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#1 Yancy Irwin

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:50 AM

Im sure you can all imagine being militaria collectors how happy i was when i was given my grandfathers WWII items.I grew up in the same house my grandfather bought in 1954 so there was allways lots of cool old stuff in the basement attics etc i remember my dad showing me this stuff once when i was about 13-my grandfather joined the navy at the age of 16 in 1929-he served on the U.S.S Chicago from 1929-1935 then left the navy for a few years (ill get to that story later!) During WWII he served on the U.S.S Bowditch and saw action in Leyte Gulf and Okinawa.He then served during Korea and later retired in 1965-He kept 2 trunks full of stuff all from pre war and wartime service (there are some postwar photos) Ill let the pictures do the talking ,you guys know what your looking at.there are some cool things in the trucks! this is going to be a very pic heavy thread!



my grandfather William "Moose" Irwin at age 16 in 1929-

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:52 AM

one of the trunks-his name is ink stamped all over the inside.

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:53 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:53 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:54 AM

5.he didnt keep any of his uniforms just the insignia and buttons!

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:56 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:56 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:57 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:57 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 06:58 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:00 AM

11 Japanese shell caseing from Okinawa

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:02 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:03 AM

13-not sure what this is?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:04 AM

14-it has a 7 stamped on it?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:05 AM

15-this one is a bit of a mystery-my dad told me before he died that my grandfather brought got this after the battle at leyte gulf-but his dad was also in WWI and some of his things-(binoculars/documents/photos) were in the trunk so im not sure if this was my great grandfathers from WWI or if my grandfather did get this after leyte?

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:10 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:12 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:13 AM

18 thats it for now! thats one trunk,the other has more cool stuff plus tons of photos and documents ,ill post that when i have the time!

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 07:56 AM

13-not sure what this is?



That's a ship's commissioning pennant. :thumbsup:

This is a super group!!! :thumbsup:

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:26 AM

thanks Dave ! the best stuff is still to come!


here is the cover of my grandfathers photo album-it and all the pages are loose but i think its mostly there-all the photos in it are from the U.S.S Chicago from 1929-1935-my grandfather wrote all the places hes been in ink on the cover!

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:30 AM

21U.S.S Chicago on her first cruise-

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:33 AM

22.my grandfather standing on the left and kneeling in the middle-

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:39 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 10:40 AM

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Posted 20 October 2011 - 03:13 PM

Outstanding group. When did he depart the Chi?


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