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    Bakersfield, CA
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    I like to collect coins along with militaria. My favorite militaria to collect would be Vietnam era US army. I especially like the 82nd Airborne.
  1. My grandfather, Robert "Rocky" Ridgway served with the 82nd Airborne's 1/505th Parachute Infantry Division in 1967-1969. I don't know much about his service besides basic facts, as he was very withdrawn when talking about it to me or my mom, never really opening up to anyone about his experiences in Vietnam, where he was stationed, what company and platoon he was with, etc. He always said that he was special forces, and I'm not 100% sure what he meant, as I am mostly sure that he was not with any special forces group or MACV SOG, although possible considering his mysteriousness considering the
  2. Hey guys. My M1C helmet liner has what looks like M22 as its maker mark. Does anyone know what that mark could mean or be?
  3. Cool find. I have no idea what it is, however.
  4. Hi there - Not related to the topic but I noticed something cool. My grandpa - nicknamed Rocky - served in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne (505th PIR) and also has a daughter, my mom.
  5. Thanks for responding guys. Especially in the past few days, my dad has been cracking down really hard on anything militaria and essentially saying "remove it - or else". I'll try to take your advice to heart. I love this hobby but my parents try to kill it every chance they get. The odd thing is my grandfather on my dad's side was a foreign air force veteran, and my mom's dad was an 82nd Airborne Paratrooper in Vietnam. It's odd that they don't support it at all.
  6. Sad that someone would let that go, even if it had some bad memories. Still a cool flag though.
  7. Rest in peace to your grandfather. Very cool jacket though. You know what's odd? My algebra teacher, Mr. Moore, had an uncle that just died a little bit ago - as in like 3 weeks ago. His uncle fought at Iwo Jima and in North Africa - he was US.
  8. Hey! I'm a young collector (junior-high level young) and I've been very interested in this hobby for about a year and a half. Unfortunately, neither of my parents are supportive of the hobby, to the point of criticizing me for it. For example, they'll say "Why are you so much into this silly 'army stuff'? It's only about killing." The worst part about it is that I'm spending my own money on this because I legitimately enjoy it, and they're trying to quash it like a melon under a boot. Not only that, but I get ridiculed about it at school too, because every now and then I'll wear an old fleckta
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