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DwightPruitt

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  1. I agree wholeheartedly, and I'd like to include militaria/military history forums too as I've been involved in a couple that were absolutely ruined by political discussions. Anyway, I agree with the sentiments that the MoH was trending towards becoming a posthumous-only award. Imagine Audie Murphy. Robert E. Bush or Alvin York not being recognized for their heroism because they survived! I'll reserve judgment until I read about this trooper. The original MoH to the 442nd was to Sadao Munemori. His mother wasn't given his MoH while in an internment camp. Munemori was KIA o
  2. I have a copy signed by survivors Jimmy O'Donnell ( a swell guy and a local treasure) Paul Murphy, Don McCall, Earl Riggins, Sam Lopez, Art Leenerman, Jim Jarvis, Glen Morgan, and Paul McGinnis. I used to see O'Donnell around Indianapolis all the time, he's very frail now. The city recently unveiled a statue of him at the city Market. http://www.indy.com/posts/statue-of-uss-in...vor-is-unveiled A coincidence.... 317, the number of survivors of the USS Indianapolis, is also the telephone area code for the city.
  3. The main claim to fame was Barcalounger reclining furniture.
  4. I agree, it's a horrible, horrible movie, but one minor quibble- it was filmed in Spain, not Ft. Hood, and used Spanish M-47 and M-24 tanks. If I've missed this one being mentioned, I apologize, but the most realistic war movie I've ever seen is Theirs is the Glory. Made in 1946, most of the cast are British/Canadian Airborne vets of Market-Garden. It was filmed in Arnhem, using real equipment, against real German tanks- especially Panthers, a Tiger and PzKw IV. Many of the Dutch cast are playing themselves. The downside is the story is chopped up a bit, and the dubbing is a bit off
  5. It doesn't happen only in L.A. Probably twenty years ago, I visited Alvin York's grave near Pall Mall, TN. Sgt York and his wife's stones originally had a small covered photograph of each. Her's remained, Sgt York's had been pried off and stolen years ago. On the photo below, you can see the holes where the photo was mounted:
  6. Most of the time, you see "S.F.W" or Shell Fragment Wound rather than shrapnel, which was a particular type of round and rarely used after WWI. But, in this case, I think you're right. I had a few IDPFs that had numerical codes for the cause of death, i.e. a 1 or 2, that I never knew what that stood for.
  7. Just when you think a GI won't do something.....he'll do something.
  8. I used to own that particular medal.
  9. Yep, looks like two medals were "named" recently to match up with some original paperwork
  10. You're describing aerial gunners wings. The pattern you pictured are indeed bombardier wings.
  11. ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 32585207 32585207 NAME KOZICKI#EDWARD#M######## KOZICKI#EDWARD#M######## RESIDENCE: STATE 23 NEW YORK RESIDENCE: COUNTY 055 MONROE PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 2378 ROCHESTER NEW YORK DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 08 08 DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 12 12 DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42 GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private GRADE: CODE 8 Private BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA FIELD USE AS DESIRED # # TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the
  12. Have your friends, neighbors or family with differing addresses request them for you.
  13. Ruddles Mills in Cynthiana, Kentucky offers a great line of rikers and shadow boxes. They set up at the SOS and other major shows. The gentleman that sets up and handles the sales is a great guy. http://ruddlesmills.com/
  14. My reply from another thread: "Atkinson is better than Ambrose, and as I said, I think he's very good at current military operations- In the Company of Soldiers was very good. But, in both Day and Dawn he gets a lot of facts wrong. Here's a paragraph (page 339) from Dawn that I believe illustrates my point: "A brief, howling sandstorm swept across the Tunisian plain early Sunday morning, February 14th. German sappers cinched bandannas across their noses and finished lifting the last American mines from the western mouth of Faid Pass. At four A.M. a bobbling procession of lights, alm
  15. Graf was the only place where you could have mud up to your knees, snow up to your waist and dust hitting you in the face.
  16. No, nothing it's completely barren, nothing even remotely resembling militaria is anywhere near Indy. Avoid it. Dwight, Indianapolis resident.
  17. The religious certificate is for the Roman Catholic faith.
  18. Scott, there is a very good discussion forum of the 6/31st on the web, and the vets are good guys. I had a PH to a kid in A 6/31 and it now is with a gentleman who was with the soldier on the day he died. http://6thofthe31st.com/bb/index.php?sid=0...3be1674d58e427d
  19. That's a track jack. The jaws fit over the studs of individual track sections, drawing them together so end connectors can be installed.
  20. Couldn't agree more. Atkinson's best work is "In The Company of Soldiers" which is his forte, modern war correspondence. The first two of his trilogy are terribly incomplete and filled with hyperbole.
  21. Future home of Army Human Resources Command and a light infantry brigade.
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