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#1 USmilitaryMuseum

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:44 AM

Hello, after searching for my family's military uniforms, I finally found the uncle who had them.  I went over to his house and I was blown away that they were intact with their ribbons, patches, and insignia.  I was so happy they were still in the family and not in an antique store somewhere.  Until then, it was always a mystery where they served and with who.  Immediately I recognized the patches and the search for my family history was on a new level.  My great great Grandfather William Lund served in Co. G, 102nd Infantry Regiment of the 26th Infantry Division in WWI.  He survived the war and went to work as a miner in the Upper Peninsula.  My great grandfather, Alvin Ayotte served in the 123rd Infantry Regiment of the 33rd Infantry Division.  My uncle said he was a machine gunner and was shot in the hand but I don't know if that was a family myth because there is no record of a purple heart.  My uncle had an entire photo album with probably over 150 pictures from Alvin's service throughout the war.  Many of the photos were taken in the Philippines with combat gear on.  My Uncle said he wants to hang on to them a little bit longer but will give them to me if his son does not want them.  I just hope they don't end up on ebay.  The duffle bag belonging to Alvin is in my collection but the uniforms will be my prized pieces.  Just thought I'd share this little group of family history!

 

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:45 AM

Patch is in good condition.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:45 AM

Collar insignia for G Company.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:46 AM

Blurry picture of William's grave.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:46 AM

Alvin's 33rd Infantry Ike.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:47 AM

He participated in three campaigns in the Pacific.  I know he was in Luzon and Manila.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:48 AM

Newspaper talking about Alvin's actions earning him the CIB.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:48 AM

Wearing a frogskin camo uniform with the locals.  I think he is holding an M1 Carbine.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:49 AM

Cool group picture with combat gear.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:57 AM

Great stuff!



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Posted 18 September 2018 - 06:58 AM

Awesome, nothing like family history. The Ike has two pins that aren't supposed to be on it. The U.S. insignia and crossed rifles. Maybe your grandfather put them on it. Veterans always put Miss matched insignia on uniforms maybe for veterans day parades.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 07:17 AM

Awesome, nothing like family history. The Ike has two pins that aren't supposed to be on it. The U.S. insignia and crossed rifles. Maybe your grandfather put them on it. Veterans always put Miss matched insignia on uniforms maybe for veterans day parades. Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk


The insignia is just lacking the backing plate/disc.Have seen vets remove and wear them this way.

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:49 AM

Very cool pics esp. the camo one!

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 08:50 AM

It’s too bad he wouldn’t give them to you haha.


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Posted 18 September 2018 - 11:08 AM

The insignia is just lacking the backing plate/disc.Have seen vets remove and wear them this way.

Ah, your absolutely right. Good eye ron

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Posted 18 September 2018 - 12:03 PM

Fantastic that the uniforms are still intact and still in the family. 

 

Don't totally discount the wound story.  My Dad had a scar on his arm from a piece of Japanese mortar round. It wasn't bad, but the medic told him to go back to the aid station as it qualified for a Purple Heart.  He said he went back there, saw all those poor guys shot to heck, turned right around and went back to the lines.  

 

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 03:32 AM

Nice to see these items in the family and appreciated.  Thank you for posting!



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 04:19 AM

Really cool to see this family history!

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 10:36 AM

I hope your uncle gives these to you instead of your cousin. If your cousin ends up with them , make sure he doesn't sell them. My 2 Great Uncles served in WWI, and almost all their stuff got sold off at an estate sale by my uncle before I could get to them.

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:07 AM

Thank you all for the responses!



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:09 AM

I hope your uncle gives these to you instead of your cousin. If your cousin ends up with them , make sure he doesn't sell them. My 2 Great Uncles served in WWI, and almost all their stuff got sold off at an estate sale by my uncle before I could get to them.

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I hope he does too.  I don't think my cousin will want them but you never know.  I want to have a museum one day so I really want these to be preserved for my future family. 



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:11 AM

Fantastic that the uniforms are still intact and still in the family. 

 

Don't totally discount the wound story.  My Dad had a scar on his arm from a piece of Japanese mortar round. It wasn't bad, but the medic told him to go back to the aid station as it qualified for a Purple Heart.  He said he went back there, saw all those poor guys shot to heck, turned right around and went back to the lines.  

 

Mikie

That's possible.  I'll have to ask my Great Grandma if the story is true.  If there is proof of a combat wound, is it possible for him to receive a purple heart posthumously? 

 

Jacob



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:13 AM

It’s too bad he wouldn’t give them to you haha.


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I'm positive I will get them in the end.   I showed him my website and told him how much I love military history so I'm crossing my fingers and praying haha. 



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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:38 AM

Reminds me of another story.  When my Granddad passed away, Grandma had to choose who to give his 1971 Duster to, me or my cousin.  The cousin was a better conman than me and ended up with it.  He totaled it 2 weeks later.  

 

Hope you have a better outcome!

 

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Posted 19 September 2018 - 11:52 AM

Reminds me of another story.  When my Granddad passed away, Grandma had to choose who to give his 1971 Duster to, me or my cousin.  The cousin was a better conman than me and ended up with it.  He totaled it 2 weeks later.  

 

Hope you have a better outcome!

 

Mikie

That sucks about the duster!  Thank you, I'll keep up with updates!

 

Jacob




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