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  1. That is super cool!!! Is it named??? I held off, since my luck on hasn’t been great lately when gambling on eBay uniforms having a researchable name in them. Glad to see it went to an appreciative home that kept the history along with it, and didn’t just immediately remove that sweet bullion 1st ID patch. Definitely agree about the BIN price. Great deal, for sure.
  2. This sold as a BIN recently on eBay, right? I almost pulled the trigger on it if so. Great snag! Amazing uniform!!!
  3. LOL. You do you. If that’s what you took from my comment, great. Add stuff and be honest about it. Don’t add stuff and be honest about it. Doesn’t matter either way if the next owner isn’t honest. I think leaving uniforms stripped is unrealistic (and pretty lame) when collecting/displaying a uniform collection. Which is why variety is great. You can do it your way. I can do it mine. 😎
  4. LOL. The only thing you can really control is your own integrity and honesty. Outside of that, you can’t really control how an item is treated after it leaves your possession. It’s possible to sell a fully stripped and un-named uniform, and then that same item can magically gain a name, story, and full set up of insignia by the next owner. It’s just a fact of life. Good case in point:
  5. Great uniform. AAF to Infantry (or the other way around) definitely happened from time to time. I had a pistol belt named to an officer that served in an infantry regiment during the late 1930s up to about 1942. Then he became a pilot in the AAF. Sadly he was KIA later on in WW2. In regards to the topic uniform of this thread, I’d say put the correct stuff on it. What’s the point of a stripped uniform? When selling, you can take the insignia off or simply disclose the ribbons/insignia are replacements.
  6. Gold Star Lapel Pin/Button engraved on the back "G.C.N. Sr.". With some searching, I was actually able to put a name to this little Gold Star pin. It was given to the father of a WW2 US Army 3rd Armored Division officer who was killed in action on June 30th, 1944. The father served the US Army during WW1 in the 105th Ammunition Train.
  7. A handwritten diary from a US Merchant Marine sailor serving as an engineer aboard the SS Alamo in 1942, during an Atlantic convoy trip to Iceland. Lots of writing about daily activities aboard the ship, forming up the convoys, depth charge attacks agains suspected enemy submarines, etc. This sailor was also a WW1 US Marine Corp veteran, having served from 1917 to 1919, and served overseas as part of the 4th Brigade, 6th Marine Regiment, and was wounded in action in September 1918 with a gunshot wound to the ankle.
  8. Enlisting in September 1942, this Marine served as a PFC in E Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He was in this unit from early 1943 up through mid 1945 taking part in the Bougainville campaign, as well as the invasions of Guam and Iwo Jima. By July of 1945, when he seems to have been assigned to the First Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, VA. Sadly, he passed away in 1955, less than 10 years after his discharge from the United States Marines.
  9. This sailor served as a Radarman 3rd Class (RdM3c) aboard the USS Bismarck Sea (CVE-95) starting in June 1944. On February 21st, 1945, while providing aerial support to the Iwo Jima invasion, the ship was struck by two kamikaze attacks which severely damaged the ship. The situation aboard the ship quickly deteriorated due to fires and several devastating explosions, ultimately leading to the sinking of the ship. This was the last US aircraft carrier ever lost to enemy action. Fortunately, this sailor survived the sinking, and was assigned by July 1945 was reassigned to the USS Pennsylvania. He
  10. This bracelet belonged to a US Navy chaplain that served aboard an APA in both the ETO and PTO. At the time he joined in 1942, he was the youngest Chaplain in the US Navy at age 24. He served throughout WW2 aboard the attack transport USS Frederick Funston (APA-89). Throughout 1943, the ship was in the ETO and took part in the invasions of Sicily and Salerno. Following the Salerno operation, the USS Frederick Funston transferred to the Pacific theatre, being involved in the invasions of Saipan, Leyte, Luzon, and Iwo Jima. At Iwo Jima, this chaplain witnessed something so remarkable and heart-w
  11. This US Navy officer commanded several different destroyers throughout WW2, but already had distinguished career prior to 1941. In 1929 he was awarded the US Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal for saving 2 people from drowning. During the late 20s to early 30s he graduated from the US Naval Academy, as well as serving as an instructor there in the early 1930s, and an instructor of Naval Science and Tactics at the University of California in the late 1930s. In November 1941, he was assigned as commanding officer of the USS Allen (DD-66) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Under his command, the USS Allen
  12. Well, finally got some time to post up a few more finds from online shopping during COVID-19. A small assortment of Iwo Jima related USN & USMC WW2 ID bracelets:
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