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WWI US Aviator's French Medals - Who is he?


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Of course Eddie Rickenbacker comes to my mind . . . . One would have to search the members of the American unit, "Hat in the Ring." I think it was called that and go from there. Uncle Sam's hat (stripes and a blue star head band) upside down within a ring was the unit symbol painted on their French SPAD biplanes.

I'll search around the www and see what I can find. I'm guessing there were many who won this combo of awards from France. We are victims of the media and the few who were made famous.

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Can you post a pic of the uniform? That would help. His collar insignia and wings would be useful because they would narrow down the search a bit. The collar insignia can indicate regular army, reserve, signal corp, etc. They were also made in France, England, and many jewelers in the U.S. The wings also varied greatly, so that would help. It's not Rickenbacker because he was awarded four palms on his Croix de Guerre and his Victory Medal had about six battle clasps on it. Try the guys on theaerodrome.com as well. They're very knowledgeable.

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