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Belgium, 10 francs or 2 belga note, acquired by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.442.41

Belgian 10 franc or 2 belga note, a liberation issue by the Belgian government in exile acquired by Captain James (Jim) Edward Kirkebo, who served in the US Army from 1940-1945, and fought in Europe with the Thunderbolt Division from December 1944-May 1945. It was prepared for use by Allied troops in London where the Belgian government fled in October 1940 after the German invasion of Belgium that May. All currency was dated February 1, 1943. It was recalled in 1946 but redeemable until 1947. Kirkebo, 19, enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and, in August 1942, 2nd Lt. Kirkebo became commanding officer, C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and spearheaded the Allied advance into Germany. Kirkebo received a battlefield promotion to captain on February 1, 1945. On May 5 and 6, soldiers from the 11th Armored liberated Gusen and Mauthausen concentration camps. At Mauthausen, the unit was tasked with caring for 19,000 starving inmates. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his leadership and heroism in action.

issue:  1943 February 01
issue: Belgium
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Estate of James Edward Kirkebo
Record last modified: 2023-08-28 10:30:56
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