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  1. The tailors tag is named and dated (1934) to Charles E. Parker. As previously posted the Charles E. Parker that is MIA was commissioned in 1934 which also matches the date on the label.
  2. Beautiful uniform! Find a Grave has a picture, a write-up and some family genealogy. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2553114/charles-henry-edwards
  3. Check out this thread: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/337986-nara-award-cards-now-available-online/page-3&do=findComment&comment=2718163 The fellow members did a terrific job figuring out the NARA website search.
  4. Same here. My thought at the moment is that it based on the pictures and article he was transferred to the 2nd AAF after completing his 25 missions. Perhaps he wore the tans immediately upon transferring?
  5. I'm so glad I could put a name to this uniform and I found a great article about him from 2013. https://donmooreswartales.com/2013/03/17/clayton-raynes/
  6. I purchased this 8th AAF summer tan coat a few years ago from a reputable dealer. It looked and felt good but I always hit dead ends in researching the name and there was a small part of me that questioned it. Particularly since I don't usually see summer tans for the 8th. Now that the award cards are searchable online I was able to put a name to this. Clayton D Raynes who is not listed on the American Air Museum website, that I could find. I really want to thank the board and the members who took the time to lay out the process for searching the award cards online in an effective manner. I've started to piece together some additional history for some uniforms in my collection and in this case put a name back to a uniform that was lost with time. Thank you all!
  7. I don't collect dog tags in particular but will pick them up if I see them in antique stores. I'm just now settling into my new home office and going through the ones I have and came across an interesting one. This one belongs to a George Balkam who enlisted in 1942 at the ripe old age of 37. He unfortunately passed away in 1963 at the age of 58. His headstone would indicate that he was in the 55th Armored Infantry Battalion as part of the 11th Armored Division. I'm looking forward to trying to gather more information on his service in WW2. Thanks for looking.
  8. The background is a giveaway. He's not someone I would purchase from.
  9. Here are some items from a combat leader of H Co, 314th Infantry Regiment. Included in the group was numerous documents, one of his Purple Hearts and some other items. Included in the documents are the two Western Union messages to his mother notifying her of his wounds. I also recently received his records from Golden Arrow. His first wound was on 6/23/1944 when he was hit by two pieces of shrapnel and his second was on 12/31/1944 when he either sprained or fractured his left ankle/lower leg. Typed portion says sprain but a handwritten section appears to say fracture. He also had a non-combat wound on 6/27/1945 when a tank turret closed on his finger. His two EAME stars are for Normandy and Rhineland. He entered the Normandy battle on D+8.
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    101 ID'ED ike

    Well said. And very nice Ike!
  11. According to his obituary Guy H. Nichols lived in Bradford, MA for a time. Bradford was its own town at one point but became a section of Haverhill, MA in 1897. After the war, Haverhill produced a book "Haverhill in World War II" and was dedicated to all those from Haverhill who served in the war. In it they attempted to list every citizen who served along with a brief service record. Guy H. Nichols is listed and I've attached a copy below.
  12. A couple more pictures of the coat.
  13. Thanks for the info guys. My first thought was reinforcement for the pockets but, other than being a little wrinkled, the coat is in excellent shape. Maybe a preventative measure? Mike- No other tags that I can find other than the College Hall Fashions stamp.
  14. I recently acquired a 1st Marine Air Wing Coat with pants. The pants have a name in them but unfortunately I can't seem to find one in the coat. While searching through the coat I noticed pieces of camo sewn into the coat in between the lining and the bottom pockets on both sides. I've never noticed this on another USMC coat before. Is there a significance to this? Thanks.
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