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    Vernon K. Rising, USN

    Two more: His miniature medals (nice to see all three campaign medals), and LST-345.
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    Vernon K. Rising, USN

    I attended Vern's memorial service last month, and now finally have a moment to post some pictures.
  3. My neighbor, Vernon K. Rising, passed away on Feb. 3, aged 98. He was my neighbor for about the last 15 years but it was only in the last five years I got to know him, and am glad I did. He was a "90 day wonder" at Columbia University's Navy Midshipman Training Program in 1944, graduating as an ensign. All the ensigns in his class were assigned to LSTs, with responsibilities handed out alphabetically by threes: You're a commander, you're an XO, you're an engineering officer, etc. He was first posted as an engineering officer to LST 308 and then LST 345, carrying troops and supplies across the English Channel to France, and wounded back to England on the return trip. After VE Day, he was briefly assigned to the Amphibious School at Little Creek, VA, then left for the Pacific around the time of VJ Day. Once there, he commanded LST 1043 in New Guinea. He left the Navy, worked in the Merchant Marine, then went on to civilian life. Vern was hard to get to know at first, because by the time I met him (he was then in his early 90s) he was quite deaf and stubbornly refused to get a proper hearing aid. He lived on his own, drove every day until he was 97, and in the summer he could always be found at the pool, swimming 25 yards underwater on a single breath. He was a rare breed, a tough but sweet guy, an inspiration to me, and one of the last of his generation. RIP, Vernon.
  4. This guy was just sentenced -- to 364 days in prison and to repay $43,000 to buyers ​https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/historian-who-stole-wwii-dog-tags-from-the-national-archives-advertised-stains-of-fuel-blood-to-potential-buyers-now-hes-been-sentenced-to-1-year-in-prison/2018/04/09/98909158-36b3-11e8-8fd2-49fe3c675a89_story.html?utm_term=.7d53f6dc4223
  5. Not sure where the proper place to post this would be but I'll start here... https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/lost-at-sea-during-wwii-weathermen-to-get-their-purple-hearts-at-last/2015/11/18/93d5d908-8980-11e5-be8b-1ae2e4f50f76_story.html
  6. Driving through Alexandria, Virginia, this afternoon I passed a car with what I would swear was a North Carolina Medal of Honor license plate. Although some quick internet searches don't show that North Carolina issues MoH plates, so I may be mistaken about the state. Both the driver and passenger in the car were women, so clearly not the medal's recipient. Too bad I didn't get a photo of the plate, or a chance to chat with the occupants.
  7. +1. Absolutely 100% concur with everything you said!
  8. Tfiveoh is correct that it's an Egyptian plate. It's actually a Customs plate, meaning an imported vehicle on which customs duty has not been paid (meaning it can't be sold inside Egypt and has to leave the country with its owner). "CH" = Customs House. And "AR" = El Arish, a city on the north coast of the Sinai Peninsula. A very rare Egyptian license plate. As to what it was doing in Iraq, who knows!
  9. 439th Signal Battalion and R Michael and Vincennes, those are some great additional shots, thanks for posting! R Michael and Patches, yes, the man in white is a Cairo policeman in summer uniform, wearing a fez cover. That is a nice rare photo.
  10. Congratulations on acquiring an excellent collection! I remember seeing this auction listing, and I'm very glad they went to someone who is both knowledgeable on the subject and willing to share them with us. Thanks for posting!
  11. Apologies if this has already been posted... Some nice photos of US Army troops celebrating Christmas over the years, from the Center of Military History site Happy holidays! http://www.history.army.mil/html/reference/holidays/index.html
  12. You all have some sharp eyes! Thanks for the additional photos, Patches. At the risk of going off-topic, the stone support under the Sphinx's chin dates from 1931. A few years before parts of the head and crown were falling off, and this was part of a repair/reconstruction effort. It was removed by the early 1950s.
  13. Finally, four Army enlisted on camels. I think the Egyptian guide on the right is the same man as in photo #2.
  14. Now the turn of the Army Air Forces. Written on the back: "Lt. Col. Kempston, Falls, Idaho; Lt. R.R. Blades, Kentwood La.; F/O W.E. Jones, Montgomery Ala.; me."
  15. A related photo: Lt. Laffy, now on a camel (left), with what look like two Merchant Mariners, a Navy enlisted man, and a Navy officer. Written on the back: "Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 28, 1944; Roosevelt & Churchill staying at Mina House - half mile east of here - before meeting with Stalin on the Black Sea. Seems that half the British Army is in the area now."
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