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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!
    -1917 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. Thanks so much for finding that picture! Super cool! Boy . . . and my Dad complains when he runs out of shaving soap . . .
  2. Thanks for all the thoughts! Very interesting about the destruction of the guns! I never knew that really. I mean, I know they get rid of old weapons, but never thought about it. I know Russia just has theirs filling warehouses! Suppose I never thought about what the US did. So, when I ran across that thread, I wondered what would make people interested in it. So, thanks for all the input! mikie --- That is cool about your long-term restoration!
  3. Oh, that is a good thought! I could see how that would totally work! And be practical for a display like this, rather than sinking a lot of money in to something that you don't even see all of it. So, that is really a good idea!
  4. Thanks for all the great info! I wasn't on yesterday, as Sis and I had a birthday and I took off from the comp all day! Very interesting about them trading for a "better" knife! I saw they had aluminum handles, and that would make you think about it being rather fragile. So, would these have been worn on the belt? Also interesting that they are mostly seen in use just in the one spot! Was it a more common thing for issue equipment to be poor like this, or is this kind of the odd man out? Did soldiers have to often replace their stuff because of issues like this?
  5. No . . . I think I mean something different. I understand upgrading items or moving on . . .but my question is more about why in the first place is this a desirable item. And not asking what each individual person's personal thoughts were . . . someone must understand why this gun was wanted. I mean, just because you think $50 is cheap . . . would you buy a USMC Kabar that had been melted down in to a lumpy mess? And if you would . . . again, wondering why? So, on this gun (and there isn't a right or wrong to this . . . I am simply wondering what made this gun desirable that in a run-down state, it is still wanted by multiple people? Personally, $50 isn't cheap to me. I only get that about twice a year to spend. Compared to a $1,000 gun, sure . . .but why would I want to spend money for a smashed, unmoving gun missing parts? That's what I'm asking . . .
  6. Ran across an old sale thread, for a smashed demilled revolver. Not only did it sell, but multiple people wanted it! My very basic question . . . why was it wanted? It is totally ruined, to the untrained eye. However, it must have something. So, thought I would ask as some of you might be able to shed some light on my question! Thanks! Elizabeth
  7. While cleaning through the knife sale threads . . . I ran across a picture of a Marine Raider Stiletto. Never seen one of these! Would these have been carried by the raiders who wore the 1MAC raider patches (blue with a red shield with a skull in the center)? I searched on this forum for a while and couldn't find a thread where someone had posted where these knives were worn. So, anyone know where they were worn and maybe someone has a photo showing a Marine Raider with his stiletto? I'm interested now! Thanks! Elizabeth
  8. Oh, that's interesting about the AAF Survival machete. I thought it looked huge in pictures! The 09 one looks like a ceremonial blade . . . just without the fancy decorating! I still think the 17 is a beautiful piece! Something about it. Appreciate the ruler in the top picture! Really puts it into proportion! I had never thought about machine gun crews having to clear fighting spots, but it totally makes sense now that I think about it. I've never really thought through how the machine guns were set up on a field!
  9. Very interesting to see the pictures of the sheaths! I haven't seen a metal one, as far as I can remember. One other question . . . how much would be a range for a 1917 one? This might be one thing I might have to work at saving up for!
  10. Thanks for all the detail! In your above picture . . . is the 17 on top, with the 09 in the middle and the 04 on the bottom? The bottom one looks like a non-foldable version of of the AAF knife. That 17 is a beautiful thing! I wondered about it being half-machete! I think that is super cool about the PI connection! The American time with the PI is so interesting! That middle one looks like a machete! On the 17 . . . is the handle leather, wood or something else?
  11. Oh, as always ----- amazing work! Johnny - you never cease to amaze! Really, I have to get going on the leather patch I want to make! You inspire me . . .
  12. Actually . . .this is a bombardier wing! Would you like me to change the title? Or is it engraved to a pilot?
  13. Hi, Guys! I am hoping that someone here can answer some question about the Bolo knives. I've seen pictures on here from time to time, and absolutely think it is an amazing looking blade! These are probably basic questions, but I'm interested! Were they only issued/used during the Great War? What size are they? Can't really tell by pictures, how long/what size they are. Why are they called "Bolo"? Are they a combined knife and machete, basically? Who would they have had issued them to?
  14. I made a Find A Grave memorial for Bob: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/211496624?createdMemorial=Yes Stop in and leave a flower or upload a better picture!
  15. Well, I would say you definitely got a fun piece at a very fun price! Love the badge and hat patch detail! I think it is probably going to be super nice in your collection!
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