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    Fabulous Medal Group, Flag, and Documents Belonging to Brigadier General Lawrence Knight Ladue. Lawrence Knight Ladue was born June 14, 1903, the son of a famous West Point graduate Colonel William B. Ladue. The outbreak of World War II found him a newly promoted major on staff duty in Washington, but he promptly wangled his way into the new Armored Force and was assigned to the 2nd Armored Division. Merit made him acting Chief of Staff of the II Armored Corps and then Chief of Staff, first of the III Armored and then of the XIX Corps. After service as Assistant G-3 of the Fifth Army, he went to the IV Corps as Chief of Staff, and by that time (June 9, 1945) he was a Brigadier General. The end of the war found him Deputy Chief of Staff of the U.S. Forces in Austria. The extent of his service is reflected in the flock of decorations he won: the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oakleaf Cluster, the Croix-de-Guerre, the Italian Crown and Silver Star, the Polish Golden Cross with Swords, the Brazilian Order of Military Merit and the insignia of a Commander of the British Empire. Ladue died of a heart attack while on active duty during the Korean War. The final entry on his official record reads "promoted posthumously to the rank of Brigadier General, Army of the U.S., effective 22 May, 1951". And with the commission came the Distinguished Service Medal "for exceptionally meritorious service in a position of great responsibility from 11 February 1951-23 May 1951".

    This impressive group, once part of the Citadel Museum (Ladue was a third-generation Citadel graduate), includes the following medals: (1) Legion of Merit, Legionnaire Class, numbered "16611" on the wrap brooch. In the box of issue, complete with ribbon bar, excellent condition. (2) Bronze Star with slot brooch and single oak leaf cluster. In the original case of issue with lapel ribbon and ribbon bar. Excellent condition. (3) Bronze Star with slot brooch in the original case of issue with lapel ribbon and ribbon bar. Excellent condition. (4) American Defense medal with slot brooch in the original blue cardboard box of issue. Excellent. (5) WWII Victory medal with crimp brooch. Excellent. (6) Order of the British Empire, officer class. Excellent. (7) Polish Order of Military Merit with Swords in Gold, made by Spink & Sons, Ltd., London, in the original box of issue. Excellent. (8) French Croix de Guerre with palm, reverse dated "1939", excellent. (9) French Croix de Guerre with palm, reverse dated "1939-1940", excellent. (10) Brazilian Order of Military Merit, officer Class with rosette and lapel rosette, in the original box of issue. Accompanied by the award certificate listing this as award number 119. (11) Italian Silver Medal for Bravery, engraved with Knight's name on the reverse and dated "1944". Excellent. (12) Italian Silver Medal for Bravery, not named. Excellent. (13) Italian Order of the Crown of Italy 2nd Class Grand Officer Neck Badge and Breast Star. Original case with Gravanzola, Rome maker's logo. Medals in excellent condition, case a bit shelf worn. (14) Italian Order of the Crown of Italy 3rd Class Commander neck badge in the original case. The inside lid of the case maker marked "L. Raviolo E. Gardino". Medal in excellent condition, box worn and lacking the front edge, else medal in excellent condition. (15) A large selection of Ladue's ribbons bars in various configurations. Excellent condition. (16) Collection of Ladue's rank and miscellaneous insignia mounted to a museum mount and including one pair of Brigadier General rank stars, one pair of Colonel's rank insignia, one pair of Lt. Colonel's rank insignia, one pair of General Staff branch insignia, one gilt officer's hat eagle insignia, one General Staff breast badge, one Department of Defense breast badge. All examples in excellent condition. (17) Ladue's cavalry officer's full-dress cape, lined in yellow wool, and dress gloves. The cape is named to Lt. Ladue, dating to his days in the cavalry prior to WWII. Excellent condition. (18) Ladue's original posthumous promotion document to the rank of Brigadier General. Dated May 22, 1951 and signed by the Secretary of the Army Frank Pare, Jr. and Major General William E. Bergin. Excellent condition. (19) Headquarters Banner for the 5th Army. 3' x 6', appliqued wool on wool felt construction. With a large 5th Army insignia on one side and brass grommets along the top edge. Used by Ladue while attached to the HQ of the 5th Army in Italy as Assistant G-3. Excellent condition. (20) Brigadier General flag, 3' x 5', red wool with a single wool star. Some minor wear from use and some minor mothing. Used by Colonel (temporary Brigadier General) Ladue in the latter stages of the Italian campaign and in the occupation of Austria and Italy.


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