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36thIDAlex

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  1. I recently did some more close ups of the 36th display in another thread Redid my grandfathers display with a homemade mannequin Earlier try with the Bulge displays And a flyer display I had for a few months Big fan of black hosery on metallic colored faces
  2. Hey everyone. Halfway through the summer and many months of quarantine through has given me plenty of time to reorganize or change around some displays. Thought I would show off some of the changes. First ive developed several types of table displays theming around the Air Corps, the Battle of the Bulge, and the 36th division. I tried to make the table a sort of main point for the room as it is the farthest from the door and at the end of the walk through the room. I’ve also added a lot of wall decorations to go along with the various displays I have up at any given time. The flags have been
  3. I promise it wasn’t me... Haha In all honesty I have used some twist flameless wax melters with limited success in eliminating odors. I would untwist them all the way for max scent and then put them in plastic bags with uniforms or in close proximity to displays. When I had that uniform I let it air out for a couple days in the sun and it helped for awhile but obviously did not last.
  4. Thanks for the comment, it is a lot of fun focusing on the unit and makes every find that much more special. That bracelet is one of the things that belonged to my g grandfather who was with the 142nd, he was only in Italy for the last few weeks of the last campaign but bought several Italian made souvenirs while he was there. i reenact as well, primarily the german Fallschirmjager but I have a 36th ID impression as well
  5. I think that is a decent guess, or at least something that was at one time used by the school. I would think it odd to see a student do something like that and wonder if perhaps it was reissued to the 36th when they were gearing up to ship off and maybe stayed in their service until someone did that in occupation or if it was given back when they returned home. The Texas Military Forces museum had not seen anything like it, although it would not have flown in combat, again leading me to occupation or NG.
  6. Thanks for all the comments y’all! And as for the 142nd display, all of that belonged to my g grandfather. It’s my prized possession and what got me kicked on the T Patchers. There’s actually a few of his medals missing and a few more theater made items that my grandfather still has. If you look for the post about “Delmer Koonter” in the groupings section you can see his story and the items up close.
  7. Got around to setting up a 36th Infantry Division display once again now that I’ve gotten some new pieces in. All uniforms are named and IDd. I’m particularly happy about the new small items I’ve been able to pick up with help me fill out the display and the walls behind it. It’s a fun division to collect and I hope I can continue expanding as time goes on. I’m always looking for more uniforms and smalls from the division, so don’t hesitate to reach out if you’ve got anything!
  8. I mainly collect uniforms but find lots of smalls in my day to day collecting. To compensate for this, I have developed a sort of “natural” display which focuses around mannequins with uniforms that are surrounded by natural or related smalls that look as if someone has thrown them on a desk and forgotten about it. This is an easy way to display smalls that night not otherwise warrant being displayed independently but helps make a more thematic and fuller display. If you can find newspapers, pictures, magazines, or other pieces with great graphics that go along with a theme, it’ll only enhance
  9. Thanks for the comments yall, definitely not one I could pass up. Does anyone recognize the cartouche on the back of the flap that is surrounded by the patch stitching?
  10. Awesome helmet and super cool story. This is only the second time I’ve seen from an LCG crewman besides a uniform grouping I used to have and is posted on here. They were important but forgotten ships. I presume this helmet would’ve been his helmet for the LSM, any idea what the 26 would represent?
  11. Just got in a great belt my friend found for me at the Oklahoma show. It’s a 1942 about BAR ammo belt in field-worn shape, but the most interesting part is the original snowback 36th ID SSI sewn onto the left side. I’ve not been able to find specific pictures of the division doing this but I’m guessing it might have been a late war or occupation thing. The stitching is hand done and using original organic thread. The patch itself covers the clasp and shows a good amount of wear from the button closing and opening on the patch. The belt is also named to a “C Grady” which I have not been a
  12. You could contact the Patton Museum at Fort Knox, I know they like finding things from instructors and personnel that were stationed there for the war.
  13. Bump because this guy was a little busy 76 years ago, today.
  14. Can’t really ask for a better uniform, glad you ended up with this one!
  15. You'd be spot on. According to Jones they were thrown around the 84th ID lines during the Bulge for over a month, it was the most continuous days of actual combat he personally saw. At the end of it he had met the requirement and got the CIB, although he did not keep his discharge papers to see whether it was official or not.
  16. Jones as a LT and his Jeep “the Iron Lady” Platoon photo, Jones back right Note the wear of a meritorious unit citation and the ribbons on an m43 Work in a truck Taken from inside the truck moving through Germany
  17. Wachenburg Field photos from April, 1945 Destruction at Mannheim 84th ID pool Throwing out a kaput radio Jones “thinking by the shop” Wachenburg castle
  18. Hey all, so I finally managed to just about complete this wonderful grouping and thought I would share. It belonged to Lieutenant Jordan Linus Jones of the 84th Signal Company, 84th Infantry Division and features just about all you could ask for, the only things missing are a few coast artillery collar insignia I am still waiting on. Jordan L. Jones was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and while in school, thrived in mechanical engineering. When he graduated he applied and was hired as a lineman and field repairman for the Southern California Telephone Company. Traveling acro
  19. Hey all, just got my high resolution scanner up and running and have been going through scanning all my photographs. After scanning these I saw a lot of really great details and figured it’d be a good reference to have up on the forum. The pictures come from a tail gunner grouping of a marine who flew a PBJ in VMB-423. The era is winter 1944 to summer 1945. I’m not super down on my navy gear but thought you all who are would appreciate it.
  20. Thanks for the help y’all, I might just have to try that knife thing and keep it around for whenever I come across stuff like this And yeah it’s just the latest in a growing air corps display. I try to stick with just ETO infantry but I swear every time I find a really neat air corps piece I just can’t pass it up. It’s made for some great public displays. The helmet gets me closer to completing my PTO flyer which uses the P61 veterans suit for a base. Still need that A14 which has long-evaded me but we go on.
  21. Thanks for the heads up, I just had no idea a helmet could be in such good shape this long but I Imagine it was one stored for long after the war. I wasn’t sure why there were the double hooks on there but will have to take them off. Should I still leave one on? I have an a11 I could put the spare on if you think it would be right and then I’d have one on both, but if it wouldn’t be correct I’d rather take both off and keep them in storage. I tried tugging gently and realized they were real snug so I will have to try your screwdriver trick, hopefully that works.
  22. Hey all, just got this one in as I was hoping to get a nice summer helmet for the jumpsuits I have. Unfortunately I don’t have a ton of experience with these and am concerned with parts of this one being refurbished or redone. I am mostly concerned that the leather bits have been replaced as the receiver, cups, the metal snaps, and the cloth itself seem to have a good amount of wear and appear original to me. The leather just seems really rough and fresh. The chinstrap has some loss of color and is cracked but the stuff on the back and the leather where the O2 mask attaches just looks super fr
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