Air Force Memorabilia

O’Donnell, James D.

Rank: Master Sergeant
Serial Number: 6925367
Military Branch: 20th Bomber Command
Origin: Arkansas
Featured: No

This grouping is to M/Sgt. James D. O'Donnell, Jr., who served with the 35th Service Squadron, 25th Service Group of the XX Bomber Command of the 20th Air Force, and served in both India and China. After the war, he remained with the new Air Force and retired in 1969 as a Chief Warrant Officer. On October 19, 1944 as a passanger on a 14th Air Force C-47, all personnel were forced to jump due to the left engine malfunctioning and severe icing. Included in the grouping are his two Switlik Caterpillar Club pins, wallet card and two certificates(one from Switlik and presented through "National Automotive Fibers Inc,"), plus letters and envelopes from Caterpillar Club, theater made 20th Air Force patch, two AC wings, T-41 and T-43 dog tags, Chinese made insignia, the ribbon bar and all his medals, theater made silver bracelets, a fat binder of photos and his papers and documents. Also included are award documents and citations for his Air Force Commendation Medal (1968) and his large retirement document with folder.

The full size medals in this group are Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendationwith oak leaf, Good Conduct , American Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign with 4 stars, European Campaign, Victory, Japan Occupation, and United Nations Service Medal Korea.

The ribbon rack contains Bronze Star, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation with oak leaf, Good Conduct with 4 knots, American Defense, American Campaign, Asiatic Pacific Campaign, European Campaign, Victory, Occupation, National Defense Service, Korean Service with 3 stars, Air Force Longevity Service Award with 2 oak leaves, and United Nations Service Mrdal Korea.

The caterpillar pins were made by Metal Arts Co., Rochester, NY. Both pins are marked sterling. The back of the large pin is shown below.



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