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Ext Rare WW2 "US" IROQUOIS AMBULANCE CORPS Badge Made by "CARTIER" Paris.
This is a really interesting, and extremely rare, early WWII badge of an American Volunteer Unit in Finland, of all places.
When the Russo-Finnish War broke out in 1939, Hasey, along with other Americans, formed an ambulance unit, the Iroquois Ambulance Corps, and headed to the war front to help aid the Finns. Later, some time in the 1950s, Finland awarded him the Liberty Cross. After the war, and having recovered from a wound to his arm, Hasey planned to return to his work at Cartier.
With the German invasion of Western Europe, Hasey promptly volunteered to join the Free French Forces led by General Charles de Gaulle. During fighting around Damascus, Syria on June 20, 1941, Hasey's right jaw and larynx were shot away by enemy machine gun fire. He was decorated by de Gaulle as "the first American to shed blood for the liberation of France." After his recovery, Hasey became a liaison between de Gaulle and Eisenhower. During 1942, he co-wrote a book, Yankee Fighter: The Story of an American in the Free French Foreign Legion with Joseph F Dinneen. In August 1943, he became an aide-de-camp on the staff of General Marie Pierre Koenig, and remained with Koenig during his term as military Governor of Paris, August 1944.
SIZE: Nicely sized at 1-5/16" in diameter, with the feather sticking out another 1/4" at 1:30 on the badge.
MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Chromed Bronze
MARKINGS: CARTIER PARIS
ITEM NOTES: This is from a medical and humanitarian collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. TRVCIEX TRAEJX18 LFGEX02/19
8- (Very Fine-Excellent):His ties to Cartier mentioned in his bio are obvious by the maker mark on the chromed bronze badge.The chrome is the bluish-tinted plating found in the 1930s, and it has 1. Mellowed nicely (not quite as shiny as the scan) and 2. Some of the bronze shows lightly through the high points.