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    He did not receive the Medal of Honor (please do not use abbreviations for decorations). He was awarded with a Congressional Gold Medal for his service as an OSS officer; in fact, what he actually received was a bronze copy of a Congressional Gold Medal. Again, this was NOT a decoration with the Medal of Honor. Congressional Gold Medals used to be important, but can also simply be a case where someone pushes their congressperson hard enough to insert wording in a funding bill and, viola, a medal is awarded. But they don't hand out gold medals, they simply say the award has been made, provide a picture of a generic real thing, put the announcement in the Congressional Record, and and cough up a replica. Illustrative in itself. Don't think I am demeaning the gent, I am not. Sounds like he was involved in the Jedburgh program . . . pretty hairy stuff . . . dropping 3 to 5 man teams into occupied France where they were pretty much on their own. Hopefully they would meet up with the local resistance, but if not . . . well, the results could be, and often were, terminal. The question in my mind is why was he not decorated by the Army? USMC personnel involved in these activities were decorated during and after the war; Peter J Ortiz, for example, was twice decorated with the Navy Cross for his behind the lines work in France for the OSS. If the Army failed to decorate Mr. Gleb, then it is nice to see someone take notice of his service by whatever means. Rant mode on: And of course, if you read the articles on Mr. Gleb, you see the constant repetition of "retired Captain". No reflection on him, but this is journalism run amok, people writing phrases without any conception of what they're saying. Mr. Gleb may be retired, at his age I would hope so, and his terminal rank was Captain, AUS, but that does not make him a retired Captain by any stretch of the imagination. Sometimes, when it comes to history and common sense, I think once a journalist's fingers hit the keyboard they loose the ability to think things through. Rant mode off.
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    After doing a little research I found the source article that this post was lifted from: https://www.armytimes.com/news/your-army/2018/06/25/world-war-ii-intelligence-officer-given-congressional-medal/ The author of your article took the liberty to add "of Honor" to the piece. Perhaps a little research by the editor would save this site some embarrassment. The article should be spiked.
  3. 1 point
    I just finished reading The Naval War against Hitler, by Donald Macintyre. On page 445, Vice-Admiral Ruge, a distinguished German writer on naval affairs said: Between August 1944 and April 1945, the 250 plus ships on the Arctic run carried over 1,000,000 tons of war material. The weapons, equipment, and vehicles allowed the Russians to equip 60 motorized divisions which gave them not only a numerical but a material superiority at focal points of the battles. Thus the Anglo-American sea power also exerted a decisive influence on the land operations in Eastern Europe. That pretty well sums that up.
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    The Battle of Horseshoe Wood, the crossing of the Moselle River at Dornot, France. Nearby is a small private museum in a house, the items were collected all across France, mostly from stopping at farms and being allowed to check inside old barns where items were stored, and forgotten about, from WWII.
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    Not really. During the "Winter War" (1939-1940) the Finns used a variety of weapons and aircraft almost all sourced from non-German sources. During the "Continuation War"" (1941-1944) it's true that what armour there was and, later, the Me BF-109G were German.
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    Mattel did not make the M16 The M16 was not the color green
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    I was only in country for 39 months, never did see a tomahawk ☺


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