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Commemorative Frame Misc Seagull Pin Purple Heart - Good Conduct - European Ribbon
Purple Heart Good Conduct Medal   Honorable Discharge (Ruptured Duck) Pin


Commemorative Medals Frame  



Frame created by Norma L Haas Robbins ID0006 to store the medals and other WW 2 Army service memorabilia of her husband
The original display frame: 17 x 21 x 2 inches - Glass front -- Brown wood frame w/ gold trim - blue velvet background for medals, etc.
Frame Information


Bronze Star

Wikipedia Article

"The award may be made to each member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, after 6 December 1941, was cited in orders or awarded a certificate for exemplary conduct in ground combat against an armed enemy after 7 December 1941. For this purpose, an award of the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge is considered as a citation in orders. Documents executed since 4 August 1944 in connection with recommendations for the award of decorations of higher degree than the Bronze Star Medal cannot be used as the basis for an award under this paragraph."   S5,

Bronze Star:  Acc000403
-  4 Dec 2003:  First applied for the Bronze Star

Bronze Star Application documents (2003/2004)
- Images: Doc0449.pdf

Routledge, Ric. More Veterans Might Have Earned Bronze Star. Muncie Star Press (21 Feb 2003)

Bronze Star Medal.  (OK 17 Mar 2007). c/aaa/history/ww2/dad/medals/bronze star.doc

Anderson, Jon R.   Bronze Star: The award's origins Gen. Marshall had a plan for Bronze Star.  (17 Mar 2007). c/aaa/genealogy/Robbins/Walter Sr ID0005/ww2/Medals-Awards/bronze star information.doc

Bronze Star: Eligibility - Who's eligible for the Bronze Star.  (OK 17 Mar 2007). c/aaa/genealogy/Robbins/Walter Sr ID0005/ww2/Medals-Awards/bronze star information.doc





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Purple Heart

The Purple Heart Badge
Wikipedia Article

"The Purple Heart decoration was originally authorized by the Army on February 22, 1932, the two hundredth anniversary of George Washington's birth and was based on a decoration established by Washington and awarded only three times in 1783. General Douglas MacArthur, Army Chief of Staff, was influential in reestablishing the long dormant award. When it was reestablished it was awarded retroactively to those who received the Meritorious Service Citation and also to those who were entitled to wear a wound chevron as a result of World War One or other service. After 1932 the award was to be given for performance of any singularly meritorious act of extraordinary fidelity or essential service. In other words the original concept of the award was that it was for various types of military merit and not limited to casualties. On September 19, 1942 it was decided that the Purple Heart would be awarded exclusively to all personnel killed or wounded by enemy action. Other forms of military merit would be recognized by the newly authorized Legion of Merit. A January 21, 1943 executive order extended the decoration to Navy and Marine personnel."  S4

Date Awarded:  9 Dec 1944 - S6, Doc0934.pdf

- Acc000547
Ribbons of Medals:  US Army Second World War Period and Prior
 "Reuniting Purple Hearts with War Heroes" - MyHeritage Blog, 7 Aug 2018 - Link,





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Combat Infantryman Badge

Google Web Search
Google Image Search
Wikipedia Article
"Combat Infantryman Badge"

Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB) was established by the War Department on 27 October 1943  S2,

Basically, 3 requirements for award of the CIB:  S2,
1.  The soldier must be an infantryman satisfactorily performing infantry duties

2.  M
ust be assigned to an infantry unit during such time as the unit is engaged in active ground combat
3.  Must actively participate in such ground combat

- Awarded 20 Dec 1944
- Acc000550



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Dog Tags - US Army

U.S. Army Personal ID "Dog Tags"
Wikipedia Article  



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European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Ribbon

Wikipedia Article
The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded as a ribbon throughout the entire Second World War and it was not until 1947 that a full sized medal was authorized. The medal was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones. The reverse side was designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman and is the same design as used on the reverse of the Asiatic-Pacific and American Campaign Medals. The first recipient of the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was General of the Army Dwight Eisenhower who was presented the decoration in recognition of his service as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force during World War II.

Ribbons of Medals:  US Army Second World War Period and Prior



The Ribbon Walt Received
During WW2 in Europe
(one Star)

Walter earned the medal as well, but as stated above, he was only awarded the ribbon.
- 8 Aug 2012:  Sent Request to obtain this medal for Walt.  Acc002271/ Doc0929.pdf
- 25 Aug 2012:  Received Confirmation Letter - Acc002271/Doc1018.pdf
- 14 Jan 2013:  Received Medal Set - Doc1018B.pdf
The Medal Walt Earned:
-  European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal & Bronze Star Attachment (Triple) (Acc002271)



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Good Conduct Medal
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Google Web Search
Wikipedia Article
"Army Good Conduct Medal"

"The Army Good Conduct Medal (AGCM) was established by Executive Order 8809, 28 June 1941 and was amended by Executive Order 9323, 1943 and by Executive Order 10444, 10 April 1953. It is awarded for exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service. It is awarded on a selective basis to each soldier who distinguishes himself or herself from among his or her fellow soldiers by their exemplary conduct, efficiency, and fidelity throughout a specified period of continuous enlisted active Federal military service, as outlined in this chapter. There is no right or entitlement to the medal until the immediate commander has approved the award and the award has been announced in permanent orders."  S3,

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Acc000397 (Uniform Stripe)
Acc000558 (Lapel Pin)

Acc000557 (Pin)
Acc000556 (Medal)

Ribbons of Medals:  US Army Second World War Period and Prior


Army Good Conduct Medal. c/aaa/history/ww2/dad/medals/Army Good Conduct Medal.doc (




