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  1. The other uniform is an unnamed 20th Air force jacket. It is dated 1946 but despite not having a ruptured duck I beleive would have been worn by a WW2 vet because they have an Pacific Theator ribbon with 2 stars on the ribbon bar. Despite a few moth holes I think this is a nice first Army Air Corps uniform to add to my collection with a Guam shoulder patch and a garrison cap with a 20th Air Force DUI.
  2. I have been trying to make additions to my uniform collection by adding Ike jackets since I previously only had one example in my collection. I recently found a really nice early special forces Jacket and a 20th Air force jacket on eBay to add to my collection. I can not tell whether the Special Forces Ike is for the 10th or the 77th SFG because from what I have found on hte forum it seems that both wore the same oval and unfortunatly the laundry tag has provided no results yet. I am a little sceptical of it because I think the price was too good to be true but the patches seem to be correc
  3. I would say the S/42 has more going for it being better condition wise and not a rework. I am intreged by the other pistol however, being brought back by a Pacific War vet could be an intresting story behind it and I find it hard to beleive that there would be many Lugers coming back from that theator.
  4. Wow, that tiger stripe helmet is great. It is always cool to find items modified by the soldiers.
  5. That is a really cool find! I am surprised it survived this long.
  6. That is a really nice and fairly complete collection, its intresting that both the 10th infantry division and 10th mountain division are present. That might suggest that it was from the 48-58 time period or soon enough after that where having the 10th division without the mountain tab would be relevant distinction that people would recognize.
  7. For some reason both the e and n in Penn. is underlined on both sides of the helmet, and his name is on the rear. Also included is a picture of him I found, notice the jump wings on his berret which strengthens my beleif that this was his helmet.
  8. This is a really gear thread and there are some really great helmets here, I recently got my first Vietnam helmet that did not end up being mixed parts. I am pretty sure I am correct with my reserch that this is the helmet of Sgt. John LeBold who was part of an Air Force combat control team. I am still trying to piece together his history but I believe that he was involved with securing airfields in Vietnam for transporting POW's released after the withdraw of U.S. forces and he was awarded the silver star for his actions during the fall of Saigon in 1975. When Tan Son Nhut Airbase was shel
  9. Thats an amazing collection. I only started collecting grenades about 4 weeks ago so I am probably competing for last place but I'll share. The lemmon grenade is fake, but the M69's are fairly nice with the right most one seems to be the larger vietnam era model. The Mk1A1 training grenades are unmarked and a "6", and the final grenade is a mock rubber rusian grenade which I think may have been some sort of training grenade durring the cold war because it was found in the woods surrounding a military base.
  10. It really did, despite several other items that have shown promise this is the first item that I have been able to identify and research to some degree. Unfortunately there does not seem to be a lot of information on the internet regarding Combat Control Teams in Vietnam, and I have found individuals in Vietnam rather hard to research anyway, so it is somewhat slow going. I may end up posting about this helmet and story elsewhere later after I have more information because there aren't many CCT posts.
  11. Update: I think I might have identified the owner, I found a Sgt. John E. Lebold of the 8th Arial Port Squadron who was in Vietnam in 1975 and was awarded the silver star for his actions removing live ordinance from the base's runway so that plans and personal would not be harmed during the attack. I am not sure exactly what his unit's role was but every picture of him that I have been able to find he, and his entire unit, is wearing a master Parachutist badge.
  12. Thanks, that would have been my first guess also. However it is on both sides of the helmet with the e and the first n underlined on both sides which I thought would be odd if it was just the state. I guess I was wondering if there was some other significance or meaning given to it.
  13. I assume that Lebold is his name because that would make sense with his initials being J.E.L, but does anyone know what Penn with the underlines might mean?
  14. I recently took a risk and purchased an airborne style helmet off of eBay based on some very blurry pictures. I received it today and found that while a portion of the liner was damaged, every piece was dated somewhere between 66-74 and that it had a fair amount of graffiti under the cover including jump wings. I know that a lot of times such graffiti is faked so I am wondering if anyone with more experience on the issue thinks this piece looks genuine and what to look for when determining the authenticity of helmet graffiti. Thank you.
