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  1. Well, we survived the hot days of August and September, barely, and are still at it--as you can see, the Duster is almost finished and will shortly be moved to its display pad---as work winds down on the duster, most of the crew has switched over to the 155 which is already on a display pad. After we move the duster and the 40mm to their pads we will have room to work on an uparmored Humvee and the 1941 Dodge Command Car--the Sherman and DuKW are still awaiting their turn. s/f Al
  2. Recently the Virginia National Guard Historical Collection received a large donation of photos and documents from a soldier who had served in the VA Guard before WW2 and ended up serving in the 37th ID in the Pacific--among the photos taken during the assault on Manila was this photo of a soldier of the 129th Infantry Regiment advancing under fire ---and when I magnified it, there was this really unique netting on his helmet--maybe it's a common style to the "Helmet Guys" but as a non-helmet guy it sure looked pretty different to me. S/F Al PS Notice also how he has to h
  3. I think that background shape was used by the 17th FA, an Army unit in the 2nd Division. s/f Al
  4. To Alex , Okie, Archangel, SGT D, JMD and Manaya--thanks greatly for confirming its authenticity---nothing worse than putting up a display and then finding out you got it wrong--- Alex--it must be the same "T" force but what did a HQ Detachment Intelligence Assault Force do for a living? This is a name associated with the helmet--it's written in ink on the chinstrap---When I get more time, I plan to chase that thread to see what I can out about him. regards, Al
  5. Gents---the Virginia National Guard Historical Foundation recently received this helmet as a donation: we have two basic questions: 1. Is it the real deal?--to my novice eyes it appears to be but the folks here know a lot more.... 2. The note with it said it was used in "Task Force T" as part of the Twelfth Army Group--any idea what Task Force T did? Appreciate any insights, S/f Al
  6. and we are closing in on finishing the 2nd coat of paint on the M42 Duster--for comparison, I have attached a "before" and a "now" photo...it's important to remember that all of this work is being done by retired veterans who have volunteered their time--among the crew are 2 former Ordnance officers, a Trans Corps officer, an aviation officer, a combat engineer NCO, a Marine Corps signalman, an Army Supply NCO, an Army Artillery CSM, an Army MI NCO, a Navy CW-4, and an Army Medical Service Corps officer. and the beat goes on....still in the queue for future work: an Easy 8 Sherman, a DUKW, a
  7. We have slowly re-started our Covid-delayed efforts to refurbish some of the macro artifacts in the Virginia National Guard Historical Collection--we finished the French 75mm and moved it to its display location on the drill hall floor, and started on the 40mm Bofors AA gun....
  8. Hink441---I agree...it was called the Big Red One for a reason.....
  9. Just for comparison, here are some of the 26 Virginia National Guard M1917s that were recovered in 2017 from an old warehouse at the state military reservation near Virginia Beach. As you can see there was a variety of finishes and conditions---most of these were probably used stateside by the VA NG's coast artillery units that guarded the Chesapeake bay early in the war. While a number of the Coast Artillery soldiers ended up in the Philippines as field artillerymen in 1945, none of these helmets went with them.
  10. Yeah, the Fort Lee Clothing Sales sold them to the guys in my unit for 5$ a shirt and 5$ for trousers....a good deal even then....
  11. and add this oddity to the "Lining list" from a 1st Chemical Regiment soldier comes this pair of trousers in which the front pockets have been extended using coin bags from a bank--- these are not some "field repair" add-ons--they are very carefully added and machined double stitched---I don't know which is weirder, the clown pockets or the money bag pockets...
  12. Over the years I've owned a couple of "black-lining" service coats - one the ones I still have is a US Third Army, 51st Pioneer Infantry Regiment coat with no manufacturers info--and I don't mean to muddy the waters on this thread but have you encountered some of the other strange material used to make linings or pockets? attached is a picture of the lining of a pocket from an MTC coat in the Third Army---are these guys clowns? What are they doing? Another pocket on the same pair of trousers has a bunch of different product names---very strange stuff...
  13. and please don't take pictures of the flag lying on the ground like that.....I know it may seem picky or petty but it triggers a response even when done unintentionally. s/f Al
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