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  1. MEMBERS & FORUM INFORMATION

    1. NEW MEMBER INTRODUCTIONS

      If you've just signed up as a member, feel free to stop in here and post an introduction about yourself, your collection, or any other information you wish to share with this community.

      POSTS IN THIS FORUM DO NOT INCREASE YOUR FORUM POST COUNT

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    2. ADMIN ALERTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Check in for important alerts and announcements from the Administrators regarding the forum and members.

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    3. FORUM HELP

      Having trouble with a portion of the board? Go ahead and post it here so we can help.

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    4. SUGGESTIONS & COMMENTS

      Have a suggestion or comment about the website? Feel free to post it here.

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    5. BUYERS & SELLERS

      Want to notify USMF community members about dealer websites where members can purchase US militaria? Feel free to post that here!

       

       

      Also, compliment the Buyers and Sellers that demonstrated fair and honest dealings,the folks you can have confidence conducting business. All members assume responsibility of their postings, the USMF accepts no liability.

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    6. BUYERS & SELLERS REPORT SECTION

      This section is dedicated to exposing Buyers and Sellers who are fraudulent and unethical in their business dealings. This is not a place for accusations, but to provide proof of those practices perpetrated by individuals. All members assume responsibility of their postings, the USMF accepts no liability.

       

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  2. US MILITARIA DISCUSSIONS

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    2. LATEST FINDS AND ACQUISITIONS!

      Feel free to post your latest finds for all to see, including flea market finds and dumpster digging. This board is simply post your assorted "hauls", so please post threads about each item in their respective boards if you would like to discuss an item or ask questions. Discussion of certain items or aspects of service should be posted in the respective boards.

       

      NOTE: Threads in this board are automatically deleted after 90 days of no activity.

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    3. GROUPINGS PAGE

      Having a hard time deciding where to post your latest grouping, which includes items of all types? Why not post your groupings here!

       In Memory of Bob Gill (aka 'BobGee') 

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    4. UNIFORMS

      This section contains all types of dress and combat uniforms AND items associated with a uniform to include head gear, foot gear, under clothing and all other clothing accessories.

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    5. AVIATION CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT

      For flight suits, flight jackets, flight helmets, parachutes, and more. PLEASE POST DRESS UNIFORMS IN THE UNIFORM SECTION.

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    6. STEEL AND KEVLAR HELMETS

      Post any type of steel helmet or kevlar helmets, helmet accessories and parts, liners, covers, etc.

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    7. FIELD & PERSONAL GEAR SECTION

      Post any type of equipment or field gear, including packs, pistol belts, etc. and any type of personal gear, like lighters, soap, shaving cream, etc. NOTE: Holsters can be found in the Firearms & Ordnance section.

       In Memory of Craig Pickrall (aka 'craig_pickrall') 

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    8. BASE/BIVOUAC/CAMP/DEPOT ITEMS

      For base/bivouac/camp/depot/etc. type items.

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    9. EPHEMERA, PHOTOGRAPHS & MILITARY ARTWORK

      Post any paper documents, newspapers, illustrations, photographs and military artwork.

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    10. WOMEN'S SERVICES

      This section is a section for items related to the female/women's services, including WAACs, WACs, WAVES, SPARs, USMC Women's Reserve, American Red Cross, and USO.

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    11. HOMEFRONT & THE WAR EFFORT

      Feel free to post any items from the war effort and the homefront struggle to support to the troops abroad.

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    12. MILITARY EDUCATION & TRAINING

      For any item pertaining to any US Military Academy (i.e. West Point), Colleges, Schools, ROTC (both High School and College), Training Fields/Bases (i.e. Camp Lee, Chanute Field), etc. Whether you are interested in Texas AMC or Chanute Field . . . come right in and discuss anything about all items relating to the above.

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    13. VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS

      Post any type and any period of veterans' organization items here.

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    14. FAMILY SEARCHES AND RETURNS

      USMF members this section is dedicated to highlighting the items that have been returned to recipents/ owners or their families by our membership or items that forum members would like to attempt to return to the original recipent/owner or families.We will also redirect inquiries from families who join here because of posted items.This section will allow any member to post or list named medals, uniforms, helmets,etc. to be reconnected to the families that could be searching.As always, you as a member have no requirement to respond to contacts about items you post on the forum. If it happens and you are not interested in getting involved, contact me and I will intercede in your behalf.

      Always proceed with caution and feel comfortable in your contact with parties when returning items.

      This section is completely VOLUNTARY

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    15. MISC MILITARIA

      If you have a US military item that does not fit any of the above categories, then feel free to post it in this section.

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    16. SPOILS OF WAR

      For bringback items found in duffle bags, footlockers, etc. PLEASE DO NOT POST YOUR ENTIRE NON US COLLECTION.

       

      This section is for foreign items, enemy or allied, brought back by a US soldier, sailor or airman. Preferably these posts include the story of the serviceman who brought them home. Items clearly marked as war prizes or are accompanied by capture papers are also acceptable. Items posted that do not meet these criteria may be removed.

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    17. PRISONERS OF WAR / P.O.W.'S

      This section is for items used, issued, worn, etc. by prisoners of war.

       

      Any US items issued by the US to AXIS P.O.W.'s are also allowed here.

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    18. AMERICANS IN FOREIGN SERVICE

      For militaria of Americans who served with (or in) Foreign armies and formations.

