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36thIDAlex

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I was actually having trouble finding what it was as all I could come up with was the AF award. Makes sense seeing as he lived his whole life in NJ. That rack is a later one he had made up and it is copied onto the button-sort of thing he wore to reunions. The rack on the jumper is wartime production.
  2. Thanks for the comment! Yeah the grouping only came with his CPO hat device so I’m just using that one as a temporary display until I can find an original. The pipe is definitely one of my favorite parts! Best part is it still works too!
  3. POWs picked up in the wreckage of the Surigao Strait Kamikaze damage The tugboat he commanded after his time on the LOUISVILLE Wedding day
  4. Duffy is boxing in the white shorts Shipboard surgery Admiral change of command ceremony Panorama of Kodak The first half of the ships 1st Division, Duffy in red Admiral Oldendorf and staff Some gunners with a good shot of the gun Shipboard marine detachment
  5. I figured id show some of the photos as well, although there are sadly way too many to post here I wish I could! There’s a lot of great subject matter Home from boot camp Swimming call From crossing the equator, the stars and stripes was replaced for the day While crossing in 1941, the gentleman on the left, Billie Joe White, had his Manila hemp dress set on fire by a cigarette. The hemp is stored in partial oil and sadly he died of his burns before they could save him. It was a real tragedy on such a fun day.
  6. Hey everyone! This group has been a work in process but has turned out to be one of my favorite Navy groupings by far with an awesome story behind it. While I have tried to shift more towards army infantry, I could not pass up such a phenomenal group from my hometown’s namesake ship, the USS Louisville CA-28. The read is lengthy but full of some awesome details John wrote down in his autobiography. Feel free to read, although a summary of the items in the group and photos are at the bottom. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  7. Thanks y'all! Definitely happy to add this one, don't see stuff from the med battalions very often. Another division down!
  8. A bit of an update today with my first apartment display It’s been a month and a half since I moved into my first off-campus apartment for school. I brought a few things with me but had several larger purchases in line which all seemed to come in after I had already moved in. Regardless, very glad to have a roommate who has no desire for interior decorating and pretty much let me do what I want.
  9. Meant to post this in uniforms, if the moderators want to remove the post in latest finds feel free. Carmine Landato was born to two Italian immigrants who had only arrived in New York City less than a decade before. Raised in the bustle of Brooklyn’s Italian district with working class parents, Landato was no stranger to hardship. After doing odd jobs to help the family during high school, he got a full time position with a laundromat. The job was uninspiring, however, and Carmine decided to pursue a career in the armed forces, enlisting in 1940. Selected to train as a medic, he move
  10. Carmine Landato was born to two Italian immigrants who had only arrived in New York City less than a decade before. Raised in the bustle of Brooklyn’s Italian district with working class parents, Landato was no stranger to hardship. After doing odd jobs to help the family during high school, he got a full time position with a laundromat. The job was uninspiring, however, and Carmine decided to pursue a career in the armed forces, enlisting in 1940. Selected to train as a medic, he moved to Camp Upton, NY where before long he and others were selected to reform the 9th Medical Battalion and join
  11. Hey all! So today myself and a fellow librarian agreed to begin a small personal project which I think might be useful for the community. My university contains a free inter-library loan program which allows us to request almost anything from almost any instutiton across the country, includign many military and government libraries. We thought it might be a good idea to find what all books, unit histories, or reports might be available contain full or partial rosters for units involved in the war. We were thinking like division level but I know some regiments published
  12. Here’s a new one I posted in the uniforms topic, belonged to a Robert Dresser of Akron, Ohio.
  13. Today we have a really nice uniform group from a pretty hard to find infantry division. Robert Lloyd Dresser was born to a musical and rather classy family in Akron, Ohio. His father, Clarence Dresser, served in Italy as a member of the 332nd regimental band of the 83rd Division during the great war and returned home to become a trumpet player for the Vaudeville shows in the city. A year after his parent’s marriage Robert was born and as the depression hit, his status as a single child became certain. While his early years were full of music, learning to play many instruments from his
  14. Thanks! Yes, it is definitely a unique story but makes sense as what he did was very important for the many wounded veterans who served with the battalion throuhgout their campaigns.
  15. Beautiful T Patches! Absolutely love those variants. Great collection!
  16. Lovely stuff! Can we get a close up of that T Patch? Sure don’t see a lot of bullion from them!
  17. No problem. If you look around my content I think I wrote a whole post about him somewhere
  18. Here’s a close up of the PT Boater and a link to the group. All came locally from his estate. The armor/7th army uniform belonged to an M4A1 (76) Sherman radio operator/assistant driver/MG Gunner of the 782nd Tnk Bn who was heavily wounded after his tank was shot twice by panzerfausts Here’s the link to my group of the boater https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/341140-extensive-pt-boat-uniform-grouping-mtb-ron-33-37/
  19. Hey all, I decided to take some family portraits of my uniform collection before I head off to school this year. All pieces are IDd, named, and researched. Most have photos of the veterans as well. Only ones not included are a few pieces of named field and a few named non-WWII uniforms. You might see an infantry theme as I am attempting to collect a named uniform from each infantry division of the European theater. Enjoy!
  20. Hey everyone. I recently expanded my 36th ID collection with a neat piece from a pretty hard to find unit. Major El Roy P. Master was a graduate of West Point and fought from Algeria to Germany with the 443rd Anti-Aircraft Battalion (attached to the 36th ID from Salerno onwards), earning a Bronze Star and 9 campaign stars in the process. I've typed a bit of his story below. It’s a lengthy read but honestly a very interesting story from a oft-overlooked AAA unit that had a very distinguished fighting career. El Roy grew up the son of an auto mechanic in the small industrial town of Robesonia,
  21. Hey all, hope it's not too terrible a Monday. Today I thought I would share with you the story of really neat uniform I received from a surgical technician of the 310th Regiment, 78th “Lightning” Division. William Densmore Barnett Jr. was born to a small family in the rural farming community of Walden, Vermont. The son of a WWI veteran, William and his family held a proud military tradition dating back to the founding of the country. Despite this, William did not intend to serve and instead spent his days farming and working as an apprentice carpenter in Marshfield. As war broke out, h
  22. So the title card I just made up and the other two are his Silver Star citations. They look good in the picture and are actually just a very fine card stock. I printed a gold square and then glued a second slightly smaller piece that contained on the citation to give it a border.
  23. It’s a 14x20x2, one of the largest sizes they make. I got it because I was able to cut out some of the fluff to make indentions for the coffin boxes which was then surrounded by the stretchy cloth to give a plush look.
  24. Thanks all for the comments, he was truly an incredible soldier and I am proud to keep his memory alive. I finally got a riker Mount in today after many USPS delays, I think it really does the group justice.
  25. I always love seeing the variety from these threads. Here’s my only helmet with the original netting still, it was found locally. It belonged to Captain William F Edinger of the Quartermaster Corps. He joined in early 41 and served stateside until he was sent to join Eisenhower’s top-level staff for the planning of Operation Overlord. He was one of thirteen QMC officers given complete access to the plans and strategies of the landings as he was in charge of organizing the logistical flow of supplies for the assault troops and the logistics afterwards once a beachhead was secured. After the in
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