Greetings to the forum
The name is John, been around on a number of different collector forums (only one militaria related) over the last 15 years or so, normally under the user name of Skippy (it was already taken here!). I'm a London based Brit, working in Law Enforcement for the last two and a half decades, so not a military man, but impressed at just how many US forces serving and veterans are here and let me say of course - Thank you all for your service.
Been collecting various militaria over the years since I was a young boy, but in more recent years picked up a few nice US military pieces, mainly from the Vietnam war era and had been lurking and researching this forum since that time.
Last year though I made my first proper trip to Normandy (visited Merville and SWORD for the 75th) and visited all of the beaches, landing zones and Pointe du Hoc and really picked up the bug for WWII militaria again. What really struck me though was the display and history I learnt in the Waco hanger at the Sainte-Mère-Église airborne museum. That courage and sacrifice really opened my eyes to the contribution of the glidertroopers, long hidden in the shadow of the much celebrated paratrooper brothers, certainly in my learning.
So returning from that trip I have been further mining this forum for information and slowly picking up some nice small US airborne related pieces, mainly wings including glider wings and DUI; until I have reached the point that I realised I actually have quite a bit of US militaria and could hopefully contribute to the community here in a positive and fun way.
So glad to be here and hopefully make some new friends along the way