I thought I would share with you my recently acquired medal grouping. Two nights ago, a gentleman contacted me via an ad I put up on Craigslist for militaria wanted. He mentioned he had a WWII Purple Heart, a Bronze Star as well as some other medals that he was looking to sell.
After speaking with him over the phone, I was surprised to find that the medals were named. The gentlemen found them while cleaning out the house of someone who recently passed away (possible family member of the soldier).
We planned to meet yesterday so I could take a look at the medals and make an offer, which we did and I was able to purchase the group. However, the night prior, I decided to begin some research and found that the soldier actually served during Vietnam, not WWII, and was in the 5th SFG. Sadly, he was KIA during his service (which I had already expected considering the medals were engraved).
This is a first of many for me; first officially engraved medals to a KIA, first Bronze Star, first of any items linked to a soldier in SFG. I've turned up a lot of information from my online research and just sent away to NPRC for his service records. I also plan on obtaining replacements for the medals and awards he would have earned so I can put together a display.
Needless to say, I am proud to be the new custodian to the medal grouping of Barry Jason Goodman, who died while in service to the US…
MEMBER NAME - GOODMAN BARRY JASON
MEMBER'S GENDER - Male
MEMBER BIRTHDATE - 2/15/1944
HOME OF RECORD COUNTRY CODE - GERMANY
HOME STATE OF RECORD - NEW JERSEY/MONTANA/NEW HAMPSHIRE
CITIZEN CODE - U.S.
RELIGION CODE - JUDAISM (JEWISH)
RACE NAME - WHITE
MARITAL STATUS NAME - NEVER MARRIED
SERVICE # - 10816787
CATEGORY OF PERSONNEL - Active Duty Army
MILITARY CLASSIFICATION - ENLISTED PERSONNEL
MEMBER OCCUPATION NAME - 11B - INFANTRYMAN
SERVICE OCCUPATIONAL CODE - LIGHT WEAPONS INFANTRY (ARMY)
MILITARY GRADE - SPECIALIST FOURTH CLASS
MAJOR ORGANIZATION - SPECIAL FORCES/AIRBORNE
REGIMENT, ROAD - 5TH SPECIAL FORCES GROUP
COMPANY/BATTERY/TROOP OR SIMILAR LEVEL UNIT - DET A-109
WAR OR CONFLICT CODE - VIETNAM CONFLICT
DATE TOUR IN SOUTHEAST ASIA BEGAN - 3/31/1966
LENGTH OF SERVICE - 2
DATE OF SERVICE WITH DET A-109 - 1/1/1967
DATE OF DEATH or DATE DECLARED DEAD - 2/13/1967
TYPE OF CASUALTY - HOSTILE - KILLED
CASUALTY REASON - MULTI-FRAGMENTATION WOUNDS
CASUALTY INCIDENT - STEPPED ON COMMAND DETONATED MINE
OPERATION/INCIDENT TYPE CODE - COMBAT
COUNTRY OF CASUALTY - REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM (SOUTH VIETNAM)
CASUALTY STATE OR PROVINCE CODE - VIETNAM CONFLICT MILITARY ZONE 3
CASUALTY CITY - TAY NINH
REMAINS RECOVERED - BODY REMAINS RECOVERED
CASUALTY CLOSURE NAME - BURIED - BEVERLY NATIONAL CEMETERY(NJ)
BURIAL LOCATION - SECTION J SITE 877
VIETNAM WALL ROW AND PANEL INDICATOR - 15E 024
AWARDS/CITATIONS - PURPLE HEART, BRONZE STAR, GOOD CONDUCT, VIETNAM SERVICE, VIETNAM CAMPAIGN, NATIONAL DEFENSE, VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS, VIETNAM JUMP WINGS, PARACHUTIST (BASIC), COMBAT INFANTRY BADGE