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.
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Amelia Earhart Plane Was this piece of metal ripped from one of the most famous missing planes in history?
- Also in Season 9 Modoc Basket What tales does this basket weave of the heroism of an American-Indian woman?
- Also with Gwen Wright Unwed Mother's Home Is this small medallion enough information to help a woman find her birth parents?
- Related Investigation Revolutionary War Poem How did this poem, written by an American prisoner in England in 1780 end up in Oregon 200 years later?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 WPA Mural Studies Are these unusual paintings part of the biggest job creation program in America's history?
- Related Investigation Revolutionary War Cannon Is this the cannon that ignited the first battle of the Revolutionary War?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.