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  1. I apologize for not replying sooner. My daughters' mother's name was Robbie Lynn Campbell-Underhill. Please, on behalf of my family, accept my most sincerest thanks for your loving gesture. It brought me to tears this morning as we prepare for service. This has been the most devastating week of our lives and my girls are suffering so badly. All we can do is pray for God's peace and acceptance that surpasses all understanding as we begin to heal. Thank you all so very much, Gary
  2. Gentlemen... Please forgive me, but this is the likeliest topic I could find to say what I'm about to say. My family is in desperate need of prayer. On Monday morning, 02-05-18 at 0730 hours, my ex wife, the mother of my two teenage girls was tragically killed in a single vehicle rollover accident. Our family is devastated! My wife and I are now faced with taking custody of my girls full time and face both crushing emotional and financial obstacles. My daughters are distraught beyond description. My request is for prayer. Pease pray for our family as we struggle to deal with this tragedy. Our God is a wondrous God and is faithful to hear the prayers of His children who cry out to Him in their time of need. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to raise money for my daughters' college education. My daughter Alyssa is 16 and a high school junior, and my daughter Olivia is 13 and will be a high school freshman next fall. If you feel so compelled, any offer would be eternally and gratefully appreciated. The link is https://www.gofundme.com/robbie-campbell-memorial On behalf of my entire family, thank you from the bottom of our hearts! Gary Underhill
  3. This was given to me by a friend and fellow collector. No date or manufacturer's stamp, but definitely in the style of transitional OD7/OD3 canvas gear. I cant seem to find any reference to the labeling. Anybody have any insight?
  4. Don't feel badly. It took me ten solid years of collecting and researching M1 helmets and their variants before I could consider myself somewhat educated on the topic...and I'm still learning.
  5. Typo on my part. I know theyre the 18th, and I'm stunned that I typed "418th!" Thanks for brining it to my attention. I'm working on researching the name from the laundry number. He was an NCO so, he wasn't a pilot.
  6. I no longer collect helmets, but I did almost exclusively for several years. It's addicting, for sure. One of the things that drew me to helmets (and headgear for that matter), is that it's one of the most singularly personal pieces of gear issued to any soldier. Collecting them is addictive, for sure...enjoy!
  7. I'm going to play devil's advocate on this one. One thing I've learned in 40 years of collecting, is that there are plenty of legitimate items out there, from insignia, to uniforms to headgear that buck the status quo and end up surprising us. For that reason alone, I'm not so quick to judge. That being said, I'm not so sure that this one is artificially aged, nor am I willing to dismiss it outright as faked, simply because the base coat is ship's grey and the dark grey band is more greyish-bluish. This one could have been pressed into service at the last minute for the invasion for any number of reasons. Likewise, it could be un-named for any number of reasons. The fact that it may have been painted over the ship's grey at the last minute with a paint that doesn't adhere well to the gloss grey of that time, may contribute to the odd flaking over the years, or even within an hour of it having been pressed into service as a 7th NBB helmet. Everything about this one would otherwise be correct; this style of insignia is often seen on legitimate 7th NBB invasion attributed helmets and it's a fixed bail, not a re-purposed swivel bail trying to pass itself off as a D-day helmet. It certainly would be nice if it was named and we could put this debate to bed once and for all. I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I'm on the fence on this one. In an ideal world, if I could get this for the right price (AKA nowhere near $5500.00!), I might pull the trigger and take a chance.
  8. First, the liner; Its an early high pressure liner with rayon webbing...pretty nice in its own right! Secondly, the helmet; I'm not at all convinced on the insignia. The fact that it's only painted on one side is a little odd, plus it just has that look of artificial aging that seems to be so common on so many known fakes out there. Were it not for the insignia, I'd be all in on this one. On another note...it's sad that in our pursuit to preserve military history, we have to be so hyper-cautious these days. I blame 12 year old re-enactors and the Band of Brothers and Saving Private Ryan fanatics! I may be totally off on this one, but I'd rather pass on it given my doubts then pull the trigger and lose a thousand bucks!
  9. It'spossible, but without further information, it's impossible to say with any degree of certainty. I was also able to locate an Elizabeth E Whetstone who enlisted in the Womens Army Corps (WAC) in Reno County, Kansas in 1943. She was born in 1894 making her 49 years old when she enlisted! It's not out of the realm of possibilities that this could be hers as well. But again, I could probably locate a hundred Whetstones that served in that time period.
  10. Fold3.com lists a hundred or so US soldiers with the last name "BASQUE" that served in the Army in WW2. One of them is most likely your guy, but without further info, you may never know.
