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Dan Niles

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  1. It always nice to be able to put a name and a location to items like this, very cool item!
  2. Looking forward to seeing the folks up there this year, been a while since I made it up but hoping to get there fairly early to pick up a few items! Great show and an even better time!
  3. This is what it's all about, family memories and history! So sorry for your loss and God bless your Grandfather and your family. This is what makes America great, people like your Grandfather!
  4. That came out fantastic, nice helmet and great job cleaning it!
  5. Brian, Cool connection with the 36th, my dad was quite proud to serve with the t-patchers, you like my dad, always are very humble about their service but to me you folks are the true heroes and the reason we remain a free country! I will also say sorry to the original poster of this thread, didn't mean to hi jack it but always cool to learn the history of some of the folks that belong to this forum, truly a diverse group.
  6. Brian, Thanks for your service to our country, it is much appreciated. My Dad, who was a WWII vet with the 36th said that the enemy was always coming up with ways to wound you as it then tied up several men as opposed to just killing one! War is certainly a very nasty endeavor!
  7. The projectile or bullet would not go anywhere, what would happen is the cases would split/explode sending little pieces of brass shrapnel in whatever body parts they happen to hit. Clearly a booby trap meant to wound more so than kill. You would also have to contend with wood splinters also as, chances are, it would split out the wood when the case lets go! Nasty little bugger!
  8. Ron, Great helmet, a very historic piece. Some items you just get a "feeling" from them when you pick them up. It is amazing when some of these items turn up at of the woodwork and thankfully it ended up in the right hands, as always, another great piece from a time period long ago!
  9. So have we established this helmet is indeed a 81st AA helmet or is it possible that the markings may be for something entirely different. I've seen a lot of different markings on helmets through the years that appear to be one thing and turned out to be something different. For the kind of money this is going for I would certainly want to be able to tie it to an individual to confirm it is what we think it is than to guess that it is legit to the 81st AA. If not it certainly wouldn't have near the value it is bringing, guess I am not much of a gambler when it comes to money. Dan
  10. I agree with ww2jake, their paint is a great color match to the original color!
  11. You should be able to purchase plastic sleeves that will work, they come in a variety of sizes. I have bills that same size and larger and have them in sleeves. Check out websites for currency collectors as they have them for even the "blanket bill" the us was using at the turn of the century. They would fit these as they are considerably larger than our standard currency of today.
  12. Great helmet, always have a soft spot for the third division as they served closely to the 36th. As always Tom you know how to pick the right stuff. Dan
  13. You are right on about the expression on Dad's face here. He had only been out of the hospital a short time and was having a lot of trouble sleeping. He was real sensitive to sound from being in combat where sleeping sound could get you killed. Thunderstorms especially gave him trouble. He never ever enjoyed 4th of July's because of the loud fireworks reminding him of artillery fire they had experienced. It is amazing how he went in a young boy off the farm and came out a different man but dad enjoyed a full life with his family. We all need to remember all of the sacrifices all these m
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