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  1. Willem Drees received the Medal of Freedom for aiding allied pilots. His dossier can be requested here; https://catalog.archives.gov/id/38975792
  2. Does anyone have access to the book; "Awards of the US Army DSM, 1942-1969" Does anyone know any other way to research a possible DMS award to a Dutch national during ww2?
  3. I'm not sure yet. Working on this part. I managed to locate and buy all the medals needed. What was the source you had for the badges?
  4. I am not completely sure about his rank yet. His grandson has send me some information including scans his Wehrmacht Soldbuch!!! And his British pay book!! He was captured in Monte Casino and somehow managed to joining the free Polish forces without much problems! he ended the war as a driver of a Sherman Tank in Africa! I would like more info about the source you mentioned!
  5. Thank you! This veteran lives close to me. He has lost all his medals . I already have an original British war Medal unnamed and a original British 1939-45 Star unnamed. I want to chase up the other medals and have them court mounted for him as a gift!
  6. What might help, this gentlemen was in the 15th Poznań Uhlans Regiment
  7. Please post only in English and with pictures relevant to the subject.
  8. Van Wielik is no longer active. Try a firm like Bovomed.
  9. mr. Superman at his 80st birthday party last january.
  10. Meet my friend Lt Colonel Harold Wallace Dee MBE who passed away in 2013. Lt Colonel Geordie Dee was a true soldier! He served more than 50 years in the British Army. A few years ago he send me a list of his medals. Together they give a good overview of his military carrier. He fought and served in many wars and theatres of operations. During the Second World War he joined the Home Defence at the age of 15. In 1944 he enrolled into the No. 6 Commandos. In the Netherlands he saw (among other places) action in the Osen (Bell Island) river crossing near Roermond. His unit finished “their war” in Germany. After the Second World War he stayed in the army and served as a sergeant in the Kings Shropshire Light Infantry Regiment during the Korean War. After the Korean war he was send to Kenya to help during the Mau Rebellion and the Kenya Emergency. During this conflict he gained the rank of company sergeant mayor. He was air lifted from Kenya for the Suez channel crisis in 1956. He stayed in the Arab world and was enrolled as a Regimental sergeant mayor in the Trucial Oman Scouts. This unit was a paramilitary force raised by the British to serve in the Trucial States. The troops were mixed Arab and British. Due to a disagreement about land and associated oil rights, the Imam of Oman rebelled against the Sultan of Muscat. “To sum up Geordie Dee he had a magnetic personality, a brilliant sense of humor,” said Terry Ward, a TOS who first met Dee in the early 1960s. “Rank meant little do him as long as you got on and did the job. If you didn’t do the job he might pull some rank on you. He retained that attitude right throughout. All he wanted was efficiency.” His next posting was in Asia. As Regimental sergeant mayor in the The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry during the Indonesia–Malaysia confrontation in 1962. In 1969 he returned to the United Kingdom and served multiple tours in his beloved KSLI regiment during the conflict in Northern Ireland. He rose to the ranks as a captain, major and lieutenant colonel between 1969 – 1980. In 1973 he was invested as a Member of the British Empire for his leadership in the Northern Ireland conflict. His last posting was in Cyprus in 1979. He retired fully in 1990. In 2002 he was awarded the Tower of Al-Qasmi 2nd class medal by the government of the Ras Al Khaima - United Arab Emirates. This for his loyal and distinguished service to the Trucial Oman Scouts in their formation years. (he was the honorary president of the Trucial Oman Scout Association) His full medal entitlement: 1 Member of the British Empire (MBE, Military division) 2 The France and Germany Star 3 The Defence Medal 4 The 1939/45 War Medal 5 The General Service Medal 1918 version with clasp Malaya, Arabian Peninsula and Mentioned in Dispatches 6 The Korea Medal 7 The United Nations Service Medal for Korea 8 The Africa General Service Medal with clasp Kenya 9 The General Service Medal 1962 version with clasp Northern Ireland 10 The United Nations Cyprus Medal 11 The Long Service and Good Conduct Medal with clasp Regular Army 12 Tower of Al-Qasmi 2nd class medal from the Ras Al Khaima - United Arab Emirates Does this count as an Omani medal?
  11. Some information from my archive. The Dutch MOD allowes the wearing of this medal!
  12. Enclosed you will find a picture of the medalbar of a Dutch retired Air Force Colonel. He worked as a military attaché in Estonia. 1- Award for Honorable Prolonged Service as Officer - The Netherlands 2- Cross for the Four Day Marches - The Netherlands 3 - Cross of Merit of the Estonian Minister of Defense - Republic of Estonia 4 - Medal of Merit of the Estonian Minister of Defense - Republic of Estonia 5 - Medal of Honourable Merit for Contribution to Armed Forces Development - Republic of Latvia
  13. I was contacted by an gentlemen who received the baton/insignia in the picture as a gift from a military veteran. The veteran told him that it was part of a medal. At this time the veteran was a French Concorde Pilot. Could it be an on-official baton related to the Medaille Militaire? Could there be an French Foreign legion connection?
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