Identified Bronze Star / Purple Heart Combat Infantryman Medals, Fighting Knife and Extensive Artwork Group of Robert Hickey


The large group is comprised of the medals, insignia, theater made fighting knife, military issue cigarette lighter, and photographs of Corporal Robert C. Hickey of the 36th Infantry Division, as well as dozens of examples of original wartime art sketches by Hickey which he executed in North Africa and Italy. The group contains the following items:

-Cased slot brooch Bronze Star decoration, unnamed as awarded in the theater of operations, with enamel lapel badge;

-Cased slot brooch Purple Heart decoration, unnamed as awarded in the theater of operations, with enamel lapel badge and ribbon bar. The medal shows some wear to the finish and some soiling of the ribbon.

-Slot brooch Army Good Conduct Medal, unnamed as awarded, with ribbon bar; crimp brooch American Campaign Medal; crimp brooch European Campaign Medal; and slot brooch World War I Victory Medal. The group also includes a superb, pin back, theater made ribbon bar with the ribbons worked in enamel and displaying the ribbons of the Army Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, and the European Campaign Medal with three campaign stars that were separately affixed to the bar.

-The group includes a sterling silver Combat Infantry Badge; a sterling “Expert” marksmanship bar with sterling “Rifle” and “Carbine” bars; and a loose 36th Division shoulder patch.

-The group also includes Hickey’s military issue cigarette lighter and the theater made fighting knife. The knife has an overall length in the scabbard of approximately 12 inches, with a blade length of approximately 7 inches. The clipped point blade shows gray areas and scratches. The leather knife sheath is decorated with pin up artwork that was done by Hickey, and it also carries his name and the location of “N. Africa”.

Quite obviously Hickey was wounded in combat and spent time in hospital and recuperating, and much of his time was spent executing sketches, including color sketches. The subjects included other soldiers; nurses; local people and scenes; cartoons; and many “pin-up” type sketches. The group includes two ring binders that contain approximately 110 pencil sketches of various sizes. The sketches constitute a compelling visual wartime archive as created by an American combat soldier.