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  1. 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
  2. Here’s a new one I posted in the uniforms topic, belonged to a Robert Dresser of Akron, Ohio.
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Beautiful T Patches! Absolutely love those variants. Great collection!
  6. Lovely stuff! Can we get a close up of that T Patch? Sure don’t see a lot of bullion from them!
  7. No problem. If you look around my content I think I wrote a whole post about him somewhere
  8. 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/
  9. 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!
  10. 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,
  11. 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
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Yeah, they’re nice. I figured it was something I should buy to match my collection. It’ll look funny on a 36th ID mannequin 40 years down the road.
  17. Just got this very rare piece of 36th ID history from the Texas Military Forces Museum for my T-Patcher collection. There are no known photos of this mask in use although it is theorized to have been put in place to defend against German microbial bio-attacks. Hope y’all are staying safe and having fun. Best, Alex
  18. In honor of National Purple Heart day, I wish to share with you all the story a heroic veteran of the 36th Infantry Division. He was a dual Silver Star recipient and 3 times awarded the Purple Heart, the final time losing his right leg. Charles R Martin was born in a small rural parish of northern Kentucky to a farming family. As he grew, the charm of the Kentucky countryside fell from Martin and he moved in with an aunt living in the big city of Cincinnati, Ohio. Old enough to work on his own, Martin found a job working as a pin boy at the Price Hill Exchange/Red Richmond Bowling Alle
  19. Hey everyone, I recently purchased a nice grouping of cased medals belonging to a decorated 36th division veteran and I was trying to figure out a good way to display them as I plan to keep them for a long time. The set Includes name-etched Silver Star, Bronze Star, And Purple Heart medals along with their ribbons, lapel pins, and coffin boxes. I am hoping to build a display to properly show all these pieces in conjunction with a photo, description, and valor citations of the soldier. I’ve attached some schematics I’ve drawn up for use with a deep riker mount that I cou
  20. Very possible this could also be a reenactor piece.
  21. While not an exact shade match, yours tends to make me think of the tealish blue that became popular with the postwar NG. Considering it retained close to the original style, if its not just a repaint someone tried to pass off for sale, it was probably a late 40s or early 50s helmet.
  22. The style is correct for the “thin” T Patch helmet, but the color and lateness of the production makes me think if it is legit, it is likely some sort of NG piece. Like the others said everything but the shell is pretty whack. Here is a photo of the color on an original T Patch helmet owned by another collector. Yours looks to be a brighter blue even in your last non-adobe photo which was more common after the war.
  23. What a beautiful uniform and great story, he must have been quite the man and saw a hell of a lot in the war. Love seeing legal professionals in action.
  24. Beautiful uniform and fantastic find, they were truly an incredible group of men and I can only dream of finding a piece of their history. Great job picking this one up and keeping the history alive.
  25. Truly a one-of-a-kind set, he sure went through a lot and I’m glad all the history was saved together. Great grouping and well done Alex
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