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  1. FORUM NEWS & HELP

    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.

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    2. FORUM ANNOUNCEMENTS

      Check in for announcements, important alerts, and new feature intros from the Administrators.

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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. *This is for forum tech/running issues, etc. Please post thoughts or questions about items or sellers in the proper boards.

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  2. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. LATEST FINDS

      Been to a sale and got a great haul to show off? Feel free to post pics here! *Please note that ALL posts in this board are deleted 30 days after posting. Any discussion should be done in separate thread(s) posted in the proper section.

        In Memory of Bob Hudson 

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    2. FAMILY SEARCHES AND RETURNS

      USMF members this section is dedicated to highlighting the items that have been returned to recipients/ owners or their families by our membership or items that forum members would like to attempt to return to the original recipient/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 a Mod or Admin and they 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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  3. PRE-WWII

    1. (1776-1860) AMERICAN REVOLUTION, WAR OF 1812, MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, AMERICAN INDIAN WARS TO 1865

      For US Militaria of the American Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican-American War and Indian Wars eras - 1776-1860.

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    2. (1861-1865) AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - The War Between the States

      For US Militaria of the American Civil War era, 1861-1865.

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    3. (1866-1890) PLAINS INDIAN WARS - Westward Expansion

      For US Militaria of the "Indian Wars" era - 1866-1890.

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    4. (1898-1916) SPANISH AMERICAN WAR, BOXER REBELLION, PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION, MEXICAN BORDER SERVICE TO 1916

      For US Militaria of the 1898 - 1916 era (including Spanish-American War, Boxer Rebellion, Mexican Border, etc.).

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    5. (1917-1919) WORLD WAR ONE, RUSSIAN INTERVENTION

      For US Militaria of the World War One era (The Great War) - 1917-1919.

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    6. (1920-1940) THE INTERWAR YEARS, BANANA WARS, HAWAIIAN DIVISION, CHINA SERVICE to 1940

      For US Militaria of 1920 - 1940 period (including Banana Wars, Hawaiian Division, etc.).

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    7. UNIFORM BUTTONS   (20,221 visits to this link)

  4. CLOTHING & GEAR

    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    5. FIELD & PERSONAL GEAR SECTION

      Post any type of equipment or field gear, including packs, pistol belts, etc. and any type of personal gear, like rations, 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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    6. BASE/BIVOUAC/CAMP/DEPOT ITEMS

      For base/bivouac/camp/depot/etc. type items, including but not limited to sleeping systems, cooking pots, mess hall cutlery, blankets, foot lockers, wall lockers, tents, field desks, coffee pots, bunk beds, flags, pennants, standards, burgees, guidons, etc.

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  5. MEDALS, SHOULDER SLEEVE & METAL INSIGNIA

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    4. 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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    6. MARINE CORPS EGA DISCUSSION

      For for US Marine Corps EGA / EG&A / Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblems from all periods. 

        In Memory of Gary Mohrlang 

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    7. 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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    8. HALLMARKS

      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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  6. FIREARMS, ORDNANCE & EDGED WEAPONS

    1. FIREARMS

      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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    3. ORDNANCE

      For posting any type of Ordnance, including (but not limited to) artillery, cannons, mortars, bazookas, rocket launchers, recoilless rifles, mines, hand grenades, rifle grenades, smoke generators and pots, demolition charges and equipment, pyrotechnics and signal/flare projectors, chemical warfare items, anti-submarine explosives, and aerial bombs and rockets.

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  7. 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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  8. HOMEFRONT & VETERANS

    1. 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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    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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    3. VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS

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

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

      For UNOFFICIAL MILITARY AWARDS including (but not limited to) Steins, Cups, Plaques, Cigarette and Cigar cases, Cigarette Lighters (Zippos and other brands), Swagger Sticks, etc.

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    7. TAPS

      A section for members to post memorials and in memoriam posts. Also, if you know a Forum member has passed away, please post the notice here and include their username.

