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  1. I think Rusty Canteen nailed it---here's just one sample of the fashion-- from a group photo of a family gathering to celebrate the homecoming of two brothers--one from the Third Army and the other from the 3rd Division--the returning Third Army soldier and his wife (upper left) seem to not care that the photographer was taking the photo....
  2. Just let me know when you're coming and I'll show you around.
  3. Here are some before and after photos of the other items our VANG Historical Foundation volunteers have been working on this year: the 40mm Bofors as it looked in April and then again in July and the 155mm as it looked in July and then again in November the guys were already used to wearing masks and being outside to work on these artifacts so we were able to comply with all social distancing requirements
  4. and here is the latest photo of the 1919 75mm on the Drill floor in our HQ---note the 29th DiVARTY sign and carpet that were rescued and donated to the VANG for display with the 75 in honor of the 111th Field Artillery. We already have plans for the walls in that corner which will really set off the 75....I'll post pictures when its completed. s/f Al
  5. With the help of good weather and some great soldiers, we got the duster moved to its display pad on the side of the HQ next to the 155mm we are refurbishing--as a reminder, here's how it looked when we got it, how it looks today, and its new home---next up, finish the 155 and begin the whole thing over again on a M41 Bulldog and an uparmored HUMVEE.....when we have completely finished the 155 and applied appropriate tac marks on the duster and the gun, our plan is to have a ceremony to honor our Vietnam vets and dedicate these displays to them.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. I think that background shape was used by the 17th FA, an Army unit in the 2nd Division. s/f Al
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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....
  13. Hink441---I agree...it was called the Big Red One for a reason.....
  14. 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.
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