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    Kansas City, MO
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    I collect items from the US Army Quartermaster Corps, and the defunct Commissary/Subsistence branch. I am a retired Army officer, specialized in multifunctional logistics and acquisitions.

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  1. Linas, The expert I've conferred with in the past is Bill Emerson. He's extremely knowledgeable about all times of US Army insignia to include chevracs. He recently updated his website: https://emersoninsignia.net/. You can also contact him via email through this website to ask him questions. He's always willing to answer questions and I value his view points greatly.
  2. My Soldiers framed my company guidon when I left command in June 2009. Part of the mystique of framing a guidon is to show it has real wear. My guidon was flown in Iraq during the surge of OIF 07-09 at COB Speicher near Tikrit. It's very dirty and torn, and that's just the way I like it. It has a story and a history that way. If it were pristine and clean then I would guess it had never left a garrison environment. So, if I was in your shoes, I'd leave it alone. Don't clean it! You may want to take it to a frame shop to see if they can swap out the glass with UV resistant glass. That will keep
  3. Welcome! I am also in the Midwest. Kansas City area for me as well as a few other collectors around here.
  4. Thank you for your assessment. I'd never seen such a thing so that's what I was afraid of. I appreciate it!
  5. Fantastic officer! I am partial to your 1st ID patch collection. Did you serve in that division by chance? I had the privilege of commanding E Co, 2-1 General Support Aviation Battalion from Jan 08 - June 09. Greatest job I ever had in the Army!
  6. I collect Rigger/Aerial Delivery material as part of my search for Quartermaster Corps items. I found this one on eBay, and I have no idea if it's real. I am making no accusations or disparaging remarks. I am just looking for an education. Please see the photo and perhaps you might know it's story? Thanks.
  7. It took me quite a while to get through it, but I just recently finished Pershing's Crusaders: The American Soldier in World War I by Richard S. Faulkner. This is an extremely thorough work on many aspects of the American Soldiers' experiences leading up to and all the way through the combat phase of the First World War. What makes this book unique is that each aspect he goes over is documented by hundreds of personal accounts of the men that went through that time. I have no idea how many pieces of correspondence Mr. Faulkner collected, but it must be a lot! Mr. Faulkner covers everything you
  8. You have great taste. Thanks for sharing your treasures!
  9. Fantastic work! I can hardly fathom the terror those men felt on that fateful day. I deployed to Iraq on three separate occasions and I highly doubt my anxiety ever came close to what they experienced. Thank you for making this piece. It's a great way to visualize what that moment was like.
  10. Linas, This is another chevrac. This one is for the Judge Advocate General's corps (Army lawyers). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judge_Advocate_General's_Corps
  11. Linas, Thanks for sharing this collection. #27 is a Quartermaster Department/Corps saddle blanket chevrac. There are several different styles including enameled examples. Your QM chevrac is the most common type I've seen, though I would still call them rare. Here's a link to a seller and his information about chevracs. If you scroll to the bottom you'll see a matched pair that look like yours.: http://mcpheetersantiquemilitaria.com/04_horse_equip/04_item_065.htm
  12. That's an amazing collection, and so interestingly displayed. I like how you've created a Tetris-like look to your framed items. I do that in my one room too, though my wife hates it! Thank you for sharing this great museum!
  13. Wow! That's an amazing model. You are very talented indeed!
  14. Great question. I have two WW1 helmets and two US (Prussian style) helmets in my case. I also keep epaulettes and a kepi cap inside to keep the dust down. I highly recommend the trick of adding weather stripping around the gaps formed between the door and sides. This has kept a ton of dust out of my case. I think I've dusted it once in 4-5 years. That's pretty good for me!
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