Luxenberg Letter & General Stars- BG Rumbough SOLD

A great pair of Luxenberg sterling general stars given to the Chief Signal Officer in the ETO during WWII, William S. Rumbough.

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These sterling pair of stars were made by Luxenberg  and sent to General Rumbough as a gift from Morry Luxemberg upon his promotion in December of 1941. This small group is from a larger grouping of Gen. Rumbough we sold some time back (see past items).

A smart business man Mr. Morry Luxenberg, and no doubt a good citizen showing his appreciation to our fighting men and women of that era.  The letter was sent just 12 days after Pearl Harbor was attacked. A nice short letter of some historical value relating to stars worn by Rumbough during the war.

The sterling stars are each marked, and are pin back.  A nice patina has formed on the sterling,  They are one inch point to point.


From my source comes three additional items directly relating to list lot.

Another letter on Luxenberg Stationery to General Rumbough, congratulating him on his promotion to Major General, dated 21 June, (1943). Morry Luxenberg enclosed two pairs of stars for the general with this letter, and he ask Rumbough for an autographed photo that he’s been waiting for.

A receipt for a cap from Luxenberg dated 12/8/41; assuming it to be a service visor at $16.50.  Brig.Gen. Rumbough was then stationed at Camp Crowder, Missouri.

Finally, a nice portrait shot of Rumbough and his boss, Lt. Gen. J.C.H. Lee, commanding Com Z in the ETO. The two generals shake hands with the unit insignia displayed behind Gen. Lee.  These two officers worked well together and General Lee thought very highly of the work done by General Rumbough as Chief Signal Officer, ETO.


“William S. Rumbough was a United States (U.S.) Army officer. He started his military career with the Maryland National Guard in 1916 and was commissioned into the U.S. regular Army as a second lieutenant of infantry in 1917. Most of Rumbough’s military career focused on military communications work for the Signal Corps. From the 1920s through the early 1940s he had various assignments at the Army Signal School, the Office of the Chief Signal Officer and the Hawaiian Division. He was named commanding officer, Signal Corps Replacement Training Center, Camp Crowder, Missouri in October 1941. He then became Chief Signal Officer, European Theater of Operations (ETO) in May 1942. In July 1945 he returned to the U.S. and was assigned to the Office of the Chief Signal Officer, Washington D.C. as Chief of the Personell and Training Service. He retired from military service in 1946.”     (From U.S. Army Military History Institute Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, Pa.).


“As the ETO’s chief signal officer, General Rumbough faced a tremendous task. The invasion of Normandy, the largest Allied military operation of the war, presented the signal corps with the biggest challenge thus far in its history. The scale of communications would be roughly twenty-five times greater than that for TORCH (the invasion of North Africa, Nov. 1943.)

In January of 1944, General Eisenhower received the appointment as the European theater commander with the title of Supreme Commander, Allied Expeditionary Forces. In tactical matters the new Supreme Headquarters, AEF (SHAEF), supplanted ETOUSA (European Theater of Operations, U.S. Army). Although General Runbough continued his job as chief signal officer in the ETOUSA staff, his duties were now confined primarily to the administrative and supply of the American Signal units in the theater.”     (extract; Getting The Message Through, A Brief History of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, by Rebecca Robbins Raines, Center of Military History, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C., 1999, page 298.

Commanding ETOUSA (COMZ) was Lt. General John. C.H. Lee, to whom Rumbough directly reported initially at that headquarters in Cheltenham, England, about 90 miles from London. In Lee’s personal record, SERVICE REMINISCENCES OF Lt. Gen. John C.H. Lee,  he writes about his seven chiefs of service, and when commenting on Rumbough he wrote, “Major General William S. Rumbough was our competent, soldierly Chief Signal Officer from start to finish. Altho given much less than he felt necessary, he met our increased service requirements to the happy amazement of all concerned. His phenomenal record should be more completely told.” 

A great little group of history!

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 18 × 2 in