Identified grouping of Sergeant Joseph J. Anslow who served with the 509th ( PIR ) Parachute Infantry Regiment. In addition to Anslow's cased Purple Heart and Bronze Star are his sterling Combat Infantry Badge CIB and two sets of wings including his inscribed jump wings that read: 'Class 18 20303979 Sgt. J. J. Anslow". The other set of wings are sweetheart sterling marked jump wings. Joseph J Anslow enlisted from Troy, NewYork but was living in Willowick, Ohio at the time of his death. This group was obtained from his grandson. The purple heart and bronze star are not engraved which is correct for the vast majority of these medals and especially for purple hearts awarded to indiviiduals who were wounded but did not die of their wounds. excellent The 2-509th PIR carried out the first American combat jump during the invasion of North Africa. The transport planes flew all the way from English airfields to the African coast. Later, the 509th PIR saw two more combat jumps in Italy and Southern France. After landing, they were often used as elite mountain infantry in the Italian mountains and French Alps. Corporal Paul B. Huff, a member of the 509th, was the first American paratrooper awarded the Medal of Honor on 29 February 1944 for action at Anzio, Italy. During the Battle of the Bulge in late 1944, the 509th fought in Belgium to blunt the German attack. The war ended for the 509th at the end of January 1945 near St. Vith, Belgium, with only about 50 remaining unwounded of the original 700 who entered the battle. Effective 1 March 1945 the 509th PIB was disbanded, and the men left were used as replacements for the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.