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Survivor Albert M. Valenzi’s group consists of:
Original WWII U.S. Tanker Hood with ink personalization: “T5 Albert Valenzi”
All of his medals as shown in the pictures, among them the Purple Heart.
1st/2nd Army shoulder Patch
3rd Army Patch
9th Army patch and pin
10th Corps Patch
Army Ground Forces Patch
84th Infantry Division Patch
Pair of 5th grade technician U.S. Army
Army unit pins from the 285th Field Artillery Observation Batl.
A couple of pairs of U.S. Collar disks
His honorable discharge paper.
Various fotos of Albert during and after the war. Two original fotos from WWI with his own inscription on the reverse of the one foto: “ A (FLIP) V. T/5 Albert Valenzi, Sewickley, PA. 285th Field Artillery Observation Batl. “B” Battery - Malmedy Survivor December 17, 1944 - Baugnez, Belgium Massacre Field”
Also Fotos of the original telegrams initially reporting him MIA on Janruary 10, 1945, but then on January 20,1945, just being wounded.
There is also his report as published in a newspaper on the account of the action.
One ink sketch on headgear in tankers during WWI by George Gaadt. Two death cards.
Comes with a original copy of the LIFE magazine from February 5, 1945, featuring the story in word and image on the Malmedy Massacre.
On December 17, 1944, between noon and 1:00 p.m., Kampfgruppe Peiper approached the Baugnez crossroads, two miles southeast of the city of Malmedy, Belgium. Meanwhile, a U.S. Army convoy of thirty vehicles, from “B” Battery of the 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion, was negotiating the crossroads, and then turning right, towards Ligneuville and St. Vith, in order to join the US 7th Armored Division. Unfortunately, the Germans saw the US convoy first, and the spearhead unit of Kampfgruppe Peiper fired upon and destroyed the first and last vehicles, which immobilized the convoy and halted the American advance; as their immobilized convoy was out-numbered and out-gunned, those soldiers of the 285th Field Artillery surrendered to the Waffen-SS.
After that brief battle with the American convoy, the tanks and armored vehicles of the Kampfgruppe Peiper convoy continued westwards to Ligneuville; while at the Baugnez crossroads, the Waffen-SS infantry assembled the just-surrendered U.S. POWs in a farmer's field, and added them to another group of U.S. POWs, soldiers who had been captured earlier that day. The prisoners of war who survived the massacre at Malmedy said that a group of approximately 120 U.S. POWs stood in the farmer's field when the Waffen-SS fired machine guns at the grouped POWs. Panicked by the machine gun fire, some POWs ran and fled the field, but the Waffen-SS soldiers shot and killed most of the grouped POWs where they stood; and some G.I.s had dropped to the ground and pretended to be dead. Nonetheless, after the initial machine-gunning of the group of POWs, the Waffen-SS soldiers walked amongst the POW corpses, searching for wounded survivors to kill with a coup de grâce gun-shot to the head. Moreover, some of the POWs who fled the farmer's field had run to and hidden in a café at the Baugnez crossroads; the Waffen-SS then set the café afire, and killed every U.S. POW who escaped the burning building.