Legion of Merit group (Col Shull Irwin, Selective Service System)
Group to Colonel Shull L. Irwin, US Army: Legion of Merit, crimp brooch, machine-engraved “Shull L./Irwin”; American Defense Service Medal, slot brooch; American Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; National Defense Service Medal, with one oak leaf cluster; Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army reverse, with two hour-glass devices. With Irwin’s original Legion of Merit certificate “for outstanding services from September 1960 to August 1970″ (dated 3 March 1971). With copied service record data.
Colonel Irwin was commissioned in 1937 from ROTC at Gettysburg College. He served as an administrative officer with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Luray, Virginia (1938-1939) and entered active duty in August 1940 with the 70th Tank Battalion, but never left the United States during the war. In 1944-45, he was a police and prison officer at a prisoner of war camp in Virginia. In 1950, he became an administrative officer with the Selective Service System, spending 20 years in that organization, including ten years in the Conscientious Objector Work Program (1960-1970) and earning the Legion of Merit for that period. Colonel Irwin died in February 1999.