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    Collector of WW2 Special Forces and Airborne Photographs and Document Groupings: FSSF, Army Airborne, SAS, SOE, etc.
  1. Fantastic photo Eric. I have this photo I inherited from my Great Uncle's Fleet Air Photograph Squadron Archive of his Unit's mascot. This pup went on to have 6 puppies while deployed.
  2. Hello all, I would love some help identifying this Navy Jacket patch, can't seem to find the corresponding squadron for it. I assume it is WW2 era but am not 100% on that. Thanks for the help.
  3. Greetings everyone, I have not been as active with this forum as I would like and I hope this topic can serve as a re-introduction. I have been collecting Allied & Axis Airborne and Special Forces photographs/groupings for 10+ years thanks to the help of some kind folks that are active here. I thought I would share a recent group that I was able to restore. Several years ago I obtain a set of photos of this unnamed individual from a fellow board member whose portrait told an intriguing history about their war service. The impressive ribbon bar, caterpillar club pin and Canadian Wings all suggested they played an important role: I tried in vain to identify him using several resources with no success. Fast forward to November of this year when an auction went online for a large grouping of items from this individual and a name emerged: Emry V Stewart. I was relieved to have a name and equally relieved to win the auction so all of these items could be united together. Emry V Stewart played an important role in the development of airborne forces both as a private individual and a member of the armed forces. An early parachutist who was all too excited to take the plunge, Stewart logged hundreds of jumps on the air show circuit. As early as 1930 Stewart was delighting audiences around the U.S. at air shows with his daring, as this Indiana Newspaper clipping from that year shows: After working as a parachute salesman as well as a daredevil, the pre-dawn era of the war pulled Stewart into the fold of the development of the airborne forces where he began to serve as a training specialist at Fort Benning in September 1941. With the outbreak of war and the increased pace in the development of U.S. airborne forces, Stewart continued in his role at Benning and grew to serve as the Director of Specialized Training at The Parachute School, where he served as an important voice in the development of the techniques and technology of the jump. Of note, Stewart is mentioned in Mr. Angolia's wonderful Heroes in Our Midst series (Volume 1). This 1944 clipping is a nice example of his public persona as a voice of authority in parachute technology. The grouping of items I was able to obtain are fantastic. I personally see the engraved bracelet, Parachute School Leather patch, and caterpillar club pin as the highlights. Along with these items were a selection of photographs of Stewart and his family that provide a view into the life of this important figure. Stewart's contributions to the development of the parachute were recognized globally, and he was eventually awarded the A. Leo Stevens Parachute Medal in 1949. I hope you enjoyed this long-winded post learning more about this important individual. Happy New Year to All. Eric
  4. I would like to second the opinion for "The Call of Duty." The 2nd Edition is a must for anyone considering US medal collecting, plus you have an amazing historical text on the development of these awards!
  5. Thanks, yeahh I cant believe I didnt notice that until a few minutes after replying... I guess I need to pursue a different route...
  6. Hi everybody, my name is Eric Houtman, a resident of California/Michigan, currently studying History in Michigan. I am an active member of WAF, but I moonlight as a US militaria collector also! I wanted to share my newest pick-up, this great ww2-vietnam medal group. I would love to get some research help on this, although I have struck a dead-end. I was told the name by the seller, but unfortunately no other information, as the family is very quiet regarding his service. The individual's name is Roger Hill and he was a resident of California up unto his death, unfortunately I have two Roger Hills in the SSDI and I can not get a lock-down on his middle initial: ROGER W HILL 27 Jun 1939 02 Feb 2007 (V) 95765 (Rocklin, Placer, CA) (none specified) 279-34-9629 Ohio ROGER A HILL 04 Jul 1940 30 Dec 2006 (V) 93455 (Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, CA) (none specified) 541-42-9213 Oregon Now, due to this veteran's service through three wars, I was hoping that a member here would be able to locate some information for me. If not, I guess I will send out two 180 forms and see if anything comes back on either of them. Any advice would be helpful! Thanks so much! Eric Houtman
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