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  1. My sole 113th Cav item: http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w319/Dw...tt/scan0016.jpg http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w319/Dw...tt/scan0017.jpg
  2. There was a double spring clip mounting on the roof of the turret at the loader's station and another one in the driver's compartment for the M60 series.
  3. InARNG still had M3A1's in 1992 when I left the 238th Cav. They were issued to some armor crewmen.
  4. My guess would be Culver Military Academy. http://culveralumni.culver.org/NetCommunit...6&srcid=436
  5. The Constabulary was nicknamed the "Circle C Cowboys" by U.S. troops.
  6. Jim, another great medal for your collection. You have some good stuff. Kurt, thanks for that little tidbit of info....that's why I love this forum.
  7. The Czech Legion makes sense with the A/H uniform as the bulk of the Legion was Austro/Hungarian deserters and PoW.
  8. I could be wrong, but the uniform looks Austro/Hungarian to me.
  9. McDonald's sells a a lot of food, but I don't think many would describe it as fine dining. 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
  10. I've read both Dawn and Day. Both weren't necessarily bad books, but basically lighter, more flowery versions of the Army Green Book accounts. Weighly-lite if you will. I think most of that is due to Atkinson being primarily a journalist rather than a historian. That's not a slam on journalists or Atkinson for that matter, because I think he is a very good journalist and his work on current military affairs is quite good. I agree with tredhed2. Atkinson ends his story awkwardly and leaves much from the story of the Italian Campaign. I got the impression that Day was a rush-job with A
  11. Not necessarily. The M625 series was the Canister round for the M60A2/M551 152mm gun/launcher. Here is a link that shows how the flechettes were packed and how to demil the round: http://www.dtic.mil/ndia/2007global_demil/...A/1045Smith.pdf Note the markings- XM625 CTG- CSTR (Cartridge, Canister) There were 10k flechettes in that round. The Fire Command was Gunner, Canister, troops in the open. 105mm APERS rounds were known as beehive, had flechettes, and could be set for range. To confuse matters even further, the new 120mm APERS round is called cannister, doesn't have balls or
  12. "Armored Combat in Vietnam" by General Donn A. Starry, and "A Hundred Miles of Bad Road" by Dwight Birdwell.
  13. One of my Drill Sergeants in OSUT was a M551 tanker in Vietnam. He told us that cannister was frequently used to clear brush and they had found VC literally nailed to trees by the flechettes.
  14. Very true. General Donn A. Starry's "Armored Combat in Vietnam" is the best book I've read on the subject. He commanded the 11th ACR from 1969-70.
  15. Agreed. What used to be interesting and historical vehicles are now just rust and many coats of paint. Hopefully they'll be moved inside. Here's a link to another discussion forum about the Patton Museum's recent acquisition of a vehicle from APG, and the sad state it was in from years of outside storage: http://63.99.108.76/forums/index.php?showtopic=25773
  16. Thanks. I need a new monitor. I spewed Diet Coke all over this one.
  17. The flechettes could also be for the 152mm of the M60A2 and M551 vehicles. Those rounds weren't known as beehive, rather they were known as cannister. Nasty stuff.
  18. The problem with the AG-44 uniform wasn't the cut or the style, but rather that for the last 20 or so odd years, it was made from increasingly poorer materials. The polyester content kept going up, and as it did, the coat hung on the soldier like a sack. The green shirt was bad, I always preferred the tan poplin shirt. My main gripe about the AG-44 uniform was the god-awful garrison cap. Inflexible, looking like someone plopped a green envelope on the soldier's head, it epitomized ugly. The Army should have produced the WWII style in AG-44. Now we have berets...and another can of worm
  19. Might it have been the USAT SS. Thomas W. Bickett? Named after a Governor of North Carolina, the Bickett was a Liberty ship, hull number 905, started 9 March 1943, launched 9 April 1943. It was a U.S. Army Transport and was rated for 550 troops. It was scrapped in 1966.
  20. Japanese swords are heavily reproduced currently in China. The NCO swords are very, very good.
  21. Pvt. Bernard L. Rhode entered the U.S. Army from Pottsville Pennsylvania on 27 March 1942. He was assigned to Troop D, 113th Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron, 113th Cavalry Group. One of the first, if not the first, casualty of that unit, he was on a recon patrol of St. Jean de Daye Normandy when a German dropped a grenade from a upper window of a house wounding Rhode severely in the legs. He was evacuated to the 51st Field Hospital where his legs were amputated. He died soon after surgery just before midnight on 10 July, 1944. He was 26 years old. Rhode is buried in the Normandy Mili
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