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Ray42

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. I agree the forum seems like the easiest way to have your uniforms viewed by a large number of serious collectors. If you want to do it in person then I would recommend getting a booth at a military show, there would probably be a large number of fairly experienced buyers to view it in person.
  17. I I am not really defending the guy, but in this one it almost looks like you can see half of the private rank mark sticking out from under the paint but its so blury its hard to tell. you can pretty clearly see that there is no white stripe around it. I hope he didn't actually strip down a helmet and uncover a real privates mark and ruin it by adding the other stuff
  18. Hello, I recently came accross this intresting spike knife which looks to have been made from an old spike bayonet blade. I have not been able to find anything similear but it seems well made and reminds me of the OSS "drop knives" that were made using surplus spike bayonets durring ww2. It has a V marked on the pommel. Does anyone know what this is or if it is military? Thanks.
  19. This is my current favorite, although I'm not really sure about rare. Its named to a Sgt. Latta who was a member of the 13th airborne, although I haven't seen his oval before so I can't I identify what regiment he may have been a part of and whether he was a paratrooper or glider borne. What I really love about it is that he was also a member of the 51st Armored Infantry Regiment of the 4th armor, identified by a screw back DUI that I found in his pocket. I really wish that I knew more about the individual because with 3 overseas bars I believe that he may have served for a year in the 4th
  20. I think you may have a very good one there, its parkerized so it's likely late war. The markings are unusual, I think I normally see "US Property" and I believe that I have heard that the GHD means that it was actually issued to the Army/Navy, probably navy. Additionally measure the barrel length, it seems to me that this is longer then the normal 4" barrel that I normally encounter so it may be a more uncommon variant.
  21. Thank you very much for the reply world war 1 nerd, and perticually for the explanation. For some reason I find that really intresting that the lining was made from now obsolete clothing supplies, I guess its a good example of a low budget pre-war army trying to make the most out of what they had. I had stopped displaying it a while ago because I wasn't sure about it's authenticity and had considered selling it but I'm glad I checked on here first. It would have been a shame to have sold a potentially nice display piece for probably less then whatever it's worth because I didn't know what it
  22. I have a question about a M1907 hat made by the Phila. Depot. I purchased a few years ago. When I purchased it the seller did not provide pictures of the inside and I was surprised to find that the lining is blue and the tag is different with only a size and "winter hat", and I have not been able to find a similar example online particularly since examples online seem to frequently be excluding pictures of the lining. The rest of the hat seems legitimate and shows some age. Is this a reproduction or real WW1 M1907? Any help authenticating or identifying this hat would be appreciated. Than
  23. Wow, thats like a work of art. I especially like the marks on the stock from where the folding buttstock hit it, that's the mark of a been there done that rifle.
  24. I think they have some value definatly, I tend to pick them up when i can do so reasonably. They are a neat document from a soldier's military career and sometimes I like displaying them with a different gun in my collection of the type mentioned. I dont do this to fool anyone because if anyone cared they could just check the serial number, I just think its neat and completes each piece. I do believe that I have seen "war trophy" or "bring back" papers for items that aren't firearms, German helmets come to mind, and those I think would probably have more vale because they aren't serialized
  25. That is something that doesn't happen every day. I feel like the odds of them being authentic are higher since it was a chance occurence you found them, I would be much more suspicious regardless of how they looked if the individual had sought you out and solicited them to you.
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