS AN ORIGINAL WITH STITCHING W/BLACK AIRBORNE TAB ON TOP

The Pathfinders of the 101st Airborne Division led the way on D-Day in the night drop prior to the invasion. They left from RAF North Witham having trained there with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The 101st Airborne Division’s objectives were to secure the four causeway exits behind Utah Beach, destroy a German coastal artillery battery at Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, capture buildings nearby at Mres believed used as barracks and a command post for the artillery battery, capture the Douve River lock at La Barquette (opposite Carentan), capture two footbridges spanning the Douve at La Porte opposite Brvands, destroy the highway bridges over the Douve at Saint-´me-du-Mont, and secure the Douve River valley.

In the process units also disrupted German communications, established roadblocks to hamper the movement of German reinforcements, established a defensive line between the beachhead and Valognes, cleared the area of the drop zones to the unit boundary at Les Forges, and linked up with the 82nd Airborne Division

.UNTIL VIETNAM, THE MOST INTENSIVE 101ST BATTLES OF WWII, WAS TH
Battle of the Bulge.

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NOTE THE PLAYBOY BUNNY SUPERIMPOSED ON THE FIRST/MASTER SGT RANK PATCH PLAYBOY WAS POPULAQR & FAMOUS IN VIETNAM

Sergeant First Class/Platoon Sergeant is A key position in the command structure and generally has several staff sergeants working under his direct leadership and acts as adviser to the platoon leader. The sergeant first class/platoon sergeant is a senior NCO and has has 15 to 18 years or more of military experience.

The first sergeant is the life-blood of the Army. It is said when a first sergeant is exceptional, his units are exceptional, regardless of any other single personality involved.

The first sergeant holds formations, instructs platoon sergeants, advises the Commander, and assists in training of all enlisted members. At this grade the term FIRST SERGEANT fis used and not SGT. Even in the German Army, the first sergeant is referred to as the “Father of the Company.”

The master sergeant serves as the principal NCO in staff elements at battalion and often higher levels. Although not charged with the enormous leadership responsibilities of the first sergeant, the master sergeant is expected to dispatch leadership and other duties with the same professionalism and to achieve the same results as the first sergeant.

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Vietnam War In mid-1965, the 1st Brigade and support troops were deployed to the Republic of Vietnam, followed by the rest of the division in late 1967. The 101st was deployed in the northern I Corps region operating against the Vietnam People’s Army (NVA) infiltration routes through Laos and the A Shau Valley for most of the war. In almost seven years of combat in Vietnam, elements of the 101st participated in 15 campaigns. Notable among these were the Battle of Hamburger Hill in 1969 and Firebase Ripcord in 1970.<>

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46 MM 1.8 INCHES WEIGHT 40 GRAMS WITH HOLDER 1988 US DOLLAR COIN IS 1 OZ [31.10G] FINE SILVER

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WE FIGURED THAT A LARGE ONE OUNCE FINE SILVER US DOLLAR WOULD BE APPROPIATE, WITH THE SILVER FRAME THE WEIGHT IS 40 GRAMS. THIS BEAUTY IS THE LARGEST SILVER DOLLAR MADE BY THE US GOVERMENT. IT WAS MINTED IN 1988 IT CAN BE REMOVED AND WORN

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Firebase Ripcord On 12 March 1970, the 3rd Brigade of 101st began rebuilding abandoned Fire Support Base Ripcord which relied, as with most remote bases at the time, on a helicopter lifeline to get supplies in and the personnel out. The firebase was to be used for a planned offensive by the 101st to destroy NVA supply bases in the mountains overlooking the A Shau Valley. Located on the eastern edge of the valley, and taking place at the same time as the Cambodian Incursion, the operation was considered covert.

