Pfc. P.M. Hiegel awarded Military Medal 644th US Tank Destroyer Battlion

Discussion in 'US Units' started by brithm, Apr 21, 2020.

  1. brithm

    brithm Senior Member

    Foreign award Military Medal

    Pfc. Paul Martin Hiegel (33408088) A Company, 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division, V Corps

    WO 373/149/966

    I saw Hiegel’s medals being sold at auction in 2018 in Australia by J.B. Military Antiques

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  2. minden1759

    minden1759 Senior Member

    How does an American General end up writing a citation for the award a British gallantry medal to an American Other Rank with not a single British signature in sight?

    If the gallant man had been supporting a British operation and the British recognised his achievement then that would make sense but a lone American signature seems odd to me.

    Any ideas or have I missed something?


  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I'd imagine that it was much the same as Foreign to British awards. Quotas of each award were agreed and then it was down to each Branch/Unit in Theatre to allocate awards to individuals.

    ( I also know of an Irish Guardsman whose MM was initiated by US Colonel.
    2718842 James McRORY, MM, 2 Irish Guards )

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