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  1. That's a great pair of messages. Having just come off a deployment on a flag staff, I can totally see this correspondence happening - just over e-mail now instead of message traffic.
  2. From http://www.ibiblio.org/hyperwar/USN/ref/Seamanship/img/?C=N;O=D Here's a chart showing H-Div on a battleship. Most larger ships had H-Divisions, from what these charts show. This means that this helmet could have served anywhere in the world and at any point in time through the Korean War and still been correct for the ship.
  3. Dave

    "POW" helmet

    That's abbreviated POOW. I think that Prisoner of War is probably a more accurate guess.
  4. The OMSA Ribbon Bank typically has most foreign ribbons that you could want. There are also several sellers on eBay that often stock extensive foreign ribbon - you just have to search for them (there are three or four who routinely have stuff). As far as the rosettes for the ribbons, those are tough to find without finding the vintage ribbons themselves. I once stumbled upon a small box of WW1 to WW2 French ribbon material, rosettes, palms and the like in a small militaria shop in the south of France. That was 18 years ago...I still kick myself for not buying the box.
  5. Andrew: That is a really amazing piece! Dave
  6. Well, if anyone has heartburn over missing it on eBay, then Facebook, it's now up for auction with Centurion Auctions...
  7. Thanks Mike! I looked on eBay as well and found nothing...maybe they come in waves... I thought this would be pretty cool framed because of the fame of the unit and the time period of this report. I found this chronology on the27thmaine.com JUNE 01 Promoted: H.Knox, F.Davis, S.Hayes, C.Pierce, C.Hutchins 10 Date on which the 27th ME were first told they would be released from duty [9-months from 10 Sep, the date they signed up] 21 Brigade ordered to report to Maj-Gen Slocum of the 12th Army Corps by the 28th [not knowing they were 9-month men with service about to expire] >>>23 This muster report produced 24 Brigade ordered to Washington for transportation home 25 Left Chantilly and moved to Arlington Heights 26 Died: F.Burnham 28 The 25th and 27th ME receive letters from Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War, under direction of the President, asking for them to stay beyond their 9-month service for a short time. Over 300 men of just the 27th ME step forward 30 original expiration date for the 9-month service [from 30 Sept mustering in] JULY 03 Battle of Gettysburg ends
  8. I'm going to say it's a sweetheart piece, but WW1-1930s vintage. I really like it!
  9. Thanks guys! Here are a couple photos. I had never seen one before. I thought it would be pretty cool to frame...
  10. I randomly came across a Union morning report for a relatively known unit, signed by the unit's CO. I haven't been able to find many of these "in the wild"...seems like most are in archives and such. Is that typically what happened to these? I bought mine as kind of a cool decorator, but I was trying to see what's out there that's like it, and am not having much luck. Welcome to venturing into an unknown collecting realm for me!
  11. Right before I left on deployment, I picked up a Purple Heart and forgot to research it. I did a search and sure enough...I am the owner of John A. Davies' Purple Heart! DakotaDave - do you still have his DFC and AM? Dave
  12. Interesting! Sadly, much of the paperwork about the devices was discarded ages ago and never made it to the National Archives. It would have been interesting to see when manufacturers changed over to new designs, as each design required approval.
  13. Also, from your photos above, the more rounded serif "V" came into use after Vietnam. Looking through my photos, the "V" in gold with sharp angles was used on officially-issued government awarded posthumous medals at least through 1971.
  14. I feel embarrassed in that I think I knew the date at one time but I can't remember off the top of my head. I did look back at my photos and I have posthumous Army BSM groups from 1951 that have the serif-model "V". My assumption is that the Marines and Navy probably switched about the same time as the Army, so sometime prior to 1951. My gut seems to tell me that it was 1948 that they switched from non-serif to serif, but I have been able to find no hard data to back that up.
  15. Dave

    Top Gun Two

    Having just spent the last seven months on an aircraft carrier, I'll probably see it in the theater. I can say that the "thump" you hear following the jet taking off from the carrier is 100% real. From my experience of having my office under the catapult, I compare it to having a metal trashcan placed over your head and then someone beating it with a baseball bat. Good times. As an aside, Ed Harris looks more like he should be acting in a Tales from the Crypt movie rather than playing an active duty admiral. But that's just me...
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