Donor: Lieutenant General Robert Foley
Guess Men's Sport Blue Dial Stainless Steel Watch and '50th Anniversary Medal of Honor' Gold Plated Quartz Watch
United States Army Lieutenant General Robert Foley graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1963. He joined the infantry and went through Airborne and Ranger schools. By 1966, he was a twenty-five-year-old captain and company commander in the 27th Infantry in Vietnam. He earned the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War on November 5, 1966. President Lyndon Johnson awarded it to General Foley on May 1, 1968.
He remained in the Army until 2000, attaining the rank of Lieutenant General. He ended his thirty-seven-year military career as the commander of the Fifth Army, then became president of Marion Military Institute in Alabama, the nation’s oldest military preparatory school and junior college. General Foley continued to serve U.S. Army soldiers and their families as director of Army Emergency Relief, a private nonprofit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C. until his recent retirement.
The Guess Men's Sport Blue Dial wristwatch in stainless steel with stainless bracelet features a 42mm wide and 12mm thick solid stainless steel case. It is powered by a precise quartz movement with big date display functions and is water-resistant to 100 meters.
The Commemorative 50th Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH) Society Quartz Watch was presented to Lieutenant General Foley in 2008. It is an exceedingly rare 30mm, showcasing thirteen stars on the dial. Only 110 living MOH recipients were presented this watch in 2008.
In addition to the two watches, this lot includes General Foley’s personal challenge coin, a beautifully signed Portraits of Valor book, a full-color autographed 8 x 10 photo, a signature card, and an official copy of his Medal of Honor Citation.
The Brian LaViolette Foundation was formed by the LaViolette family to honor the memory of their son, Brian, who passed away in a swimming accident in Green Bay, Wisconsin when he was just fifteen years old in 1992. Brian was not only an excellent student, athlete, and musician, but he loved watches, starting his own collection when he was four years of age.
Since 1992, the Brian LaViolette Scholarship Foundation has presented 1,058 scholarships to deserving college-bound students in Northeastern Wisconsin, the United States, and other parts of the world. The Foundation continues Brian's legacy by helping high school seniors financially to achieve their educational dreams and, at the same time, providing them with encouragement and inspiration.