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  1. I found this old arm band in a box of stuff. I'm trying to find out what it is... thanks in advance for any help you can give me. Pete
  2. I have for sale this rare US Army MD kerosene lantern that was made after WW l and before WW ll. Patent dates are in the 20's. It has the original globe and all the original parts. It will need a little cleaning up. $250.00 includes shipping.
  3. I will see if I can round up any of the other medals. Pete
  4. A hs classmate of mine (we are now 78 years old) recently sent this info to me and my question is: Is there any value to the medal and story and is there anyone interested in buying it? I have little or no knowledge of this subject. Thanks for any and all info. Pete "Marvin was working at the Ace Hardware store one day last month when a guy he knew came into the store. He and Marvin had collected arrowheads and Marvin asked him about his collection. He said that he had stopped collecting them and was finding metal objects now. He mentioned finding some Spanish American War medals and one of them had the name John Matthews on it. He didn’t know that Charlotte was a Matthews. Turns out it was a medal awarded to one of my dad’s uncles. Johnny said he remembers that Uncle John was a civil engineer working on the Panama Canal when he was pressed into service for the Spanish American War. Uncle John and his brother William were bachelor brothers of my grandfather and they both lived with my grandparents at different times of their lives. Uncle John was living with my grandmother when Daddy got called back into the Navy in 1950. When my mother went to work he would come to our house to stay with us until we left for school. He always wore a black suit with a vest, white shirt and tie and a black bowler hat. I think he was one of the oldest veterans of that war at some point. He went to Leavenworth to live in a veterans facility of some sort and died when I was a counselor at Campfire camp one summer. Charlotte saw the medal. His name was on one side and a citation was on the other. She would have been quite small when he died. He bought me my first bike an then walked up and down the street acting as my training wheels in his black suit".
  5. You can find my post on "New Members". The story of Kenneth has obsessed me for the past 18 months. I helped my wife's cousin clean out his basement (he was 90 years old and passed away about 6 months ago). All of the items in the group that Kurt has were in the basement, except the snake box and the home made archery bow. Those were in his garage. I first found the snake box and I asked Russell (the cousin) what it was and he told me that it had belonged to his wife's aunt's son, who was killed during the invasion of Tarawa. I later found the bow and Russell told me it belonged to Kenneth as well. I still did not really know who Kenneth was at that time. After we got the garage cleared out we tackled the basement. The basement was about 2000 sf and it was packed wall-to-wall with stuff. In one box I found the Purple Heart and I asked Russel about it and he said it was Kenneth's. I laid it aside and kept on digging through the hundreds of boxes and Kenneth's name kept popping up. I found envelopes full of pictures and documents Kenneth's mother had kept and I found a box of his high school papers and articles about his snake collecting. Then I found the box with the Foxton banner in it and Kenneth's pile kept getting bigger and my interest kept expanding as well. I found his dairy he kept during boot camp in San Diego. After a lot of research, I started piecing the story of Kenneth together and what you see on Kurt's post is the result. I know of only one of Kenneth's surviving relatives (Russell's daughter). She didn't really know Kenneth as he died before she was born. I had lunch with her this past Thursday and she is thrilled to death that Kurt now has the group. We know that the story has found a good home. Thank you, Kurt and thanks to Russell for living long enough to tell me what he knew about Kenneth. BTW, I put flowers on Russell's grave at National Cemetery # 1 in Fort Scott, Kansas today. Pete Allen
  6. I found this bayonet and I don't know anything about it, except I like it. Here are some pictures....maybe someone could recognize it and clue me in, thanks, Pete (what's it worth?) .
  7. Eddie Albert of Green Acres was at Tarawa with the Navy. He ferried wounded Marines back to the hospital ship.
  8. I have 2 groups of items. One is a group from a Marine who was killed in the invasion of Tarawa. Included in the group is a banner or guidon from Manuvers in Foxton, New Zealand where they trained for the invasion. Included on the guidon are the signatures of 36 of his fellow marines, 6 of whom died along with Kenneth during the invasion. The second group consists of a WW II duffel bag containing the uniform worn by my wife's uncle during the war. There are combat boots, socks, undershirts, hankerchiefs, pants, shirt and a field jacket. I will try to post some pictures
  9. I have the following certificate: On May 28, 1942, a distant relative of my wife's was awarded a certificate from The United States Navy, which reads as follows: “The United States Navy….hereby confers upon Kenneth Marcellus the honorary rank of Master Aircraftsman in recognition of war-time service in making in accordance with specifications approved by the Bureau….Scale Model Aircraft for use by the Government of the United States. The model was used by spotters. Kenneth was 17 years old at the time and a senior in high school in Brentwood, Mo.
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