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  1. According to ancestry.com, it looks like he was most likely Daniel C. Garcia and was with the 4th Signal Co, 4th Marine Division HQ at Saipan and Tinian (April and July 1944 musters). Later transferred to 4th Marine Amphibian Truck Company and was with the unit at the time it was at Iwo Jima (January and April 1945 musters).
  2. Wow, congratulations! His book is one of my favorites. A great read for sure and a remarkable service history. Your display does great justice to Mr. Rogal and his service. Very, very nice.
  3. “No Surrender” by Hiroo Onoda. He fought in the Philippines and refused to surrender until the 1970s.
  4. Paul Braddocks dog tag manual indicates that the AEF regulations for what was on the tags changed in June, 1918 and this change was issued through a new general order. The Xed out info would have been rank and unit, usually. Soldiers who had the old style tag were expected to remove that extra info to conform with the new order.
  5. Im having trouble with photo uploads, but ancestry.com indicates the following about his service: -he sailed to Europe out of Hoboken,NJ on May 8, 1918 on the ship America as a private in C Company, 319th Field Signal Battalion. - he returned to the USA from Marseilles, France on May 29, 1919 on the ship SS Italia bound for NYC, still with the same unit. He had been promoted to Corporal in the interim. The records were found in ancestry.com by searching the Army Transport Service Passenger Lists.
  6. Very cool. And it might be indeed be the same set of alphas you own that are in the photo!
  7. Congrats on a great piece! Looks to be in great shape and it appears that he had an impressive tour at sea from the ribbon rack. I've always been partial to the seagoing marines as my grandfather served as one on the aircraft carrier Belleau Wood. I was thrilled to pick up a set of alphas to a marine on the Bunker Hill for my own collection a couple years back. I'm excited to read about the history when you post it!
  8. Very nice! 29th ID tags are especially interesting finds. I finally tracked one down awhile ago myself and he was, coincidentally, also a member of your vet's 115th Infantry.
  9. I like the info placards you've included next to the tags. I do a similar thing in displaying my tags as a concise way to summarize key things like name, unit, and campaigns. Would love to see some close ups on those to learn the history of your tags veterans!
  10. That is a perfect photo! Man, he really looks the part, doesn't he? Crusher cap, white scarf, and worm A-2. Absolutely fantastic
  11. Another gem, Connor! You've got a real nose for the best. As for the odd format, I think it gives it some unique flavor ? Is the pilot the man to viewer's left of the photo?
  12. Very interesting! Sounds like he must have been part of the base guard detatchment or something along those lines.
  13. Another great piece, Connor! Any idea what he was doing in Rosneath, Scotland? Definitely seems like a very unique place to be stationed.
  14. Good thought, but the top and bottom look rusted solid together. Going with plan A. I'll try to get you a pic later. Thanks!
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