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    I'm a historian by academics and career. I love to tell the stories of those who came before us and keep their memory alive. If you would like to chat about history feel free to reach out. Thanks

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  1. Matt, not being a helmet guy that’s what I was trying to figure out. If it was dirt or something more permanent. Thanks all for the advice.
  2. I’ve wanted a clean ww1 helmet for a long time. This one popped up on Baystate and I had a question. Do you think these spots could be cleaned up or is there something else going on here that the spots are permanent (would do damage to try and clean)?
  3. I don’t have it with me, but theres a great section in GI Collectors Guide that has toiletry items. Maybe someone could take a snap shot? Also if memory serves correct, and other can chime in, I thought I read some where that some items that were not “government issue” but private brands were handed out by the government as “issued items”? (for some reason I feel like the “star razor” sets were handed out by the gov.) Likewise, most items that are private/name brand were usually sold in the PXs and bought up by GIs. So most any period items would work for a displa
  4. Google - Remove before flight is a safety warning often seen on removable aircraft and spacecraft components, typically in the form of a red ribbon, to indicate that a device, such as a protective cover or a pin to prevent the movement of mechanical parts, is only used when the aircraft is on the ground (parked or taxiing).
  5. There is some question as to wether the badge in Exeter is actually Brown’s... To my knowledge there are three badges, two that still exist, one in New Hampshire (Brown’s), the other in New York (Church’s)...Bissell’s badge was lost in a fire. I would say all badges are accounted for and this is a fake. (I’d give more credit to a museum/historical society over Facebook)
  6. William Brown’s Badge...American Independence Museum, Exeter, New Hampshire.
  7. That’s a great memorial Shawn, nicely done!
  8. I have always had a soft spot for the personal touches to the those that experience this American history of ours. Outside of my soft spot for Missouri, Iwo Jima, and POWs, I’ve focused in on things like pocket bibles, columbia accolades, medals, letters, telegrams, dog tags...the small personal touches. (One of my favorite items ever was a rosary given to a gentleman fighting in Italy) It’s where my interest is, instead of say the gear or machines of the conflict. I’m finally toward the end of Daves excellent book Sacrifice Remembered. It is an excellent book, pick it up! Anyway,
  9. I think my favorite was Carter. The actor did a great job with his emotions in the role.
  10. Yeah, Morrison is on the opposite side of the state from me, near St. Louis. It’s a great find, very well done. It seems nicely framed, good job.
  11. As a Missourian, does the tag say which bank in Missouri?
  12. “I would tell you that they would be just as happy knowing that you traded or sold the medal and acquired something that does interest you.” Very well said Allan, bravo Since the medal is not named and with no ID, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. As they say, without a story it’s just military surplus. So I wouldn’t sweat doing what you want with it.
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