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    Central Ohio
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    We have rescue cats, and I especially love Tortie cats! My special baby was a tortie named Avis, who we were blessed to have for 8 1/2 wonderful years!

    My Interests:
    WWII History (French Resistance, Airplanes, the Kiska Campaign and more!), Genealogy, Drawing pencil portraits, hand-sewing, and more!

    French Resistance medals, patches, pins, etc. (Only have a few)
    -Mark V Diver Knife
    -M1943 Swiss Officer's Dagger
    -USN Diver/SCUBA diver pins and patches (Actually, interested in foreign military Diver pins or patches, too)
    -Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation Medals
    -B-17 and B-24D Load Adjusters
    -Always interested in Century of Progress (1933-34 Chicago World's Fair) stuff!

    I am just getting into doing displays, and so far have done two commemorating two Uncles who served. I really like the QMC and the AAC. I like wing badges (particulary aerial gunner wings), WWI PFC patches (the round wool felt ones), and anything to do with SCUBA diving. I really want to try my hand at painting a leather patch (like the WWII bomber jacket patches) and would like to try making my own bullion patch.

    I am a Christian, was homeschooled all the way, and am planning on being a wife and mother when the time comes! I live in the semi-country in mid-Ohio with my Mom, Dad, and twin sister.

    Right now I am on a limited budget, but am really enjoying getting to know the different wing varieties and decide what I would like to collect.

    I also don't mind helping out with researching! I have ancestry world and several other things. No problem helping out when you have a name that stumps you! Also, if you want some big researching projects, I am open to trading for some small military items (like ribbons or patches or mini medals or pins for displays, etc.). Feel free to send me a message!

    My newest hobby --- embroidering my own military patches! That's hand embroidering - no machine at all! So far I've done eight. If you are interested in having me custom make an embroidered patch for you, feel free to send me a PM! It all depends on the design and detail of each patch. I'm open to trades or pay!

    We really like classic WWII films, and have seen so many! Right now I am compiling a list of the WWII films we've seen. Favorites include "Edge of Darkness" (1943), "Air Force" (1943), "Sink the Bismark!", "The Longest Day", "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison", "Objective, Burma", etc.

    Latest WWII books I've read:
    "On the Bottom" by Commander Ellsberg. About the raising of S-51.
    "At All Costs" by Sam Moses. About the SS Ohio and the convoy to Malta.
    "The Sledge Patrol" by David Howarth. About Greenland during WWII and the Greenland and American defense of the uninhabited side of the nation.

    Favorite WWII book: "Soldiers of Darkness" by David Schoenbrun.



    -USAAC/AAF Snoopy Tool
    -USAAC Flight Wrench
    -M1943 Swiss Officer's Dagger
    -C-1 vest USN/USAAF Survival pocket knife
    -TA-1 Field Phone set
    -WWII Norwegian Participation Medal
    -Soviet Navy Cap Badge (gold, c.1990 era)
    -Soviet Submarine Badge (gold side-view of sub, c. 1990 era)
    -mini Legion d'Honneur
    -mini Croix de Guerre
    -French WWII Commemorative medal
    -French WWII/postWWII Legion d'Honneur
    -UK Crimea medal (original, w/ or w/o ribbon and up to the four army clasps)
    -WWII-era Expert badge with Bayonet bar
    -WWII-era Marksman badge with Rifle bar
    -Royal Scots Greys collar device
    -UK Military Cross
    -French WWII Order of Liberation Medal
    -French WWII Rhin & Moselle Resistance medal
    -French WWII Volunteer Combattants Cross Medal
    -French WWII FFI badges or patches of any sort
    -Anything to do with French Resistance, as I am always looking!
    -Pre-Castro Cuba stuff (like bring-backs from guys there, or the Cuban Pacification medal, etc.)
    -Diver knives
    -WWII-postWWII German Occupation MP stuff
    -WWII Flight Engineer wings
    -WWII Load Adjusters (Bomber slide rules), particularly B-17 and B-24D!
    -1909 Bolo Knife
    -Would love to have a variety of assorted ribbons
    -Would love to have rank pins of assorted ranks
    -WWI QMC Collar Device
    -Any QMC collar devices (officer or enlisted) or QMC rank patches
    -WWII Armoured Corps Officer collar devices
    -WWI Wool Overseas Cap
    - "Juarez" Pilot Wings
    -any US or foreign diver pins or patches (I have a subdued 1st Class diver pin and a silver Salvage Diver pin))
    -WWI PFC patches (the round ones, where the branch emblem is embroidered or sewn in the center. Just love these and would like to find different ones. I have a cook/baker, QMC, Infantry, Chemical, Ordinance, Tank, Coxswain, Wagoner)
    -1 3/8" Aircrew wings from WWII era
    -Philippine Insurrection Campaign Medal (full-size)
    -Philippine Defense Medal (full-size)
    -Philippine Liberation Medal (full-size)
    -US Silver Life Saving Medal (Any era)
    -Antarctic Service medal (full size with "Wintered Over" bar)
    -Antarctic Service medal lapel button and/or ribbon with WO device
    -USN Arctic Service ribbon
    -Any aerial gunner wings, any size
    -US Antarctic Expedition Medal
    -WWII-era Glider Badge
    -Glider Pilot Wings
    -Glider and Para-Glider patches (the round ones with a glider and/or parachute on it)
    -WWII Nurse collar device
    -Army of Cuban Occupation medal
    -Army of Cuban Pacification medal
    -2" or 3" WWII-era navigator or observer wings
    - USAAC Qualification Badge (the one that looks like you are looking into the nose of a four-prop engine, and you hang bars from the bottom, i.e. "AP Mechanic")
    - WWI Victory Medals (any country, any shape, with/without ribbon)
    - WWI Victory Medal Bars
    - "Coffee Brewing" manual
    -MP armband
    -MP collar devices (enlisted and/or officer)
    -Dog tag from vet whose address was Belle Center, Ohio
    -Army Service Forces Patch
    -Coast Guard Patch (like the CG emblem, generic)
    -CWO2 pins
    -CPharmWO2 USCG pin
    -WWI-WWII bayonet
    -MP night sticks/billy clubs
    -USS Dallas Patch
    -USCG pin (where it is the USCG emblem)
    -Arctic tab patch
    -USCG Surfman Badge
    -Manhatten Project Patch
    -Early style USCG Commendation Medal
    -Old style US Coast Guard hat device
    -USCG shield and caduseus lower sleeve patch (1950s-60s era, pref.)
    -USCG Chief Petty Officer Hat device
    -USCG Chief Hospital Corpsman rank sleeve patch