  15. I have seen one of these before, however I might have just been seeing the same one you have now if it was recently on eBay. My initial reaction was also that it was a Patton saber blade, however from the picture I thought the dimensions seemed off also. Glad to see it again because it is a neat piece.
  16. Not an expert, but I would always be skeptical because there are a lot of fakes and there are some pretty good fake ones out there. It is worth noting that this seems to be fairly well done and to be very similar to the helmet posted by this museum: http://rvnhs.com/museum/headgear/bietdongquanhelmet.html and this one posted on the forum previously: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/124779-arvn-ranger-helmet-m1-erdl/ . Either way it is still a pretty good example that would make a good display piece.
  17. It would have been issued to the person as opposed to crew issue like the survival kit knives in all likely hood, however they would not have been a commercial type because all three are marked as US army issue either by it's stock number, U.S.A., or U.S. Army meaning that they were originally issued by the army. It could be possible that a flight engineer could be issued one or get one by other means since the screwdriver seems like it could be particularly useful to have with the knife. P-59A I agree that does look like a standard "engineer knife" with the exception that it doesn't appe
  18. Yeah I agree, my understanding was that the diver knives were anti-magnatic, which makes a lot of sense with magnetic mines. That being said not knowing how exactly the magnetic mines worked, (my understanding was that they would be set off in the presence of a metal object attracted to it) I am not sure if a knife that is in effect a magnet and would repel instead of attract the magnetic portion of the mine would set it off. It does make me wonder however, if that it seems that the navy experimented with altering the magnetic properties of knives maybe they felt that this could serve a purp
  19. I believe that an electricians knife (TL-29 type) could be possible for an engineer in the USAAF to have. The Navy had special ones marked "R41-K-455" for their aviators and it would be likely that the army might issue such a useful knife to their own aviators. You would want to find one marked "US Army" which is most commonly found on Pal and KABAR knives. I believe that these were issued to different areas of the army that might need them including to mechanics because there seems to be no evidence that the rare "G41-K-370" mark used by army mechanics was used until post war. Also sor
  20. I saw this one also, it almost seemed to me that he tried using worse pictures of the name so that it wasn't so obviously the same helmet, and he must really think we are stupid if he thinks that bush will distract us from the medics cross which is clearly the same as the last time he tried to pass off this helmet. Sad thing is if you got it and removed the cross that wouldn't be that bad of a helmet.
  21. Additionally a 501st airborne uniform probably late 60's-70's, a 50's 10th mountain uniform, and many more facinating examples of named groups of uniforms and DUIs. I think hitting up goodwill actually allowed me to cheaply double the amount of uniforms in my collection.
  22. Looks like I was a little late to the party, Ive been too busy with school lately to post recently and decided it would be easiest to do it all at once but it has been a pretty good season. I added many new uniforms to my collection. Some of the most intresting examples have been an unknown era warrent officer uniform with pins still and hat included. I think it may be 50's era because it is made of wool but I am not sure. Additionally 1974 dated m1 liner and a 1948 dated pith helmet. also an interesting female LT. commander chaplains uniform with bullion crosses.
  23. This may be a stupid question, but I am wondering if anyone else has ever come across a Mk1 USN knife that has had the blade magnitized, I recently purchased a Geneva Forge mk1 and was confused to find that the blade acts as a magnet and can pick up small metal objects. I have not been able to find another example of a knife being magnetic and am wondering whether anyone knows if the Navy ever had a contract for magnetized knives? I had origionally thought it was modified in this way sometime later, but a friend who is a physics major tells me that while it is relatively easy to temporarily
  24. That was a great event, thank you everyone who helped put it together. It was the first military show I have been able to attend and I really enjoyed it and was able to pick up some really fascinating items at much less then I probably would have ended up paying on eBay. I look forward to the next one.
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