Captain Ernest F. Floege "Commandant Paul", US Army Team Leader in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services). Floege first parachuted into Brittany in June 1943. He organized a resistance network in Europe. In December of 1943, Floege was betrayed and he returned to England after fleeing to Spain. In May, 1944, Floege returned to France and became the regional commander of the French Forces of the Interior, with a guerilla warfare force of over 3,000. Floege was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and Britain made him an Honorary Companion of the Distinguished Service Order.
A photograph (2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches - 6.5cm x 9cm) of Floege's Distinguished Service Cross medal, signed on the reverse by Ernest F. Floege.
The signed photograph come from the archives of the noted Raab Collection.
Distinguished Service Cross Citation:
"The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross to Ernest F. Floege, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving with Office of Strategic Service, in action against enemy forces from June 1943 to March 1944, in enemy-occupied territory. During this period Lieutenant Floege organized a resistance network in occupied Europe to carry out "day-to-day" operations against the enemy, and engaged in preparations of plans in support of forth-coming military operations on the Continent. The actions on the part of Lieutenant Floege on this dangerous mission, and his personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army."
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