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    Apollo 8 Flown American Flag and Embroidered Mission Insignia Patch on Crew-Signed Presentation, in Framed Display. A 6" x 4" cloth U.S. flag and a 3.5" x 3" crew souvenir patch both mounted on a sheet with the printed caption: "Carried on Board Apollo 8 First Lunar Flight 21-27 December, 1968". There is a handwritten notation: "To Major General Charles F. Duchein/ With Best Wishes" and the crew has signed beneath: "Frank Borman", "James Lovell", and "Bill Anders". Framed to an overall 15.5" x 12.5". Charles F. Duchein, Major General of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, was president of the Navy League at the time this was presented to him in person by James Lovell in a March 1969 ceremony in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lovell and his wife travelled to Louisiana to be a part of a banquet in Duchein's honor (copies of newspaper articles included). A highly-decorated WWII hero, Duchein's citations include the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and Purple Heart. This is from the collection of his daughter. Paper somewhat crinkled, glue on flag shows bleedthrough, and the handwriting is faded, particularly Anders' signature. This is often the case with presentations that have hung proudly on a family member's wall for many years. It doesn't detract from the rarity and desirability of the piece. Very good.

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    November, 2016
    11th Friday
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