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FROM THE ESTATE OF GEN. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER, COMMANDER OF THE 1ST INFANTRY DIVISION IN THE FIRST WAVE AT OMAHA BEACH Fine pair of presentation items memorializing Gen. Huebner's leadership of the 'Big Red One', includes: Manuscript D.S., 1p large oblong folio (23.5 x 17 in. sight), [n.p.], Feb. 12, 1959, an entirely hand-lettered and illustrated certificate presented to Huebner soon after his retirement by 'The Remnants of the 'Big Red One'. Signed at the bottom by twenty surviving members of the division who served under Huebner's command in World War II, including Silver Star recipient THEODORE L. DOBOL (1915-1996). Above Huebner's name appears the division motto: 'No Mission Too Difficult, No Sacrifice Too Great. Duty First!' The illustrations, executed entirely in ink and watercolors, depict a color guard flanking the Great Seal of the United States at top, with a 'Fighting First' soldier on an invasion beach at bottom, with the division's shoulder insignia at the top corners and the World War I and World War II Victory Medals at bottom. Scrollwork at top lists the division's notable campaigns in both wars. The artist's signature 'Harris S[taff] S[ergeant] HQ 1st Inf Div' appears in minute letters at the bottom edge. The certificate is mounted in a wood frame, and is in very good condition. WITH: Cast-aluminum presentation statuette, 9.5 in. tall, depicting a 1st Division soldier in dress uniform standing at attention, with the division's insignia visible on his helmet, shoulders, and on either side of the metal base. The front of the base again bears the division's motto, as quoted above. The statuette is mounted on a black granite base, bearing a plastic presentation plaque reading: 'Lt. Gen. C.R. Huebner, State C. D. Director', referring to this role as Civil Defense Director for New York following his retirement from the U.S. Army. The statuette shows some tarnish and oxidation overall, with a minor break at the ankles, else very good. Two pieces.

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October 29, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

Chesapeake City, MD, US

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