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    Richard Karl Theodor Traugott von Kehler

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    Here are the decorations I have for Major d. R. Richard von Kehler (1866--1943). Maybe someone can add something ...? I am also looking for his promotion dates for Fahnenjunker, Fähnrich, Sekondeleutnant and Major. I have 25. November 1898 Premierleutnant and 31. Mai 1904 Hauptmann. Thanks!

    Zentenarmedaille, 1897

    Landwehr-Dienstauszeichnung, II. und I. Klasse

    Herzoglich Sachsen-Ernestinischer Hausorden, Ritterkreuz I. Klasse (HSH3a)

    Franz-Joseph-Orden, Offizierkreuz (ÖFJ3)

    Roter Adlerorden, IV. Klasse

    Orden der Krone von Italien, Offizierkreuz (JK4)

    Sachsen-Coburg und Gothaische Silberne Verdienstmedaille für Kunst und Wissenschaft (HSCV5)

    Eisernes Kreuz (1914), II. und I. Klasse

    Ehrenkreuz für Frontkämpfer

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    he was a former one year volunteer. He entered active service in Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 18.

    Portepee-Fähnrich: 22.5.89

    Sekonde-Lieutenant: 21.7.89

    Hauptmann (ohne Patent): 14.9.00

    Major d.R.: 27.1.15

    He received during the war also the WF3aX and ÖM3K



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    Wonderful, Glenn, thank you very much! One question: My date 25 November 1898 for Premierleutnant is probably wrong? Because this von Kehler was sent to the Neumärkisches Feld-Artillerie-Regiment Nr. 54 and then to the Kriegsakademie. The von Kehler with Hauptmann (ohne Patent) from 14 September 1900 was sent from the Luftschiffer-Abteilung to the Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr. 39 (Perleberg). Now I am unsure who is who. What date was the Luftschiffer-von Kehler promoted to Premierleutnant? I would be thankful for your help.

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    Richard von Kehler, born 1866 is "Luftschiffer" von Kehler. He moved around quite a bit! He returned to the Luftschiffer-Bataillon from FAR 39 on 1 October 1903 before going into reserve status on 30 July 1906.

    Yes, your Premier-Lieutenant is wrong; it was 18.10.96



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    Richard von Kehler (once co-owner of the Luftfahrzeug-Gesellschaft für Luftschiffbau and Flugmaschine Wright Gesellschaft) would later become "Präsident des Aero-Klubs von Deutschland". He was very rich, his companies (von Kehler & Stelling Wasser und Luftfahrzeuge, von Kehler & Stelling Fallschirmbau GmbH and as of 1939 Richard von Kehler & Sohn GmbH, Fallschirme, Schlauchboote, Rettungsgeräte) produced heavily for the new Wehrmacht.


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