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    19. D-DAY NORMANDY +75

      A forum to post all things related to D-DAY Normandy

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  3. MEDALS, SHOULDER SLEEVE & METAL INSIGNIA

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    3. BADGES, AWARDS, DUI, AND COLLAR BRASS

      If you like qualification badges, distinctive unit insignias, or collar brass, then step inside! It is all right in one place! Anything not covered in the listed sub-boards should be posted directly in the "BADGES & AWARDS" board.

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    5. UNOFFICIAL MILITARY AWARDS (PLAQUES, STEINS, CUPS, CIGARETTE / CIGAR CASES, ETC)

      For UNOFFICIAL MILITARY AWARDS (PLAQUES, STEINS, CUPS, CIGARETTE / CIGAR CASES, ETC).

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    7. MARINE CORPS EGA DISCUSSION

      For MARINE CORPS EGA DISCUSSION.

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    8. WING BADGES

      This section is for the display and discussion of U.S. military related wing badges. So, if you are a wing collector, then step inside!

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    9. MEDALS & DECORATIONS

      Post any pictures, documents, ribbon bars, or other items pertaining to U.S. medals and decorations.

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  4. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. UNKNOWN, CAN YOU IDENTIFY?

      For identifying that weird piece of militaria no one knows what is. *Please note that this board is only for identification. Once an item has been identified, please post the item in the appropriate board and refrain from further discussion in this board. Once satisfactorily identified, topics will be locked for further replies. 

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    2. REAL OR WHAT?

      It's sometimes hard to tell the real from the fake, especially when you only have online photos to go by: if you have a question or suspicion, post it here.

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  5. FIREARMS, ORDNANCE & EDGED WEAPONS

    1. FIREARMS & ORDNANCE

      Post all types of firearms and firearm accessories, such as ammo, magazines and clips, gun parts, slings, holsters, and ordnance .

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    2. EDGED WEAPONS

      Post any type of knives, bayonets, swords, or other edged weapons.

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  6. VEHICLES, AIRCRAFT & SHIPS

    1. MILITARY AIRCRAFT & AVIATION

      This section is for posting items, information, pictures, etc. on U.S. military aircraft or military aviation.

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    3. MILITARY VEHICLES

      Post all vehicle information, manuals, pictures, etc.

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  7. HOBBIES & ENTERTAINMENT

    1. MODELING

      Like military models and modeling? Then this is the place for you! Share your creations, learn techniques, and just have fun!

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    2. BOOK REPORTS

      Got a fiction or non-fiction book you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here.

       In Memory of Roger Bender 

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    3. MOVIE & TV REVIEWS

      Got a movie or television show, series or documentary that you wish to tell others about? Be it a good or bad report, we'd love for you to post your thoughts here. Also, please feel free to post foreign movies that involve the US military and/or US servicemen.

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  8. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE AND DISPLAY

    1. DISPLAYS

      Want to post your collection so that others can see? Have a great display or a great idea for one? Feel free to post those things here!

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    2. PRESERVATION

      Have a great preservation / conservation idea or need advice on preservation / conservation? If so, then this is the place. So, go ahead and step inside!

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  9. Where to see History - MUSEUMS, REENACTMENTS AND EVENTS

    1. EVENTS CALENDAR

      Know of a militaria show, veterans reunion, or other interesting event? Feel free to post it here.

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    2. WHERE TO VISIT, PLACES TO BUY MILITARIA WHILE TRAVELING

      Where to visit, places to visit, military shop locations, places to buy militaria while traveling.

       

      For questions and suggestions of places to visit. Please start your thread title with the name of the state your post focuses on.

       

       

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    3. MUSEUMS, BATTLEFIELDS, AND MONUMENTS

      Share your travels and photos of military museums, battlefields, memorials and cemeteries. US and overseas locations involving US military history welcome.

       

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    4. REENACTING GROUPS & REPRO GEAR

      Are you a reenactor and want to connect with other reenactors or just share pictures and information about your reenacting group and reproduction uniforms and gear? Stop by here!

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    5. BASES, AIRFIELDS, FACILITIES, AND INDUSTRIAL SITES

      For posts related to Bases, Airfields, Facilities, and Industrial Sites.

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  10. HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

    1. MILITARY HISTORY DISCUSSIONS

      Want to discuss U.S. military history, such as historical personalities or battles? Step inside here and post away.

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    2. VETERAN RECOLLECTIONS

      Have interviews, letters, or other direct-from-the-veteran information that you wish to share with the community? Feel free to post it here!

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  11. SOCIAL MISC AND REMEMBRANCE 'TAPS'

    1. TAPS

      A section for members to post memorials and in memoriam posts.

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    2. Non-Militaria misc

      Anything that doesn't fit the above categories, feel free to post here - and that even includes movie reviews, social chat, etc. Just make sure you keep it clean though! NOTE: Threads in this board are automatically deleted after 90 days of no activity.

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  12. REFERENCE

    1. EGA [REF]

      The following is the reference section for US Marine Corps EGA / EG&A / Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblems from all periods. 

       In Memory of Gary Mohrlang 

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    2. MEDALS & DECORATIONS [REF]

      The following is the reference section for US military medals and decorations from all periods.

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    3. HALLMARKS [REF]

      This section includes photographic illustrations and / or information regarding the manufacturer codes and hallmarks seen on various types of U.S. military insignia.

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    4. HELMETS & ACCESSORIES [REF]

      The following is the reference section for US military helmets and helmet accessories from all periods.

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    5. FIREARMS AND ORDNANCE [REF]

      The following is the reference section for US military firearms and ordnance, as well as associated equipment including, holsters, cleaning equipment, slings, ammunition, etc.

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    7. UNIFORMS [REF]

      The following is the reference section for US military uniforms from all periods.

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