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MERIT BADGE SASH FROM GEORGE CLOSE
Mr. Close was born on February 12, 1918 and grew up as a young Boy Scout during the years of the Great Depression and succumbed to cancer on February 13, 1987. His merit badge sash (see photos below) is estimated to be circa 1933.
His father had died from diabetes when he was 13 years old leaving him as head of the household to care for his mother, younger brother and two younger sisters. Raised on a farm in northern Illinois, he tended to the necessary chores of the farm, worked part time, and went to school. Yet, he still found time for Boy Scouts. I remember my father telling me stories about riding a horse to school daily (there weren’t any yellow school buses during that time).
He loved gardening, hunting, fishing and taxidermy and he was an excellent electrician and carpenter. My family still has some of the pieces of furniture he made as a young Boy Scout.
As a young man during the Great Depression, he joined the Conservation Corps and worked for the U.S. Forest Service in Minnesota, Montana and South Dakota. Afterward, he joined the United States Army leading up to World War II. During the war, he served in Iceland, Alaska and Germany in the U.S. Army Signal Corp and obtained a field commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He went on to attain the rank of Captain before he resigned from the Army then, went on to work as a comptroller for Stars & Stripes Newspaper in Darmstadt, Germany. In 1961 he returned to the United States, started and operated his own grocery wholesale business, and that was his livelihood until his demise in 1987.
to Terry Gove for helping me identify all 20 merit badges and for
providing the following addtional information:
Serving Boy Scout aged boys who are in the 6th through 12th grades (or 11 to 17 years of age) in the Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, Maitland, Orlando, Winter Garden and other Central Florida Vicinities.