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  1. I had already tried searching the forum for a review and couldn't find one for some reason. Thought I had seen the name pop up on the forum in the past but couldn't remember exactly what was said about the dealer.
  2. Anyone ever dealt with this dealer? I sent them an email about a few items a week ago and haven’t heard anything back. Sent a follow up email two days ago and still haven’t heard anything back. Easily some of the worst communication I’ve ever had... every other online militaria dealer that I’ve dealt with usually responds within the same day.
  3. Here you go, as requested! The back of the studio photo states that it was taken at Keesler AFB during his training. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. A friend of mine in town asked if I wanted to come down to the shop to see some stuff he had for sale and I’m definitely glad I made the trip. Uniform grouping ID’d to TSgt. Homer Russell, 96th BG 339th BS. Russell flew in B-17 missions over the N. Apennines, Normandy, N. France, Ardennes, Rhineland, and Central Europe. Although his original DD214 states that he was with the 339th BS, I believe he was a late war transfer to the unit, given his participation in campaigns that the 339th wasn’t a part of. The DD214 also does not mention his Air Medal award, however when I looked through the interior pockets I was able to find his original general orders for the Air Medal plus three OLC’s. Another neat feature of the group is his crew photo with all their names written on the back. All in all, very happy with this group! Always love when they come with original documentation and photos.
  5. This one doesn’t look good in my opinion. From what I’ve seen, the invasion armbands for Torch were the same as the ones you would’ve seen for later war invasions. They were made from like a canvas material or something. Might be totally wrong though.
  6. They’re definitely postwar chevrons in my opinion.
  7. Never seen that black diamond before, awesome uniform though!
  8. No clue what he earned the BSM for, it wasn’t even listed on his DD214 for some reason. His American Campaign ribbon wasn’t listed there either. This one came from a seller that does estate liquidations, however I’m not sure if they cleaned Papp’s estate out.
  9. Had to bid higher than I was expecting in order to get this one, but I definitely think it was worth it. This jacket is ID’d to Sgt. (discharged as T/4) James Papp, Co. “D” 1st MedBn. He saw action with the 1st MedBn for every single one of their campaigns from Operation Torch to Central Europe. Papp wore an invasion arrowhead, most likely for D-Day, as well as a silver battle star along with three more bronze battle stars. In September, 1945, Papp was transferred to Co. “D” 324th MedBn for demobilization. The jacket itself features a nice British made 1st ID patch, along with some exceedingly rare unmarked sterling 1st MedBn DUIs.
  10. Recently got this one off of ebay. The seller decided to withhold all the info on the vet, which was somewhat of a gamble however I think it paid off in my favor. This uniform is ID’d to Lt. Donald E. Benjaminsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Benjaminsen flew as a navigator with the 346th BS of the 99th BG starting out in North Africa, where he would fly missions in support of allied ground troops in Tunisia. The young Lt. earned his Distinguished Flying Cross under General Orders #1406 in June, 1944. He would stay with the 346th throughout the war, flying his 50th mission over Yugoslavia in 1944, eventually rotating back to the states in 1945. Lt. Benjaminsen was only 21 when he finished his 50 missions... quite a lot of action for someone that young. He was tragically killed in 1945 in a non-military related plane crash, just a year after he finished his lengthy tour overseas. I have yet to find any info on his Silver Star award, however I plan to get his file once NARA is back open.
  11. Uniform and personal items of TSgt. Cecil Chauncey Hull. Hull was born on July 21st, 1921 in Moulton, Texas and enlisted in the Texas National Guard in November of 1940. After the United States became involved in WWII, TSgt. (then PFC.) Hull was transferred to the 115th Infantry Regiment, where he undertook vigorous training both in the United States and overseas in England. On June 6, 1944 at 1025 hours, TSgt. Hull landed on Fox Green beach during the second wave of landings at D-Day, following the decimation of the 116th Infantry Regiment. He would see combat with the 115th throughout the rest of their campaigns serving as a squad leader. Hull was injured in April, 1945 during the crossing of the Elbe due to shell fragmentation wounds to the face, and was discharged that same month. After spending another 27 years in the Army he would retire as a CSM, eventually passing away in 2015 near San Antonio, Texas. I am truly honored to be the caretaker of this piece of Texas history and plan to visit his grave in the near future.
  12. Just saw someone else suggested the same thing... my bad.
  13. I think the rack could possibly have belonged to Lt. Gen Robert L. Eichelberger, hence the “Gen R.E.” that was mentioned earlier. He also held command over the 8th Army as well as the 1st Corps, whole having extensive service starting during the border wars.
  14. Thanks man, hoping to find more on him once NARA opens up again. I agree that 95th stuff is quite tough to find, this is the first ID'd 95th uniform with insignia and everything that I've seen in a very long time.
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