  11. Found him: According to fold3.com, he's listed as a SM 2c (RM) and served aboard the USS Charlottesville (PF25) from 16 Dec 1944 to 17 Jan 1945. His US Navy ID number is 205-51-59. "Departing New York City on 18 August 1944, Charlottesville arrived at Finschhafen, New Guinea, on 29 September 1944 by way of Bora Bora in the Society Islands. She operated on convoy escort and anti-submarine patrol duty between New Guinea and the Philippine Islands until 6 March 1945, when she departed Leyte in the Philippines for Seattle, Washington." After that, she was transferred to the Russian Navy where she was in service from 1945-1949, and later saw use in the Japanese maritime fleet defense fleet from 1953-1972. The Japanese decommissioned her in 1969 and in 1972 she was returned to the US. What became of her after that is unknown.
  12. I switched to fold3.com from ancestry. I find that fold3, which is almost exclusively military records related, is far more extensive and for only $8.00 a month for a premium membership, it's WELL worth it!
  13. Difficult to tell from the photos, but it appears to be a silica grit 1970's rear seam helmet. Painted camo patterns on USGI helmets had pretty much gone out of use by that time period, so this could be a foreign paint job.
  14. The first year of production for these was 1975, though I have no idea what month. The Vietnam War officially ended on April 30th, 1975, so this liner never made it to the theater. Assuming that this liner, cover, and steel helmet have been a match since day 1 of issuance, then this was a brand new liner at the time that it was issued, along with a current VN War era helmet and cover, and likely only used stateside.
  15. One thing that I've come to learn in 40 years of collecting, is that something will always pop up that flies in the face of the accepted norm. I had a grouping belonging to a Vietnam War veteran and later 2 star General who later served on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and was a negotiator and staff officer in the Secretary of Defense office under President Reagan. He was awarded 3 air medals and was never a pilot or air crew member. Apparently, he logged so much time on board an aircraft flying to various locations around the world that he rated 3 Air Medals! Every single E-6 and above NCO in my platoon that I served with in Iraq was awarded a BSM and did absolutely NOTHING to warrant "heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight". It's getting so that very little surprises me anymore!
  16. The ribbons were on the Ike when it was removed from his footlocker. According to his obituary, a copy of which was also in the footlocker, it specifically states that he was awarded the BSM. I also have an ID'd Ike for an enlisted 9th AF B-26 radio operator who was also a BSM recipient.
  17. I recently acquired these dog tags and have been trying in vain to research them through both NARA and Fold3, but with no success. The serial number is a combination that I haven't run across before. Does anybody have any ideas? Many thanks!
  18. Mikie..... As requested, here is a photo of just one of the better pieces of 12 lb. cannonball shrapnel that I've dug. To date, I've probably dug enough to build my own cannonball! This piece is from the top of the cannonball, and you can see where the Borman fuse would have been. The small piece is a matching section of this very cannonball, and was, believe it or not, dug nearly a quarter mile away! Fort Churchill was assigned three 12 lb. Napoléon cannons. All three original cannons are still there and on display at the museum.When the fort received word by telegraph that President Lincoln had been assassinated, all three cannon crews were ordered to fire one volley every half hour from sunrise to sunset until Lincoln's burial. There is still plenty of shrapnel to be dug, and the last time I was out, I found several large pieces from 2 to 6 inches deep from the same cannonball within a 10 square foot area, indicating what I believe was a low altitude detonation.
  19. The soil at our location is packed sand to a depth of several feet and usually pretty dry up to 12 inches, depending on recent precip. Even iron cannonball shrapnel that we find is only minimally rusted. Right now, even as cold as it's been, the ground isn't frozen, so as long as it's dumping snow, we can go out.
  20. While relic hunting in the area of Fort Churchill, Nevada, I dug this dropped .52 cal Sharps carbine bullet. Fort Churchill was a Union Army Cavalry and Artillery outpost located in what is now Lyon County, Nevada, from 1860-1869. The soldiers were tasked with protecting the Westward emigrant routes and Pony Express trail from hostile Paiute Indians. This little gem was nearly 8 inches down and was found with dozens of fired percussion caps in what we believe was an off-post firing range. My partner and I have dug hundreds of these, round balls, .44 and .36 cal pistol balls and three ring bullets of various calibers.
  21. This matched set of pre-war NS Meyer DUI's for the 418th Pursuit Group are part of an ID'd Class A uniform belonging to a Pearl Harbor Survivor. I'm currently restoring the 1940 dated coat to its original condition as somebody removed the buttons and sewed plastic buttons in their place with lime green thread! Fortunately the original gold gilt buttons were in the pocket.
  22. I often tell young collectors, do your homework and learn as much as you can! This is an example on how one person's lack of knowledge can be another's gain. This M1881 infantry Shako plate was listed on eBay as a "WW2 Westpoint hat badge," with a BIN of $30.00! Its not the prettiest example out there, but its got great patina and character!
  23. Lt Struve's group patch. This would have been attached to his A2 jacket. This one has never been sewn and was found inside his footlocker. Sadly, I dont have his A2.
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