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  1. Oh . . . it is actually like a whole harness that you hook all the web gear pouches on! Wow!
  2. Oh, many thanks! I just wondered. Seems like I've seen it referenced several times lately, and I was just getting a bit curious. But the one post I just found, didn't have a picture, so I thought I would post! Now I'm off to Google a picture! Thanks so much, atb!
  3. I've seen several posts over the past couple of weeks, as I've been watching the New Posts thread, posting about wanting Alice Packs. what is an Alice pack? I've never run across them on the forum before, and when I tried a google search, I didn't have enough to find out what it was . . . as I assume it isn't Alice in Wonderland packs of things!
  4. Aren't the "Juarez" wings often made by Lampl?
  5. I got a 14 day suspension, but someone I knew at the same time (we learned about the valour cross rule together!) got 30 days. And a guy reported the auctions. I know because he was rude enough to contact us and brag about it. You couldn't use your account for the suspension time and all your listing were just cancelled. It was annoying. Traded the Navy Cross later on. Much easier. So, that's how I learned about the valour crosses and PHs on eBay. However, they do a diservice, as they allow too many valour cross and PH sales to go through. Means nothing when you don't enforce a rule. Like a parent saying "you do that again and I'll . . . " and then when the child does it, they don't do anything. I don't get eBay allowing so many and then not allowing others. Oh, well . . . not my problem, just my analytical mind. Sad to say . . . I guess I wouldn't recommend trying this group on eBay. Would be such a shame to split it up! It is so amazing! Especially for a USN or NC or WWI USN collector! This is one of those groups that I would think would make a collector happy to have, even if it was the total centerpiece of their collection!
  6. Although, they wouldn't have to be the awarded wings. I know it was common to get your insignia engraved when they went and got another piece. Also, it seems like the ones with names and dates were often sent to Moms or girlfriends. Just my experience, which isn't too large, but still . . . what I've run in to before!
  7. Actually, not quite correct. Most often, the auction gets pulled and the eBay seller gets a 7 -30 day suspension. So, it is bigger than the auction just being pulled. I know . . . I tried to sell a Navy Cross on there before I knew that eBay had rules about more than the MOH. There is no warning and no chance to remove it. It just happens. Also . . . there are self-appointed eBay police who report things like that. Run into some of them, too.
  8. Right . . . Good catch! I wasn't thinking about that, and they sure are! Well . . . that sure makes it harder. Maybe you could start by posting on here for what you'd be happy getting. I'm sure a lot of members can pass it on to others who might be interested, too. It is such a cool grouping! I mean, the medals are cool and all . . . but that picture of the ship with the streamers and the frame made of wood from the Constitution - Wow!
  9. Oh, Johnny . . . some more fabulous work! That 8th AF is a knock-out! Love the outline of the winged 8!
  10. eBay might be a good place to try! There must be someone who would be willing to invest in the whole thing, and not have to split it up. It would be such a cool thing to get it to someone as the grouping. It is amazing!
  11. No . . . I asked my friend if it was like an added alley/area that they turned into a street. No . . . he said they were real streets. Crazy!
  12. You mentioned half a street, and I was going to ask if it was Austin! I have a freind in Austin who lives on 9 1/2 Street. Only place I've ever heard of so far that did half streets! I've never seen the 1/2 stamp on a dog tag before, either, which is cool. Was the 1/2 a stamp in the stamping set?
  13. Coll engraving! I took a quick look and found several USN Edwin H. Coles. One was an Ens on the USS Martha Washington in 1919. In 1943, there is one, rank ARCT (AA) on the MAtagorda in Trinidad. One a Lt. in a 1935 Naval register. In a 1943 register, there is one who is a retired LT Commander, born in 1895.
  14. "Identity Unknown" from 1945. This is just a little B WWII movie, but one that sure is worth the time of watching! Richard Arlen and Cheryl Walker lead the cast. The story is really a cool idea! While this is no "Longest Day" or thing of that sort, it is really a cool look at the families at home who lost boys in the war. Richard Arlen is a serviceman who was found injured on a battlefield and can no longer rememebr who he is. Five of them were found in a shelled-out building, and he was the only survivor. They have five dog tags, but no way to ID which was his. So, he takes the names and addresses from the five dog tags and starts his journey to visit each family to find out who he is. It is a cross-section picture of American families who lost sons, husbands, brothers, and fathers. City to country, old to young, man and girl. You'll be waiting to find out the end! Bit of trivia --- as the son of one of the soldiers, is young Bobby Driscoll, who would go on to be the voice and model of Disney's animated "Peter Pan". All in all, an enjoyable little flick, especially for anyone interested in WWII homefront. It is on Amazon Prime and even in the cheap Combat Classic sets you get in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart.
  15. That is an amazing picture of him! And to have his discharge . . . so super cool! Your Uncle, you said? Really cool. Did you know him at all?
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