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  1. Did the family provide any additional information on the vet? Keep getting a hit for a fella born in 1891 (Findagrave, Google, Ancestry). Obviously not his uniform. I then searched Facebook, and found this gentlemen. Assume this is him? No activity that I can see beyond 2015 https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008656059575
  2. Topic on campaign medals traceable by number: Discussion on traceability of the Purple Heart, as it's one of the the more common medals that individuals ask if traceable by number. Tom Lane ran a website that discussed this in more detail, however he sadly passed away, and the website is now no longer available.
  3. What does a number on a medal tell you? On some earlier campaign, service and valor medals, you can trace the number back to the specific vet to whom the medal was awarded. Not all, however, are traceable, and many of the databases have not been digitized. This means, you'll need to know someone with access to the lists (many on the forum do, and are willing to do a search if asked nicely 😉). Some medals require the award card being pulled from the Archives (early Purple Hearts, for example). Lastly, some medal numbering can simply tell you when or by whom the medal was manufactur
  4. It seems like on these ribbon bars, he claimed service in Vietnam.... Strange fella, and all the ribbons are giving me a headache trying to figure out his service.
  5. I have one as well, but in camo. Was also told it was a pilot-chute.
  6. What a great collection of uncommon items! I collect the same way you do. Most of my items are found locally in antique shops, thrift stores, or through local ads on Facebook & Craigslist. Amazing some of the interesting pieces you stumble upon, and it feels more rewarding compared to buying online (not knocking online purchases/sales by any means). Thanks for sharing!!
  7. Agreed on the plain-Jane US made examples, especially those made post-war. They definitely lack the craftsmanship of earlier and theater made examples.
  8. I've never had much interest in DUI's, but seeing your theater made and embroidered examples, changes my hold attitude. Stunning collection, especially in only a years time. Thanks for sharing!
  9. Wow, amazing presentation of an awesome collection!! I could see myself getting lost in there for hours... Am I correct in that it looks like you're going for a collection of uniforms for each Infantry Division? If not, you're well on your way!
  10. It's for the 52nd Infantry regiment. Made in the same image as their coat of arms: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/52nd_Infantry_Regiment_(United_States)
  11. Possible to see a photo of the reverse? The lighter blue piece in the center resembles a Warrant Officer rank (Flight Officer - AAF). Not saying it is, but resembles it. Strange piece. Thinking sweetheart pin?
  12. Avoid Pat's and Genos, and get a real cheesesteak from Dalessandro's 😉
  13. Thanks, Patches! I could make out the outline for a previously sewn on 2nd ID patch. 1st Army makes sense for the rectangular patch. Appreciate the help!
  14. Another right place at the right time situation. When LetGo first came around (online, local P2P sales site), it was a treasure-trove of militaria. You could search all listings across the app from their desktop site. Found a lot of nice militaria in the first couple years of the App's start. They then refined the site to only allow local searches. Now I see the same listings, sitting for days/weeks/months, every time I search. Major bummer. About 4 years ago I was browsing the site, and found a group of medals listed for sale. Two stood out; Philippine In
  15. Great origin story, Hunt! Thanks for sharing! PA has an abundance of military still lying in wait to be found, in homes, antique stores, etc. Most of my collection has been acquired locally. It's my preferred way to collect as many of the named items have a local connection.
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