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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. 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. I learned that sometimes the prop supply companies are provided with specific requirements and at others, they just supply what kinda matched the specs. One Revolution, apparently the specs for the Patriots' knives was - large military knife. For the Texas Rangers in the show - they all carried identical 10" blade bowies with lots of brass pins on the handles. Made in Pakistan.🤢 For any one else carrying a knife in the show (few and far between), it was "big knife".
  2. What would typically be on the end of the lanyard going into his LF pocket? Whistle? Compass? Ink pen? Something else?
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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 grandfather trained as a ground crew grunt for Balloon Squadron 94 and was stationed there until his discharge in January 1919. It was located about 2 miles NW of FT Sam Houston.
  6. A "W" would most likely be William Thomas Whitingslowe who owned Whitingslowe Engineering, maker of many knives and other equipment during WW2.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 1st shipment by Camillus, shipped to the Navy in late January 1943, with delivery in early February 1943.
  10. 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 :: "Well, Sir, I can drive a standard, so here I am.? What's up?" CHENG :: "Great. You're our duty driver until Facilities can get us an automatic transmission truck." Me :: "Huh??" OK, so I'm not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. CHENG :: "Apparently, out of over 700 people in Engineering, you and I are the only 2 who can drive a standard transmission. I'm an O6 selectee and you're an O2. Guess who's the Duty Driver?" I guess I shouldn't have been so surprised since over 30 of my 130 electricians were from New York, Chicago and Boston and didn't even have driver's licenses. So for the next day and a half, I had to squeeze in a couple of dozen runs taking loads of equipment to and from repair shops, making supply runs, etc while trying to get my "real work" done.
  11. 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 jobs - during 4 sea tours, my men NEVER chipped old layers of paint off a helmet. Rough edges where paint chips had broken out were feathered down and a new coat slapped on. As a dumb Ensign, I asked my GMC why we didn't chip all the old paint off first, since we took bulkheads and decks down to bare metal for repainting. His response was - "Sir, we got too damn much work to do to waste time on that. Besides, some of these helmets are older than I am (he was in his late 30s in 1977). If we chipped the paint off, we wouldn't have anything left."
  12. 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.
  13. At one end of the spectrum is C&C Sutlery, which has a wide variety of officer/enlisted uniforms for both Union and Confederate re-enactors. At the upper end is Quartermaster Shop, which also has both, but are much more expensive, but it also may be a matter of you get what you pay for. There are also other suppliers that have limited selections.
  14. The Bearing Bar is used for .... taking bearings. It is similar to Bearing Circles, Azimuth Circles, and Telescopic Alidades. The differences are the compasses to which they are mounted and the vessels on which they were used.. All are for taking bearings, but the Bearing Bar was used on the smaller 5" card compasses rather that the 7-1/2" "standard" compasses on which the other 3 are used. The smaller, magnetic compasses were mounted on small boats - life boats, landing craft, etc., and were used for inshore/riverine navigation and determining bearing drift of other boats/ships. The larger bearing devices were used on gyroscope repeater peloruses aboard ships and larger landing craft such as LCUs. These are used for the same tasks as the bearing bar - navigation (entering and departing ports) and determining bearing drift of "skunks", aka surface contacts, as well as use in station keeping in formation. I'm don't know when the Bearing Bars were removed from use/inventory, but they were gone before my initial exposure to US Navy navigation equipment in 1975.
  15. SolWarrior I think you would be surprised how quickly a righty could get used to packing a lefty knife if he/she did it as an EDC. I have carried dual fixed blades on a daily basis for years. Initially, it was a little awkward drawing, using and sheathing the left side knife. I made it a habit to use the LH knife every other time I needed to cut something. Within 2 weeks, I was to the point that I could sheath the knife with barely looking and within a month, sheath it without looking. Humans can get used to anything if they do it often and long enough.
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