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  1. I have some that are 2.5 and 5 gallons. You can fit just about anything in a 5 gallon Ziploc bag.
  2. I have never had any damage, I just like to be cautious. On stuff I think might be fragile and feel there is a risk of moths I put them in a garment bag and place one or two mothballs in with it and then store it in a part of my apartment that I do not use so the fumes are not a problem.
  3. I use the freezer technique also, especially when I get a very gross uniform. A lot of times I put them in big plastic bags so that water doesn't form on them that badly, but to tell you the truth I have never noticed any damage to anything even without a bag. I personally would not try it on a uniform that has a lot of metal pins, bullion patches, or something delicate like a silk patch. I feel like if enough water formed on it and it froze that could be bad in those cases and I just do not think it is worth the risk for them. This post does remind me that I placed a uniform in my freezer in
  4. Sorry, if you want a patch evaluated we really need to see the photos of the actual patch, not one that looks like it on eBay. Im not sure what trouble you are having with sizing because I thought those issues were eliminated when the site was updated.
  5. The stiches seem to line up pretty closely to this Gloucester tab which is why I think that is what had originally been there, too bad there isn't a name in it for a better ID.
  6. I got this very interesting dress blue uniform off eBay recently from a collector who said they picked it up with a large group of named uniforms belonging to Jos*eph T All*en of the 19th marines, Third Marine Division. While looking for a name to try and build a solid case for it belonging to Corporal Allen I noticed that the uniform had the ghost of a sergeant rank under the corporal chevrons meaning that it belonged to someone before Allen, despite the fact that it is a private purchase uniform that should not have been reissued. Even stranger I noticed that there was a very faint ghost of
  7. I believe you are correct that it was put together. I could not find a D M Sather that I could find that had any job relating to dogs. One was with the 1st Marine Air wing and the other was with the 17th AAA bn. It is possible this belonged to the Donald Sather of the 17th AAA and had the Pac artillery patch switched to dog handler because they would have the same outline.
  8. You are right Patches according to ASMIC it is a 1943 era pin for the recon element of the 69th Infantry Division. ASMIC also listed a 50's era insignia with the same design but I believe that this is the ww2 era one. Very great find.
  9. You are kind of right except that it is known that these helmets came off the San Francisco when she was scrapped and since she was decommissioned early in 1946 they are assured to be helmets that were used on the ship during world war 2. Now for who may have used them for most of their career and what ships they may have been on before the San Francisco you are right there is no guarantee when during the war these helmets were put on the ship. Since a very large number of the helmets found were fixed bails with Hawley liners or low pressure liners I would guess that they had been on the ship
  10. It is also probably worth mentioning that the m1917 can be found with two different types of sheaths. The first is a wooden sheath covered in a thin paper like material that fits in a canvas cover similar to the 1903 bayonet. The other is a metal sheath that I think dates to the WW2 era and is less common. For some reason it is extremely common to find new canvas sheath covers that do not have the wooden insert to hold the blade so that is something to watch for if you end up looking to pick one up. Another thing worth mentioning is that the majority of these blades (or of the on
  11. That is a nice one. I am mad at myself for not getting one of those, especially early on when they were really going cheap. I kept thinking it was no big deal when I kept getting out bid at the last minute because it seemed like they weren't going to run out any time soon.
  12. https://digicom.bpl.lib.me.us/ww_reg_his/180/ Here is a link to the 13th Airborne unit history is that what you were looking for? The book is searchable although I believe that it does not include all members only those who were present at the time the Unit history was published in 1946.
  13. Wow, I had been wondering where the seller had gotten such a large quantity of great patches and insignias. I have bought several dozen DI from him. It will be interesting to see if this influx brings more out of the woodwork, especially for some of the still unknown ones.
  14. I found my only VN jungle jacket at a Goodwill 2 years ago also, it was a camo USMC one. Most of my finds are modern also, with modern field gear and helmets being the best but honestly I have had a surprising amount of luck finding fresh WW2 and WW1 stuff in both Iowa and Indiana where I have been for College but it has taken a ridiculous amount of work. I have 6 Goodwill stores that I hit every day or at least every week, 3 more that I hit at least twice a month in October, and another 20 that I hit when I travel to see my Girlfriend. The only trouble is when I am home in West Virginia ther
  15. Most of my favorite finds and best deals have come from either goodwill around Halloween or two dusty and dirty army surplus stores that still have named WW1, WW2, Vietnam uniforms, and bullion. My collection is currently split between two states but here are my best finds from left to right, WW1 Public Health Service uniform, dress blue grouping to an anti-aircraft gunner from the USS Enterprise, 4th division vet who served with them the duration of the war (patch was removed from it unfortunately), 11th airborne vet grouping who served with them for the entire war and occupation, and a very
  16. That's a great first helmet. Congrats.
  17. Its funny my girlfriend worked at Disney last year and when I went to visit I spotted this desk for field headquarters being used to display pajamas at Disney Springs. Luckily it looks like it hasn't been bolted down but I don't feel optimistic about its future. It is interesting that it is marked 1st FLT PLT, could that mean 1st Fleet Platoon? Doesn't make much sense but that's the best I could think of.
  18. Interesting, I have a liner for a lieutenant in the 327th that does not have the blue stripe. Unfortunately, I do not have it with me at the moment and the only photo I have saved of it is the 101st decal but the white stripe seems very similar just missing the blue strip. Also missing the lacquer covering the decal that yours has which means the decal took a beating. This might mean that the blue stripe signified some sort of role or signifies Enlisted infantry since a one member of the unit has it and another does not during roughly the same time frame.
  19. Probably about that since it is missing the rear sight. I think I payed 350$ for mine that was all matching with the "mum" intact. What might make it more valuable is that it is a bring back that has a name attached, even without the paperwork that still might increase the value.
  20. Man I would never have been able to resist looking for a name that long. I love the dog tag chain boarder especially with that tab, that and when they add the branch pipping around the boarder are probably my favorite modifications to see. I have only been able to find one of these for my collection on a 29th Division uniform (unfortunately unnamed).
  21. It is kind of funny that there were 5 bidders and at least 3 of them are on the forum to comment on it.
  22. That is a "ruptured duck" lapel pin. I've seen them in a number of different WW2 groupings I believe they were just worn in a button hole to show that the wearer had been a member of the armed forces and is now discharged. Great grouping.
  23. I cant really get a good look at them to provide an ID but it is interesting to see them worn on the shoulders that early. I know some officers did so because they couldn't have them on their lapel but its pretty uncommon to see photographic evidence of it.
  24. Small world, I was bidding on this one also. Glad to hear at least who it was named to since the seller kept that a secret.
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