I'm and Army Brat and I come from a long line of service members. My German ancestors used to make military equipment and helmets in the 1600s.
I am a former USNR aviator, who got into collecting WW-II era Navy mess items.
I particularly enjoy collecting the US made stainless steel flatware, particularly those stamped "USN" or "USMC" and made during the WW-II era (not after 1960s). I also have a few small china plates and shallow soup bowls with a navy blue fouled anchor logo.
Like many American's, I found myself using a old USN stamped spoon for cooking, passed down