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Igor

Do you have the name of the man to whom the medals were awarded?

The book "Honors, Medals and Awards of the Korean War 1950 - 1953" by Kevin R Ingraham gives a good summary of the medals awarded to the French Battalion in Korea. He wrote that the battalion had "an enviable combat record". 3 763 men served of which 280 were killed, 1 008 wounded, 12 were POW's and 7 were missing.

The unit won many awards and medals, including 2 898 Croix de Guerre des T O E.

Ingraham goes on to record that the "'Battalion Coree', consisting mostly of Korea veterans, was wiped out by the Viet-Minh in one of the final, tragic battles of the First Indochina War".

The medals of any one of these gallant men must be highly prized.

Shown below is a made-up French Korean War group in my collection. It lacks the "Croix du Combattant Volontaire" with "Coree" bar.

Edited by Brett Hendey
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