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(1898 - 1975) American Army general who held Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, remembered for his reply to a German surrender ultimatum, "Nuts!" Fine association printed D.S., 1p. legal folio, New York, Jan. 6, 1961, a certificate of appreciation presented to U.S. Army general CLARENCE R. HUEBNER, in recognition of his service during World War II and as Director of the New York State Civil Defense Commission. The certificate is signed first at the conclusion by New York governor NELSON A. ROCKEFELLER (1908-1979), with McAuliffe countersigning below as Chairman of the State Civil Defense Commission in blue ink. The certificate is also signed by nine additional individuals, including New York lieutenant governor MALCOLM WILSON (1914-2000), U.S. Army general and Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Chief of Staff CORTLANDT V.R. SCHUYLER (1900-1993), Lieutenant General FRANCIS W. FARRELL (1900-1981), and others on the governor's staff. The certificate is mounted in a black wood frame and is in very good condition. CLARENCE R. HUEBNER (1888-1972) was the American general who commanded the 1st Infantry Division, popularly known as the "Big Red One", in early August of 1943. He commanded the division during the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944, where it was the first force to face the Germans on Omaha Beach, and he joined his men on the beach the same day. The division was instrumental in the battle for St. Lo and in foiling the German counteroffensive at Mortain. After the Allied breakout in Normandy, the division advanced rapidly, arriving at the German border in early October of 1944, where it was committed to battle at Aachen, which it captured after two weeks of heavy fighting. After experiencing heavy fighting once again in the Huertgen Forest, the division briefly rested but soon returned to counter the German offensive at the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944. In January, 1945, Huebner was named commander of the V Corps, which he commanded in its advance to the Elbe river, where elements of the corps made the first contact with the Soviet Red Army. By war's end, the division had advanced into Czechoslovakia. Following the German surrender, Huebner served as the Chief of Staff for all American forces in Europe, and in 1949 was named the final military governor of the American occupation zone in Germany. This certificate originates directly from General Huebner's estate and is accompanied by a letter of provenance signed by a direct linear descendant.
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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $0.00
Estimate: $200 - $300
Auction closed on Thursday, November 21, 2019.
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