A 1943 Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters to 701 Squadron
A 1943 Air Medal with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters to 701 Squadron - Bronze, engraved "HENRY E SPIKER 3.22.44" on the reverse, 42 mm, original ribbon with five oak leaf clusters, brooch pinback, light gilt wear, extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, marked "AIR MEDAL" on the lid, case near extremely fine. Accompanied by a photocopied photograph of his headstone and research papers.Footnote: 36261490 Staff Sergeant Henry Edward Spiker was born on June 1, 1908 in Georgia. He completed one year of high school and was married, when he enlisted with the Army Air Force as a Private, on August 29, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Enlistment for the duration of the war or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law) and was placed with 701 Bombardment Squadron, Army Air Force. He was released from service on December 10, 1945. Spiker died on April 25, 1964, at the age of 55.