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Robmill0605
06-02-2014, 02:48 PM
I have the privilege of being friends with the daughter of the late Sgt. Charles MacGillary, recipient of the Medal of Honor and her husband. I didn't know at the time that her father won the MOH during WW11 in the battle of the bulge untill I was invited to their home for a get together. That's when I saw the photograph of her father getting the MOH from President Truman.
She showed me the Medal of Honor that she keeps in a box in her dresser drawer.
I was so moved by seeing it,that I have decided that I am going to make a display case for it as a surprise gift to my friends. So far, I have a few design ideas for the cabinet;.

A small lighted case on stand in the style of James Krenov

13 hand cut dovetails, representing the 13 original colonies.

A cherry case with bloodwood and purple heart inlay. ( he had his left arm shot off during the fight)

I would welcome any suggestions/ ideas from the forum on making this cabinet.

Sgt. Charles MacGillary receiving the Medal of Honor.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/38/Truman%26MacGillivary.jpg

Redeye
06-02-2014, 03:24 PM
I have few suggestions for the case, sorry, but can you tell us the story of valour which earned him the medal?

Paul Girouard
06-02-2014, 03:32 PM
I have few suggestions for the case, sorry, but can you tell us the story of valour which earned him the medal?

Here all the list I found said about the Sergeant , I guess getting out of Canada was enough to earn the CMOH in 1945.


Charles A. MacGillivary Army Sergeant near Woelfling, France January 1, 1945 Immigrant from Canada.

Cogeniac
06-02-2014, 04:36 PM
I like all of the ideas, but especially the 13 dovetails.

I'd choose symbolic over flashy any day.
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kc8pql
06-02-2014, 05:00 PM
I'll just say don't let the case get in the way of the Medal. The award is the subject, the case is the frame.

Robmill0605
06-02-2014, 07:03 PM
I have few suggestions for the case, sorry, but can you tell us the story of valour which earned him the medal?

Sure,

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/94/TrumanMOHMacGillivary.jpg

Robmill0605
06-02-2014, 07:06 PM
And this:

Medal of Honor citation MacGillivary's first wartime action came during the Battle of Normandy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Overlord), landing on Omaha Beach (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_Beach) in 1944. From Omaha Beach MacGillivary would be involved in numerous battles throughout France, before reaching Wœlfling (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W%C5%93lfling-l%C3%A8s-Sarreguemines) during the Battle of the Bulge (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_the_Bulge).
When his unit was surrounded on January 1, 1945 by the 17th German Panzer Grenadier Division (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_SS_Panzergrenadier_Division_G%C3%B6tz_von_Ber lichingen) a Waffen-SS (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waffen-SS) Panzer unit (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_Division) in Wœlfling, France (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/France), MacGillivary, then 27, picked up a machine gun (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machine_gun) and knocked out four German (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_Germany) machine gun nests, killing 36 German soldiers. He lost his left arm in this action. Interestingly the unit he fought to win his decoration, was given the title Götz von Berlichingen (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G%C3%B6tz_von_Berlichingen) after a 15th-century German knight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knight) who lost his right hand.
MacGillivary told a Boston Globe (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Globe) reporter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reporter) in 1995:
"I looked down and my left arm wasn’t there. When you get hit by a machine gun, it’s like somebody put a hot poker in you. I stuck the stump of my arm into the snow, but the warm blood melted the snow. I figured I was dying. When they rescued me, my arm had a cake of bloody ice frozen around it, sealing the wound. If it had been summer, I’d [have been] dead." On August 25, 1945 MacGillivary personally received a Medal of Honor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medal_of_Honor) for his efforts from President (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/President_of_the_United_States) Harry S. Truman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_S._Truman).

Bob Cleek
06-02-2014, 09:25 PM
You might consider a shadow box that includes the framed written commendation and the photo of Truman "pinning" him.

The possibilities are limitless: https://www.google.com/search?q=framing+military+decorations&rlz=1T4GGLS_enUS409US410&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=AxiNU-KlL8bioASthIK4CQ&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1344&bih=678

http://findapictureframer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/VietnamMedals.jpg

Michael D. Storey
06-03-2014, 09:03 AM
Truly an honorable gesture. i am sure that your work will be appreciated.

Robmill0605
06-03-2014, 12:11 PM
You might consider a shadow box that includes the framed written commendation and the photo of Truman "pinning" him.

The possibilities are limitless: https://www.google.com/search?q=framing+military+decorations&rlz=1T4GGLS_enUS409US410&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=AxiNU-KlL8bioASthIK4CQ&ved=0CDIQsAQ&biw=1344&bih=678

http://findapictureframer.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/VietnamMedals.jpg

That's a great idea.I think I'll go that way and get her husband to help me . THANKS!