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#51 downsbarracks

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 02:02 AM

I have never seen a bigger collection before,wooooow!

Thank you very much for this presentation!
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#52 TomV

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:39 AM

This is definately one of the greatest collections I have ever seen 
Jon, do you happen to have any 513th stuff? (I saw some 17th Airborne items in one of your first post)

 


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#53 Matthew

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:42 AM

Very impressive.

#54 Stinger Gunner USMC

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:54 AM

Jon, I know I only live a few miles down the road from you. I hope to make some time without the kids to be able to see your collection again. The wife said I am out of room, and she doesn't believe me that I can fit plenty more in my room. I'll have to drag her along with me to prove her wrong.
Again, Your collection is truly amazing, and I appricheate having the opportunity to visit it when I was a kid just starting out all those years ago. It deffinatly gave me focus and drive for my own collection

Semper Fi

#55 Jeeper704

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 08:24 AM

Yeah, rub it in, why don't you! ;) :lol: :lol:

I look forward to more pictures, when you have the time.
Thanks for sharing.
You have an amazing collection.

Erwin

Hello Erwin, I had this photo on my computer of Major Fred Hammers dress uniform and M-41 field jacket, I believe he was the EO of the 704th Tank Battalion. I'll try and post more photos later. Jon



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Posted 16 December 2008 - 10:34 AM

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 10:50 AM

I have rearranged several posts so that members do not have to scroll L to R to see all pictures...

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#58 JGC

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 05:50 PM

Jon, I know I only live a few miles down the road from you. I hope to make some time without the kids to be able to see your collection again. The wife said I am out of room, and she doesn't believe me that I can fit plenty more in my room. I'll have to drag her along with me to prove her wrong.
Again, Your collection is truly amazing, and I appricheate having the opportunity to visit it when I was a kid just starting out all those years ago. It deffinatly gave me focus and drive for my own collection

Semper Fi

Your always welcome to visit, just give me a call and we'll set up a time. Jon

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 06:42 PM

Two things I noticed right away with these photos:
  • There's a clear effort to put things out where they can be seen. Most collectors I know just stack their stuff up and it never sees the light of day again (and later causes the comment, "I forgot I had this" often).
  • There appears to be a focused effort to collect only specific stuff. There could be a back room or storage building somewhere with the "bulk" stuff but at least you can a plan was in effect when putting this room together and the contents in it. I don't see much random, "what is that doing there?" stuff in these pictures.
Many collectors can learn a lot from these photos. Aside from the obvious quality of everything here, I'm more impressed with the focus and thought put into getting it in this set up! http://www.usmilitar...tyle_emoticons/default/thumbsup.gif

#60 JGC

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Posted 16 December 2008 - 07:32 PM

Yeah, rub it in, why don't you! ;) :lol: :lol:
I look forward to more pictures, when you have the time.
Thanks for sharing.
You have an amazing collection.
Erwin


Hi Erwin, here are the additional photos that I promised of my 704 grouping. Jon

 

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#61 Gilles F.

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 03:36 AM

Jon, you have a superb collection!

One question though: I have noticed that a large number of Ike uniforms have some sort of fourragere. Does one of the EM Ike uniforms have the traditional fourragere (with "lily knot")? Any 30th Infantry Division or 113th Cavalry Group items?

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 05:53 PM

Jon, you have a superb collection!

One question though: I have noticed that a large number of Ike uniforms have some sort of fourragere. Does one of the EM Ike uniforms have the traditional fourragere (with "lily knot")? Any 30th Infantry Division or 113th Cavalry Group items?

Gilles


Hello Gilles, sorry no 30th ID or 113 Cav groups, I've got a great photo album to a man in the 121 Cav. The shoulder cords that you see in some of the pictures are all on airborne uniforms, not quite sure what you mean by lily knot. Thanks Jon

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Posted 17 December 2008 - 05:57 PM

This is definately one of the greatest collections I have ever seen 
Jon, do you happen to have any 513th stuff? (I saw some 17th Airborne items in one of your first post)



Hi Tom, I have 5 or 6 nice 17th AB groupings I'd have to check and see if any are 513th. Thanks Jon

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 05:18 AM

Hi Tom, I have 5 or 6 nice 17th AB groupings I'd have to check and see if any are 513th. Thanks Jon


Hi John, thanks for your efforts! 
I'm looking forward to your answer.

Thanks, Tom

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:29 AM

The Hammer grouping is stunning. 

Is the 704th (triangle) patch original?
Was the number written in it or added?

Sorry for all these questions, but it really is something that got my attention.

Erwin


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#66 Jim Baker

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:31 AM

The Hammer grouping is stunning. 

Is the 704th (triangle) patch original?
Was the number written in it or added?

Sorry for all these questions, but it really is something that got my attention.

Erwin


That's two of us, and I know how Erwin feels about the 704th.

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#67 Jeeper704

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 07:39 AM

They were a good outfit ...... B)
I can only dream of having such a grouping.

Erwin

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 12:43 PM

Hello Gilles, sorry no 30th ID or 113 Cav groups, I've got a great photo album to a man in the 121 Cav. The shoulder cords that you see in some of the pictures are all on airborne uniforms, not quite sure what you mean by lily knot. Thanks Jon



Here's a picture: http://en.wikipedia....rragère_LH.png
Does any of the EM uniforms have this type of fourragere? Or only the simplified versions (simple knot)?

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 01:37 PM

The Hammer grouping is stunning. 

Is the 704th (triangle) patch original?
Was the number written in it or added?

Sorry for all these questions, but it really is something that got my attention.

Erwin


Hello Erwin, the 704th patch was original to the group, and it appears that the numbers are hand stitched into the patch. I found this group at a yard sale a few years ago, it would take you days to go through all the paperwork in the trunk. Thanks Jon

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:03 PM

Jon, I hope you don't mind me posting on your thread,
Gilles, here is an example of a French Fouregerre that you were asking to see
1st photo is a WWII French Fourragere from a 121st Tank Bn, 106th Cav IL veteran
2nd photo compares to the standard WWI fourragere from a WWII 5th Marine vet on the left, and a modern WWI fourragere on the right

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 03:49 PM

Jon,

While I've really tried to focus my collection to some pretty finite material, I haven't lost my love for great military collections. Your collection certainly fits into the "great" category. Really sharp looking display. Very well done!

Best, Dennis

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 06:33 PM

One of the nicest collections I've seen on the forum. Thanks for taking the time to post!!!!

Mark

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 08:53 PM

Send over the trunk, I'll go through the paperwork for you. B)

Anything else related to the 4th Armored Division (which we all know is the only Division that really won the war) ?

Erwin

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 04:44 AM

I just wanted to thank all of you for your kind comments regarding my collection, I've been at it for over 30 years and its been a real labor of love. Erwin, if your ever in the states, your more then welcome to drop in and spend as much time with that trunk as you like, there are some real gems in it. Thanks Jon

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 07:35 AM

As long as we're on the trunk subject, what's in the Aero Trunk??

Dennis


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