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Original U.S. WWII Airborne Officer Grouping Attributed to Lt. Colonel Robert Blakeney - 54th Signal Battalion - XVIII Airborne Corps

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Original Items: One of a Kind. Uniform and official papers of Lieutenant Colonel Robert A. Blakeney who served as commander of the 54th Signal Battalion attached to the XVIII Airborne Corps during WWII, and following WWII as commander of the 44th Division Signal Battalion.

This grouping is very paperwork heavy, including almost every document from Blakeney’s time in service, even including his Pre-WWII Civilian Conservation Corps documents! Of note are some classified after action reports from operations in 1945, promotion documents, service records, and so forth.

Blakeney’s wartime Officer’s Chocolate Class “A” Blouse reflects his service during WWII, and his (then) current assignment in the 44th Division. His awards include a Bronze Star, American Defense, American Theater, European Theater with three Bronze Battle Stars, and WWII Victory Ribbons. In addition a pinback glider badge (marked “sterling” on the reverse) is affixed above the ribbons. Lt. Colonels oakleaves are of embroidered silver bullion, with matching Officers Signal Corps and “U.S.” collar devices.

As stated, an extensive grouping that is rich with research materials, with the possibility of much more to be uncovered if one so desires. Finding an Airborne officers grouping with this much paperwork is almost non-existent on today’s market.

Approximate Measurements:
Collar to Shoulder: 11”
Shoulder to Sleeve: 25”
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18”
Chest Width: 17”
Waist Width: 16.5”
Hip Width: 20”
Front Length: 34”

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