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A medal group of Wesley T. Bowen, of the 109th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, for gallantry in action in France in February of 1944. On February 2, Bowen'e unit was pined down by intense enemy fire coming from a house. Bowen crawled 200 yards over a snow covered field, exposed to enemy fire, and fired three bazooka rounds into the house. This resulted in the destruction of three German machine gun positions and the capture of three German soldiers. He pressed his one man attack even though he has been wounded in the neck during the assault. For his gallantry he was decorated with the Silver Star and promoted from Private First Class to Technical Sergeant. The group consists of the following items:
- Silver Star decoration, slot brooch, unnamed as awarded in the theater of operations. The medal is in the titled black leather case, with an enamel lapel badge and a clutch back ribbon bar. The case shows wear and scuffing.
- Purple Heart decoration, slot brooch, in titled black leather case, with enamel lapel badge and ribbon bar. The medal is unnamed, as awarded in the theater of operations.
- Army Good Conduct Medal, unnamed, slot brooch, with ribbon bar.
- European Campaign Medal, crimp brooch, with ribbon bar.
- WWII Victory Medal, crimp brooch, with ribbon bar.
- Combat Infantry Badge, sterling silver, clutch fasteners.
- A photostatic copy, in "negative image", of the citation for the action for which Bowen was awarded both the Silver Star and the Purple Heart.