|Project by TheDane||posted 05-24-2010 12:20 AM||2935 views||6 times favorited||14 comments|
My Dad and my Father-in-Law both served in World War II, and each were accorded military honors when they passed.
I decided it was a shame to let their Interment Flags sit in a closet, wrapped in plastic. Neither of them spoke much of their war experience, so we started the procedure to secure copies of their records. The U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry provided us with copies of their awards and decorations.
These were ordinary men who answered their country’s call and did extraordinary things. My Dad was a Timberwolf … a Night-Fighter who was at Omaha Beachhead, the Hurtgen Forest, and the Battle of the Bulge who was awarded three Bronze Stars. My Father-in-law was a Red Bull … he was among the first U.S soldiers to set boots on European soil, he saw 517 consecutive days of front-line battle in North Africa and Italy, and was awarded six Bronze Stars. They were also both awarded the French Croix de Guerre.
They both were fortunate enough to come home in one piece, and both lived long and productive lives … my Father-in-law passed in 1986 at the age of 72, my Dad passed in 2002 at the age of 93.
The flag cases and medal cases are poplar. Each flag case is joined to the respective medal case with connector bolts using brass tubes as stand-offs to separate the two cases. I made a laminated guide that is fixed to the back of each medal case describing the awards displayed in the case.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"