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Purple Heart - Good Conduct - European, African, Mid-East Ribbon
3 campaign stars  


Ribbons of Medals:  US Army Second World War Period and Prior

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Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin    (The Ruptured Duck)
Issue Regulations
Common Myths about the Ruptured Duck Pin
Wikipedia Article

"A gold color metal lapel button 7/16 inch in height and 5/8 inch in width, a dexter eagle with wings displayed perched within a ring which displays thirteen vertical stripes with a chief, the dexter wing of the eagle behind the ring, the sinister wing in front of the ring. Background: The lapel button may be worn only by a person who served honorably."  S1,

"Khaki Emblem Olive Drab Emblem
Description: A device of woven material consisting of a lozenge background 1 1/2 inches in height and 3 inches in width, long axis horizontal and the design of the lapel button for service since 8 Sep 1939 in golden yellow. The ring of the design is 1 inch in diameter. The background will be of olive drab for wear on the enlisted man's service coat the other woolen outer garments, and of khaki for wear on the summer shirt."  S1,




The Ruptured Duck. It is patterned after the patch that was sewn onto service memberís uniforms to identify those who had been honorably discharged.
The purpose of the patch was to allow civilian police officers and military police to recognize the honorably discharged so they wouldnít be arrested as deserters. It also kept active military members from walking away from their duty.

Frequently, Veterans often didnít have any civilian clothes to wear when they left the military. There were two reasons for this.
First, military service members were banned from owning civilian clothing during active duty to discourage desertion. For this reason, they were allowed to wear their uniforms for 30 days after their discharge while arranging for new clothes.
Second, there was a national shortage of clothing during that time period in American history.

Why was the symbol on this flag holder and patch called the Ruptured Duck? Well, that depends on who you ask. There are plenty of stories and rumors to explain, but hereís one of my favorites . . .
The bird was intended to be the US national symbol, the bald eagle, but some Veterans thought it looked more like a duck. It was facing to the right, the same direction doctors told patients to face when asked to cough during an examination for ruptures.
Got a rupture? You get an honorable discharge! And you get to wear the ruptured duck!
All Veteranís inside-jokes aside, these World War II gravestone markers are meant to honor those who sacrificed to provide protection for their nation and promote freedom.

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Seagull Pin  
- "Fortior ex Asperis" which translates as "Strength out of fierceness" or Stronger after Difficulty"
- Worn on service Hat [not the dress hat]


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World War II Victory Medal
It appears that Walt is eligible for this medal -
"The World War II Victory Medal may be awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of the Government of the Philippine Islands who served on active duty in World War II at any time between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946, both dates inclusive. (Established by Public Law No. 135 of 6 July 1945.)"

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Uniform - Walter C. Robbins, Sr., ID0005 - 1942-1945
US Army uniforms in World War II
Placement of Insignia on the Army Service Uniform - Second World War Era
US Army Rank Insignias
Eisenhower Jacket
(Aug 2012)
Dress Shirt
(Aug 2012)
Dress Pants
(Aug 2012)
Hats, Ties, Belt
(Aug 2012)
Walter, about 1943 Walter, about 1942
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Norma - Walter
About May 1943
Walter, 28 May 1943 Walter on leave at his
Parents home
(Fairview Farm)
Walter on leave at his
Parents home
(Fairview Farm)
Norma - Walter
About May 1943
Walter, on leave
17th St. House
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Walter - Norma
28 May 1943
Unknown - Walter
"Streets of Paris" Club
San Francisco, CA
Walter - Walt, Jr.
July 1945
16th St. House
Walter - Walt, Jr.
July 1945
16th St. House
Walter - Walt, Jr.
July 1945
Walter - Walt, Jr.
July 1945
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Attended a Veterans Day
Daleville, Delaware County, Indiana
11 Nov 2003
Attended a Veterans Day
Daleville, Delaware County, Indiana
11 Nov 2003
Timberwolf Patch
104th Infantry Div.
Walt, Sr.
2nd from Right
Phoenix, Arizona
Norma, Walter
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Hi-Res Image
Hi-Res Image
Hi-Res Image
Don Jarrell
Paul Jarrell
Walter in uniform
March 1944
Hi-Res Image

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German Iron Cross (Mother's Cross)
- Brought back from Germany
Wikipedia Article
Google Image Search
- Acc000392


Enlisted Man Dress Hat Insignia - Acc000552  


"U.S." Button
- worn on right lapel of uniform
- Acc000551


Branch Insignia
- Worn on the right lapel of the dress uniform jacket.
- Acc000553


Overseas Service Bars
US Army Rank Insignias
- Acc000548


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Source Citation

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S6 General Orders Number 51, Headquarters 48th General Hospital, US Army, APO 887, 9 Dec 1944. Purple Heart awarded to Walter C Robbins and others. Acc001632/Doc0934.pdf


SECTION I: Extracted.

SECTION II: Under the provisions of AR 600-45, 22 September 1944, and pursuant to instructions contained in paragraph 3d(2), Circular No. 32, Headquarter, European Theater of Operations, 20 March 1944, the PURPLE HEART is awarded to the following named officer and Enlisted Men for wounds received in action in Germany on the date indicated after their names: 1 officer and 3 enlisted men listed, then
Grade: S/Sgt
Name: Robbins, Walter C.
ASN: 35569476
Arm or Service: Inf
Date Wounded: 28 Nov 44

Section III, (Purple Heart awarded to Officer wounded in Belgium)

Section IV - (Oak Leaf Cluster plus Purple Heart awarded to Harry N. Ginsborg)

By Order of Lt Col Pratt:
Wallace W. MacDonald Captain, MAC, Adjutant - Official: signed by Wallace W MacDonald -
Distribution List includes 12 Places






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