Investigations

Leopold Medal

The Case:

Cleaning out the garage after his father's death, a Vacaville, CA man found an ornate medal in an embossed red box. 

Along with the medal he found a photograph of his father at an award ceremony in February of 1951 with a caption explaining the Belgian government bestowed upon him the “Order of Leopold.” 

His father seldom talked about his military service, but our contributor has heard that his father led a company of Eastern European Jews with a mission to bring German deserters from behind enemy lines. The Belgian government award this honor for extreme bravery or meritorious service. 

George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower have a Leopold Cross. What did our soldier do to earn this decoration? History Detectives host Gwendolyn Wright sets out to find out. 


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Aired:
Season 9, Episode 10

Detective:
Gwen Wright Location:
Gwynedd, Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.

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