A Puprle Heart to Pte. Cox; Normandy Veteran Wounded in Belgium
A Puprle Heart to Pte. Cox; Normandy Veteran Wounded in Belgium; Purple Heart (bronze gilt and enamels, un-named, 34.8 mm x 43.5 mm, on original ribbon with brooch pinback); and Dog Tag (aluminum, stamped "JOSEPH COX / 35580549 T43-43 / URSULA COX / 829 W 3RD AVE / GARY IND", 28.5 mm x 50.5 mm). Accompanied by his Army of the United States Honorable Discharge Certificate (numbered "173879", dated July 28, 1945, signed by Charles T. Young, Colonel, Medical Corps Commanding, stamped with the State of Indiana, Lake County Record Filing Impression, marked "Book 392, Page 579", with Cox's right thumb print and signature), his Purple Heart Extract (dated October 5, 1944, 70 mm x 203 mm) and Army Group of Eight Photograph (black and white, gloss finish, 64 mm x 86 mm). Purple Heart, mint. Remainder of the group, extremely fine. Footnote: Joseph Cox was born on October 3, 1923 in Rossville, Illinois. He was an Assistant Foreman in his civilian life before being inducted into the Army on January 23, 1943, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He entered into active service a week later on the 20th, and was trained as a Truck Driver. He departed for the European theater on January 9, 1944, arriving ten days later on the 19th, his tenure there to be a brief one. He was a veteran of the Normandy Campaign of June 15, 1944 and was later wounded in the stomach in Belgium on September 13, 1944. While in hospital, he was awarded his Purple Heart on October 5, 1944. His Purple Heart Extract dated the same day reads as follows: "AWARD OF THE PURPLE HEART. By direction of the President and under the provisions of paragraph 8, AR 600-45, dated 20 September 1943, Joseph Cox, 35580549, Private, First Class, QMC having been honorably wounded in action in operations against the enemy, was awarded and presented the Purple Heart." After being hospitalized in Europe, he was returned to the United States on November 21, 1944, arriving on December 7th and admitted to Wakeman Convalescent Hospital, Camp Atterbury, Indiana. He was Honorably Discharged on July 29, 1945 at Wakeman, credited with having served one year, seven months and seventeen days Continental Service, in addition to ten months and twenty-nine days Foreign Service. In additional to his Purple Heart, he was awarded the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon with one Battle Star.