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  1. I once had the occasion to visit Frejus and St. Raphael on a US Navy ship. We were assigned to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Operation Dragoon, the World War II Allied landings in the south of France. We anchored out in the harbor of St. Raphael, two destroyers just up the coast from St. Tropez. It’s always nice to make a port visit in a smaller port without the carrier and the rest of the destroyer squadron. You don’t overwhelm the town with sailors and Marines, and without the Marines, there are fewer fights in the bars. The division commodore, Captain David Ruble was our senior officer embarked, and he knew I spoke French, so I became his interpreter for a hardworking round of courtesy calls on the French military and civil officials. What a day! We started the morning at 10:00, drinking champagne with the colonel commanding the Foreign Legion base. He had some wonderful stories about Indochina and Algeria, but alas, we had the mayor of St. Raphael at 11:00. His stories weren’t nearly as colorful, but he served a very nice red wine. Then, lunch at noon at the Naval Air Station. It was a light lunch, only three wines and God knows how many courses. My interpreter counterpart was a French Navy ensign. We had a wonderful time and lunch finished up around 3:30. Then, off for a 4:00 with the mayor of Frèjus and a little Cognac. The official car dropped us at Fleet Landing at about 5:30, and somehow we got into the commodore’s gig without hurting ourselves. We got back to the ship, and each of us retired to our staterooms, neither to be seen until noon the next day.
  2. J & K Rifles is certainly a good regiment, and the medals listed make a logical group. Interesting that his '71 war service was in the western theater (close to J & K), but he also got over to the east for the Bengal Assam clasp. Good luck with it. Best, Hugh
  3. First, I am far, FAR from an authority on Indian medal entitlements. For that, you might want to consult Ed Haynes at sagongs. He wrote the book. He's also found on the OMSA website. However, I'll try to help if I can. Perhaps it would be helpful if you would list the entire group, maybe even include a photo if available. On the face of it, with minimal information, I see no reason why the group might not be complete. I would expect it to include the Sangram Medal for '71 service, as it was automatically awarded with either the Poorvi or the Paschimi Stars (service in the eastern and western theaters respectively). Without the Raksha Medal, this man probably did not serve in the '65 war.
  4. Quoting from Ed Haynes / Rana Chhina's book, p. 117: " 1048-104 Bengal-Assam - Instituted by MoD Notification No. 1398 dated 22 June 1960: amended by MoD Notification 1913 of 23 June 1967 (to amend the qualifying areas). Awarded (a) for an aggregate of one year of service in specified areas on West Bengal and Assam after 26 October 1962; (b) for ten sorties or forty hours of flying over specified areas of West Bengal and Assam after 26 October 1962. The clasp is unornamented." Further on p. 113: "Raksha Medal 1965...Awarded for general service in the 1965 Indo-Pakistani conflict. Established: By No. 14-Pres./67 of 26 January 1967. Amended by No. 51-Pres./68 f 22 July 1968 and by No. 73-Pres./71 of 14 December 1971... Background:Awarded for service in the 1965 conflict with Pakistan. The medal was awarded to any armed forces personnel, paramilitary forces under military command (including police forces in many cases) who were borne on the effective strength of their unit on 5 August 1965 and who had, as of that date, served for at least 180 days. The medal was also awarded to anyone who qualified for the Samar Seva Star (1038)." Thus, from the language of the book, there is no obvious connection between either the Bengal Assam clasp, the Samar Seva medal or the Raksha 1965 medal with service in the 1971 war. Still, it would be interesting to read the 1971 amendments to Bengal-Assam and Raksha to see if something emerges there. Given the short period of time between the two wars, there were many military personnel who qualified for awards for both wars, and I have seen many officers wearing both (all) of them. Perhaps you were thinking of the connection between the Samar Seva and Raksha 1965 medals? Best, Hugh
  5. Perhaps you might post the entire picture, so we have some idea whether we're looking at a general or a boy scout. Best, Hugh
  6. Thanks for bailing me out, Ulsterman. I was a little more certain than my post indicates, but then, I've been absolutely sure of many things which turned out not to be so. Best, Hugh
  7. "Close" was generous. I should have remembered this. H
  8. The pillbox trim colors suggest RAF to me?
  9. Sorry, Frank, I haven't a clue where you might find these shorts nowadays. I don't think the US Navy wears them any more, so the uniform shops are most unlikely to carry them, and my pairs have all gone for rags years ago. The legs were baggier than most shorts nowadays. The Royal Navy and Royal Australian Navy (and others) still wear the white shorts which are approximately the same cut.
  10. Many years ago (in the '60's), I wore the Navy uniform shorts, but I'm afraid they didn't look like these. They were longer (just above the knee), had normal trouser pockets (no flaps) and didn't have the side waistband adjustment tapes. On the other hand, I now wear commercial shorts to the gym which look almost exactly like these. Afraid these aren't Navy shorts. Best, Hugh
  11. While the family tree shown doesn't go back this far, I wonders whether / how he is related to this rather well-known military gent. Gaspard II de Coligny Political leader Gaspard de Coligny, Seigneur de Châtillon was a French nobleman and admiral, best remembered as a disciplined Huguenot leader in the French Wars of Religion and a close friend and advisor to King Charles IX of France. Wikipedia Born: February 16, 1519, Châtillon-Coligny, France Assassinated: August 24, 1572, Paris, France Spouse: Charlotte de Laval (m. 1547) Children: Louise de Coligny, François de Coligny, Charles de Coligny Parents: Gaspard I de Coligny, Louise de Montmorency Siblings: François de Coligny d'Andelot
  12. Sorry, not a clue. I got mine with the order in it. Best, Hugh
  13. Concur completely with Dave. This looks just like the box for my Order of the White Elephant, Special Cordon 1st Class, except that yours is missing the tray. Best, Hugh
  14. I can't find it in any of my US books, but I have a recollection that the US originally adopted a ribbon for the WW I Victory medal which incorporated the national colors of all the Allied nations. This doesn't look exactly like what I remember, but it's perhaps a logical possibility. Comments? Hugh
  15. Thailand - Order of the White Elephant. Not sure of the class. My book shows metal devices to show class. Probably Officer or Commander. Who's the recipient?