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  1. Thanks for the comments. Just nice that these items remained in the box all these years. -Rob
  2. Hi All, From a tank unit veteran - please see pics for his name and unit info. I love the "home made" wooden box with written address info, originally covered with paper and info - was found in the box along with probably most of the original contents. 2 large flag centers, one was never sewn on and has an original tag still attached. The rest speak for themselves. -Rob
  3. Yes, that was it. The seller had split up a group and I bought all I could from him. Thanks for the comments. -Rob
  4. UNKNOWN TO ME 1800s US ? PROJECTILE - Hi All, picked this up out of a local house, it's approx 8 3/4" tall, 74mm diameter at base, a little less than 3". No markings that I can find. Anyone know what this and what it could be worth? Thanks. -Rob
  5. Hi all, Just thought I'd post this small grouping before passing it along to document the scarce Angus & Coote Flight Surgeon wings - the 1st I've had. I'll let the pictures do the talking, thanks for looking. -Rob
  6. To Friarchuck - I don't have any information on the Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal ribbon, I too have seen this before but have no explanation. Yes, I had the entire group for sale on the forum for about a month and a half with no luck. As a life long collector of groupings I have come to grips eventually with the fact that it is hard to find a buyer for large extensive groupings. Everyone has their niche collectible as many are not willing to devote the money and / or space to big groups. All pieces so far of this grouping have gone to forum buyers which is ideal. With what I consider important groupings I try to photograph and share it in its entirety first so whats in in is documented and all can enjoy the history. If I sell I try to sell as a whole, many times for less than the sum or it's parts but if that fails I'm OK with many interested parties being able to enjoy and preserve the pieces. I make sure the history of the veteran is passed along with each item. The idea of keeping groupings intact is noble but in reality is not always feasible and maybe not always the best outcome as some great groupings wind up getting re-buried in one persons collection / vault. My 2 cents.. -Rob
  7. It all came from his family. Would have been great to have met the veteran himself but after reading his diaries you feel like you know him in a way. -Rob
  8. Hi All, Bringing this topic back up after a long hiatus, had decided to keep it, now acquired some more items from the family and have decided to sell. Will post it for sale in the appropriate section although not sure now to link it. Came up with a bunch of his discharge papers, letters home from him and others in the service. Photos of friends in the service. 1957 Edson's Raiders association certificate - he trained with them, did not see combat with them. His 1941 diary, well written and Dec 7th is covered. There are loads of other photos and such but just too much to photograph. Here's some of the new stuff. -Rob
  9. Thanks for the kind comments all. Also thanks for the photos of the WWI era aviator. Nice shots, gotta love the wing walker shot.... what guts! -Rob
  10. Louis pictured to the right of the man oddly dressed in dress jacket and bow tie. His dog and school mascot - Lanny - the big Airedale is pictured too. Turns out his dog was awarded wings as well and was probably the first qualified canine LTA in the service. A student at the Akron school related in a old Naval Aviation News article by Kiddy Karr how the much loved Lanny occupied his time by chasing rabbits in a nearby swamp throughout their training. During a formal inspection by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy and other big wigs Louis and the other officers where lined up waiting in their dress whites with shining medals and campaign ribbons. Along comes Lanny dripping mud and green scum from the swamp, spotting his master he ran over to Louis and reared up, threw his legs on both sides of his neck and plastered mud all over the beautiful white uniform. "Down Dammit" Louis shouted, but the damage was done. No one said a word. Silence must have seemed like an eternity until some soul finally couldn't hold it in and laughed long and hard followed by everyone...... From that day the name Lanny was never heard again and he was known as Dammit to all hands including his master. Well Dammit learned a new habit soon, he became fond of grabbing one of the airships handling ropes as soon as the ship started to rise, it would pull him off the ground and he seemed to get a kick out of swinging around and wiggling before he would let go and drop down. There was joking that Dammit was getting in his flight instruction this way. Louis became worried though and would tie him up nearby during following takeoffs. Dammit hated this and would always struggle and lunge. One day the inevitable happened and Dammit broke free during a takeoff chased the ship and bit onto the handling rope. This time before he knew it he was 40 feet up and Lewis suffered as he saw his dog dangling and twisting from the line. Nothing to do though as he needed 100 feet of altitude before he could let enough gas out to return to earth. No way Dammit could hang on that long and crew members covered their eyes and some yelled no, no, no! Dammit let go and plummeted 40 odd feet down hitting hard in a newly plowed field. Students ran over to him but he was motionless. A leg twitched and someone yelled out he's alive! Shakely he got up and wobbled around. No broken bones and a short time later he was back to his old self. The students ran him over to where Louis finally landed the ship so he could see him right away knowing how he must be feeling. CO or not there were tears in his eyes and a happy reunion. The next morning the duty officer called out Dammit to sit at attention in front of the company. Dammit was read a reprimand for disobedience of orders followed by designating him a K-9 aviator for lighter than air. The metalsmith presented him with a pair of wings which Louis was proud of, and all "fell out", never again did Dammit go after a handling line. -Rob
  11. Here's a photo of the lowest numbered wings I could find - #3 which Belonged to Towers. The photo is from Robert Pandis's excellent book Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914-1918. He attributes these wings and many other early wings pictured to the Navy museum at Pensacola. Louis was among the whos who of Naval Aviation if you go through the list of early Aviators. -Rob
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