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Belgium, 10 francs or 2 belga note, acquired by a US soldier 2013.442.41 back

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Belgian 10 franc or 2 belga note, a liberation issue by the Belgian government in exile acquired by Captain James (Jim) Edward Kirkebo, who served in the US Army from 1940-1945, and fought in Europe with the Thunderbolt Division from December 1944-May 1945. It was prepared for use by Allied troops in London where the Belgian government fled in October 1940 after the German invasion of Belgium that May. All currency was dated February 1, 1943. It was recalled in 1946 but redeemable until 1947. Kirkebo, 19, enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and, in August 1942, 2nd Lt. Kirkebo became commanding officer, C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and spearheaded the Allied advance into Germany. Kirkebo received a battlefield promotion to captain on February 1, 1945. On May 5 and 6, soldiers from the 11th Armored liberated Gusen and Mauthausen concentration camps. At Mauthausen, the unit was tasked with caring for 19,000 starving inmates. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his leadership and heroism in action.

Belgian 10 franc or 2 belga note, a liberation issue by the Belgian government in exile acquired by Captain James (Jim) Edward Kirkebo, who served in the US Army from 1940-1945, and fought in Europe with the Thunderbolt Division from December 1944-May 1945. It was prepared for use by Allied troops in London where the Belgian government fled in October 1940 after the German invasion of Belgium that May. All currency was dated February 1, 1943. It was recalled in 1946 but redeemable until 1947. Kirkebo, 19, enlisted in the US Army in 1940 and, in August 1942, 2nd Lt. Kirkebo became commanding officer, C Company, 21st Armored Infantry Battalion, 11th Armored Division. In December 1944, Kirkebo's unit landed in Normandy, defended Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, and spearheaded the Allied advance into Germany. Kirkebo received a battlefield promotion to captain on February 1, 1945. On May 5 and 6, soldiers from the 11th Armored liberated Gusen and Mauthausen concentration camps. At Mauthausen, the unit was tasked with caring for 19,000 starving inmates. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered. Kirkebo was awarded a Silver Star and 3 Bronze Stars for his leadership and heroism in action.

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  • Title: Belgium, 10 francs or 2 belga note, acquired by a US soldier 2013.442.41 back
  • Provenance: The currency was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Jamie Kirkebo, on behalf of the Estate of his father, James Edward Kirkebo., The currency was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Jamie Kirkebo, on behalf of the Estate of his father, James Edward Kirkebo.
  • Subject Keywords: Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American., Soldiers--United States--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Western Front--Biography. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American.
  • Type: Exchange Media, Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection, Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular paper currency in green ink with a pale red center underprint.. The face has a lace pattern border with the denomination 10 in squares in the top corners. The block prefix-serial number is stamped in black on the top right and left. The center has an underprint design of 5 overlapping, scalloped, patterned medallions with superimposed text, including the denomination and date, and the denomination 10 FRANCS. The reverse has the same design as the face, no no serial number Dutch text and the denomination 10 FRANK. It is creased and discolored., Rectangular paper currency in green ink with a pale red center underprint.. The face has a lace pattern border with the denomination 10 in squares in the top corners. The block prefix-serial number is stamped in black on the top right and left. The center has an underprint design of 5 overlapping, scalloped, patterned medallions with superimposed text, including the denomination and date, and the denomination 10 FRANCS. The reverse has the same design as the face, no no serial number Dutch text and the denomination 10 FRANK. It is creased and discolored.

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