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Pair of blue and silver collar tabs for a Luftwaffe Hauptmann [Captain] acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2011.75.5 a- b

Two collar badges with birds and oak leaves from a Luftwaffe Hauptmann's uniform acquired by 19 year old David C. Porter during his service as a soldier in the US Army in Germany from February 1945 to July 1946. The tabs would have been worn in pairs on the collar points of a uniform shirt or jacket to distinguish military branch and rank. David deployed in February 1945 to join the 102nd Infantry Division in combat in Germany. By the end of the war in May, he was a mortar crew chief for Company A, 26th Infantry Regiment. David and others of the 102nd were selected to serve as guards for the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. David was assigned to guard prisoners during the Trial of Major German War Criminals. He guarded defendants in their cells and then was assigned to stand guard in the courtroom during the proceedings. David returned to the US and was honorably discharged in July 1946. The trial lasted from November 1945 to August 1946. Verdicts were delivered on October 1, 1946: twelve defendants were sentenced to death; three to life imprisonment; four to prison terms ranging from 10-20 years; three were acquitted.

Date
1945-1946  (received)
Geography
received : Germany
Classification
Military Insignia
Category
Badges
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ethel P. Kemmerer
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:32
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