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  1. I found this on the web. Since they used a non-explosive warhead I assume they boarded the target ship and recovered parts of the Harpoon missile from it. Paul
  2. I have obtained a box of mechanical and electronic parts sold in the April 2007 Regency-Superior Auction with this description: " Lot 114: 1979 HARPOON MISSILE DEBRIS, Lot 0114 Details, Description: An 8x11" box filled with debris recovered after this missile was fired from the USS Radford DD968 during a 1979 test (it flew 59 miles before impacting with the USS Lansdown DD486). Included are circuit boards, odds and ends of pieces and a piece of aluminum with partial instructions stenciled on it. A great lot for a tinkerer." Written on the red material on the back side of the aluminum plate in the picture below is: "Harpoon fired July 28 1979 0947 (direct hit 59 miles USS Lansdown ex DD 486) fired from USS A.W. Radford DD 968". The picture below only shows part of the material in the box. Was all this material collected from the ship that fired the missile, or the ship where it impacted, or both? I am guessing that the piece of aluminum with partial instructions stenciled on it came from the launch ship. But what about all the electronic parts? Are these circuit boards left behind at launch, or were they an internal part of the missile? Paul
  3. Here are 3 formal invitations for 5th Air Force events in Japan. None of them give a year, but one is "To Welcome Brigadier Polhamus to Japan. In July 1963, he was assigned to the 5th Air Force in Japan for duty as the chief of staff, where he served until June 1964. The invitations are on thick cardboard with a gold rim. They measure 3 3/4" by 5 1/4". I wonder about the Stag Party. Paul
  4. I think you are correct. Even on silver coins not all of them have a tarnish.
  5. Thanks, that's Interesting. It looks something like tarnish on a silver coin. But I am not sure mine is silver since it is not tarnished, perhaps it was cleaned? Paul
  6. Silver? That's a new one on me. I have heard of stainless steel, but never silver vintage dog tags. Can you post one? Paul
  7. Here is my latest acquisition. Crow was an interesting man. Born in Iowa in 1893, he only went to 5th grade in school, enlisted in the Navy in WW1, married in 1919, enlisted in the Coast Guard in the 20's. His son fell overboard and died on the USS Southard in Hawaii about 3 weeks before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and he was a Chief Machinist Mate on a Coast Guard cutter in the channel leaving Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack. He was transferred stateside the next year. I need to fill in a gap after that, but he died in California in 1981. His only other child, a daughter, died in Pennsylvania in 2013. Another interesting thing about this dog tag is that it is NOT made of Monel metal. It looks, feels and sounds (when you drop it) different than the Navy Monel dog tags. Also it weighs about .5 Oz and the Monel Navy tags weigh about .3 oz. It is also thicker. Not sure what metal it is made of. Paul
  8. Here is something I dug out of my files. It is an unused Government Service Meal Check on the California Zephyr to California. I think it is WW2, but there is no date. It is 2 pages with a piece of carbon paper on the back of page 1. The only difference between the 2 pages is that where page 1 says "ORIGINAL-COOK'S CHECK", page 2 says "DUPLICATE-STEWARD'S CHECK". Many years later (1981) I rode the California Zephyr from Denver to San Francisco for a Geology Convention. That was before Amtrak took it over. Paul
  9. This is a neat very early Schofield Barracks, Hawaii real photo postcard. It is dated Dec. 3, 1912 and postmarked Dec. 4, 1912 at Schofield Barracks. Schofield Barracks was established in 1908. Since the soldiers are on horseback I am guessing the photo is of the 5th Cavalry which was at Schofield Barracks from 1911-1913. The Army Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 lists a Samuel M Couch, age 26, as enlisting on 9/17/1908 from Haly, Texas and re-enlisting on 3/20/1912 in the 5th. Cavalry. He was discharged on 3/20/1915. So that fits my assumption that the photo shows the 5th. Cavalry. Paul
  10. This one is really weird. It has 5 signatures on the front and 2 on the reverse. 3 of the signatures on the front are either Sgt's or S/Sgt. so this is probably a WW2 short snorter. But the reverse of the bill is blank. First I thought the ink had been somehow removed, but the bill is extremely thin so it feels like a layer of paper has been pealed off. It was obviously done before it was signed. Any guesses as to how this was done? Paul
  11. I remember when you could get these "good luck charms" out of machines in public places. I do not remember what it cost, maybe 25cents, and you could stamp what ever you wanted on them one letter at a time. Since it has his service number I am able to research him. Paul
  12. Here is the last photo. It shows the "Mickey Boys" (Radar Group) of the 94th. Bomb Group. All people are identified on the back of the photo. Then Lt. Orr is standing at thr far left in the back row. Paul
  13. I just got a small scrapbook collection belonging to Captain Carl E. Orr (O-861896). He was attached to the 331st. Bomb Squadron of the 94th. Bomb Group in England in 1944-45. The scrapbook includes photos, menues, ID card, postcards, etc. of England and his training in the US. He was trained in Radar. I believe he was in charge of the maintenance on the radars installed in B-17's. I have chosen a few of the radar related photos to show here. #1 in a photo of the radar set installed on a B-17. The photo I have is on the left and I found a similar identified photo on the web which is on the right. #2 and #3 are shots inside a B-17 of a radar operator at his station.One more photo below. Paul
  14. I have located a lot of new material on George W Parker, but I won't post it all. However the info below came from a site many people do not know about. Many states (including Indiana where Parker was a resident) have military records on file. The start page for all military records in Indiana is https://www.in.gov/iara/2521.htm The specific page to see the Indiana WW1 Service Record Cards is https://fromthepage.com/indianaarchives/indiana-wwi-service-record-cards So here is Parker's Service Record card for WW1. It has an abundance of information. According to one source: "During 1918, she (USS South Dakota) escorted troop convoys from the east coast to the mid-Atlantic rendezvous point where British cruisers joined the convoy. The South Dakota fared well during the severe conditions of escorting troopships across the stormy and submarine infested waters of the Atlantic, except for one occasion where she broke a propeller shaft and had to be dry-docked for repairs." Paul
  15. Not only did he receive his dog tags very early after they were authorized, but he did not even get his service number until after he was discharged on Jan 22, 1919. Wikipedia has a detailed explanation of US Navy service numbers through time at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Service_number_(United_States_Navy) . They did not start issuing service numbers until 1920 . Parker's service number is 152 29 84. According to Wiki That means he was the 522, 984th. enlisted sailor to be alphabetically assigned a service number and received it after he was discharged. "Navy enlisted numbers were divided into nine distinct "series" beginning with the one hundred series which was intended for retroactive presentations to those enlisted personnel who had served in World War I and the Spanish–American War. The one hundred series began at number 1,000,001 (written as 100 00 01) and extended to 1,999,999 (199 99 99); this granted the Navy nine hundred ninety nine thousand ninety hundred and ninety nine possible numbers for retroactive presentation. The Navy began issuing such numbers alphabetically through its discharged service records with number 100 00 01 (the first enlisted number) assigned to a sailor named Clayton Aab." Paul
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