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  1. THANKS! When researching the names of the pilots that signed it, I was surprised to see just how high the mortality rate was for them. Nearly 25% of them were killed within a year. Absolutely crazy. Robert Robinson Jr., who inscribed the back of the book, was KIA in March 1945 while escorting a bombing mission to Berlin. 4 of the Tuskegee Airmen's kills are also represented by the pilots who signed the book, including Thomas W. Jefferson (2 kills in late April 1945), Bertram W. Wilson (shot down an FW-190), and Charles V. Brantley (shot down an ME-262 jet the same day as 2 other Tuskegee Airme
  2. I’ve used the Ancestry.com USMC muster rolls quite a bit. 14 entries is a pretty good result. I’ve had several guys that were in for 3-4 years and only turned up 3 or 4 entries.
  3. BTW, tons of Ancestry.com USMC muster rolls pertaining to him if you can access them.
  4. USMC casualty cards show a Frank John Bochentin in Co.A 4th Engineer Battalion.
  5. Original Posthumous Award Citation for Merchant Marine Distinguished Service Medal
  6. WW2 US Army Air Force ID/Dog Tags to B-29 Crew Member- Involved in Nonstop World Record Flight from Hawaii to Washington DC.
  7. US Coast Guard SPARS ID bracelet- Belonged to 1 of only approximately 2,000 US Coast Guard SPARS to serve "overseas" duty in the territories of Hawaii and Alaska during WW2. After serving in the Coast Guard, she also served for a time in the US Navy, and this bracelet reflects her service in both branches.
  8. I am fairly certain this particular book belonged to Robert "Bob" Williams, the Tuskegee Airman behind the production of the 1990's HBO Movie "Tuskegee Airmen". During WW2 he flew in the 100th Fighter Squadron, with two FW-190 kills and award the Distinguished Flying Cross. The book is signed/inscribed by about 40 other pilots/cadets who attended flight school for classes 44D, 44E, and 44F. 9 of the pilots who signed this book were later killed in training accidents or killed-in-action in the ETO.
  9. Hello All, Here are some of my favorite finds so far this year. All of these came from online sources, since most of the events I'd usually attend in person have been closed down due to COVID-19 concerns. There's still good stuff out there!!! Signed & Inscribed Tuskegee Army Air Field Class 44 D-E-F Yearbook
  10. Wooden model kits were available during WW2. I would bet that is what this started out as. The kits included an instruction sheet and a few sheets/blocks of wood that were roughly the size needed, and then were carved/cut/sanded into shape, glued together, and painted. I used to have an original unbuilt example of a British fighter plane, still in the original red, white, and blue box complete with “keep ‘em flying” logos.
  11. The forum admins put in an autocorrect feature since so many people were incorrectly saying “p r o v i d e n c e” when they were meaning “provenance”.
  12. It wasn't uncommon for soldiers to be issued new sets of uniforms while deployed. Consequently, a fresh set wouldn't show the signs of a flag being moved down to make room for the FWTS patch. Not all uniforms were set up with theatre-made patches/badges. There is nothing incorrect about this uniform. I had an 82nd Airborne jacket almost exactly like this one from a different soldier (the exact same badges even!). I actually found a picture of the vet wearing the jacket in Iraq taken during a Christmas dinner. At the time he didn't have a CIB on the jacket, but the jacket did end up with a
  13. Yes, by the late 70s the DSA became the DLA, so the reference to DSA On the tag dates this to 1977 or before. Here is another DPSC manufactured jacket (the “mosquito resistant” variant), referenced in another thread here at USMF and with solid provenance that it was a test garment. It is also discussed at this website: http://www.vietnamgear.com/kit.aspx?kit=687
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