Group to Col George F. McGinn, US Army
Group of 15 to Colonel George F. McGinn, 1st Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion: Silver Star, hand-engraved “George/F./McGinn”, numbered “8965″; World War I Victory Medal, clasps “Aisne-Marne”, “Somme, Offensive”, “St. Mihiel”, “Meuse-Argonne” and “Defensive Sector”; France Croix de Guerre 1914-1918, with silver star; Italy World War I Commemorative Medal, with bar “1918” (these four medals are bar-mounted for display); Bronze Star, slot brooch, privately hand-engraved “McGinn/George F.”; Army Commendation Medal, with 2 oak leaf clusters, crimp-over-slot brooch, officially script-engraved “George F. McGinn”; World War I Occupation Medal, slot brooch, ring suspension; American Defense Service Medal, slot brooch (named on the rim “Lt Col George F. McGinn, Inf); American Campaign Medal, named on the rim; World War II Victory Medal, named on the rim; Army of Occupation Medal, clasp “Japan”, named on the rim; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army reverse, with 2 hourglass devices; United Nations Korea Medal; Maryland World War I Service Medal. With a ribbon for the Korean Presidential Unit Citation; Distinguished Unit Citation patch; pair of lieutenant colonel’s rank devices; a Japnese-made embroidered ribbon set (without the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and UN Korea Medal ribbons). With a reprint of “History of the 316th Regiment of Infantry in the World war, 1918″. An excellent group to a long-serving (43 years) soldier. VF.
Colonel George F. McGinn was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1891. He enlisted as a private and musician, 5th US Infantry, in 1909, rising to sergeant by November 1917, when he was appointed a first lieutenant, serving until his demobilization in August 1919. He was appointed a captain, Officers Reserve Corps in 1919 and served in various duties and rising to lieutenant colonel. He served in the 1st Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Battalion in World War I and was cited for a Silver Star “for exceptional conduct under fire and devotion to duty in campaign near Atton, France, from Sept. 1st to Nov. 10th 1918.” He later served with the 139th Military Police Battalion, earning the “Italian Service Bar”. Through World War II, he served in various training and Inspector General functions. In 1946, he served in the Quartermaster Department, 8th Army, in Japan and Korea, heading the Memorial Division. He received the Bronze Star from the Japanese Logistical Command for meritorious service in the early days of the Korean War, from 30 June through 2 November 1950. Colonel McGinn retired in August 1953 and died in August 1968. Colonel McGinn is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.