Memorabilia

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Army Air Force Personnel Insignia (Property of Hale Family)

Army Air Force

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The blue background represents the sky or field of operation for the Air Force.  The golden wings symbolize victory and the white star with the red center was the identifying symbol on US Army airplanes since 1921 although the red was removed (from the planes) to eliminate confusion with the Japanese flag in 1942.

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Communications Zone European Theater Operation 1944 (Property of Hale Family)

Communications Zone ETO

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The red thunderbolts represent ground and air forces breaking then enemy chain threatening Europe during World War II.  The thunderbolts also form the letter “V” symbolizing “Victory.”

The blue star on white is the insignia of the Army Service Forces.

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101st Airborne Division

Screaming Eagle Patch missing "Airborne" arc (Property of Hale Family)

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Officially authorized by the US Military as the “Screaming Eagles,”  the 101st Airborne was activated on August 15, 1942 and served 214 overseas participating in the Rhineland, Central Europe, Normandy, and Ardennes-Alsace campaigns.

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"The Toilet Seat"

The Meritorious Service Unit Commendation

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Awarded to the entire unit in the form of a plaque, each soldier received an olive drab patch with a gold wreath embroidered on it known as the “Toilet Seat.”  The award was given to units for meritorious conduct in performance for at least six consecutive months of service against an armed enemy following January 1, 1944.

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The Good Conduct Medal

Efficiency-Honor-Fidelity

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This medal was only awarded to enlisted men after three years of good service determined by the company commander.  After March 1943 the qualification was lowered to one year of service.  Officers were not considered for this award since they were required to be on their best behavior at all times.  However enlisted men promoted to Officer could wear their medal as a sign of rising through the ranks.

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Corporal Rank Chevrons

Chevrons of Grade

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The term “enlisted men” includes soldiers who volunteered and those drafted or federalized from the National Guard.  Enlisted men refers to the lowest ranks: private (Pvt.) and private fist class (Pfc.).

The chevrons (upper angle) reflect specific rank of enlisted men and commissioned officers.  The two chevrons signifies Corporal (Cpl.) rank.

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Service Stripes

Service Stripe

Service stripes or “hash marks” were awarded one stripe for each three year period of service and were worn diagonally upward on the forearm part of the left sleeve.

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