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  1. Here is a good topic on this insignia from a while back:
  2. Thanks for the help. I would love to see what ever you can come up with. Do you know by chance if the breathing oxygen tanks were painted the same in the 40s as they are now (green with a white band)? Oxygen for cutting I am guessing is always just solid green, but Acetylene I have seen both yellow and red. Was yellow for airfields? I know a lot of runway equipment gets painted yellow for visibility. Also, If anyone has any pictures of the correct WWII cutting torch, or a tech manual, I would love to see them. I have had tons of older cutting torches over the years, and some may have even been
  3. And this is the breathing oxygen bottle.
  4. This is the Oxygen bottle that I hope to use for the torch set.
  5. These are the stamps on the Acetylene bottle.
  6. These are the bottles I have so far. I would like to refinish them eventually. One is a breathing O2 bottle marked U.S. Army Air Corps. The re certification dates appear to begin in 1949, and go all the way up to 1987. The other O2 bottle is marked US Army Air Forces, and the the earliest certification date is Jan. of 1944. The Acetylene bottle is marked United States Army, and has a DA number, so I assume it is from the 53-61 time frame, providing they follow the same guidelines as clothing for stock numbers. I would like to refurbish all the tanks and repaint. I need to know what the origina
  7. I am looking for information and photos of welding equipment on air fields during WWII. Everything from gas bottles and carts, welders and trailers, to personal safety gear. I'm not sure this is even the correct spot to post this. I have come across a few WWII items over the years, and I would like to be able to keep my eyes open for things to add. I have a Lincoln welder which I posted about several years back. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/275721-army-air-force-lincoln-welder/ I would like to find the correct style of leads and clamp. I also would like to find ph
  8. That is possible. I'm not sure how far back the "Golden Days" parade goes, but it still happens every year. I did have an old timer tell me that in Fairbanks used to have a "military appreciation" day in the 50's or 60's. It was complete with a parade and military equipment being set up downtown. I have a few photos of what I believe to be this event. It looked amazing, and I wonder why the quit doing it.
  9. Here is another shot from the same group of photos. This shows a parade in downtown Fairbanks. The helmet liners bear the insignia of the 4th Infantry Regiment as well.
  10. That is correct. In the late 40s to late 50s, Ladd was occupied by both the Army and the Air Force. The land Ladd was on was owned by the Army, and from what I have heard, the Air Force paid rent to the Army. At the same time, the Air Force was building up Eielson Air Force Base (a short distance away, past North Pole, Alaska). The Air Force made the official switch over to Eielson in 61, and Ladd was renamed Fort Wainwright by the Army.
  11. Here are a few photos from my collection showing members of the 4th infantry stationed here in Fairbanks Alaska. While I am not sure of the exact dates, I believe these are early to mid 1950s photos. In the first picture, you can see the shoulder insignia being worn on a shirt. The Clipboard on the left reads "Status Report 3rd Bn 4th Inf". The second photo shows a sign with the unit insignia.
  12. I can't help with the 304th research, but I really want to see this trunk. What an amazing piece of history. From a quick Google search, Capt. Burkhead was sent to Alaska, and Stationed here in Fairbanks. He was tasked with traveling around the state doing repairs on the WAMCATS system. I found the brief mention in a book on Google books called "Army Navy Air Force Register and Defense Times, Volume 72". It also gives a list of places he was supposed to visit in the territory. Hopefully you can find out about his WWI service. I'm sure someone here can help.
  13. Here are a few pictures from an album I recently acquired. I usually don't buy albums that aren't associated with Alaska in some way, but there were way too many great pictures in the album to pass it up. The owner was apparently with a pre-war Cavalry unit for stateside training. Bantam Jeep and a slat-grill T11E1 Marmon Harrington Real Picture Post Card Dodge VC command car An interesting carrying rack for a dispatch bike
  14. That's what I'm hoping for. I sent an email to the base museum, and got a response. Now I'm just waiting for it to get to the right person. Hopefully they have something.
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