ENGRAVED ON BOTH SIDES; UNTOUCHED PATINA.
This trophy was presented to Major General Omar Bundy, by the Petersburg, Virginia Rotary Club March 12, 1919. It is made of STERLING SILVER, stamped with a maker’s cartouche, but no name. The height is 13 1/2 inches and then a tad more. The patina is a wonderful untouched old bluish-brown color, and the engraving was nicely done.
The most outstanding quality of the trophy is the sentiment behind, or should i say, on both sides of it. “PRESENTED BY, ROTERY CLUB of PETERSBURG, VIRGINIA, MARCH 13, 1919 (Then in a arch over the Rotary Club Wheel) “HE PROFITS MOST WHO SERVES BEST” (Flip Side) “CHATEAU THIERRY * BELLEAU WOOD * SOISSONS * ST. MIHIEL * BLANC MONT RIDGE, TO A GALLANT GENTLEMAN OMAR BUNDY, MAJOR GENERAL U.S.A., COMMANDING 2ND DIVISION, A.E.F., – FRANCE1918 – COMMANDING GENERAL CAMP LEE VIRGINIA, 1919”
Interesting that the Rotary Club decided to refer to Gen. Bundy, first as a gallant gentleman before officer or soldier; a distinguishing characteristic a fellow would bestow upon another.
Bundy graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1883, then saw service in the late Indian Wars against Northern Plains tribes; he fought in Cuba during the Spanish American War and received the silver star for gallantry at the Battle of El Caney. Bundy also served in the Philippines and on the Moro Campaign, and just prior to the World War, he commanded a regiment on the Mexican Border.
During WWI Brigadier General Bundy commanded a brigade in the 1st Division, and then was promoted to Major Gen. upon taking command of the 2nd Division. Immediately after the war, he had command of the VII Corps Area at Camp Lee, Va; then several other commands throughout the country until retiring in 1925.
For his services in the war the French Government awarded Bundy with the Legion of Honor and the Croix de Guerre, however his government neglected to officially recognize his bravery and service until his retirement when he received the Distinguished Service Medal. President Franklin D. Roosevelt awarded Gen. Bundy the 2nd Division Medal in 1934. The general passed away in 1940 and was buried at Arlington Cemetery.
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