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!
WWII History (French Resistance, Airplanes, the Kiska Campaign and more!), Genealogy, Drawing pencil portraits, hand-sewing, and more!
STILL LOOKING FOR:
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.
MY MILITARIA WISH LIST
-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 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 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!
-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 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
- WWI Victory Medals (any country, any shape, with/without ribbon)
- WWI Victory Medal Bars
- "Coffee Brewing" manual
-Dog tag from vet whose address was Belle Center, Ohio
-Army Service Forces Patch
-Coast Guard Patch (like the CG emblem, generic)
-CPharmWO2 USCG pin
-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