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    WWII Naval Officers' Sword Belonging to Two-Time Navy Cross Winner Edmund G. Konrad. A standard pattern Naval Officers' sword, of good quality, complete with sword knot and in excellent condition. However, its provenance is anything but standard. The blade is etched "Edmund G. Konrad" on a panel near the hilt on the obverse side and the initials "EGK" are engraved on the throat of the scabbard. Edmund G. Konrad, a 1932 Naval Academy graduate, was the commander of Air Group 17 (AG-17) based on the carrier Hornet. He was awarded two Navy Crosses and a Silver Star for gallant action in the seas around Japan in 1945. His first Navy Cross citation reads, in part: "...Commander Konrad led his group into the attack through extremely intense anti-aircraft fire, inflicting severe damage upon the harbor installations, and sinking several merchant vessels. Under his gallant leadership and direction, numerous bomb hits were scored on a battleship, a large aircraft carrier, a small carrier, two cruisers, and two destroyers". His second Navy Cross citation reads, in part: "during an attack against an enemy surface Force in the East China Sea, on 7 April 1945...When the air coordinator for our Task Group was forced to return to base, Commander Konrad assumed command and, despite adverse weather conditions which compelled him to circle the target area at low altitude in range of intense anti-aircraft fire, directed a series of successful attacks in which numerous torpedo and bomb hits were scored on a battleship, a cruiser and four destroyers, all of which eventually sank". His Silver Star citation reads, in part: "Leading the first attack of carrier-based bomber, torpedo and fighter planes against the Kumamoto bomber aircraft factory and assembly plant while he was serving as Air Coordinator for his Task Group, Commander Konrad first reconnoitered the plant with a division of planes to obtain photographs of its installations and information of military value and, rejoining his flight in the face of anti-aircraft fire, directed the group in inflicting extensive damage on the factory and assembly buildings. After the attack, he led a division back over the area to obtain damage assessment photographs and, during the return to his carrier, launched a strike on a smaller factory and hydroelectric plant, inflicting serious damage and starting numerous fires". This is an excellent sword, with a tremendous association with a true aviation hero.

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