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mmnord
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From: Mpls, MN
Registered: 6/27/2010
posted 6/27/2010 5:59:54 PM    Click here to view the profile for mmnord  Click here to email mmnord  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
My Grandfather, Benny Arechiga 493rd HQ, just celebrated his 89th birthday recently and I made a movie about his military service.

Without the help of this VERY informative site I would not have been able to achieve what I did. So first, THANK YOU to all who contribute!

My Grandfather swears there is a medal of some sort that was awarded the the 12th but he never received. Is anyone familiar with this and if it's accurate, how would I go about helping him get his due recognition?


You guys are the best, thank you in advance.
Mike - Proud Grandson
mmnord@mywdo.com


MikeWoldenberg
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posted 6/28/2010 3:22:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for MikeWoldenberg  Click here to email MikeWoldenberg  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Dear Mike, I don't know much about your question, but
maybe your grandfather is talking about a medal from the
French. There is a medal for the liberation of Colmar, and
also one for the liberation of Alsace-Lorraine. The US
awarded ribbons for the campaigns in Europe. This latter
information of your grandfather's participation in the
campaigns in Europe would be on his papers given to him
when he was discharged. I will try and get you more
specific information.

Have you seen the videos from men of your grandfather's
battalion? Look at the column on the left: ORAL HISTORY VIDEOS. Let me know if the video you made is similar to
these. If so, you might want to provide one for the collection. Please let me know.

Mike Woldenberg
geomike@buffalo.edu

mmnord
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posted 6/28/2010 7:39:01 PM    Click here to view the profile for mmnord  Click here to email mmnord  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you very much for getting back to me Mike. I will keep digging.

As for the movie, I'm not sure anyone besides family would be much interested but let me know where to send it and I will send off a copy. I'm pretty sure I already have it in a number of different formats.

Once again, thank you.
Mike N.

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posted 6/29/2010 8:37:57 PM  Reply w/Quote
Dear Mike, I think the medal you're referring to is the Croix DeGuerre. The men of the 12th AD were awarded it for the liberation of Colmar.

mmnord
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posted 6/30/2010 6:04:01 PM    Click here to view the profile for mmnord  Click here to email mmnord  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you SOOO much for the feedback. I am working with the VA to get more clarification.

You guys are great! Thank you!

mmnord
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posted 7/5/2010 4:22:43 PM    Click here to view the profile for mmnord  Click here to email mmnord  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much Ken. I recently submitted to the local VA office for a list of my Grandfathers qualifications but from what I understand, that can take many months.

In the end I would like to present his medals to him in a case on Veterans Day so I guess I have some time.

Thank you all for all of your help.

Mike

boatbabetn
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posted 7/30/2010 5:23:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for boatbabetn  Click here to email boatbabetn  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Does your grandfather have a copy of the history of the 493rd? My father was in it and I have a copy. If not, I would be glad to look up your grandfather and provide you copies.

My father was William P. (Bunt) Wilson. He was CO of A Battery. Not sure if you grandfather might have had any contact with him or not. Suzy Wilson

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posted 6/16/2013 12:54:28 AM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by mmnord:
My Grandfather, Benny Arechiga 493rd HQ, just celebrated his 89th birthday recently and I made a movie about his military service.

Without the help of this VERY informative site I would not have been able to achieve what I did. So first, THANK YOU to all who contribute!

My Grandfather swears there is a medal of some sort that was awarded the the 12th but he never received. Is anyone familiar with this and if it's accurate, how would I go about helping him get his due recognition?


You guys are the best, thank you in advance.
Mike - Proud Grandson
mmnord@mywdo.com