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  1. Thanks for the comments guys. This is my first Iwo Jima dog tag. 😁 This is from the Marine's obituary:
  2. I recently purchased this WW2 Marine dog tag and wanted to get other opinions on the authenticity of this dog tag. My only concern is the use of USMC rather than USMCR. Most WW2 dog tags that I see are stamped with USMCR. I also added some of his service history. I believe this soldier served on Iwo Jima. Any opinions on the authenticity of this dog tag are welcomed.
  3. Thanks for the help everyone. I think I will sell them as reproductions, that way someone can get some use out of them. They appear to have never been worn.
  4. Wow, I think your right. Didn't even notice 😁. I guess I'll just have to watch it again.
  5. Thanks for the help guys. I figured they were most likely reproductions.
  6. Here are some tiger stripe uniform items that came out of an attic. Each piece is a little different. Do any of these pieces look like Vietnam war era? There is a boonie, a cap, two pairs of jackets and two pairs of pants. Any opinions on the age of these pieces would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if any additional photos would be beneficial to determining the age. An in country made 75th Infantry, Company N patch was also found with the grouping, but I didn't purchase it. I could find no markings on any of the uniform items.
  7. Today I would like to honor this American Hero's sacrifices for our country and the people of South Vietnam. Dennis Herron was killed in action by small arms fire on May 31st, 1968 in Binh Duong Province. Denny received the Bronze Star for Bravery and two Purple Hearts. While serving in Vietnam, Denny wrote letters every couple weeks to his First Cousin, Gail. These letters were acquired directly from the family. The letters document his service and describe the hardships a Combat Infantryman went through while serving in Vietnam. There are also newspapers clippings, including one with a powerful poem Denny sent back home. The most amazing item in the grouping is a letter written less than 48 hours before he was killed, where he describes that he will be going back into the field. This would of been Denny's last letter home. Because of the sacrifices that Denny made, as well as as the sacrifices that all veterans have made, we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today. Thank you Denny for your service to our country, your memory will never be forgotten. 
  8. Thanks for posting the pictures of your HBTs. I especially like the camouflaged one. I've never seen one like that before. Hopefully I'll be able to get some named ones in the future. Being a college student, I'm on a pretty low budget, so it takes me a while to find the good stuff.
  9. I'd definitely be interested in seeing some more photos of the HBTs in your collection. That Iwo Jima HBT is an amazing piece of history. Thanks for sharing!
  10. Unfortunately, there's no name or laundry number I can make out. I think it all faded off. I do hope to get an identified one at some point, as most of the items in my collection have a name on them.
  11. I recently purchased my first USMC herringbone shirt. I believe it is a P41. It shows very heavy use with redish brown stains on the bottom half of the shirt as well as the cuffs. The shirt shows fraying and holes in multiple areas as well. The shirt is also very faded and the EGA has completely faded away. While most collectors prefer to have items in better condition, I usually prefer items with a salty, been there done that look. This is probably the most used HBT I've seen, so I'm happy to add it to my Pacific Theater collection. Any comments are welcomed.
  12. I wanted to make a tribute to this brave Marine today on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima. Jack Seay Blankenhorn made the ultimate sacrifice for his country on March 3rd, 1945 at Iwo Jima. Jack was in Co. H of the 26th Marines, 5th Marine Division. Jack was killed by Japanese artillery fire in the vicinity of X-RAY AND YOKE North on the morning of March 3rd. Back in December, I traveled to Alabama and visited his grave sight and the house he grew up in. It was a very emotional trip and one I will never forget. Listed below is some important information from his service file. Also listed is his ID Bracelet, as well as his fiance's ID Bracelet. I feel his ID Bracelet is the most important item of his that was sent back home. These items remain the most important items in my collection. Jack's service to our country will never be forgotten.
  13. I wanted to honor a good friend of mine today. Martin Fitzgerald was 19 years old when he decided to serve his country overseas. Martin served as a Mechanic and Door Gunner in the 240TH Attack Helicopter Squadron in Bear Cat, Vietnam. As a Door Gunner, he served on many special missions along the Cambodian border. The average life expectancy for a Door Gunner in Vietnam was 19 seconds. Martin was shot down multiple times and received many prestigious metals for his heroic actions in Vietnam. On one mission, he was tasked with replacing the engine of a helicopter that had just been shot down by the Viet Cong. While the enemy still surrounding the area, Martin was sent down alone to replace the helicopter's engine. Martin replaced the whole engine in under an hour, which would be considered impossible to most. For his actions on this day he received the Bronze Star. Martin told me the helicopter had been shot down when an armour piercing round hit the fuel control unit of the helicopter. Martin kept the bullet for fifty years until giving it to me. That bullet will always be the most amazing artifact in my collection. Martin gifted me most of the items from his service in Vietnam. These items include his tour jacket, name tag and patches that he wore on his flight suit, his headband, dogtag and wallet, items from a Buddist temple, a vietnamese sword, and the bullet. Martin talked with me for hours on the phone, sharing his service history and stories with me. We frequently emailed each other on a weekly basis sharing interesting things with each other. Martin passed away due to cancer from Agent Orange on October 29th, two weeks ago. While I am deeply saddened by his loss, I get the honor of making sure his service to our country is not forgotten. Martin was one of the best men I ever knew, and he will always be one of my best friends.
  14. I am absolutely speechless!!!!!!!!!!! I just noticed your post(s) today. I can't believe there is another photo of the same company still in existence. Even more astonishing that they were taken just seconds apart. What an amazing history lesson you have provided, specially about your fathers accounts of the Firebase. Thank you so much for the information you provided! Absolutely incredible!!! I will be printing out all the info and framing it with the photo. Moments like these are what fuel my passion for collecting and researching items. Do you know what company your father served in?
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