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MajorBonacelli

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    First World War and Russian Expedition US Army and Marine Corps Uniforms and Groupings
    Second World War Sicilian and Italian Front US Army Uniforms and Groupings

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  1. Few months ago I happened by chance to meet one of 300 American volunteers (the “Crippled Eagles”) that traveled to Rhodesia to volunteer for service in the Bush War. He originally was in the 82nd Airborne from 1973-77, but in his words, was tired of peace time service and saw an ad in Soldier of Fortune Magazine. He volunteered and was on the ground a week or so later with the 3 Commando, Rhodesian Light Infantry. He had six combat jumps in Rhodesia and participated in Operation Dingo -Zulu 1 (144 RLI vs. 5000 ZANLA), the largest battle of the Bush War. By 1978 he knew the war was lost and we
  2. Another rare item I forgot to add: a WWII black dress belt named to two Marines of the 1st Provisional Marine Battalion that landed in Northern Ireland on May 12, 1942 and were stationed in Derry for most of the war.
  3. Bought this all from a friend who recently purchased a giant Militaria collection for cheap. Lot of foreign items but did manage to find a Korean War-era Navy Corpsman Uniform (There is a name but it is so faded it’s barely eligible. Any ideas on how to read it? Black light maybe?), ROK flag (found in a bin with a few other flags and a postcard saying one of them was brought back by a member of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. No telling if this was the one though), some 1930s Springfield clips, and a few other smalls and books, including an 1886 book on the US Navy during the Civil War.
  4. It is! Gideon Bible with the FDR page etc., so it is definitely War-time.
  5. A recent EBay grouping I purchased. It belongs to a Norman Rockey of Washington, who from the little research I was able to do enlisted in 1942 and was discharged in December of 1945. I have yet been able to identify his unit, but from the items it is certain he was involved in the Liberation of Rome (the small sign is one that hung at the entrance to a workshop in the Italian city of Civitavecchia, just outside Rome), the Liberation of Naples (a nice 5th Army Medal for the Liberation of the city and an Italian coin souvenir embedded within lava from Mount Vesuvius), and the Battle of the Bulg
  6. Thank you very much! For that here is the finished product:
  7. Hello, Colorizing a photo of my relative who served in the USAAF and USAF from WWII until the early 1970s. Need assistance identifying the Medal Ribbon bars in his retirement photo. Thanks, MB
  8. Currently assembling an original full-Kit uniform for a 28th Infantry Division Sergeant display. However, I dont want to pay a ton of money for some original M1904 boots. I may have the opportunity to purchase some Private-purchase US Army Officer Boots from the conflict for a really good price. However, would an enlisted man wear full Officer boots? Or was this usually limited to the higher-ups. Curious if there is any photo evidence.
  9. Would you ever consider trading or selling this grouping?
  10. Oh wow! If you dont mind me asking, what does the acronym ASU stand for?
  11. Oh wow! That explains him mentioning having to learn to use piano wire to take down an enemy! I didnt think that was just a part of a normal Army training!
  12. Ah yes 31st Division! Accidental typo! He was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado when his discharge went into effect. His papers indicate his Most Significant Duty Assignment was Det 3 5022d ASU Camp Hale Colorado. Only things we know outside him being at Atterbury in the Dixie Division.
  13. A simple 5th Army Ike from December of 1944 got me interested in this hobby. My father had saved the uniform from the trash as my grandfather had thrown it away. We had feared he had thrown every last trace of his service along with it, but yesterday we found various papers outlining his entry into the Army and the 81st Division in 1953 and discharge in 1955. He never saw combat that we know (he did say that he and his Army buddies considered going to Cuba to aid in the Batista revolution but we never figured out if he did or not. This was in his later years that he told me this and only a ver
  14. Inherited this photo dated March of 1945 but I cant tell what branch the soldier is in? Artillery? Just a bunch of weird insignia I havent seen before. Any help would be appreciated.
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