509th Parachute Infantry Association Virtual Museum

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Purple Heart Medal of Tech 5 Albert T. Dawson. One of the 17 paratroopers of B Co 509th PIB that drowned during the invasion of Southern France

Tech 5 Albert T. Dawson

15 Aug 1944 Donated to 509th PIA by the USG-Otsego Paper Inc. of Otsego, MI
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Kit, First Aid, Motor Vehicle (12 Unit Complete) aquired by Lt. John Kessler from an aircraft prior to a jump

Pvt. John Kessler

1945 Donated to 509th PIA by Drew Hodges
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British Red Beret with Parachute Wings and 509th 'Little Man in the Door' Beret Patch

Veteran - TBD

1943 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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French Croix de Guerre with Silver Star for actions in Aug 1944

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

Aug 1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Combat Infantryman Badge awarded 20 Apr 1944

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

20 Apr 1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Distinguished Unit Citation with two oak leaf clusters (later renamed Presidential Unit Citation). Only members of C Company 509th PIB who were at Carano, Italy and Liege, Belgium were eligible for a third award

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1942 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Parachute Infantry Patch for Overseas Cap - Theater Made - Italy

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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French 3rd Zouaves Regiment Badge awarded to 509th at Youks les Baines, North Africa

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

15 Nov 1942 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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509th 'Little Man in the Door' Beret Patch

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Parachutist Badge

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1942 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Infantry Officer Collar and Lapel Insignia

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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1st Lieutenant Rank Insignia

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Purple Heart Medal with two oak leaf clusters (3rd Award), European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with silver campaign star (5 Campaigns) and four bronze campaign stars (4 Campaigns) for total of 9 campaigns, American Defense Medal, French Croix de Guerre Medal with silver star device

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Original Photo Left to Right 1. Lt. Mike O’Brien formerly First Sergeant C/509 - Original 504 PB; 2. Lt. Raymond (Ray) F. Ruyffehere, C/509; 3. Sgt. Joe Veteritto, C/509 - Original 504 PB; 4. Capt. Jess Walls, Company Commander, C/509; 5. Lt. Orval “Spider” W. Webb, Asst. Platoon Leader, B/509; 6. Lt. Mike Rueter B/509; Photo taken in Maritime Alps near Terini around 30 Oct 1944 - 509th Officers

1st Lt. Mike O'Brien

30 Oct 1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Parachute Infantry Patch for Overseas Cap - Standard Issue

Veteran - Unknown

1942 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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509th Proposed Regimental Crest

Veteran - Unknown

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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509th 'Little Man in the Door' Jacket Patch

Veteran - Unknown

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA
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Coat, Parachutist and Trouser, Parachutist

Maj. Reginald S. Marshall

1944 On loan to be donated to 509th PIA


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