D-DAY COLLECTION OF SEAMAN JOHN BENTON FRANKEMOLLE, US COAST GUARD, 6 JUNE 1944 Dress cap: 9.5 x 3 x 9.5in (24 x 8 x 24cm); dress tunic: 18 x 23in (46 x 58cm); dress trousers: 44 x 24in (112 x 61cm)

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Lot 273
D-DAY COLLECTION OF SEAMAN JOHN BENTON FRANKEMOLLE, US COAST GUARD, 6 JUNE 1944
Dress cap: 9.5 x 3 x 9.5in (24 x 8 x 24cm); dress tunic: 18 x 23in (46 x 58cm); dress trousers: 44 x 24in (112 x 61cm)

US$ 2,000 - 3,000£ 1,600 - 2,400
D-DAY COLLECTION OF SEAMAN JOHN BENTON FRANKEMOLLE, US COAST GUARD, 6 JUNE 1944
Collection comprising: a Coast Guard Dress Blues uniform made up of a black woolen tunic with bakelite buttons, white piping and displaying the shoulder patch of a Petty Officer 3rd Class, black cotton trousers with bakelite buttons and cord drawstrings with interior tag from the Naval Clothing Factory inscribed "Frankemolle Mo. MM. 3/C" and a black felt seaman's cap with silk headband reading "U.S. Navy" and balck silk interior with leather patch; a US Navy photo log for 1943-1956 with American Campaign Medal and European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal bars pasted to front containing 59 period photos including a group shot of Frankemolle's class at the Naval Training Station in Sampson, NY in 1943 signed overleaf, several photos from the Normandy aftermath involving the crew of a Liberty Ship and shots of Le Havre and on station in the Pacific in Guam, a pasted shirt patch for an athletic shirt bearing a Nazi Eagle and swastika inscribed "Normandy, 1944", a pasted uniform patch of a Nazi Eagle with swastika, Construction Battalion patch, various period newspaper extracts, Chinese and French banknotes and postwar photos; a diary extract for 8 June 1944 detailing Frankemolle's exploration of Omaha Beach after the battle with vivid descriptions of the dead bodies and destroyed equipment covering the beaches; a set of medals comprising the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal and the World War II Medal; sixteen good luck charms, captured Nazi and Japanese patches and Coast Guard pins including a set of dog tags for a John Benton Frankemolle chained to an expended bullet inscribed "June 1944 Normandy Beach"; a glazed wood framed photo of a Liberty ship inscribed "Hubert Howe Bancroft - AM. 5-22-43 U.S. Coast Guard" with photos of crewmen posing with an artillery shell on deck and a crewman manning an anti-aircraft gun; a glass cased plastic model of the USCG Hubert Howe Bancroft on a wooden base.

John Frankemolle served as a gunner on the Coast Guard ship USCG Hubert Howe Bancroft off the Normandy beaches on D-Day, during which the ship was tasked with ferrying ammunition to the troops on the beaches. This collection's diary extract made by Bancroft a few days after the landings serves as a poignant reminder of the heavy losses incurred by the Americans at Omaha beach.
Dress cap: 9.5 x 3 x 9.5in (24 x 8 x 24cm); dress tunic: 18 x 23in (46 x 58cm); dress trousers: 44 x 24in (112 x 61cm)
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