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May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day

Filed under: Item of the Day — Lizzie Ehrenhalt @ 9:30 am

World War II officer's insignia

Collection of military insignia awarded to First Lieutenant LeRoy A. Bell during World War II. At the center of the frame is a color photograph of Bell in uniform. The surrounding insignia include, clockwise from top: a service cap device; a first lieutenant’s bar; U.S. collar insignia; cavalry insignia; a distinguished unit citation ribbon bar; World War II Victory, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign, and American Campaign service ribbons; 761st Tank Battalion insignia; a 761st Tank Battalion shoulder patch; cavalry insignia; U.S. collar insignia; and a first lieutenant’s bar.

From Bell’s obituary published in the Star Tribune on June 3, 2008:

Born in Carroll, Iowa on March 20, 1920. LeRoy was a graduate of South High School, class of 1938. LeRoy served his country proudly in the U.S. Army 27th Calvary, Fort Riley, Kansas and 761st Tank Battalion in Northern France during World War II, retiring as a First Lieutenant. He continued as a member of the Minnesota Buffalo Soldiers in the Twin Cities. He worked and retired as a Computer Programmer from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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