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RickJ

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  1. Went back out today with my older metal detector. It's pretty basic, but it's great for finding desirable metal objects in the desert. Started out to sweep all the pits first. On the way to the first one, I got a hit. Found 13 shot cartridges in the first 5 minutes! So, onto the pits. No metal in them except for 2, and I think that's post-war trash. All the others had wood and nails around them, so they're pit toilets and possibly showers. The pit toilets are only about 11' across while the shower (?) is about 36' long. You can see a bit of what's left of the rock alignment for the wa
  2. Date correction- It's a concrete rectangle with names inscribed in it. One of them is dated 9/22/43. 9/43 saw the highest amount of troops in the DTC, and then was declared surplus in 4/44. If this was used for the DTC it might've been used for the troops returning to camp before going overseas and the removal of camp items.
  3. I've been visiting this area the last few weeks while the weather here was "cool". Used my drone to map the area and ID potential targets. Found some interesting things. This area may have been used for the Desert Training Center, but one part of this area is dated late in the game. It's a concrete rectangle with names inscribed in it. One of them is dated 8/22/43. 9/43 saw the highest amount of troops in the DTC and then it was declared surplus in 4/44. If this was used for the DTC it might've been used for the overnight stay of the troops returning camp items removed from the camps du
  4. Hi! A little late to this, but the "bombing circle" was made sometime between 1953 and 1955 and complete sometime between '55 and '59 (one complete circle and two 3/4 circles). It might've been a type of bombing ring, but not WWII era. Perhaps rudimentary photo recon imaging for EAFB or photo bombing ring? In '59 there's a house just 1/2 mi NE of the bomb center so if there was any live bombing, it had to have stopped by then.
  5. Hi all! I'm looking for someone who has an original connecting rod for a US 81mm mortar cloverleaf. It held 6 short motars, about 15" in length. I need the dimensions of the rod...the overall length and length of threads at each end. I know the diameter is 5/16. That's also the size of the hole in the center section. That would make the threads themselves 5/16" X 18 NC, same as used on the 75mm HOW / 81mm mortar (long rounds) cloverleafs. Any help would be appreciated. Eric
  6. Hi! I found this cover plate at one of Gen. Patton's training camps in the Mojave Desert. It was in the motor pool area of the camp. Wondering if anyone could ID it for me? Could've been off anything from a jeep to a tank recovery vehicle and transporter. They used all types of vehicles there (sorta a prelude to the Yuma Proving Grounds). I'm just guessing, but the large hole would be to turn a handle or knob or such in the direction of the arrow, and the two smaller holes are finger holes to assist in the removal and replacement of the panel. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!
  7. Hi! I know these aren't U.S. wings, but maybe someone could head me in the right direction for I.D.'ing this. Front has Chinese(?) symbols at the top on it with a red "5" underneath. Backside has "A 119" stamped on it. Received this from a friend who's dad passed and was a collector. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks! Rick
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