World War II POW Archive
Appraised Value: $1,500 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:02)
Arms & Militaria, Science & Technology
Gary Piattoni, Inc.
GUEST: My father was a prisoner of war. He was shot down in 1944 and liberated in 1945.
APPRAISER: And he received this little caterpillar pin for successfully parachuting out of the plane and then being able to walk away. And not a lot of folks got that. And you also have the original wallet card that he would have carried with him. So here we have a couple of cards that he would have sent from the prison camp: this one sent in to his wife saying he's safe and not to worry about him. And this is a neat little booklet that would have been done right after the war, printed in Europe for the prisoners, that talks about the things that would happen in the camp, and also lists the different prisoners that were there. Then it has a happy ending, because this telegram tells us, "The Secretary of War desires me to express his pleasure "that your son was returned to military control on May 2, 1945." At auction, it might bring around $1,500.
GUEST: Oh, wow.
APPRAISER: So it's very exciting that you brought it in.
GUEST: Thank you, thank you.
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