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  1. Sorry for the super late reply, I've seen the dry docks a few times. An interesting note is that Drydock No. 4 is where the battleship Musashi, Yamato's sister ship, was outfitted after being towed from where she was built at the Mitsubishi Nagasaki Shipyard. They installed the propellers and rudders.
  2. My collection focuses in two areas, early World War II in the Pacific, essentially Philippine Scouts/31st Infantry-related items with a recreated kit, and Japanese civilian/civil defense. I use the two collections for giving presentations at our local Navy base schools and have shown it all off for an exhibition in town. Because most of the early World War II gear was World War I-issue, I also put together a World War I uniform and kit to do presentations on Choctaw Codetalkers as well. The collections were started and exist pretty much to support the presentations, though at this point its like moving a small museum every time I take them to schools. I find having these really creates interest and helps kids remember what I talked to them about.
  3. Thanks for your comment, I was wondering if anyone was interested in these places over here. I wish I could have met your friend, there's a lot I would have loved to ask him and I love his bring back items. I have a press photo of Japanese civilians being processed through the repatriation center, I'll post it here when I find it. Did you read the article I linked as well? I'm glad to read about how the repatriated Japanese were treated. I've seen very little about the process from the military side, such as on what they were to look for and how soldiers and arms were transported. It's also a complete 180 from how the Japanese treated American prisoners on Bataan, when they were found with Japanese anything, commercial or military items, they were executed on the spot.
  4. Nice, I still wouldn't risk shipping through the military mail service overseas but I'll keep this in mind when getting back Stateside.
  5. Thanks. Now I just have to get and learn how to operate a Speedgraphic.
  6. I'm the tall guy on the far right. I'm with B Co. 100th Infantry Battalion 442nd Regimental Combat Team Reenactment Group as a photographer from the 3131st Signal Photographic Company.This is from last year's training exercise in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, which was based on the July 1944 attack on Hill 140 near Castillena, Italy. For the reenactment we had wehrmacht reenactors in dug-in positions on a hillside that we assaulted at 0400. I wrote about it in Reenacting America's Nisei Soldiers In Japan. This was my first time going out and participating in a reenactment.
  7. Those signs are still there. I was surprised at just how much freedom I had to explore the old bunkers though, it felt like none where blocked off to keep people out. I understand what you mean, I volunteered to go Iraq and spent most of 2008 there.
  8. There's a memorial to the crew in Isahaya, Japan, near where it went into the water as it crashed just off the coast. I shared a picture of it here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/304228-isahaya-japan-b-29-memorial/
  9. I've picked these up recently, does anyone have any experience with the 31st DI? The red detail DI is marked Crispulo Zamora, which according to the 31st Infantry Association made their insignia between 1924-1936, though the association page reads like the Zamora-made DIs lacked the requested red detail. It's also a bit lacking in detail compared to another Zamora I've seen on this site, though in a 12 year run they may have switched up the details. Unfortunately I haven't found a lot to go on with these. But, the odd goldish color does explain a reference to a 31st soldier who'd had a gold-plated DI with a red ruby eye custom made. All other 31st DIs I'd seen had been more of a silver color. I'm not sure about when the yellow-detailed screwback insignia was made as all pre-war references to the DI I've seen refer to it as having red eyes, claws and mouth, not yellow. On the other hand, I don't know what a screwback DI would be for other than the M1911 campaign hats that wouldn't have still been in use after the war. Any ideas?
  10. You're right. I posted just the Hurricane and not the Spitfire photo as well. I'll fix that. Day one the presentation was proceeded by a Hurricane performance, day two it was the Spitfire. I don't know why I commented on the one and only posted images of the other.
  11. I thought some might find this interesting. During the Bovington Tank Museum's Tankfest the grand finale is a big reenactment involving tanks, troops,aircraft and explosions. In 2015 the finale was 'Fury,' essentially a combination of the movie's tank attack against infantry and the Tiger battle combined. Bovington owns both Tiger 131, the only operational Tiger I and the 'Fury' tank, an M4A2. Also involved was a photo-recon Spitfire mk. IX 'R for Robert.' Not sure which reenactment groups participated. Photos shot on two different days, hence the changes in position and weather, though I did try to arrange them chronologically.
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