As the 101st Airborne planned the attack on the NVA supply bases, the North Vietnamese Army was secretly observing their activities. From 12 March until 30 June, the NVA was sporadically attacking the Firebase. After weeks of reconnaissance by the NVA, on the morning of 1 July 1970 the North Vietnamese Army launched a surprise mortar attack on the firebase. The resulting 23-day battle between the 101st Airborne and the North Vietnamese Army was the last major confrontation between United States ground forces and North Vietnam of the Vietnam War.

During the 23-day siege, 75 U.S. servicemen were killed in action, including 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry commanding officer Colonel Andre Lucas, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and 1st Lt. Bob Kalsu, the only American professional athlete to be killed during the war.

During the entire battle (including the siege), 250 members of the division were killed. Fighting from four hilltops, surrounded, and outnumbered nearly ten to one, the division’s forces were defeated but managed to inflict heavy losses on the enemy before an aerial withdrawal was ordered on 23 July 1970 while under heavy mortar, anti-aircraft, and small arms fire, ending the siege. After the division withdrew from the firebase, USAF B-52 heavy bombers were sent in to carpet bomb the area. NVA losses at Ripcord delayed the Easter Offensive by a full year.

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Lam Son 719 In 1971, elements of the division supported the ARVN Operation Lam Son 719, the invasion of southern Laos, but only aviation units actually entered Laos. In the seven years that all or part of the division served in Vietnam it suffered 4,011 Killed in Action and 18,259 Wounded in Action.[citation needed]

It has been said that most North Vietnamese had never seen a bald eagle, so they called the 101st soldiers “Chicken Men” or “Rooster Men.” Viet Cong commanders were rumored to regularly include in their briefings that they were to avoid confrontation with the “Chicken Men” at all costs, as they were sure to lose. Supposedly this remained a source of fierce pride among veterans who served in Vietnam under the 101st

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The Iron Rakkasans emerged from the Vietnam War as the country most highly decorated airborne battalion’

The Iron Rakkasans Began this history & received their Name AS THE 11TH AB/D 187th Regiment 3rd Battalion

AND BECAME THE 101st Airborne 506TH 3rd Battalion WHERE THEY EMERGED As The Countrys Most Decorated Airborne Battalion.

The 187th Infantry nicknamed the “Rakkasans”, began their accent to the top of fame and lore as the 11th airborne 187 regiment. Their nickname came as a result of thier service during the occupation of Japan.

After Japan, Korea, Service in the 11th Test & Assault program, they became the 1st Battalion  187th Infantry, the 3rd Battalion   187th Infantry and 1st Squadron 33rd Cavalry active in the 101st Airborne’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

The Iron Rakkasans would emerge from the Vietnam War as the country¢s most highly decorated airborne battalion.

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The regiment was originally constituted as the 187th Glider Infantry Regiment on 12 November 1942, and activated on 25 February 1943 at Camp Mackall, North Carolina. It was originally a two battalion glider regiment assigned to the 11th Airborne Division, and trained both as glider and parachute troops.

They would serve in the Pacific Theater commanded by Gen MacArthur participating in the Liberation of the Philippines as well as several special operations that included a victorious battle with a Japanese Airborne unit and the liberation of Los Barios Interment Camp.

the 187th served as a major element of the Japanese occupation.

The Rakkasans of the 187th was selected as the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team (ARCT) arriving in Korea about a week after Douglas MacArthur’s surprise landing at Inchon on 23 September. and placed under the operational control of the First Marine Division, in relief of the 2d Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment.

The 187th led the second and last parachute assault in Korea on 23 March 1951(Operation Tomahawk). On the 24 May 1952 the 187th assisted in the suppression of the prisoner rebellion at the Geoje POW Camp ( Koje Pow Camp ) where Korean prisoners forcibly seized and held camp commandant Brigadier General Francis Dodd for 4 days.

The unit returned the United States in July 1955 and, the following year, became part of the newly reactivated 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY

When the 11th was re-flagged as the 24th Infantry Division, the 1st ABG, 187th Inf was assigned to the 11th Airborne

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