Major General George Patton and Vice-Admiral Louis Mountbatten at Camp Anfa, near Casablanca, Morocco, 18 Jan 1943. Mountbatten had just presented Britain’s Military Medal to US Army Ranger Sergeant Franklin Koons.

Caption     Major General George Patton and Vice-Admiral Louis Mountbatten at Camp Anfa, near Casablanca, Morocco, 18 Jan 1943. Mountbatten had just presented Britain’s Military Medal to US Army Ranger Sergeant Franklin Koons. ww2dbase
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Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   ARC 195301
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Attack on Dieppe   Main article  Photos  
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Photos on Same Day 18 Jan 1943
Photos at Same Place Casablanca, French Morocco
Added By C. Peter Chen

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1. Anonymous says:
12 Jan 2013 04:12:24 AM

The Brit looks a gret deal like Mountbatten.
2. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
13 Jan 2013 10:48:01 PM

By George, you’re right! I had originally ruled out Mountbatten due to my belief that Mountbatten’s rank was higher and he was primarily in China-Burma-India. It turns out both are incorrect. There is another more widely circulated photo of Patton speaking with Mountbatten that is clearly from this same event. The Casablanca Conference was taking place during that time and Mountbatten was Chief of Combined Operations for that conference. The caption here has been updated to reflect the information gathered from that photo’s caption. Thanks for the Comment!
3. Anonymous says:
6 Sep 2015 02:46:04 PM

The army sergeant pictured is my uncle, Franklin ( Zip ) Koons. He is credited with killing the first German on European soil during the Dieppe Raid.
4. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
6 Sep 2015 08:53:30 PM

To Anonymous (Comment #3):
Thank you for this comment! Searching under your uncle’s name yielded much more information about this event and two more really good photos from the Library of Congress. One of those photos clearly shows the decoration to be the Military Medal which is awarded to enlisted personnel who demonstrate bravery in battle on land. The caption for that photo also confirmed that the decoration was for actions during the Raid on Dieppe, where Sgt Koons was one of 50 US Army Rangers who participated.

Notice also that Patton’s unit patch has been removed by a censor.

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