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    South Louisiana
  • Interests
    US Army Field Gear
    Patched four pocket enlisted jackets
    8th Air Force/ 453rd Bombardment Group/ 732nd Bombardment Squadron items
    Dug Civil War Bullets and Buttons

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  1. Thank you for the clarification. That is about what I figured and it is fairly interesting that his flight hours diminish substantially after June of 1944. The next step will be to actually assemble the gear he was issued....looks like it'll take a while for sure
  2. I have always been partial to the Rhode Island and New Hampshire seals as well. Paul, You must have been thrilled to find a Vermont seal that early on in your metal detecting days. Those aren't easy to find where I'm at all, and they are awesome buttons. I always find it interesting that some buttons are more prevalent than others. Location certainly plays a factor and some are more common in other places than others, but that doesn't really tell the whole story I guess. I mentioned that dug New Jersey seals are nearly impossible to find, but that doesn't exp
  3. Hey y'all, I've been organizing my collection recently, and just wanted to share my federal buttons (and a few Confederate State Seals as well). All are excavated and all have their shanks, and I'd be more than happy to post them. I have yet to find a New Jersey State Seal in similar condition to the ones in the picture..or really at all (one day, I'll round out this collection). The Pennsylvania State Seal was extremely difficult to find as well. I've also found Federal Dragoon buttons with existing gilt difficult to find. I know that designation w
  4. Phantomfixer, Here are some more pictures of some of the paperwork I have. The paperwork is not in great shape at all. The house my grandparents lived in was severely flooded during Hurricane Betsy in 1965 (his medals, uniform, etc were all ruined as well). My next step is to properly archive this to avoid further deterioration, and then I will begin to assemble the gear he was issued on that clothing receipt. Anyway, picture one: nose and tail art from one of the B-24s he worked on. pictures two and three: what I assume is a sight seeing tour of the damag
  5. Hello all, Please forgive me if I have posted this in the wrong section. My grandfather was discharged as a Master Sergeant in the 453rd bombardment group/ 732nd bombardment squadron in 1945. I know that he was initially trained to calibrate/work on both the Sperry and Norden bombsights and held the title of Automatic Flight Control Equipment Instructor while in the Air Corps. He was eventually promoted to crew chief just toward the end of the war. I have most of his paperwork from his time in the service (whatever survived Hurricane Betsy in 1965) includi
  6. Hello all, I've been a member of this board for a while now, but I have never officially introduced myself. I have always had an interest in the Civil War and World War Two Era. I collect World War Two field equipment, divisional patched four pocket enlisted jackets from World War Two (Army), and dug bullets and buttons from the Civil War,. I am actively seeking 8th Air Force items (particularly from the 453rd bomber group/ 732nd bomber squadron, and patched four pocket jackets from the 8th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 14th Army Air Corps. Feel
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