Original U.S. WWII 86th Infantry Division Bronze Star Grouping with Framed Medals and Map

Item Description

Original Items: One-of-a-kind Set. Pfc. Glenn A Adelsberger ASN 33499410 was a member of the Company M, 342nd Infantry Regiment, 86th Infantry Division "Blackhawks" during World War Two. Pfc  Adelsberger was a Heavy Mortar Crewman during the war and took part in the Central Europe campaign in Germany and revived a Bronze Star.

The 86th Infantry Division arrived in France, 4 March 1945, and moved to Cologne, Germany, taking over defensive positions near Weiden, 24 March, in relief of the 8th Infantry Division. After a short period of patrolling on both sides of the Rhine, the division was relieved, and moved across the Rhine to Eibelshausen, Germany, 5 April. In a rapid offensive advance, the 86th moved across the Bigge River, cleared Attendorn, 11 April, and continued on to the Ruhr uniting with the Ninth Army, taking part in the Ruhr pocket fighting. On 21 April, the division moved to Ansbach and continued to advance, taking Eichstätt on the 25th, crossing the Danube at Ingolstadt on the 27th, securing the bridge over the Amper Canal, 29 April, crossing the Isar and reaching Mittel Isar Canal by the end of the month. The division was ordered to take Wasserburg, 1 May, and leading elements had reached the outskirts of the city when they were ordered to withdraw, 2 May, and to move east to Salzburg.

On 4 May, the division captured the crown jewels of Hungary in Mattsee, Austria. At the end of the war, the division was securing the left flank of the XV Corps. After processing German prisoners of war, it was redeployed to the United States, the 14,289 officers and men arriving in New York aboard four Navy transports 17 June 1945. The division trained briefly at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, 21 June–11 August 1945; and then left San Francisco, 24 August 1945, for the Philippines. The 86th Division was aboard ship in Leyte harbor when the Japanese surrendered. After landing on Luzon the unit was dispersed throughout the Island, some to Marikina, some to other locations. A few were assigned to Corregidor Island to guard Japanese prisoners of war. While Japan formally had surrendered on September 2, 1945, division soldiers still sometimes had to face Japanese soldiers who had refused to surrender as well as Huks (Hukbalahap guerrillas). According to one account, as late as October 1946 the "straggler menace was still there" as 77 Japanese prisoners were captured. A division officer (Lt. Col. A.L. Hugins) also "was fired on while in convoy near Angeles" in the same month.

Included in this very well presented grouping are the following items:

- Size 36L Ike jacket with 86th Division Blackhawks insignia patch to left shoulder, sterling small size Combat Infantryman Badge (CBI), medal ribbons that include American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct, European-African Middle East Campaign with battle star, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal. Ruptured duck patch, infantry lapel pins, and the interior is ink stamped with laundry number A9410 which represents (Adelsberger ASN 33499410).

- Wonderful framed shadow box display of original WWII Medals that Include: American Campaign Medal, Good Conduct, European-African Middle East Campaign with bronze service star and Germany clasp, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one battle star, WWII Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), 86th Infantry Division ETO SWR Pin, Ruptured Duck Pin, Large CBI and backed by deep red velvet with a plexiglass exterior, making this a very attractive excellent display.

- Wood framed Original 86th Infantry Division WWII European Theater Campaign Map.

- Wood framed Original 342 Infantry Regiment, Company M photo.

- Original WWII Dog Tag.

- Additional Original  86th Infantry Division Patches, Chevrons, Buttons, and more.

- Original Wartime Photos of Adelsberger in uniform.

- Research binder with many original documents including original Honorable Discharge, 2 issues of "Brewster Rooster" dated 1946, Original Company M 342nd Infantry Regiment Roster naming Adelsberger, other original documents.

- Original Overseas Infantry Garrison Cap ink stamped with laundry number A9410 which represents (Adelsberger ASN 33499410).

- Original Gaiters and wool gloves.

Overall a very nice comprehensive set from a mortar man that saw action in both the ETO and the PTO that will display beautifully!
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