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  1. Completely forgot about that, most of the photos I'd seen had always been of them were on larger ships in the full khakis or the dark chief's shirt.
  2. Basically all enlisted rates below CPO, as officers and CPOs were usually in their own uniforms and letting the lower ranted guys get dirty. Im sure a few CPOs might have worn them occasionally, but it wasnt the norm. The blue dyed caps were supposed to help camouflage when topside on the ship, since the normal white tends to stand out, but its arguable how effective that was. It ended up just being a personal style choice.
  3. Theoretically, would you be saying all that if it were a documented helmet worn by a member of VVAW?
  4. Please don't. It's more interesting as is, rather than another plain old stripped down shell.
  5. One of my local auctioneers has been selling some of the less historic flags from this collection. The provenance kept by the original collector was definitely less than ideal... sometimes its just a few words written on the hoist saying it was flying over NYC City Hall during WWII or something like that, but its usually just a number written on a tag tied to it. At some point there was a box of paperwork, but I believe most of those were accession notes from embassies for the international flags. Nobody tried to match up the individual papers to the flags being sold.
  6. I believe it all started at the Long Island or the San Antonio news site (I haven't double checked the published dates), and was then basically copied and pasted onto the FOX site. The writers at these larger outlets don't knave the resources to double check things, their jobs are just to churn out content and assume the smaller stations did their homework. Unfortunately, nobody really did. It would have taken someone at news companies with knowledge of PH engravings to point out the flaw so quickly visible to our small circle of collectors, but this forum is a relatively small group of dedicated scholars. In one of the articles, the lady who found the PH basically said she googled the name, and made the assumption it had to have been LTC Cole's. I can't blame her for not knowing rather minute details to the average person, but it's sad that no one triple checked before going through with the ceremony. People will believe what they want, especially for a feel-good story.
  7. We were talking about this lid at the Bay State show on Sunday. The scuttlebutt is that it came out of a yard sale in Springfield, the picker asked about militaria and it made its way out of the house.
  8. Just to note, per his census entry, he lived on Primrose Street in Haverhill. Its just up the hill from Lafayette Square, which used to be the old French Canadian section of the city. Perhaps thats where he felt most comfortable, amongst all the people from his old neck of the woods, considering the pattern of migration of Canadians down through Maine and into Haverhill and the rest of the Merrimack Valley.
  9. I have one in my collection although technically my example belonged to a DOW who passed a couple days after he was wounded. I suppose he was taken back to the field hospital and the helmet was returned to his other items, and shipped home with his personal effects after he died since he was an officer.
  10. This one had been on craigslist in Burlington, VT a while back, and originally came with wings and a gold star pin. I had emailed the seller, but never heard anything back. Also some Pacific paperwork, but that might've belonged to a different relative.
  11. You dont start regularly seeing the Victory Medal on discharges until September / October 1945. Also, the Navy Good Conduct was supposed to be last in precedence on a ribbon bar, until mid December 1945. Those details, plus the lack of a Ruptured Duck, suggests he wore this sometime before December and didnt wear it again, at least not on the trip home... probably switching to the blues at that point.
  12. Fabrics strength like that can never be restored, only preserved. Like leather, once its gone its gone. Honestly, it should never have been put back onto a hanger at all, just laid flat and stored folded.
  13. Well, you may not be steering the family toward a "desired outcome" or whatever, but sometimes people simply don't realize there are additional options to whatever their first thought might be. Sometimes they never considered that people might even like to buy the items, or that something going to a museum might never see the light of day, or that the uniforms in a theater department might get all the patches chopped off or additional things sewn on. It's perfectly acceptable to tell people that other avenues exist, give them the information, and then let them choose.
  14. The P44 pattern is extremely popular with vintage clothing buyers right now, both tops and trousers. Prices for any of them in halfway decent shape have gone way up, especially with anything near mint skyrocketing. The P41 less so but still in demand, however the Army HBTs never seem to get quite as much interest as the USMC and USN HBTs. I'm constantly surprised by these prices, but I can only imagine what they're fetching in the Shibuya shops.
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