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36thIDAlex

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  1. A fantastic post-Christmas gift. After talking with a local peddler mall dealer, I found out that he found a couple of Marine uniforms from a local estate sale a few weeks back. I had him send me some pictures and boy was I in for a surprise. The others were very standard blank marine uniforms but this was the prize of the lot. Named to "PVT H.E. Rose", the Ike is tailor-made and inside has some of the best "Liberty" art I've ever seen. It takes up the whole back side of the interior and is hand sewn with high-quality silk. I assume he had it done while on occupation duty in Japan. The group included 1944 dated pants and the jacket, taken out of a closet for the first time in 70 years and in pristine condition--and all for a measly $40. The pictures really can't do justice to the colors and quality of the art. Hope you all enjoy and had a great holiday!

     

     

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  2. Thought these might apply, here are some Marks and Allied Military Currency (top left) that my great-grandfather brought back from the war. He served in the 36th Infantry Division for awhile so he went through all three of the countries. He also wrote some American values on the bottom (4 cents for 2 francs, 10 cents for a mark, and 5 cents for a half mark). Not sure if this is something the troops had to pay in exchange for the currency or what exactly. Not sure why but interesting note, the Lire has "Allied Military Currency" written in English but the marks are in German.

     

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  3. Any laundry number? Heck, I'll see what i can find for you if you can track down the estate.

     

     

    Unfortunately there are no markings and it came from a collector downsizing his collection. He didnt remember details of where he got it or who it belonged to as he had owned it for a number of years.

  4. Found this at a local antique store for a measly $5. It was turned around showing the bare side so I picked it up out of curiosity. Much to my surprise there was a name, date, and insignia all put on the cup. I think this would date to the 82nd intervention in the Dominican Republic- "Operation Power Pack". Some brief searches didn't result anything on the name so if anyone else finds anything before me, please post, thanks!

     

    Capt. Lloyd D. Dean

    23 May 1964 - 5 December 1966

     

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  5. This one is of my grandfather in front of what seems to be some sort of GMC 2 1/2 ton

     

    Thats no 2 1/2 ton, its a 5 ton. In fact, it appears to be a M386 Truck, Rocket, 762mm. Also known as a short tail Honest John transporter erector launcher! Very cool pictures

     

    You are correct. I meant to update this post a couple of weeks ago but my grandpa found some other photos, two of which show his buddy that he enlisted with in front of the truck. His buddy was with the then designated, 2nd Rocket Howitzer Battalion, 20th Artillery of the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea.

     

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  6. I was helping my grandparents clean out their basement recently and I found a couple of more items from my great grandpa's service so I felt like updating the thread for any future readers.

     

    First is a painting found of him with a stamp on the back which matches the photograph of him. Signed "Gneiting"

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    Second is a photo of him and my grandfather home in Michigan when he returned from the war

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    Third is a photo of him and some friends on their first donkey ride. He is on the white donkey. The back of the photo has this written "March 12th, 1945-- My first donkey ride. Photo of Nicholas on middle donkey. Other two buddies off mine." This was likely taken near Hochholden during a three day division wide rest for the unit before a major push to the Moder

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  7. Well after looking at the uniform again I found that the hat says in fact, A company not F. Quite the mistake on my part lol. Well I found this small bit in the back of their unit history book.

     

    McCallum, James B., Pvt. I cl. Co. A.

     

    So I found the guy exactly, but I don't have any access to ancestry websites if anyone would mind checking out his name, thanks and sorry for the misleading title!

     

  8. I picked up this grouping at the Show of Shows this year and was having trouble researching the soldier it's named to and much history of the unit. If anyone could help with soldier identification and a good unit history I would much appreciate it. The hat disk has "F" and the castle insignia and the collar has the castle as well. The victory ribbon only has one star and I was wondering if anyone knew what exact battle/campaign this would have been for this unit. I was curious though because he was in for a year and probably a little more so only one battle star seems kind of strange if anyone could shed some light on it. The name "McCallum" seems to be written in the pants along with the depot the uniform was manufactured in. Thanks!

     

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  9. So to be clear, none of those 2nd Div men are your Grandfather, these are just photos he took of them?

    Exactly. He was 1st Cavalry the whole time. He just remembers meeting then and talking with them. So at that point they were still part of a separate unit.

     

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  10. We see in some of the first fotos of the 2nd Div patch being worn, whats the background on that, as this unit was stationed at Ft Benning, was this their previous unit?

    Honestly not sure. From how my grandpa made it sound, they were entirely separate from his unit, he says he was never attached to it but sent directly to cavalry. He says he met them along the way to Korea. Why they were there? I have no idea. He just met them (presumably on his boat)

     

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  11. Allow me to add this photo with Quote I posted in November 2015 in the Patches in Action topic for emphasis on the 1965 reflagging of the two divisions.

     

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    Just found this unbelievably great foto of GIs of the 1st Cav Div in South Korea with their new 2nd Inf Div patches in July 1965. 1st Cav Div reflagged as the 2nd Inf Div at this time. The unit is the 1st Battalion 15th Armor, this will be redesignated as the 1st Battalion 72nd Armor.

    Just remembered probably one of my favorite photos he had. He said the division painted a bunch of rocks and made a huge insignia on a nearby mountain overlooking the base.

     

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  12. Allow me to add this photo with Quote I posted in November 2015 in the Patches in Action topic for emphasis on the 1965 reflagging of the two divisions.

     

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    Just found this unbelievably great foto of GIs of the 1st Cav Div in South Korea with their new 2nd Inf Div patches in July 1965. 1st Cav Div reflagged as the 2nd Inf Div at this time. The unit is the 1st Battalion 15th Armor, this will be redesignated as the 1st Battalion 72nd Armor.

    Thanks for the info patches. Yeah I hadn't remembered seeing any earlier photos of the m113 before his album, and thought it especially interesting with the paint job (which seemed to be popular with the division vehicles at this time). Yeah I wrote air cav out of habit and forgot to edit it lol.

     

    Most people seem to forget that the cavalry had dmz duty for so long and only remember the ones in Vietnam. Here is a link to the rest of my grandfather's digitized photos with so captions I tried to add or he remembered and told me to add.

     

     

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