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  9. MILITARIA MISC.

    1. CHAPLAINS & MEDICS

      For any discussions about the Chaplains Corps and Medical Corps (including but not limited to Chaplain's gear, chapels, personal medic’s gear, any type of hospital equipment, insignia, pamphlets, photographs, posters, groupings, stretchers, field gear, hospital beds and items, etc.) and anything related to their service with the US Armed Forces. Additional topics could include shell shock, trauma, battle fatigue, moral injury morale, and other conditions and/or diseases dealt with by the military. 

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    2. 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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    3. BASES, AIRFIELDS, FACILITIES, AND INDUSTRIAL SITES

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

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    4. EPHEMERA, PHOTOGRAPHS & MILITARY ARTWORK

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

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. AMERICANS IN FOREIGN SERVICE

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

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    8. ANIMALS IN SERVICE

      For anything related to dogs/pigeons/horses/mules/mascots (any animal) in the service of the US Military.  Including, but not limited to, animal specific equipment, handler groupings, photographs, documents, manuals, insignia, etc. 

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    9. METAL DETECTING AND RELICS

      Post any metal detector finds or relics that have been discovered! Note: US items only, please.

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    10. 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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  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. 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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  11. INTERNATIONAL MILITARIA & HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

    1. INTERNATIONAL MILITARIA & HISTORICAL DISCUSSION   (22,729 visits to this link)

      NOTE: Clicking here takes you to our sister forum, the WMF, which requires a free WMF account to post.

  12. REENACTING & REPRO

    1. REENACTING

      Enjoy reenacting as a participant or an observer? Post anything about reenacting, your impression, a reenactment event or anything to do with reenacting here!

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    2. REPRO MILITARIA

      Found a good piece of repro militaria? Make repro gear of any sort? Post it here to share and discuss!

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    3. REENACTING GROUPS & REPRO GEAR

      *No new posts may be started in this board, please post in the appropriate board above, as this is being split into two boards.

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  13. COLLECTION MAINTENANCE AND DISPLAY

    1. DISPLAY IDEAS

      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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  14. 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. TOYS & GAMES

      Post your military-themed toys and games! Including Toy soldiers, Soldier dolls, Board games, Spotter card games, GI Joes, etc.

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    3. 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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    4. 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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  15. SOCIAL MISC.

    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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  16. REFERENCE

