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    Anything that goes boom, and The ON PATROL Project, History (Pearl Harbor and USS ARIZONA), Writing, Horses and Navy stuff . . .
  1. My former spouse was a Navy Personnelman (PN) with a specialty NEC 2612, Naval Enlisted Classification Specialist. I seem to recall that she wore a breast badge with that specialist title on it. It was around 2 - 2.5 inches in diameter and resembled the Navy Recruiter badge, in that it had the eagle and anchor in the center and the 'classification specialist ' wording around the outside periphery. If anyone out there has seen one of these, please let me know. Thank You.
  2. MAW, What part do you think I should write about, the veteran portrayal and clothing acquisition or the Arizona Oil in the baby food jar?
  3. Fort Winfield Scott is the building you are referring to. It was the only major Third System structure built on the West Coats. If you are into this stuff, I would highly recommend the book SEACOAST FORTIFICATIONS of the UNITED STATES, by Dr. E.R. Lewis. I did a little volunteer field work for him back in the 1980's, in Hawaii. I was tasked with locating the four old former LEXINGTON and SARATOGA 8" twin battery sites. It was fun crawling around through the sites. I've also been through both of the ARIZONA turret sites, (Batteries Arizona and Pennsylvania). Yeah, good times.
  4. Something in the 'slightly more modern' era; All clones, cuz I ain't a rich man. Top to bottom; MK-12 SPR, MK-18 Mod 1, USN / USMC Recce, & good ol' M-4 carbine. "and a good time will be had by all".
  5. Just out of curiosity, what era MISSOURI are you looking at doing? MISSOURI was a busy ship, through a number of periods.
  6. Thanks much, that was pretty much what I was going for. I appreciate the advise.
  7. North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia; well. well, this Yankee has done jumped in to a southern revival ! First off welcome. Ya'll will find an absolute trove of wonderful info from theses guys and gals. Being fairly new here myself, I have discovered this. My only caution is don't be like me and collect all sorts of dis-associated stuff. Thought fun and educational, it takes up a lot of space. For now, pick a period or category, then go for it.
  8. As I said, there was a standard . . . but that doesn't mean it was followed. I was "volunteered" by my company commander to make a good part of the tags for my boot camp company. I was given a cardboard "example" and everybody's info, set down at the machine. At that time I was told to do the five line style, but that don't mean it was by the book. I just did what I was told.
  9. Here are a couple of shots of your sub caliber gun
  10. Not to further confuse the issue . . . But as for dog tags, there was a standard and yet not a standard. For example, My dog tags (yes I still have my originals, from Navy boot camp - 1975) are arranged differently. 1st line Surname 2nd line First name and Middle Initial 3rd line Service no. or SSN and Service 4th line Blood type and Rh Factor 5th line Religious Preference
  11. Here are a couple of WWII models, restored or in the process thereof.
  12. Hey Major Z, got any USQMC handleless coffee mugs?
  13. If you are in to U-Boats, or just curious about them, especially if you are also into diving, this is a great read. Chocked full of technical information, but without the usual 'dryness' of tech writings; Aaron Stephan Hamilton has put together a good one. He starts with some tech so that the reader is familiar with this late war sub's configuration, then goes through the operational history and its' use by the Brits and Americans after the war. Then he dives into some of the more modern conditions of the wreck that now sits just off the Maryland shore. Again, a great read and serious addition
  14. I had the honor and privilege, as a Navy diver and National Park Service Volunteer diver, to assist in the mapping and detail work in the documentation of the wreck back in the mid 1980's. During one of those dives, I collected a sample as it bubbled out of the wreck; little black orbs of oil, slowly coming out and normally rising to the surface to spread out in a sheen over the remains of that once great battleship, now an honored tomb to over a thousand souls.
  15. In a similar light to Mr. Jerry's issue, I run a group that portrays American veterans through our history and had to put together a colonial "Molly Pitcher" outfit. The 6 pounder rammer and bucket were easy, but collecting the skirts, petticoats and tops was rather different; having to repeatedly explain why I needed those items without appearing weird. Outside of that, it would probably be the non-descript baby food jar containing fuel oil from the USS ARIZONA.
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