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    Naval Air Station Lemoore, CA
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    I collect primarily Belgian official and unofficial medals. My collection contains over 3000 Belgian related items to include flags, armbands, table medals, War Resistance, ribbons, books, Red Cross, POW, paperwork groups and the like. <br /><br />Over the last few months, I have been focusing on WWII US medals as an investment. My den is a large conglomerate of historical items with no known collectors in my area to share with. <br /><br />I am retired US Navy with over 25 years of active service under my belt. <br />
  1. Hello folks, I have this photo I think from the early 1900s. Is this an US Army General? Or fraternal organization? Any Ideas? Thank you all ahead of time.
  2. Not sure the size but the may be for a General's license plate or maybe General stars off a desk name plate?
  3. When I was young around 1964 in San Diego, California, I bought an old silver cigarette box at a garage sale. It had a name engraved on the top but did not give it a second thought at the time. I glued a strip of cardboard over the engraved name, decorated it with the name “DAD” and gave it to him on his birthday. Move forward to present day. My father has dementia and was moved into a home for fulltime care. It was my job to take care of the few effects he still had at home. One was this old cigarette box he used to keep his lose change in for many years. I took it home and put it on my shelf. A couple days ago, I removed the old cardboard and glue from the top of the silver box and found the following engraved in the lid: “LT BOB KOMOROFF FROM THE OFFICERS OF ATTACK SQUADRON FORTY-FOUR”. I did a little research on the internet and found the following information: Lt. Cmdr. Robert A. Komoroff '47 was killed the night of May 8, 1964, when the A4C Skyhawk he was flying crashed into the sea less than 15 miles from the aircraft carrier USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. His body was recovered the following morning. A physics major at Occidental College, he was a 20-year veteran of the Navy and flew 53 combat missions in Korea. At the time of his death, the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt had just completed a Mediterranean Cruise (April 1964-December 1964). Between June 1966 and February 1967, The USS Franklin D. Roosevelt and CVW-1 conducted combat operations off the coast of Vietnam aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. During the Korean War, VA-44, nicknamed the Hornets, was a US Navy Attack Squadron. The squadron was established as an Attack Squadron and designated Fighter Squadron VF-44 on 1 September 1950, and redesignated back to VA-44 on 1 January 1956. VA-44 was equipped with F4U-4s was assigned to Air Task Group 1 (ATG-1) aboard the USS Boxer for a deployment to Korea and the Western Pacific from 30 March to 28 November 1953. On 13 June 1953 the squadron conducted its first combat operations against targets in Korea. The next month, July 1953, the Korean War officially ended. This is all I know about the man but wanted to share and item that became a little part of my life that once belonged to another. Thank you.
  4. Here is a letter to Admiral Yates Sterling Sr. from Major General Leonard Woods in the Philippines. Front
  5. From what I understand Sterling Jr. was good friends with Benito Mussolini and of course Air Marshal Balbo dating back to WWI. But he was also good friends with Hoover. Hoover did not like the idea of a US Navy Admiral corresponding with the enemy during time of war. I do not see any of these letters in my group unfortunately. I was led to believe that I would receive many more personal letters but that has not happened yet. Sterling Jr. had very controversial things to say about our allies and enemies leading up, during and after the war. Similar to General Patton's remarks about the Russians. I do have some paperwork from James Forrestal reprimanding Sterling Jr. regarding things he said to the press and in his speeches to the public.
  6. Here is an original CDV of Admiral Yates Sterling Jr. as a midshipman. Sterling Jr. graduated from the United States Naval Academy on June, 3, 1892, twenty-second in a class of forty. CDV reverse dated the same year ’92.
  7. Here is the original CDV of Admiral Yates Sterling Sr. taken in 1860 as a cadet at Annapolis. The CDV revers has the Bendann Brothers mark. The brothers got into the portrait photograph business in 1859 at 205 W. Baltimore Street. They focused their business on portrait photography. During the Civil War when a person entered the service, they had a photo taken in uniform (just as they do today). Many soldiers had their photos taken to send to their families and as a result, Bendann's business increased. They were one of only a few photographers to photograph both sides of the Civil War.
  8. A close up of Adm Sterling Sr. I will post the original cadet CVD photo of Sterling senior that was used in this paper next post.
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