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5th Army Commemorative
5th Army Commemorative  
Mr. Horrell,

I have been researching my father's time in the Army during WWII and gathering copies of all his medals to pass on to my son who is currently in the NAVY.

I am stumped on one medal that he has. The 5th Army Commemorative Medal for October 1st when they entered Naples. I have yet to find one that looks just like his. Could you possible look at the picture I uploaded and let me know if you know where I might find another one like it.

Many thanks in advance,
Mrs. Julie Hartmann

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Dear Ms.,
       Thank you for your follow-up.  In it you typed "let me know if you know where I might find another one like it."  Since this medal is NOT a medal issued by the US Military, its source in unknown to me.  Also, the hole at the bottom of the medal is of GREAT interest to me.
       My suggestion is to begin your research by contacting "The Citadel", in Charleston, South Carolina.  General Mark Wayne Clark, commander of Fifth Army on October 1, 1943, was president of The Citadel, March 1, 1954-July 1, 1965.  All of General Clark's papers at archived at The Citadel, so if Fifth Army authorized this unofficial medal, some record of all this should be in General Clark's papers.
       If that source does not come to fruition, then I would contact the 36th Infantry Division Museum, located somewhere in Texas (of course), since the 36th Infantry Division was a Texas National Guard Division.  I am sure the museum exists, I have contacted the facility in the past.  Somehow I no longer have the contact information available to me.  Damn, old age is NOT fun!
       Good Luck with your quest.

  Respectfully,
   Richard V. Horrell
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Can answer: World War Two. Specifically, the troop transport ships that took US Military Personnel overseas & returned them to the US, 1941-47. Also, unit history of US Army QM, Signal, MP, Ordnance, Medical, Transportation & Engineer units that served during WW 2. The more obscure units are my specialty. If you have the APO that a Veteran sent letters from or received letters at, I can look up the history of that APO.

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A lifelong study of WW 2, including participation as a WW 2 Re-enactor, 1980-2002. Also, interviewing over 400 WW 2 Veterans about their role in WW 2.

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AASLH, Middle Tennessee Genealogical Society

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Over 800 Profiles that I have written for client's about their loved one's role in WW 2.

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BA, History & Political Science (19th & 20th Century European History) Webster University, Webster Groves, MO.

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Assisting the National Archives on numerous occasions during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of WW 2, 1991-95.

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Respectfully, I do not disclose the names of the clients I deal with. I have a confidentially agreement with them.

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