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#76 American Heritage

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 04:38 PM

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Posted 12 July 2015 - 06:25 PM

The helmet guys have already seen this one.

My only contribution. an early Hawley helmet liner to LTC DOW who served with the OSS in China and later went on to the 506th AB among other assignments.

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Posted 26 August 2015 - 04:22 AM

That is a great Ike Jacket. Who was the maker?



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Posted 29 May 2016 - 11:32 AM

I haven't posted anything for awhile So I thought I would post these Post-War pins that OSS veterans could purchase. I believe these are all of the variations but if someone knows of another one I would love to see it.

The Rosette is probably the most rare of the bunch followed by the Female's necklace pendant.

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 08:47 AM

There are some awesome groupings here!  I have a few items in my collection but none, unfortunately, are named or part of a grouping.

 

Here are a couple of crossbow "arrows" that I've had for a few years.  These two were used most likely with  the "Little Joe Pedal" Crossbow, or perhaps the "William Tell" Crossbow.  Dr. Brunner, former OSS member and author of various military and OSS books, was gracious enough to not only sign his "OSS Crossbows" book, but to autheticate my arrow.

 

There were various OSS Crossbow models made - some assembled and some were unassembled (parts only)... with a combined  total of maybe less than 100.

 

They were designed and built by the OSS during WWII in an effort to provide a silent weapon. Although not used to any great extent, they were tested by the Alamo Scouts in New Guinea and various other theaters of operation during WWII.

 

OSS crossbows and "arrows" are still around in private collections and museums, including the MOD Pattern Room, Leeds, England and the JFK Special Warfare Museum at Ft. Bragg.  I had the opportunity to visit the JFK Museum a couple of years ago and was able to take a first hand look at some of the rare items in the collection.

 

Thanks for looking!

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:53 AM

This was posted elsewhere but never in this OSS pinned grouping section.  Purple Heart and personnel file of OSS Paratrooper/Field Agent Thomas C. Blackwell who served in France and was KIA in China.

 

http://www.usmilitar...a-purple-heart/

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:57 AM

OSS Memorial at CIA Headquarters

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 09:58 AM

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:38 PM

Here are a couple of close up pics of one the "arrows"..

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 05:44 PM

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Posted 09 January 2017 - 07:00 PM

There are some awesome groupings here!  I have a few items in my collection but none, unfortunately, are named or part of a grouping.

 

Here are a couple of crossbow "arrows" that I've had for a few years.  These two were used most likely with  the "Little Joe Pedal" Crossbow, or perhaps the "William Tell" Crossbow.  Dr. Brunner, former OSS member and author of various military and OSS books, was gracious enough to not only sign his "OSS Crossbows" book, but to autheticate my arrow.

 

There were various OSS Crossbow models made - some assembled and some were unassembled (parts only)... with a combined  total of maybe less than 100.

 

They were designed and built by the OSS during WWII in an effort to provide a silent weapon. Although not used to any great extent, they were tested by the Alamo Scouts in New Guinea and various other theaters of operation during WWII.

 

OSS crossbows and "arrows" are still around in private collections and museums, including the MOD Pattern Room, Leeds, England and the JFK Special Warfare Museum at Ft. Bragg.  I had the opportunity to visit the JFK Museum a couple of years ago and was able to take a first hand look at some of the rare items in the collection.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

 

That's really cool, just one of a number of interesting weapons used by the OSS.

 

Any significance on why one arrow has a red fletching?



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Posted 10 January 2017 - 06:56 AM

63 Recon.. thanks!

 

I'm not completely sure about the red markings/paint.  I had heard that the arrows (or bolts) were made of aircraft aluminum and some fletchings will show remnants of red letters or markings from the original aircraft.  Here's a close up of the other side of one of the "fins.  It almost looks like a partial number 2.

 

The other arrow/bolt... looks like the fins were painted red after assembling onto the shaft.  It could have been done when first made or sometime later after the war by an unknown collector.  I was tempted to remove this red paint but think I should just leave it as is.  The paint looks fairly old and I like the "do no harm" theory.

 

I acquired both arrows a few years apart and they look identical to each other... same length dimensions, etc...  

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 01:45 AM

Magnificent groupings of a truly deserving unit . Thanks for sharing your militaria with us .

 

Ed


Edited by lovmilinsig, 19 June 2017 - 01:45 AM.


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Posted 25 June 2017 - 10:54 AM

Capt. Frank C Luck served in China. My first OSS grouping.

 

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Posted 08 September 2017 - 05:04 AM

Guys, magnificent collections. Very nicely displayed.

 

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