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    Hunting, Fishing, Gardening, Knife/Hawk Throwing, Shooting. Was an avid SCUBA diver (8,000+ dives) until medically down-checked for diving.
  1. The Curator of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Museum found this DI lost in a museum junk drawer. All anyone can say is that it is NOT related to any TAMC/TAMU ROTC Wing/Brigade/Battalion. Identification would be appreciated.
  2. I read that the rubber handled M4s were reworked leather handled versions that the handles were rotting off of. That the work was done on Okinawa during the VN war. That said, I doubt TMN ever made any leather handled ones that would have then deteriorated to be reworked. Maybe someone on Okinawa did a TMN just because they could. Still looking for where I read the above info. I still haven't found everything back after my last computer died and I had to pull data files off the old HD.
  3. I was a background actor on season 2 of Revolution and learned a lot about TV series, props etc. The weaponry issued to the "Patriots" (those in the sand colored uniforms) was varied. The Patriot actors never got the same weapon twice in a row. I saw a pristine WW2 USN Geneva Forge MK1, several WW2 USN-MK2s/1219C2s (no red spacers however), some in leather sheaths, others in the green fiberglass BM/VP sheaths, M3 knives, a variety of BUCK hunting knives, and some M7 bayonets. Charlie (played by Tracy Spiradakos) carried a one line Inverted BUCK model 120, a 1960s knife.
  4. What would typically be on the end of the lanyard going into his LF pocket? Whistle? Compass? Ink pen? Something else?
  5. Being an AR type person, I tend to notice picky little details. With an enlistment date of 5-3-17, Recruit Parker enlisted just 9 days before the order quoted as establishing the Navy Dog Tag was signed. He would have likely been either in Basic Training or about to report when the order came out possibly implying that this could have been 1 of the very first batch of tags made.
  6. Here's something you don't see every day. A Non-Marching Marching Band This is the Ft Hood (Texas) Non-Marching Band participating in the Taylor Jaycees 6th Annual July 4th celebration parade. This would have been 1955 as the inaugiral parade was 1950. Note the jeeps are lined up by their ID number - BD for band, BD00 for the drum major, etc. The photo was originally taken by the father (Thomas Parker Sr) of a friend with whom I went though the Taylor Tx school system, (Thomas Parker Jr).
  7. Two of the jewelers in San Antonio at the time who could have provided wings were McNeel Jewelry and Bell Bros. Jewelry. Bell actually installed the first Seth Thomas clock in the Ft Sam Quadrangle Clock tower in 1982, replacing it later in 1907 with another Seth Thomas clock. With a long-term relationship with Ft Sam, they would have been a likely source for wings for pilots trained in the area at Camp Wise (Observer Balloons), Brooks Field (Instructor Training), and Kelly Field (Pilot Training). They were in business until 1961. I only know about Camp Wise because that's where my g
  8. A "W" would most likely be William Thomas Whitingslowe who owned Whitingslowe Engineering, maker of many knives and other equipment during WW2.
  9. That one is from late1965 or early 1966 to early/mid 1967. That securing mechanism also appear on a Blackie Collins design variation of Western's W46-8, circa 1990.
  10. Take a look at the spine between the handles. "Most" cut downs I have run across have the modifying company initials stamped into the spine there. The most recent version I acquired is a 1942 UC version that has AFH (American Fork & Hoe) stamped into the handle spine.
  11. 1st shipment by Camillus, shipped to the Navy in late January 1943, with delivery in early February 1943.
  12. Funny only in an exasperating way. I was a LTjg about to make LT on an aircraft carrier. When our ship pulled in to San Diego, the ship was assigned X # of trucks for supply runs. The Engineering Department was assigned a "3 on the tree" Dodge pickup. I was sitting at my desk writing Evals when the 1MC blared - "Any Engineering personnel that can drive a standard transmission, report to the Engineering Office." After the 4th time the announcement was made, I wandered down to the office. The conversation went something like this... CHENG :: "Why are you here?" Me :: "Wel
  13. Back when I was first commissioned in 1977, my first ship was the USS DENVER (LPD-9), based out of San Diego. My first GQ station was Mount Safety Officer, sitting in between a pair of 3"-50 on Mount 4, I wore one of those WW2 era phone talker helmets. There were at least 3 ships' hull numbers painted on the inside, indicating that the helmet spent time on at least 4 ships during its service life. I remember the ship types as being a DD, a CA and an LSMR, The helmet might have still been on the ship when it was decommissioned in 2014. On another note about Navy helmets and paint j
  14. I know nothing about the company, but as to why the Navy would need wall thermometers, Seabees bases, Supply Depots, PT Boat squadron land bases, advance area refueling depots, shore-based hospital facilities and probably other facilities would used them.
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