US WORLD WAR TWO ENGRAVED GOOD CONDUCT MEDAL GROUP FROM THE COLLECTION OF RON TUNISON

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This small group of items belonged to PFC. Albert E. Stefenelli of the 1853rd Statistical Control Unit of the 8th Service Command.

The group consists of a Good Conduct medal in the original blue pasteboard box. The corners on both the body of the box and the lid have spilt. The medal is still held in its original blue card along with the ribbon. The lapel button is present and just sits in the box and is not attached to the card. Medal has red ribbon with three white stripes on either side. It is fed through a slotted brooch and then tacked stitched on each side to hold it in place. Circular bronze colored drop has a spread-winged eagle perched on a sword and closed book at center surrounded by the words “EFFICIENCY-HONOR-FIDELITY.” Reverse of the drop has a laurel wreath with “FOR GOOD CONDUCT” at center along with a star and a riband engraved “A STEFENELLI.” Medal is in excellent condition. Original pin is present on reverse.

The ribbon bar is also in excellent condition as is the lapel button.

Also in the group is PFC Stefenelli’s original discharge document as well as a period copy. Both are in good condition with minor fold lines.

The group contains two wallet sized cards with Stefenelli’s name on them. One is his mess card and the other is for his Good Conduct medal. Both cards have his unit listed and are in good condition.

Next in the group is a screw back multi-piece “U.S.” disc from the collar of Stefenelli’s uniform.

Also present are his dog tags with name, serial number, blood type, religion and vaccination information. Tags are in good shape and still on the original chain.

Last are two photos of PFC Stefenelli in civilian clothes. In both images he is with his wife Ann whom he married in 1952. One image looks to be from not long after they were married and the other is an outdoor image of them standing together by a fence. This one looks to have been taken in the 1960’s. Both photos are wallet size and have ID’s written on the reverse.

Albert E. Stefenelli was born in Alliance, Ohio on September 14, 1921. At the time he was drafted, November 28, 1942 he was living at 1190 Gates Street in Brooklyn, New York. He was described as being a high school graduate who was working as a machinist’s helper. He stood 5’ 5 ½” tall with brown eyes, brown hair and weighed 160 lbs. Stefenelli began his service on December 5, 1942 and during his training qualified as a marksman with the M-1 rifle and also qualified as a light truck driver. He also attended Ordnance School in Savannah.

As part of the 8th Service Command Stefenelli never left the United States and was discharged at Fort Dix, New Jersey on February 10, 1946 after serving 3 years, 2 months and 6 days.

A nice little group from the collection of the late Ron Tunison.

Ron Tunison (1947 – 2013) was born in Richmond Hill, N.Y., and was a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He was a scholarship student at the NYC National Academy where he continued his sculpting studies. He went on to become an internationally acclaimed sculptor of nine heroic bronze monuments: "General W. Crawford," near Little Round Top on the Gettysburg Battlefield, the “Friend to Friend Masonic Memorial" on Steinwehr Ave., the bas-relief "Delaware State Memorial" on Taneytown Road, and "The Gettysburg Civil War Women's Memorial" at Evergreen Cemetery. On the Antietam National Battlefield is Tunison's "Irish Brigade Monument." "The Bivouac" is at the entrance to the Civil War Soldier's Museum at Pamplin Historical Park near Petersburg, Va. "The Delaware Continentals" heroic size bronze of three advancing Revolutionary War soldiers stands atop a twenty-five foot granite pedestal in front of Legislative Hall at Dover, Delaware. At Ringgold Gap in Atlanta, Ga., is Ron's life-size General Patrick Cleburne. Dedication ceremonies for “General John Barry, U.S. Naval Commander”, took place May 10th, 2014 at U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  Ron was the entrepreneur behind his own company Historical Sculptures, where he sculpted smaller statues.  [ad]

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