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  1. Thanks Ray! I was really happy to get it. I'm also getting bullion DUIs for the other two regiments this week. Hopefully they come in soon! Parks
  2. Set of bullion 7th Cav DUIs on green felt. I just got these from a good friend and I can't wait for them to come in the mail! Parks
  3. Japanese made 7th Cavalry Regiment DUI. Sadly, the pins are missing. Parks
  4. Close up of ribbons and CIB. The CIB is a place holder until I can get one that matches better with the pinholes from the original. It’s Japanese made but the finish is almost completely missing. All of the ribbons and the CIB were sourced from fellow forum members. Thanks guys! Parks
  5. Brustman’s dress khakis. I was lucky enough to get the hat for free from the seller. Parks
  6. One of two images I have of the iconic sign. Parks
  7. This is an official signal corps photograph of brustman in 1963. His uniform reflects his WW2-Korean War service. Parks
  8. Photo of Major Ca, CO of the 13th Inf Reg, 9th Div ARVN. He was the CO of the regiment that Brustman advised during the Vietnam War. I believe this photo was taken in the MAAG house. Parks
  9. This is the MAAG advisor home where Brustman and his fellow advisors stayed. I've also included a photo Brustman took of the MAAG bar. Interesting to note the amount of civilian clothes being worn. Parks
  10. Brustman's MAAG identification booklet from his time as a MAAG advisor in the early 60's. This is the first one I've seen and I am very pleased with it. Parks
  11. Flak 88's that Brustman's unit captured in Italy. The reverse says that these were captured during the "final push." Lt. Hogan, one of Brustman's fellow officers, is posing with the shell. Parks
  12. This is a hand drawn likeness of Brustman made in 1941. I got this along with a large amount of photos and documents outside of eBay with the seller. Parks
  13. I'll add photos from his service in Vietnam tomorrow and his khakis when I finish restoring them. Parks
  14. Certificate & Photo from Brustman's time in the Air-Ground Operations School, run by the Air Force. Parks
  15. Some photos from the grouping. There are many more but I chose the most interesting. Parks
  16. These medals and CIB were in Brustman's shadow box. They do not represent all his awards. Also included was over a dozen modern patches. Parks
  17. Hi all, A few weeks ago, I was able to acquire a few things from a triple awardee of the Combat Infantry Badge off of eBay. Sadly, the seller had split everything up but I am quite happy with what I was able to keep together from Lt. Col. William “Bill” Brustman. Brustman was born in 1919 in Obernburg, New York to Jacob & Mary Brustman. Growing up in rural New York, he was always ready for an adventure to escape the plows, tractors, and pumpkins in the rolling foothills. Like many young men from across America, he would begin boot camp in September of 1941 at Camp Croft, South Carolina. Just a few short months later, the nation would be shaken to its core on December 7th, 1941. “Everything in my life at that point seemed to change. I just remember it so well,” Brustman said in an interview by the Tri-County Independent, his local newspaper. “You were constantly reminded by noncommissioned officers and the officers over you that this is going to be a war. No more fooling around in training. You’d better get serious and put everything you have into it.” The encouragement by his higher-ups set a fire in the then private as he graduated OCS with nothing but a high school diploma. In competition with regular army, West Point, and college commissioned officers, Brustman stayed strong to achieve his very best, being quoted to have said: “I was short on education, but I was not short on motivation.” His first taste of action overseas would be in Italy, assigned as a mortar platoon leader in the 361st Inf Reg, 91st Inf Div. He would go on to serve in Rome, the Po Valley, and the North Apennines Campaigns. To commend his achievements, Brustman would receive the Bronze Star. One documented case of Brustman’s heroics is in the form of a certificate given by the 91st Division. On June 17th, 1944, Brustman’s unit came under attack by two axis rifle companies. Immediately as the first casing hit the Italian soil, his mortars began to fire rounds on the attackers. Without regard for his wellbeing, Brustman rushed out in a storm of enemy artillery, mortars, and small arms fire to establish an observation post to accurately adjust his mortar strikes. He served with the 91st in every campaign they fought in World War Two, taking 18 days to smash through Bologna, the Po Valley, and the forced surrender of Italian and German troops in the Alps. Following his service in Italy, Brustman would go on to serve in the Occupation forces in Germany and the Berlin Brigade. However, with a new decade comes new conflicts. In the far east, the Korean Peninsula was embroiled in a civil war with the South rapidly falling apart as both Korean armies and American forces approached Pusan, the last holdout for South Korea. Brustman would be in the thick of it all, serving as a company commander in the 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division from 1950-1951. I have not been able to identify any specifics on his service in Korea however I believe he was involved in Pusan and Seoul. Once again, Brustman would find himself in Asia, serving as a MAAG advisor to the 13th Inf Reg, 9th ARVN Inf Div. It would be during Vietnam when Brustman would both earn his 2nd bronze star (a retroactive award for his WW2 service) and his final promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. For twenty-three years, William Brustman served in the Army, fighting in Italy, Korea, and Vietnam. He would earn two Bronze Stars and three Combat Infantry Badges during his service. In 2007, he would be recognized by the state of New York for his service, being inducted into the NY State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. After his time in the army, he would return to his hometown and take up a humble life of pumpkin farming. When being honored in 2007, he saw a table filled with his military accomplishments and around him politicians and veterans. However, his “pride and joy,” his biggest accomplishment, was a photo of his 722-pound pumpkin which was a first-place winner in a local contest. He would always care for his men and would be concerned for their well-being. “In each case, the bullets were flying, and you receive casualties… you must deal with the casualties you receive and that could happen on a daily basis…”
  18. I was able to pick up a few things from him. I'll post in a bit. Parks
  19. Bumping in honor of his passing. I'm going to miss Duane, he was a great story teller, friend, and mentor. Parks
  20. Excellent collection, very well displayed!
  21. Hey all, One of the things I do besides collecting militaria is interviewing local veterans. I edit all of the interviews and upload them to my YouTube channel. This is one I did of PFC Duane Trowbridge (Ret). He was at Inchon, Seoul, Wonsan, and Chosin. He's sharp as a tack and still goes to about every Korean War reunion around! Parks
  22. Set of 1st Cav DUIs from the 1960’s occupation of Korea. These are from the Honest John rocket batteries attracted to the division. They are Japanese made and have no major flaws minus some slight discoloration. Ive included a photo of an Honest John. Parks
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