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    I am an US Army veteran, spent most of my time with Alpha Company 'Aces', 3rd Battalion, 229th Attack Helicopter Regiment, 18th Aviation Brigade, 18th Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg. I am primarily a US headgear collector, but I probably have a little of everything. I volunteer at Museum of the Soldier in Portland, Indiana when I'm not working or spending time with the family.

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  1. MattS

    Glider pilot

    Well in the link I posted on April 5th, it states he didn't receive his BS until 2013. See:
  2. MattS

    Beret correct ID

    Agree with others, a 1977 5th SF Group beret is not worth what a 1967 one would be. Priced too high in my opinion. Just for your own knowledge it is marked (As close as I can make it out); BERET, MAN'S WOOL Rifle Green Shade DLA100-77-E-0378 The Defense Logistics Agency contract number contains the date in the second 2 digits, in this case 1977. Learning how to read contract numbers will serve you well when trying to date items.
  3. I'd say post-WW2, 1950-60s.
  4. It's an old police shirt, the grommet on the pocket flap is probably for a whistle chain (an antique piece of equipment that no one actually uses for that purpose any longer, I had a handcuff key attached to my chain) that went from under the shoulder strap button down into the pocket.
  5. Pre-war dated coat, good size. When readable, US Quarter Master tags are a wealth of information (maker, issuing QM depot, dates, size, etc.). Enlisted men only had one dress coat (this one until the M1944 Ike Jacket came out) for wear year round. This early on, the visored service cap would have been worn with it, but by the end of the war (this is a 'coming home' uniform), the flat garrison cap would be more common. The Ruptured Duck means he was discharged and headed home.
  6. Looks like Army aircrew wings on that one beret, that along with the patch means he was probably Air Cav. Very cool!
  7. I see what you mean! I finally found Mons1914 on WMF, and I can click the message button and type the title, but no space for typing the message appears and you can't send without a message typed! 

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    2. stratasfan


      Oh, I just got in to message Mons1914 on WMF! Try it now! the message screen loaded just fine and I was allowed to type the message!

    3. stratasfan


      If you can't get in still, I can try sending Mons1914  a message telling them to try contacting you!

    4. MattS


      Yep, I just got a message out too, thanks! Dang forum upgrades...

  8. 5-1-20 I can't seem to post any text, replies, photos, or message anyone on here or the WMF. I understand there's an upgrade underway, but I thought the update on the sister site was done? Guess not. Been trying for 3 days to contact Mons1914. 

  9. If you make out what language that is, your eyes are a lot better than mine!
  10. Apparently someone else bought his photo album and is selling each photo separately already. "Vintage photo from US Army Air Corp Cpl Kenneth D. Simonini's 1945-46 Germany photo Albums. He enlisted 23 Apr 1945, and was stationed at USAAF's Tempelhof sometime in fall of 1945. Stationed there until Sept of 1946 returning home and discharged Oct 3, 1946. (serving only 18 months. re-registered for the draft Oct 9th 1946) [info from fold3 . com] He was with 306th Air Troop Carrier Squadron, 891st Air Engr Sq. stationed at Tempelhof Airdrome, Berlin. He was assigned in the parachute shop." https://www.ebay.com/itm/1946-USAAF-Tempelhof-Airdrome-Berlin-Germany-2-man-packing-Parachute-Photo-6-/392650014420?nma=true&si=ukLtK3DnrXv3529sQZ9yepD8V%252Fo%253D&orig_cvip=true&nordt=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  11. Some foreign nation beret that looks like some kind of nylon material? Not VN era though.
  12. I've got a tray of GI corned beef hash in my RV that came from a surplus store, never had a large enough pan to boil it in though. In the field in the 90s, we got 1 mermite can for breakfast (3 sleeves, 1 each of egg/sausage patties/toast), MREs for lunch, and these for dinner.
  13. And on a 1971 dated coat
  14. Not sure I understand. Walmart used to sell packs of L shaped screw-in hooks, one of those on each corner would work unless you want them to hang vertically at an angle to the wall. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hardware-Essentials-0-106-x-1-3-8-in-Zinc-Plated-Square-Bend-Hook-100-Pack-320495-0/203810601?mtc=Shopping-B-F_D25H-G-D25H-25_3_FASTENERS-NA-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-Fasteners_PLA&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D25H-G-D25H-25_3_FASTENERS-NA-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-Fasteners_PLA-71700000052227365-58700005026398223-92700046753314644&gclid=CjwKCAjw7e_0BRB7EiwAlH-goONe0dhlIbXQVANrKSknOoE_-eIoPA3yP-igPW6EN_qgfr_4SlmYUhoCWvEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
  15. Photography of 1929 wasn't hi-def 1080p, it's just distortion I think.
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