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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. That's a great first helmet. Congrats.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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).
  10. It is kind of funny that there were 5 bidders and at least 3 of them are on the forum to comment on it.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Great find! hopefully you can find out a little bit more about the vet.
  15. Thanks for the warning, I had bid on a few but I guess they were too good to be true. one of his 8th air force groups has a high bid of 1,500 so someone will be very disappointed if its not 100% legit.
  16. As a buyer I am sometimes thankful for those people because their loss is my gain. There is nothing better then having something you really wanted slip from your hands because you weren't paying attention and then pop back up for a second chance. As a seller however, that is an annoying consequence of eBay.
  17. Thanks, that will be a useful source to know about. I thought I found him because there is a James W Jackson listed as wounded in march 1944, however he is from the 3rd Tank Battalion not amphibious tractor and my Jackson was listed as being in the 3rd Division hospital two months before the other individual was wounded so I don't think it was him. Maybe he just got sick while the Division was at Guadalcanal to refit before Guam.
  18. Thanks, that's my 1st maybe 2nd favorite USMC uniform in my collection. Eventually I am going to have to try to figure out how to get records for him because I am sure that will complete the story on the great uniform. And thanks for the opinion, you could be right because I know very little about the uniform. I based the guess that it was Spanish American War era based on this thread and another very similar to it. You could be completely right however. https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/310850-span-am-usn-jumper/&tab=comments#comment-2498016
  19. Very nice, DUI's can be addictive and I feel like they can be easily overlooked. Generally when they are marked sterling that is a good indication that it is wartime construction because the pins would be made out of sterling to preserve more important war materials.
  20. The final find is an early Inland liner that came off eBay. This example features the snaps on the suspension for a headband as well as the rank of captain and named to Spallina. I haven't been able to find any information on this Captain its an attractive liner.
  21. Last uniform is a FMF-Pac signal uniform that is named, but unfortunately the name is smeared beyond reading. It has a pretty cool cook striker on the sleeve and a very interesting construction. While looking for a clearer name I noticed that part of the inside lining seems to be made from the a hbt camo jacket, I don't know if this is a common type of construction but I thought it was pretty cool to see.
  22. Up next is a slightly mothed dress blue jacket that is named to a marine signalmen who served with the 7th Marine anti-aircraft battalion and was stationed at Peleliu before being transferred to the Command post of the Headquarters battery, 10th regiment, Second Marine Division an was with them for their involvement at Okinawa. This uniform is from before he was sent overseas because he ended the war as a corporal, it must have never been worn once he returned which explains the unfortunate lack of a second marine division patch.
  23. Next is probably my favorite find, a M41 jacket that is named to James Jackson who served with the 3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion on Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. It is possible that he was wounded on Bougainville because he had a note on his muster roll that he was in the hospital during that period. His muster roll before Iwo Jima lists him as the Company's mess sergeant. The leather name patch probably was added shortly post war because he does not appear as a Master Sergeant on any of the muster rolls from WW2, but it is possible that the M41 was worn on Iwo Jima since that was the f
  24. Despite the lockdown and craziness that has been going on I got lucky a couple times on eBay and an outing to my favorite antique store that opened recently and thought I would share some of the more interesting finds with the forum. Up first is what I think is a Spanish-American war era jumper which appears slightly stained but unused. I'm not really familiar with navy jumpers so I may be wrong on the era but that's what the internet suggests it is.
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