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#1 DoubleEnvelopment

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 06:22 PM

Still have a lot of work to be done to the room itself, not to mention tons of framing and more collecting to do  B). Everything is original except a few select documents I have made reproductions of, so I could keep the originals in safekeeping.

 

The main exhibit is in the large blue backed horizontal case. In there I set up a USS Enterprise (CV-6)

display, when the Midway movie came out.

 

In the IKEA Detolf shelf beside it I have a few navy groupings from top to bottom

USS Converse, famed desron 23 sailor, on top,

USS Manila Bay Avenger group,

USS Bullard diary group

last but not least a small USS Washington/Pre-War Lexington flight log group

 

My other Detolf is dedicated to the USAAF,

-95th Bomb Group diary on top, opened to the entry where they ditched in the Channel after the 6 September 43 Stuttgart raid 

-451st Bomb Group

- 466th Bomb Group D-Day diary group

 

Sorry if pics aren't great. If you'd like to see anything in detail let me know. I hope my set-up is honoring the vets properly, any suggestions are welcome. 

 

 

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#2 Mr.Jerry

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 06:26 PM

Very nice start! Nice and well lit!

 

(one shelf bracket is too low...gotta count the holes)



#3 DoubleEnvelopment

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 06:38 PM

Very nice start! Nice and well lit!

 

(one shelf bracket is too low...gotta count the holes)

 

Thanks. I rewired it myself. Oh wow. Can't believe I didn't notice! Just fixed it, thank's for the head's up.



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 06:39 PM

fantastic! Nice and clean looking displays.



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 06:47 PM

Please show (and tell) us what's in your USS Enterprise display. Thanks!



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 07:08 PM

Great displays!

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 08:10 PM

Nice display. It is always nice to have the items out where they can be enjoyed. Be careful though as it is easy to run out of space!!!

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Posted 08 January 2020 - 09:49 PM

fantastic! Nice and clean looking displays.

 

Thanks a lot. It is not easy to keep it at the minimum.



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 10:34 PM

Looking good so far! 



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Posted 08 January 2020 - 11:12 PM

Please show (and tell) us what's in your USS Enterprise display. Thanks!

 

It's several groupings and/or single items all put together.

 

The big things for me are the 3 Diaries. While they aren't necessarily the most detailed accounts they are still significant because they were actually there.

-1 is Pearl Harbor Day through the Marshall's Raid in February 42. Sailor was later killed in Atlantic 1943 by a U-boat.

-Another is by an aviation mechanic diary October 41-October 42  leaves the E before Santa Cruz.

-The third is October 44- through the end of war. Got this from the family.

 

An original seabag from an Enterprise sailor with 2 amateurish pin-ups drawn on, "Seattle Queenie" and "Honolulu Lou." Also included is a a box of pieces of kamikaze plane pieces he picked up after the 14 May 1945 strike. I didn't include a piece of propaganda he brought home but it is also part of the grouping. 

 

An Original Map with dates of actions drawn on it. I got two maps from the unnamed sailor that were tucked in a 1st ed of the Stafford Book. The one pictured has a short two week diary/log during the Formosa raid of October 1944 written on the reverse.

 

A Copy of an original citation I have for a sailor's firefighting actions after a kamikaze strike April 11th,1945. I also have his Cap Talley, his October 1945 USS Enterprise Navy Day program and his Truman thanks letter. He is mentioned in the 1944 diary.

 

A Bulova watch and dog tag from a Helldiver crewman along with an email detailing his service written by his daughter.

 

Lastly there is a big chunk of shrapnel brought home by a VS-6 aviation mechanic.

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 12:53 AM

Very nice display. 

 

The bag is a parachute traveling bag used by pilots and aircrews. 

 

I noticed also a USN flight helmet and log book - any more close photos and history of it?

 

Thanks,

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 02:15 AM

Very nice display. 

 

The bag is a parachute traveling bag used by pilots and aircrews. 

 

I noticed also a USN flight helmet and log book - any more close photos and history of it?

 

Thanks,

 

 

Thank you for the information Jerry, but can you tell me why would a sailor from B Div have such a bag? It has his name stamped on it 8 times.

 

 

Yes here are several pics. He was an Avenger crewman of VC-80 that flew off the USS Manila Bay, His crew made a confirmed hit on a Battleship or Heavy Cruiser from the Japanese Center Force that was retreating from Samar. Still having trouble determining which one.

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Posted 12 January 2020 - 02:17 AM

He refers to his pilot comer, as "My Boy".

© on the war diary above.

 

 

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Posted 14 January 2020 - 11:49 AM

Thanks for more pics. Interesting piece of history for sure.

 

About bag, it is possible of course. I only mentioned about official name of these bag.

 

Cheers,

Jerry



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Posted 14 January 2020 - 01:02 PM

That's a very nice collection you have



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Posted 15 January 2020 - 01:47 PM

Thanks guys. Will periodically update as room/collection gets updayed.

Edited by DoubleEnvelopment, 15 January 2020 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 17 January 2020 - 11:52 AM

Very nice.  Diaries are tough to display but, boy, they have a wealth of great first-hand, descriptive information. I would love to set up a room to display mine but my wife would argue differently.  Instead they get locked away.  Nice job!

 

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