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  1. Probably a bit labor intensive for the few cents the buttons would have brought Bannerman at the turn of the century.... more like a labor of love, and patriotism. But not a bad guess. (And I guess that's a double negative on my part.. not to mention beginning a sentence with a conjuction.)
  2. Don't know much about this flag/ensign, though it did come with some navy material. Eagle and stars applied. Anyone recognize the emblem...? Thanks
  3. Have a nice collection from a Tuskegee pilot. He qualified in testing for bombadier, navigator, and pilot training. Became a bombardier (I have his gold AAF bombardier's gold ring) the went back to Tuskegee for pilot training. I have his certificates for bombardier, gunner, and pilot (after his solo) This was in 1945, and the war ended before he completed training. I have an extensive photo album from Tuskegee, his dogtag, log book, misc AAF and AF (he went into the reserves later) and service records, autobiography he wrote, etc. Not something you see everyday...
  4. Someone already got the bombsight... I never tried to get rid of the driftmeter... I guess it's about a $300 item
  5. I had an offer of $2000 for my M9-B and the mounted driftmeter, but he's up in San Francisco, and I'm still near Edwards.
  6. Look's great... keep'em flying. I father was a crew chief on B-17s and B-29s ... Bell lifting body at Wright Paterson, ended up servicing Hueys and F-15s as a mechanic at Edwards AFB .
  7. Tobacco, candy, gum, cards, chess set... 3 1/2 lbs. There are also the letters and various correspondence from the U.S. government, concerning the care package service to the N. Vietnam POW's. Pretty rare... I am also a stamp collector, and have never heard of one before.
  8. He died when shot down. I have photos from the North Vietnamese of his crash site. His MIA material is voluminous in and of itself... hundreds of letters, articles, much ephemera.
  9. I hope everyone is aware that any unit insignia or patch can be purchased at the military market in Saigon for $2.00. It is impossible to tell these copies from the original, (for the most part) as Mr "D" uses the same embroidery machines his uncle used during the war, when he made patches for the military. I've seen them by the bagful in his shop. I know sellers, one in particular from Australia, who sell these as authentic.
  10. I have two flight suits, with 15th TRS Cotton Pickers and Voodoo patches, and dress blues, of a pilot shot down on his 21st combat mission, along with his wingman, fairly early in the Vietnam War, while on photo recon over North Vietnam. The last contact with the pilots was a "He's on fire..." with no call sign. The archive contains all his Air Force paperwork... from his letter of acceptance to cadet training in 1952, pilot evaluations, RF101 training evaluations, yearly pilot flight hours, for every year, from 1954 to 1966, photos of his 1950's Air Rescue (Labrador) and transport airframes, as well his supersonic RF101C (including photos of damage caused in refueling incident in 1966, when both external fuel tanks were torn from the plane, causing a nosedive/near crash, and incident report. He is credited with saving the Air Force a million dollars by not bailing out when told to... hand written 6 page incident report of his hitting a buoy while in air sea rescue in 1957, full hand written notebook while training in RF101s, i.d. card photos, official NVA photos of his crash site from 1966 (he was technically MIA until 1989, but not identified until 1998), all his certifications for all the aircraft he piloted (he made senior pilot in 1957), letters from various presidents on White House stationery to family.... he was pilot for Vice Commander. Probably a thousand pages from his Air Force career... plus all the MIA material, including a care package sent to Hanoi in 1967, but returned unopened. Here is a photo of the POW care package returned from Hanoi in 1967... mailed through the Austrian Embassy, as there was no mail services to the North, and they never allowed a Red Cross visitation. The NVA considered pilots war criminals. Not many of these floating around out there... perhaps none at all.
  11. Here is a photo of the POW care package returned from Hanoi in 1967... mailed through the Austrian Embassy, as there was no mail services to the North, and they never allowed a Red Cross visitation. The NVA considered pilots war criminals. Not many of these floating around out there... perhaps none at all.
  12. (I just copied and pasted this from my ebay ad...) The Dorr Rebellion, Rhode Island, 1842. A letter from the Major-General of the Rhode Island State Militia. "We show in this city 800 bayonets in support of the legal constituted authorities..." Dorr had become the leader of the "Law and Order" Party that had a platform of suffrage reform, giving voting rights to the Irish and blacks. The party held a convention and adopted a "People's Constitution," in 1842, under which Dorr was elected Governor. However, the Rhode Island legislature did not recognized Dorr's legitimacy. Dorr made a failed attempt to take over the State Arsenal and failed in his attempt to convene a General Assembly. With these failures Dorr fled Rhode Island, only to turn himself in a year and a half later. He was tried in 1844 and sentenced to life in prison. Dorr was released in 1845 due to a legislative act that freed all prisoners sentenced for treason. In 1854, Dorr's record was expunged, as some of those in power came to believe he had been wrongly convicted. A letter from Edward Carrington, Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia, and member of Governor Samuel Ward King's council, to Henry White in New Haven, Connecticut, seeking the arrest of Thomas Dorr. Carrington was a native of Connecticut, as was his partner Samuel Wetmore, who is mentioned in the letter. General Carrington had been U.S. Consul to China, prior to the War of 1812. He married Rhode Island Governor William Hoppin's sister, and Carrington's son would marry Thomas Dorr's sister. Quite a nice window on the Dorr Rebellion, and the political machinations used to stem the tide of rebellion, as its events pour over into Connecticut. The letter is in near fine condition, the sepia ink just slightly faded. The letter reads as follows... Confidential, in some respects. 2nd June, 1842. Henry White, Esq. Dear Sir, I duly rec’d your kind favor, of the 25th, and thank you for your attention to request of our friend S. Wetmore. A requisition has been made on the Executives of your state, for the apprehension of Dorr, to which an evasive answer has only been verbally responded. I suppose "birds of a feather will flock together”. Report suggest that Dorr was at Thompson, then we hear of him at Stamford, and so to New York and New Jersey. That he stopped in Thompson some days from 18th of May we know, and I believe he has passed your good city towards New York & will probably return towards the border of this state. The Executives of N. York and Massachusetts readily, & I believe, I may say, cheerfully responded to the requisitions made on them, for the arrest of Dorr. I have now to ask your friendship and kind services, to make inquiries and find out Dorr's movements in your state, and whether, in your opinion, any considerable force of "rowdys" can be found in your, (formerly orderly) state to unite with the Insurgents in this. Against our own disorganizers, we can contend with success, but to be assailed by the "rowdys" of New York and those of our bordering states, will be, perhaps, more than we can successfully do, tho you may be apprised there will be no wavering. We show in this city 800 bayonets in support of the legal constituted authorities, and from neighboring towns, as many more. But there will be little satisfaction to expose our lives against the worthless and depraved of bordering states and that of our own. I shall be pleased to receive your communications, as often as anything occurs or comes to your knowledge in relation to our affairs. Yours truly, Ed. Carrington
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