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Scope and Contents note

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Medal, 1943

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Lt. Thomas E. Bartmess World War II Air Medal, 1943 MS 086



Title: Lt. Thomas E. Bartmess World War II Air Medal
Dates: 1943
Abstract The collection consists of a bronze military medal and ribbon in their original velvet-lined black leather box. It was awarded to 2nd Lt. Thomas E. Bartmess and presented posthumously to his widow, Eleanor Bartmess, on November 3, 1943.
Identification: MS 086
Quantity: 0.25 linear ft. (1 box)
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Repository: Woodson Research Center

Biographical/Historical note

The Thomas E. Bartmess Air Medal was presented posthumously to his widow, Eleanor Bartmess (who became Eleanor Riordan in May 1948). The medal was one of four presented to wartime aviators’ family members at a November 3, 1943, ceremony at Ellington Field. The four men were at the time listed as casualties of World War II aerial combat. Lt. Bartmess had been killed; the other three were prisoners of war.

Thomas Bartmess was a Houston native and a graduate of San Jacinto High School and Rice Institute. He was a member of the class of 1940 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was navigator on the Liberator “Little Beaver” from October 1942 until the time of his death. He was first reported missing after the Allied raid on Kiel and other Belgian cities but was later reported as having been killed in action. -source: “Women Given Awards for Men Listed as Casualties” by Flora Gordon Shoss, The Houston Post, Nov. 7, 1943.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of the World War II Air Medal awarded posthumously to 2nd Lt. Thomas E. Bartmess, in its embossed black leather case marked “Air Medal.”

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish information from the Thomas E. Bartmess World War II Air Medal must be facilitated through the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Subjects
World War, 1939-1945 - Europe.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Thomas E. Bartmess World War II Air Medal Collection, MS 086, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

This collection was a gift donated by Eleanor Bartmess (who became Mrs. Riordan in May 1948).

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Medal, 1943

Box
1 Air Medal, 1943
General note
Enclosed in a black leather case marked in gold lettering, “Air Medal,” is a bronze sunburst medal with an eagle in flight and two lightning bolts in relief. The medal is suspended from a ribbon, royal blue with two vertical orange stripes, to which is attached one bronze oak leaf cluster. Accompanying the medal is a bar of the same width and color as the ribbon. On the back of the medal is engraved, “2nd Lt. Thomas E. Bartmess A. C.”

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