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  1. I served in Iraq 2005-2007 with 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. While there, our Battalion Motor Officer - a Warrant Officer named Russ Faulkner - brought his forge and other knife=making gear. He made beautiful knives as a hobby, and so on those occasions where we had a little down time, he guided us through the process of making knives (without the forge - that was his domain). I used a plasma torch and cut a piece of old HWMMV armor - Russ' team had upgraded the armor on our vehicles - and shaped and polished my knife with a belt grinder. Russ talked me through the p
  2. You've got some really cool Gulf War bring-backs! I've mounted a few of my own bring-backs in my home office.
  3. Thank you very much! I just started to read through it.
  4. I bought this from a member of a German militaria forum. I have a few ww2 German flags, however really loved that this flag came with the original capture documents and package. This flag was sent home in late November 1944 by Corporal Vernon Shafer, of the 83rd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion (under the 3rd Armored Division). Unfortunately I have no information on Corporal Shafer.
  5. Had some rear echelon MPs hassling some of our guys who were trying to board that freedom bird for the flight back CONUS. Telling our guys what they could and couldn't bring home: guys with empty AK mags told they could only have one ... couple guys had to give up russian tanker helmets ... It was all poppycock, we pretty much knew these MPs were hoarding the prizes for themselves. Rest of us had a lengthy wait before flying home, and so we all shipped most of our swag home in the mail. I sent home four or five boxes full of Iraqi uniforms, head gear, helmets, field gear, etc .. I ga
  6. When I learned that he retired I pulled out the DCU cap from when he was a brand new Private - hadn't yet attended Ranger School - and I contacted him to see if he at least wanted to have that back as a keepsake. He replied back to me and joked that he had so much junk in his garage that his wife would kill him if he brought anything else into the house!
  7. A few years ago I made a trip to Fort Benning, GA for the graduation of my nephew from his training as a Cavalry Scout. I took time to visit the post, as I had been through there several times during the course of my career - Airborne, Pathfinder, and Jumpmaster schools. While off the base I stopped by a surplus shop next to my hotel, and picked up several modified uniforms - one DCU and three woodland BDU, as well as a DCU cap. The DCU cap bears Private rank, while two of the BDU tops bear Sergeant stripes. The cap and two of the BDU tops bear the name of the U.S. Army Ranger who had worn
  8. This was taken in '08, shortly before I retired. I was an Intelligence NCO in 5th Special Forces Group, and my son-in-law a Chemical NCO. We're with my grandson. I'm wearing the Zaire Parachutist Badge I was awarded for deploying to Zaire, central Africa back in 1987, and making parachute jumps with the Zaire Army's 31st Parachute Brigade. Zaire in now called the Democratic Republic of Congo. Though they're covered in this photo, my son-in-law is sporting Jordanian Jump Wings over his right breast pocket. I also have Kenyan and Egyptian Parachutist Wings, as well as the Egyptia
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