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Medals from Dutch Colonel J. van Golen

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Today I received various items from Dutch Colonel J. van Golen including his medals.

Carrier:

1917

Born on 18-08-1917 in Rotterdam

1937 ? 1940

Royal Military Academy in Breda

1940 ? 1941

Police inspector in 's-Gravenhage

1941

Escape to Great Britain

1942 - 1943

Activities concerning Contra intelligence services in Western Europe, Occupied France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain and Portugal.

1943

Officer in the Dutch Princess Irene Brigade. Landed in Normandy

1945

British Higher Military school

1946 ?1950

Brigade Major in Indonesia. 1st and 2nd Politionel actions in West Java

1950 ? 1952

Dutch Higher Military school

1952 ? 1955

Head of operations ? 1st army Corps

1955 ? 1958

Nato staff ? Northern army group

1958 ? 1960

Head of personnel ? 4th Division

1960 ? 1966

Commander of the Infantry School. Chearman of the Nato task force "Armored Infantry" in Paris

1966

Chief of Staff ? Mobile Corps

1967 ? 1968

Government representative during the build of AFCENT in Limburg

1968 ? 1969

Territorial Commander South

1970 ? retirement

Head of civil ? military cooperation AFCENT

Promotions:

1937

Cadet

1940

2e lieutenant

1942

1e lieutenant

1948

Captain

1953

Major

1958

Lieutenant Colonel

1963

Colonel

Medals:

Colonel J. van Golen was entitled to the following medals:

Cross of Merit

War remembrance cross with the following clasps:

- Netherlands may 1940

- Normandie 1944

- War on land 1940 ? 1945

Resistance memorial cross

Cross for Order and Peace with the following clasps:

- 1946

- 1947

- 1948

- 1949

Officer?s Long Service Decoration with the number XXXV

Nijmegen Marching Cross

Proficiency medal from the Dutch Olympic Comit? in Bronze

1939 ? 1945 Star (United Kingdom)

France and Germany Star (United Kingdom)

Defence Medal (United Kingdom)

War Medal (United Kingdom)

Photo's will follow soon

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So this was the group you mentioned to me??

I'm eager to find out what the pictures looked like.

p.s.

Victory Medal (United Kingdom)

Don't you mean the war medal?? After WW2, no victory medals were handed out... Only for the first world war.

Kind regards,

Jacky

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Ofcourse your right, it is the War Medal. Yes this is the group we talked about.

Here's our man before the war:

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His medal bar. Made before he received his British medals. He also choose not to wear his Nijmegen Marching Cross in this set.

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His medal bar. Made before he received his British medals. He also choose not to wear his Nijmegen Marching Cross in this set.

Lovely bar !!! Yummy :love:

Correctly without the 4-days marching medal as it's only authorised in the military to be worn in the year the participation to the march took place.

I take it this is a surplus group of the colonel as the UK medals and XXXV Officer's LS cross aren't amongst those ? Excellent group in any case !!!

Cheers,

Hendrik

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His miniature and ribbonbar

( My camera appears to be broken. I can't focus with it. I will try to make better photo's in the following days! )

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Lovely bar !!! Yummy :love:

Correctly without the 4-days marching medal as it's only authorised in the military to be worn in the year the participation to the march took place.

I take it this is a surplus group of the colonel as the UK medals and XXXV Officer's LS cross aren't amongst those ? Excellent group in any case !!!

Cheers,

Hendrik

Hi Hendrik. I think that he never updated his mini and fullsize ribbonbar. Maybe he didn't want to wear a long row of medals? He received permission to wear his British medals in 1983, only 7 years before his dead.

His resistance memorial cross:

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Correctly without the 4-days marching medal as it's only authorised in the military to be worn in the year the participation to the march took place.

Hendrik

Hello Hendrik,

this is indeed a nice bar, but the 4days marching cross was allowed to wear permanently as is any other medal of the Netherlands,

as it's also a royal decoration in the netherlands.

Your description of the restriction is for the belgian medal of the march of the IJser if I'm correct.

Kind regards,

Jacky

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p.s.

How comes he's wearing 4 stars on his OHK, while he has only 3 clasps on his war commemorative cross??

Also what is he wearing just below his button on the first picture??

kind regards,

Jacky

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p.s.

How comes he's wearing 4 stars on his OHK, while he has only 3 clasps on his war commemorative cross??

Also what is he wearing just below his button on the first picture??

kind regards,

Jacky

That was a mistake by the Van Wielik firm. They believed he also received the ,,Arnhem-Nijmegen-Walcheren 1944" clasp.

I think that he is wearing the Nijmegen March cross in that picture!

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This document is to big for my scanner. He received this in honor of finishing the Dutch Higher Military school

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This is all so far ( haven't started on the three maps! )

What I can't find is a diploma for the Merit Cross. Does anyone know if these where given to recipients? Or did they only receive a copy of the royal decree?

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As far as I know,

one received a copy of the royal decree,

but I think we will have to wait untill the master reveals it all......

he's moving at the moment I thought...

Kind regards,

Jacky

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I found some more interesting papers. Including several battle orders from Indonesia with hand drawn maps etc. Also all of his military ID cards are in the lot.

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That was a mistake by the Van Wielik firm.

Hmmm... no mistake, usual Van Wielik delivery: never what you asked!

Since they got new owners at the end of the 1980's most medal bars come wrong when returned to it's owner. Last time I heard someone had brought his medals to Van Wielik he had to wait 7 months before they finished and three of his medals were in the wrong place :violent:

By the way: Very nice group and certainly worth the money you paid for it!

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That was a mistake by the Van Wielik firm. They believed .....

I think that they should be less thinking and more checking books and references!!!

And they're quite expensive too,

Now I know a few more adresses for mounting medals and batons.

Kind regards,

Jacky

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Lovely Dutch bar and great that it comes with the documents and other paperwork and items! Always interesting to see awards from the old Motherland...

:jumping:

Matthijs.

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