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Project by TheDane posted 05-24-2010 12:20 AM 2679 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!"





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freidasdad

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#1 posted 05-24-2010 12:37 AM

Both of these cases are wonderful tributes to those men. But perhaps an even more meaningful tribute is that you recognize them as the heros they are…...well done sir.

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#2 posted 05-24-2010 12:52 AM

Excellent Job, my Friend.
That hardware represents some serious valor… Thank You for sharing this…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 05-24-2010 01:22 AM

wonderful work to honor them both.

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#4 posted 05-24-2010 03:34 AM

Looks great. My uncle just passed a few weeks ago, He served in the Navy at Midway during WWII. I found out they were going to get a flag case at Hobby Lobby. My aunt is letting me make one for his flag. He never talked about it. My uncle Jack helped me get started in woodworking.

-- Dennis Trenton Ohio And life is worth the living just because He lives!

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Vick

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#5 posted 05-24-2010 04:10 AM

Men that receive a single bronze star are usually lucky to be alive to talk about it, but 3 or 6!! I can only imagine the hell that they must have went through. You do them a great honor to display their decorations. Thank you for sharing.

-- Good energy perpetuates good energy!

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#6 posted 05-24-2010 05:39 AM

Wow, you did a awesome and honorable job on making those cases to honor them for their dedicated service. Fantastic work.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 05-24-2010 08:17 AM

Love it!

-- Troy Bouffard || Master Sergeant, US Army (Retired) || http://www.birchhillwoodcrafts.com

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#8 posted 05-24-2010 03:39 PM

Fantastic work! They would both be honored at the display cases you made for them and I would like to Salute them both for what they did for all of us!!!! Great story and a wonderful tribute. Thanks for sharing.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 05-24-2010 10:38 PM

A SALUTE from Soldiers, Marines,Sailors and Airmen everywhere, Thank You.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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Tim

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#10 posted 06-08-2010 12:59 AM

Being a veteran it’s wonderful to see family remember those that served. I’m sure both men would be honored that you are keeping their sacrifices alive. Beautiful pieces.

-- Tim - Austin, TX

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#11 posted 07-17-2010 08:51 AM

Looks great! Not to be too picky, but you should re-order (re-organize) the medals according to merit. Google “rackbuilder” and then select each of the awards that they received and it will show you what order they should be in. For example, Bronze Stars should be on the left as you look at them.
Awesome tribute to them though.

-- Create something everyday.

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TheDane

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#12 posted 07-17-2010 05:52 PM

Thanks for the comment, Captain … the medals were arranged with respect to the photographs in order of precedence, with the highest closest to the photo.

If I would have had a photo of my Dad (the one in the garrison cap) where he was looking to his left (as the photo of my father-in-law and his saucer cap), I would have done as you suggest.

I tried it both ways, and concluded this looked best.

I need to add a Good Conduct medal to my father-in-laws case … the Institute of Heraldry didn’t have a record of it when they sent the medals, but I found a copy of the order awarding it a few weeks ago in his personal effects.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 02-08-2012 05:04 PM

Great job honoring true American Heros!

This is exactly what I’m planning to make for my fathers flag.

Thanks go out to your Dad and Father-in-Law, for their heroism and service.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#14 posted 06-06-2013 02:17 AM

Semper Fi !

I build flag cases for those I hear about passing locally.

I already have one finished and ready for an uncle who is now 93. He went across France and Germany as a 19 year old 2LT platoon leader of a scout platoon under Patton. He had the distinction of a personal ass-chewing by Patton. The column had stopped for some delay and along came Patton, mad as hell about the delay. He spied their M26 tanks and stopped, yelled “Lieutenant, what in the hell are those things doing on the sides of those tanks”? (the M26 light tank’s armor would not stop a projectile from the panzerfaust, so they had welded racks on the sides and stacked sandbags for protection) When he tried to explain, Patton went ballistic and gave him 2 hours to remove the racks, “if the Army wanted you to have those, they would have been issued”

He fought in WWII, then Korea, and was one of the first advisors into Vietnam.

He wrote a short booklet about his WWII experiences, especially the liberation of a concentration camp. I want to spend some time with him to flesh out many details of the book and get it into the records that are being compiled.

I also have one built for my own flag, but will not put my puny medals on display.

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