A numbered BB&B Silver Star Medal and numbered Air Medal, with other medals and miniatures, etc. Col. Brown commanded a few units in WWII- 301st BS, 304th BW.
John Kimball Brown, Jr. (1912-1984), was born at Fort Snelling, Minnesota to 2nd Lt. John K. Brown,Sr. (Class of 1908). Jr. was also a graduate of USMA Class of 1935, commissioned in the field artillery but a year later was transferred to the Army Air Corps for pilot training.
After a series of various assignments stateside before the WWII, Brown joined the Northwest Africa Strategic Air Force in 1943. He commanded both squadron, and wings, and groups while serving in the Italian theater. At the end of 1944 he served in Washington before joining the bomber effort in Okinawa during the last months of the war.
His career continued into the Air Force years and he retired in 1963 d.
His medal group consist of: Silver Star (“for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy as commanding officer, 301st Bombardment Group, Fifteenth Air Force..”), Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with ten Oak Leaf Clusters (Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Balkans), French Croix de Guerre with Palm. The other include the Army Commendation medal, American Campaign, American Defense, Asiatic-Pacific, EAME, WWII Victory.
His ribbon bars show those listed above including a National Defense Medal, and Air Force Longevity Medal with OLC. (this last ribbon/medal is not on his miniature set of medals). The ribbons are applied to AF colored fabric.
Other insignia etc, includes WWII pilot wings by GEMSCO, pin back (locking ring had broken, but appears to have been worn this way later on). Command pilot mini wings, cutch back (no clutches), one colonel’s insignia, expert rifleman qualification badge with “Rifle, Pistol-D, Field Artillery” bars. One dog tag dated “T59.” Finally a lapel pin for the Air Force Association.
Two original documents also accompany the group; Army Commission dated 12 June, 1935, as 2nd Lt. Field Artillery signed by the Secretary of War, George H. Dern, and Brig.Gen. E.Conley, AAdjt Gen.; and his Certificate of Retirement dated 1 May, 1963, and facsimile signature of General Curtis Le May, and real autograph of Gen. J.W. Humphrey, Jr. Medical Officer, USAF.
A honest group from a fellow long time collector who purchased this from the family some time ago.
All in fine condition and better.
SEE WEST POINT RELATED LOT FOR COLONEL BROWN which I separated from this lot.