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WWII archive grouping to Sgt. Robert Myron Courtney, who served in combat with the 602nd Tank Destroyer Battalion. Group includes a photo album spanning his life, documents and certificates from his time in service, war souvenirs he captured during the war, and a collection of letters. The photo album was evidently put together in the late 1990s and includes wartime photos of soldiers in the field, one of which is identified as being near Bastogne. Sgt. Courtney was drafted in December of 1941 and his original draft notices are present in the grouping, as well as a newspaper photo and artcle about him and his four other brothers who were all in service during the war. His four younger brothers were two sets of twins. His brother Donald was killed by a land mine in France on March 19, 1945. A Western Union telegram indicating the arrival time for his remains and a newspaper article are also about his brother's death are also included. The group additionally includes a copy of Patton's commendation to the troops of the 602nd Tank Destroyer Battalion for their performance at Bastogne, Robert Courtney's discharge paperwork indicating his qualification as a Tank Destroyer crewman, a bring-back certificate, pictures of field and camp life of soldiers, some of whom can be seen posing with captured German bayonets and pistols, one picture depicts a group of Tank Destroyer officers posing with a Victory paper, and there are several series of photos of Tank Destroyer reunions held at Ft. Sam Houston Texas and elsewhere. Album includes war souvenirs in the form of two Nazi chest eagle patches and a German propaganda leaflet telling soldiers in English that prisoners of war are "sitting on top of the world." Also includes a German safe conduct pass, German and Polish money, his MP Identification card, a certificate from the French government for his service in World War II dated 2002, and much more. Lastly, there are four bundles of handwritten letters, V-Mails, and telegrams spanning 1942 to 1945. Return addresses indicate his service at Ft. McCoy, Ft. Sam Houston, Ft. Sill, Camp Hood as a Student with the US Army Tank Destroyer school, and more. As the letters progress, he indicates a dislike for post-war occupation in Europe, and a desire to go home. He was made an MP in Marseille, France after VE Day and he writes about serving alongside French police officers to patrol the streets, direct traffic, arrest violators, and he describes the port city as one of the worst in Europe because of how many GIs were being robbed and killed. He also describes the city as a "melting pot" and describes the soldiers from all over the world. Some of the letters are dried and discolored, some of the pictures are postwar. The 602nd Tank Destroyer Battalion was attached to the 89th Infantry Division during the war and fought in France and Belgium and were largely effective in the battle of the Bulge, and assisted the besieged 101st Airborne at the battle of Bastogne and the liberation of the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp. Very Good - Excellent

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Estimate $600 - $800Jan 24, 2020
Starting Price $150
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