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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. 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.

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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. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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. 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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    7. 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, etc.

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    8. EPHEMERA, PHOTOGRAPHS & MILITARY ARTWORK

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

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    9. 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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    10. 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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    11. 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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    12. VETERANS' ORGANIZATIONS

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

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    13. 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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    14. 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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    15. 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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    16. 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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    17. AMERICANS IN FOREIGN SERVICE

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

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

        In Memory of Gary Mohrlang 

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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. 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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  4. COLLECTION ASSISTANCE

    1. UNKNOWN, CAN YOU IDENTIFY?

      "What is it?" This is the place to ask that question. Once satisfactorily identified, topics will be locked for further replies. *Please note that this board is for IDENTIFICATION HELP ONLY. Once an item has been IDed, please post a new thread in the item's appropriate board and refrain from further discussion in this board.

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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

      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.

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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. INTERNATIONAL MILITARIA & HISTORICAL DISCUSSION

    1. INTERNATIONAL MILITARIA & HISTORICAL DISCUSSION   (385 visits to this link)

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

  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. REFERENCE

    1. MEDALS & DECORATIONS [REF]

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

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    2. 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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    4. UNIFORMS [REF]

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

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      Posted September 7 Hello Jose, what do you think about this patch?  There is a small moth nip to the right of the "G".  The patch is approximately 3 inches in diameter. Thank you in advance.  Steve       Dear Steve,   Buenas tardes from Spain. Sorry for delay getting back, but things like this have to be well-studied.   You definitely own a souvenir post AVG reproduction patch made in China at about the time of the CATF (Jul 1942-Dec 1943 actual). The tiger is almost equal to the one found at the San Diego Air & Space Museum and the one in my collection from the humble AVG  Ace Pilot Tex Hill. Since curator Al Valdes & museum head Terry Brennan  and I discussed the 2 patches below, the museum concluded they were made in China. Hence since your tiger is also that of the stocky Amur Tiger fondly-regarded in China unlike the hated Bengal tiger in British India, it follows your patch is also a valuable find.    This series of post AVG July 1942 patches were initially given out to the few remaining 23 AVG staffers & the 5 pilots.  Later they were made by the 1943 AVG Memorial Hall association to raise funds from fellow admiring CATF/23rd Fighter group  airmen, numbering 25,0000. Look at the SDASM's and Tex Hill's post AVG souvenir 1940s repro patches below.         I also messaged your seller twice during the auction who didn't even reply or had no dinky idea what he was selling.       Look at a current repro copy of one on Ebay now:   Here is a 1942 post AVG brown patch with bullion chinese characters over wool given to holdover Chinese nationals working at the AVG HQ in Kunming and Chunking. The tiger is rendered nearly quite different from ours also. Lookee below:             I am pleasantly surprised and happy giving you my small opinion this way. For further reading, you can look at post #256 of this site. Your authentic period WW2 AVG reproduction patch is worth $1,500 to $2,000, my estimate.   Un Cordial Saludo, Jose
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      Dustin, Thank You!   I sold all of my C-1 Vests and of course no one takes a photo of the inside of the pockets on eBay.
    • easterneagle87
      JOHN EDWARD LOVE November 11, 1932 ~ September 17, 2021 (age 88)   Obituary With saddened hearts, the John E. Love family says goodbye to their beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John Edward Love – a man who exemplified kindness, faithfulness, compassion, integrityand righteousness. On September 17, 2021 John was called home by his savior, Jesus Christ at the age of 88.   John was born November 11, 1932 in Vaughn, WA.  At the age of three he was placed in the Spokane Children’s Home and at the age of six was adopted by Stella and James Love of Garfield, WA. Looking back, John said he had been “off and on living with the Indians” on the coast and then lived in an orphanage where he said he had more fun than a kid should be allowed to have. John graduated from Garfield high school in 1950 and went on to Whitworth College and served in the U.S. Navy Reserves as a Petty Officer aviation machinist’s mate. Upon graduation he received his commission as an officer and earning a BA in Business Administration and Economics with a minor in Physics and Speech. During his years at Whitworth, he met and married the love of his life, Susan Ann Oliver Love in 1954. John was a fun-filled, energetic, caring, giving man and devoted husband. Within their 67 years of marriage, they built their family home and raised four children, James, Keith, and twins Jerry and Julia. With John at the helm, this family of six have many fond memories of summer vacations and ski trips together. In the Navy John was active in anti-submarine engineering and as a weapons officer. He served with the NATO forces in Europe and managed to be between wars. Commodore John E. Love was promoted to Rear Admiral at the Naval Reserve Readiness Command Region 22 on September 29, 1984, where he was responsible for the training and administration of more than 4,300 Naval Reservists at eighteen training sites in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. His last command was Reserve Duty Commander of Naval Surf Pac Forces and after 38 years of active and reserve duty service John retired in 1988 and rejoined the family business manufacturing agricultural and forestry equipment.   As president of J.E. Love Co., with plants located in Garfield, Mississippi and Minnesota, John was very active in the community and surrounding area serving on many boards in many capacities. From 1980-1981 he was President of the Inland Empire World Trade Club; in 1982 he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Washington state International Trade Fair and was Chairman for Eastern Washington University foundation from 1982-1984. John also served on the Community Colleges of Spokane as their Foundation Director from 1982-1991. He was on the Board of Directors for the Bank of Whitman, the Board of Directors for Metriguard, Inc., the Chairman for the Farm Industrial Equipment Institute in Chicago, and is a past member of the Garfield School District Board. From 1987-2017 John served as Chairman of the Board for Saturna Capitol and in 1995 he was elected Commissioner to the Port of Whitman County retiring in July 2020.   John was easy to talk with, an avid reader, he loved native American art. He enjoyed working with his hands and loved the outdoors and fishing with all its glory, peace and wonder. John was raised and involved in church as a devoted Christian following God’s Word in his life. He was the Scoutmaster for Garfield Troop 577 and attended the 12th World Jamboree of Scouting at Farragut State Park in 1967 with his scouts as well as the 13th World Jamboree of Scouting at Asagiri, Japan with five scouts in 1971. In February 1979, John then Chairman of the Mount Steptoe District, was awarded the Silver Beaver citation for being involved in scouting for more than thirty years. This coveted award is the highest that the Inland Empire Council of Boy Scouts of American can bestow on a volunteer.   John is survived by his wife Susan, three sons, James, Keith and Jerry and daughter Julia; daughter-in-law’s Laura Love and Kim Love; five grandchildren, Ryan Love, Patrick Love, Brendan Love, Mandi Love-Keen, Jacob Love and Kevin Love; ten great grandchildren along with aunts, uncles, cousins, and many nieces and nephews and countless dear friends. John is preceded in death by his adoptive parents James and Stella Love and his sister Thelma Woolford.   John’s Celebration of Life and Memorial will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Garfield Middle/Elementary School, 810 N. 3rd, Garfield, WA 99130. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation can be made in John’s name to Samaritan’s Purse, Franklin Graham, PO Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607, web link for donations and obituary: https://sampur.se/3ExGfZf    Dessert reception following the service.   Kramer Funeral Home of Palouse, Washington is caring for the family.  On line condolences may be left at www.kramercares.com  
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      Some early Field gear displayed 
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