Fall 2022 Militaria & Collectibles Auction

WWII US Army KIA Engraved Purple Heart Attu 7th Infantry Division (Read Story)

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Start price: $200

Estimated price: $270 - $350

Buyer's premium: 22.5%

Original KIA Purple Heart and ribbon bar to Lawrence K. Isaacs. The medal is officially government engraved, and missing the ribbon and brooch. It is numbered 271637. The below information was copied from the internet about Isaacs: On March 13, 1917, Lawrence Kauhiaimokuakama Isaacs was born to William Kalanikauika’alaneo Isaacs and Margaret Maleka Papa’ikaniau Broad in the Territory of Hawai’i. His family were direct descendants of King Kamehameha the Great. He grew up at 2015 Henry Street in the Nu’uanu area of Honolulu. The ninth of eleven children, he was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He lost his mother at the age of five. Isaacs attended Kalihiwaena School for eight years and finished his schooling at Farrington High School. After graduating, Isaacs moved to San Francisco, California to work as a longshoreman. On January 26, 1941, he was conscripted into the U.S. Army. Isaacs’ previous experience in Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) led to his promotion to corporal on August 20, 1941. While stationed at Fort Ord, California, he married Violet Lucy Cruz, a Californian woman, on April 7, 1942. The couple did not have children because they were only able to be together for a short while, as he left to the Aleutian Islands of Alaska in April 1943. Isaacs saw combat on May 15, 1943. He participated in the Battle of Attu on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska as a member of the 7th Infantry Division, 32nd Infantry Regiment, Company G. Their mission required them to advance on Jarmin Pass and capture it from the Japanese troops stationed there. The valley where Isaacs fought, later nicknamed Massacre Valley, saw extremely high casualties. At 6:30 in the morning, as Isaacs advanced up the right side of the pass, Japanese machine guns opened fire from above. Corporal Isaacs, with his head held high, advanced into the fire, but was shot in the stomach and fell to the ground. He stood back up and walked down to the small creek to the side and leaned against the bank, while looking back down the valley, and died without saying a word. After the war his wife, Violet, married his older brother Henry John Isaacs in June 1944. She died in 1954 in San Francisco, California.

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