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  1. On a whim (based on what the surname looked like to me) I checked, and this is probably him: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/86625285/earl-thomas-fortenberry He was an LCDR as of the 1957 register, so with the card giving his rank as Commander, it would likely fall into the period I mentioned above.
  2. I can't make out the last name, Earl Thomas Fsomething, Commander, Supply Corps, United States Navy. Nice cap, looks to be from the mid-1950s to early 1970s.
  3. Nice jumper! You know the funny thing, is that your chair does a better job of displaying the jumper than the majority of the special display forms out there (which are not very compatible with jumpers).
  4. Nice grouping! He passed away in 2015, this is from the grave locator: DEAN, WILLIAM RUSSELL STCS US NAVY KOREA, VIETNAM DATE OF BIRTH: 11/06/1934 DATE OF DEATH: 02/23/2015 BURIED AT: ROSEWOOD MEMORIAL GARDENS 7764 WEST LEE HWY RURAL RETREAT, VA 24368 Some of the ship associations indicate he served from about 1954-1976. Try the vets groups for the Cubera, Sea Cat, James Monroe, Benjamin Franklin, and Nathan Hale; those are the subs he listed on one of the vet organization websites. Hope that helps
  5. That CG jumper is great, interesting to see mismatched liberty cuffs! I'd wonder if he served on an icebreaker cutter operating in the far north, he might also have been a Vietnam vet (the USCG was there too).
  6. That is great, I love it! Used to admire the Britains and other makes at a shop years ago. The packaging is as nice as the figures!
  7. Too bad they got rid of it, I can't imagine it being required for anything but the more formal of functions. That said it is an interesting piece of military headwear!
  8. Your 'vehicle' would be hard to miss, too funny. Nice hat
  9. Yeah looks like a pioneer type tool chest. Different sets came in different sized chests. I don't recognize that one offhand, but the piece in the lid reminds me of retainers found in some crates for hand saws.
  10. The only name I could find was a Tage Waltermore Jacobson, but I see a FindAGrave for a Tage W. Jacobson in Utah that just says he was PVT US ARMY and WORLD WAR I & II. If it is the same Tage W. I found, then he must have changed branches by WWII because there is a WWI USN guy with the name that enlisted on 1/11/1918. I did not find any F.W. Jacobsons in the USN during WWI, but that just means I didn't find any and doesn't mean there weren't any. Anyway it is a start for you.
  11. That is nice, I like to see some genuine wear on a combat uniform. It really beats the unused looking spares they often kept for special duties or inspections, while the set you have looks like it was actually worn and used in the line of duty. Great finds
  12. Very nice! Regarding the bronze star, don't forget it was often awarded for meritorious service (since the original meritorious service medal the Purple Heart, ended up being awarded for wounds and deaths). This is why they began to make the distinction of the 'V' device, but the USAF did not use the 'V' until much, much more recently. So it could be a meritorious award or it could be a valor award, with a USAF guy the only way to be sure would be to order a copy of his record (or ask the family if they have copies). Unfortunately, right now the archives are closed except for very
  13. Yeah red is just that, red. In may cases is has nothing to do with being an ACE (as Allan said, even B-17 guys could and would do it). It really is something you have to evaluate on a case by case basis, in short not everyone with red lining was an 'Ace'. The choice of lining in a tailored jacket was definitely a personal preference, sometimes it meant nothing, sometimes it meant something to the guy who paid to have it.
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