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    From the Collection of General Mark Clark: His Personal WWII Two and Four-Star General Overseas Caps. Pair of overseas caps from World War II. A beige fabric example has gold decorative piping and two separate stars attached to one side. An interior tag from the Quarter Master Purchasing Office in Hawaii indicates it is size 7 dated July 28, 1943. There are approximately a dozen small, scattered holes and reddish-brown residue stains. The other example is a dark khaki cap with a bar of four stars attached on one side. It has brown and black piping. An interior stamp indicates it is a size 9 inspected by U. S. Army Inspector No. 76. An ink inscription on the lining reads: "1985.3.22". Excellent condition.

    All items from the General Mark Clark Collection were originally part of the Museum Collection at The Citadel and were transferred and then sold by the South Carolina State Museum to a private collector in 1992. General Clark served as the commanding officer at the Citadel during the latter part of his career, and it was then that these personal WWII artifacts were given to the school. In 1993 the items were purchased by the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Delaware and subsequently deaccessioned by them.

    Mark Clark was the youngest lieutenant general in World War II, and commanded all U.S. forces in Italy. During the Korean War he succeeded Matthew Ridgway as head of the United Nations Command. From 1954 to 1955 he led the "Clark Task Force" (whose members included Ernest Hollings, Eddie Rickenbacker, and U.S. Navy Admiral Richard Connolly). The group was tasked with analyzing all aspects of U.S. intelligence gathering, and submitted a top secret report to the President as well as an unclassified version for Congress. The group coined the term "intelligence community" to describe "the machinery for accomplishing our intelligence objectives."

    These caps were donated to The Citadel where Clark served as Commanding Officer from 1954 to 1965. A copy of the letter of authentication from the Civil War Museum and Library is included with this lot.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
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