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Named Posthumous WWII Purple Heart Group
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The posthumous Purple Heart and associated materials of Private First Class Raymond J. Bylinsky, who was killed in action on February 11, 1945, while serving with the 11th Infantry Regiment, 5th Infantry Division. The group consists of the following items:
- Slot Brooch Purple Heart, officially hand engraved "Raymond J. Bylinsky", with ribbon bar and lapel badge in the titled black leather cae, which is contained within its original cream colored protective cardboard box;
- Purple Heart award document, dated April 14, 1945. The document is 9 3/4 by 12 inches. It was rolled, and it has some creases and spots, but remains in good condition (the lower corner of the document is blocked in the listing photograph by an article that was used to hold the rolled paper open. The document is itself complete;
- Personal Effects mailing box, sent to Private Bylinsky's Mother by the Army Effects Bureau, and containing a khaki wool necktie; a single Private rank stripe, and a Third Army shoulder patch;
- A handwritten letter, undated and unsigned, but written by Private Bylinsky's brother. The letter seems to detail difficulties that the writer was having, particularly with his neighbors, but it makes reference to a brother who was killed in World War II;
- A War Department letter of April 22, 1946, from Major General T.B. Larkin of the Quartermaster Corps to Private Bylinsky's Mother, advising her that he son was buried in the American Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg. The upper side edge of the letter is torn away, likely done when the letter was originally opened.
A poignant and scarce group in that it is quite rare to find a Posthumous Purple Heart together with the personal effects mailing box.