A documented ribbon bar and patches from a WW2 general officer from the Italian Theater.
In this one page letter signed by WW2 General George E. Lynch, dated July 3, 1985, from his home in Columbus, Ga., he writes to a Captain Losier, “Three young grandsons have pre-empted most of my WWII souvenirs, except those I wish to keep for myself. However, I rooted out a lot of old decorations ribbons, inclosed, which is the best I can do. Your $5.00 check is also enclosed. Sincerely, G.E. Lynch.”
The ribbon bar was originally sewn on the uniform; a SS (with 1 OLC), LM (with 1 OLC), and a BSM (with “V”[valor], and 3 OLCs). The letter and ribbon bar came with 2 patches, both WW2 vintage; an 82nd Airborne and 36th Infantry Division patches. The latter, may have come originally with the letter and ribbon bar, I don’t know.
George E. Lynch graduated from the USMA Class of 1929, and began his army career as a 2nd Lt. in the 29th Infantry at Fort Benning, Ga. He later transferred to the artillery. When WW2 began, he was assistant to Omar Bradley, who formed the 82nd AB Division, and remained on staff when Matthew Ridgeway took over command through the Sicily campaign.
He later served with the 36th Infantry Division in Italy, commanding the 142nd Regiment of Infantry; his regiment would later capture Hermann Goering. Promoted to Brigadier General just after the war as Asst Division Commander of the 43rd Infantry Division, and retired in 1957 as a major general.
During his service he received the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with OLC, The Bronze Star Medal with 3 OLC and V-device. He also received the Combat Infantryman Badge, The Italian Cross of Valor, The French Croix do Guerre with silver star, the Presidential Unit Citation and eight battle stars on his North African-European-Middle Eastern campaign ribbon.
A great little lot from a brave WWII officer.