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    West "By Gawd" Virginia
  • Interests
    USAAF and USAF, specifically anything relating to the 20th Fighter Group or any successive units with that designation (20th FBG, 20th TFW, 20th FW). I also collect items relating to the USS Hermitage (LSD-34) and Civil Defense items.
  1. My father has been gone for 16 years but I do remember him telling me about encountering people in the Congo with extended tailbones. Give me a few days, I have to dig the plaque out of storage. I also have a poster he sent home from the cruise. The patch: The centerpiece of the poster: A souvenir he brought back: His dufflebag, showing where he went on the cruise:
  2. I have the twin to that patch as well as a plaque with the same insignia on it. My father was aboard the USS Hermitage (LSD-34) during Solant Amity I.
  3. Wow! That looks amazing!!!! A greta job getting a rare artifact back to its former glory!!!! Syd
  4. I'm with Jon on this one, there once was a yellow surround on that aircraft. Also, it appears it was named WANDA JOE, if you look closely you can see the J and E behind the man at the left. I'd say North Africa as well... Just my two cents Syd
  5. I believe that's his ASN as an enlisted man, they were issued new ones with the O- designation upon becoming officers. Looks like your guy was from Pennsylvania and enlisted in December, '42. This is from the May 12, 1945 Gettysburg Star and Sentinel, page 1: Hope that helps a little. A great (albeit quite sad) grouping! Syd
  6. I believe so! Compare to this shot... http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdasmarchives/5685143852/ Syd :thumbsup:
  7. Here's mine: and here's the 79th Pursuit/Fighter Squadron's insignia directly from their unit history: :thumbsup:
  8. Actually that's a 55th Fighter Squadron patch and it was a Shell Oil premium during the war. I have one just like it and have seen numerous others depicting various squadrons. The 55th used this insignia from the early 30's through the 1990's, prior to that they actually used a swastika.
  9. The newspaper is page 16 from the Monday, December 29, 1941 issue of the New Castle News, New Castle, PA.
  10. Could it have been a local award from the Marine's home state or town or maybe some sort of veteran's organization's award?
  11. Now that's something you just don't see everyday!
  12. HA HA HA HA Jon! Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh!
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