    1. MEDALS & DECORATIONS [REF]

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

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  • Recent Posts

    • ProFox
      I found this on Northpoint   THE TWEEDIES TENT: This tent is marked: "TWEEDIES FOOTWEAR CORPORATION 1943". Tweedies was a USGI contractor, and this tent is the 10th Mountain division style, 1943 EARLY VERSION, 2-man ALPINE TENT. This is the SINGLE ENTRANCE, 12 POLE STYLE. It is the ALPINE, REVERSIBLE style tent, and it is white on the inside. These tents were later made in the '1944 LATE STYLE whereas there were 2 entrances, and 2 ventilation snorkels, and used only 8 poles instead of 12. This allowed quicker ingress/egress, and the tent was lighter as well.What your looking at here is the EARLY '1943 12 Pole single entrance style Tweedie Alpine tent.In the realm of WW2 tents, the Tweedies were known as Cadillacs, albeit heavier to pack. Also, these were issued to elite WW2 mountains troops (such as US Army 10th Mountain Division) and special forces, namely in the Italian slogging match campaign. These were also used by the B.S.A. Boy Scouts of America" for Alpine expeditions and training. Nevertheless, other troops had these if they were lucky. Most troops in the field were relegated shelter halves, and froze half to death. The Tweedie was a small taste of home. This is known as an "Alpine" tent, and it is white on the inside, thus it could be camouflaged in snowy conditions. Simply turn tent inside out for white exterior.Condition: These old tents are hard to find in decent condition. This tent Is in fair- condition. The crease marks have weakened the fabric, and it is DELICATE. There are also some patches on the inside to patch up some holes. There are some pinholes here and there. Also some marks, tree sap, and so on. This tent does show its wear, but its intact.Thus, having said that, if you plan on thrashing this tent, and having kids around, this tent will degrade quickly. Also keep in mind UV rays. These old fabrics just wont hold up to the sun or heavy wind. But if you are a reenactor, and plan to use it once in awhile in a calm setting, and take it easy, it will hold up for awhile. As for rain proofing , I treated the fabric with a silicone tent sealer, but if you want rain-proof, you will need an auxiliary tarp. In all reality, this tent is best for display for short periods of time only.The MARKINGS: This tent has 3 markings:"US" on top peak"Tweedie Footwear Corporation 1943" on the peak"Property of Boy Scouts Of America" on the bottom floor of tent, can not be seen when set upThe Wooden Poles: Marked "Franklin Picture Frame Co. 1943" 11 of the poles are absolutely original, one pole has been reproduced. To see that reproduction it is the very bottom pole in photo #9The Stakes: TWEEDIE tents came with an aluminum riveted stake. This comes with 3 original stakes, the rest are modern.The tent ropes: These are 100% genuine ww2 cotton Tweedie ropes.Thus this Tweedie tent is missing a few aluminum stakes, its original bag, and has other issues. It is correct for WW2 reenactors OR WW2 Boy Scouts reenactors.THE DUFFLE BAG: Marked "TWEEDIES 1944" and "USN". These Tweedies Sea Bags are very collectible in their own right. Has WW2 prior owners name on it. Its condition is average to above average, however it is missing the closure snap clip.In closing the tent is delicate and worn. If you care for it, and use it lightly, it may display well for you. Keep in mind this tent is 76 years old.
    • patches
      Like most, we seen this photo forever in various books on WWII, went looking for it and found it, and with an ID.   Wearing the Tanker Jacket, is one Lieutenant Michael J. Ciaglo, 34th Inf Div up on Monte Chiaia viewing enemy activities/positions over on Monte Trocchio in the Cassino Area  January 17 1944, Ciaglo, either a 2nd or 1st Looey is given as an Artillery Officer of the Red Bull Division, Arty Bn not given though.
    • CurraheeMan
      Really cool artwork from a combat artist who was in the briefing room when soldiers "got word" of the specifics for D-day. Combat artists played a fascinating role in the whole operation. 
    • patches
      Thanks for the addition Chris.   Found this portrait of Sachs when he was in the Recruiting Command, here it looks like hes wearing the 2nd Award of the Badge, can't find his Korea or Vietnam units unfortunately.
    • themick
      You have googled "Imjin Scouts" haven't you?  There is actually a fair amount of information on them there, so start out with that.   Steve
    • mikie
      Another interesting Shoebox Show And Tell.  mikie
    • CaleXko
      My Grandpa Was in the Army, throughout 1980-1984 and maybe even earlier. He never told us about his time in the Army or atleast me. But I did recently find out he used to be an Imjin Scout, I've done some research and I can't find much. His name was Brian T. Dorsey Sr. And he was In the 7th Calvary apparently too. He has a badge and everything if anyone would like to see. It would be nice if anyone could share any information they have about the Imjin Scouts because apparently the Government is keeping some information hidden.
    • mikie
      I think that is one of those doohickey things I’ve heard about. Or possibly a thingamabob.  mikie
    • PamelaJ
      Hi, Yes, he was from Centralia, Marion County, Illinois.  I'm one of the Stories Behind the Stars writers for the Fallen.  If you still have them, w  ould you be willing to donate these to the local Historical Society as they would be so grateful. I happen to be researching his background and writing his memorial to be posted on Fold3/Ancestry.  And I have Marion County on my lists of fallen. 
    • knifeguy
      Persian Gulf command, thank you very much for this this helps give me a jumping off point kind of research. I really didn't know anything of these when I picked them up. I also have a large yellow 81 mm pictured here I believe dated 1941
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