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T Ambrosini

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    Game used baseball and hockey jerseys

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  1. AF basic in 1981... M16 with solid butt, three-finger flash suppressor and no bolt assist. Periodic weapons qualification afterward through 2000 was a mish-mash of flash suppressors (three finger or cylinder) but the same basic weapon otherwise. The standard sidearm was a S&W Model 15 until we transitioned to the M9 Barretta as previously mentioned
  2. Nice collection! What DUIs are on the 7th ID Ike?
  3. Just a guess, but how about Navy or CG ROTC midshipman second class?
  4. Fantastic craftsmanship! Well done! Tom
  5. Indeed, this is truly an amazing collection!
  6. Similar to the mine planter service then... Good to know.
  7. I don't know the answer to your question but thanks for posting the photo. The U. S. Grant made many trips transporting soldiers, officers and their families from the PI to San Francisco and back. A bunch of coast artillerymen I have researched sailed aboard her throughout the 1930's. Fold3 (pay website) has some of the passenger manifests on their site.
  8. This link is from the NARA database. He was a prior enlisted artilleryman in the National Guard before receiving his commission. https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&tf=F&q=sears%2C+francis+p&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1843328 Tom
  9. I hope this link works... Might need a Newspapers.com account to open it. https://www.newspapers.com/image/443086680/?terms=francis%2Bp.%2Bsears
  10. He was from the Boston area... Seems to have come from a well-to-do family there. I'll try to post his obituary if I can figure out how to convert the format to something viewable on this board Tom
  11. Newspapers.com has an obit from 8 Feb 2004, Francis P Sears Jr. According to the obit, he was an Army captain in France, serving with the 94th Division. Same guy??? If so, he was a stockbroker and had a Preakness winner, "Deputed Testimony" in 1983.
  12. Generally true for all Federal land (not too sure if BLM land is lumped in with that) and state parks. Various municipalities may have their own laws regarding metal detecting on public land. Places worth looking at are former bases and posts that were closed by BRAC. Several of these places are in private hands now and can be detected with permission of the property owners. Ideally, get written permission with the property owner's contact information and have it with you if ever questioned by law enforcement.
  13. If you live in the vicinity of a military post that dates from WW2 and earlier, (if permissible) you may wish to try detecting around the area where the barracks were. Great places to find older coins is around the front stairs of the barracks. Pocket change falls out and goes under the stairs. I know a few people who did quite well detecting around Fort Ord after the base closure, particularly around the WW2 era barracks. Same can be said of sports fields where benches, seating areas were. Consider what an area was used for at one time and what may have been dropped accidentally. Parade grounds yield buttons, pins, etc as an example.
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