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  1. Yannick, Hello. It's Paul and we haven't corresponded in a while. My daughter is going to do a semester in Paris and we are going to visit her in April 2017. Do you have any recommendations for a reputable Normandy tour company that may be willing to swing by Hill 108?
  2. Yannick, Hello. It's Paul and we haven't corresponded in a while. My daughter is going to do a semester in Paris and we are going to visit her in April 2017. Do you have any recommendations for a reputable Normandy tour company that may be willing to swing by Hill 108?
  3. I looked in the 29th morning report summary and couldn't find a Lee or Leo Laverdure. There is an Alfred T, Lavinder mentioned, though. He went from dy to hosp (SWA) - duty to hospital (serious wounded in action) - on 12 Jun 1944, then dropped from rolls on 27 Jun 1944. He was in I Co. 115th Infantry.
  4. Thanks for the photo, Yannick. As an FYI I think my great-uncle was a 81-mm squad leader. I was looking at the division morning report summary and when he was KIA his MOS was 653, that's a squad leader MOS. I believe that he as in the mortar plaoon because per the TO&E for a heavy weapons company the only staff sergeant squad leaders were in the 81-mm mortar platoon (the machine gun platoon squad leaders were sergeants). If he was a staff sergeant in a machine gun platoon his MOS would have been 652 (section leader).
  5. Jeepers cats means Jesus Christ and a way not to take The Lord's name in vain. So in this context it is a mild expletive. Thanks for the pictures.
  6. I'm trying to figure out what my great-uncle's "job" was in D/175. He was a staff sergent and was KIA on 18 June 1944. I was looking at the 29th ID morning reports summary, and my great uncle was listed as having MOS 653. I looked at the TO&E 7-18 for a Heavy Weapons Company dated 26 Feb 1944 as amended by TM12-427 dated 12 Jul 44, and 653 is not listed. Next, I looked in the TM and it says 653 was replaced by 1607 and 605. 1607 is a Heavy Mortar Crewman and 605 is a Heavy Machine Gunner. MOS 653 was a squad leader and 652 was a section leader. Given that in June 1944 my grea
  7. Thought some of you guys would be interested in this: http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa.../story_ID/25463 Some nice pictures at the bottom. V/R Paul
  8. Nice picture, Yannick. Thanks for posting it. This might be a good place and time to ask... Does anyone have a picture of D Company 175th? I've seen a reproduction of a 1942 company photo that was reprinted in The 29er, but I'd like to find a good copy.
  9. Happy, Check my post a few above yours. I reposted the picture via photobucket - I can't see it because work IT blocks photobucket, among others. Let me know if you can see it. As to, is it khaki or OD? It is OD3, which is I believe commonly called khaki among collectors of WW2 USGI items. It is not dark olive green like OD7, though. But it isn't khaki as seen on a pair of pants from The Gap, either.
  10. Well to be honest he said, "...The GI web slings used during World War II on Garands saw virtually NO combat, ...The leather M1907 sling and variants thereof were the salient slings during World War II, and virtually the only ones used in combat. In about 45 years of looking, I have clearly identified precisely TWO photos which MAY show M1 Garands (or even '03's or other rifles in U.S. service, come to think of it!) anywhere near a combat zone showing web slings on the rifles..." Placing his opinion that my sling was not original aside, he was suggesting that based on his photos that few r
  11. tsellati, Here is my M1 web sling... 101CH47, I have to admit that I am not inclined to buy Mr. Thompson's books based on what he posted here only then to never return. V/R Paul
  12. It's because I linked it to the seller's site that had the picture and he has since taken it down. I have a picture at home and will post it for you later.
  13. Hank was born and spent his younger years in the same town that my dad grew up - Larksville PA. Do you know what street he lived on there?
  14. Thanks AustinO. And thanks Captain, I never thought of "flip the lid around on the meat tin".
  15. For some reason I can't get the meat can, fork, knife and spoon to all fit into a meat can pouch I just bought. :think: The meat can will only fit in sideways and I can then latch it closed, but not when I put it in longways. Also when I put the meat can pouch in sideways and I slide the knife, fork, and spoon in their respective slots, then the utensils sit up too high and I can't get the strap through the loop. Am I doing something wrong or is maybe this not a proper pouch? Thanks in advance for your help and Merry Christmas to all. V/R Paul
  16. ChrisB, I took down the pics since I wanted to take better ones. I just haven't gotten around to it yet. But your question gives me some motivation to get out and do it. Paul
  17. That is in great shape, Yannick. Quite a find! You are a very blessed person. Paul
  18. I guess I'm missing the M1 trigger. Where is it in the photo? I see part of an op rod and the nickel oiler. As always great stuff! Thanks. V/R Paul
  19. I really wonder at these TO&Es. Like you said, mp, I would think they would issue and M1 bayonet but it clearly says 130 M4s. And yes you are right it refers to the M1 carbine pockets which could hold two 15-round carbine magazines or two Garand enblocs. So it shorts the riflemen by two clips on the belt but as you say extra would be carried other ways. The TO&E also calls out M1A3 carbines or M1A1 carbines. Interesting, and it is dated Aug 1944. When did the M1A3 enter service?
  20. Thanks for the reply. I didn't think it would. Wonder why per the TO&E the parachute infantry wasn't supposed to get a M1 rifle compatible bayonet? Also the TO&E calls for a M1936 pistol belt with four M1 cartridge pockets per person. I thought I'd still see catridge belts for those equipped with the M1 rifle.
  21. Can the M4 knife-bayonet be attached to the M1 Garand? The reason I ask is that I am looking at the TO&E for a parachute infantry rifle company dated 1 Aug 1944 and it calls for 130 Bayonet, knife, M4, with scabbard, M8A1. 130 matches up with the total for the 49 M1 carbines and 81 M1 rifles.
  22. brucem, I dug out the letter that mentions Robert Silvick. This is an excerpt from a letter by Howard D. Morris to a relative of mine in August 1946. I included the text I previously post for continuity. "...You said did Frank say anything before he died. I'm sorry I can't tell you that because I was too busy. I talked to him only a few minutets before he was shot. He looked around and said, 'Jeepers Cats, Morris.' We both had long whiskers and were dirty. The Nazi were coming in on all sides, so it was rough. I smiled at him to try and make him feel better. He looked at me
  23. Totally agree, Blake, that the main thing is the en blocs. I have a new spring in mine and it is pretty darn "springy" and some clips allow a round to be snapped up while others require a little bump. The only time I've gotten M1 Thumb is when I was practicing single loading while prone. That hurt and there was a lot of blood from such small wound.
  24. It is normal. The bolt is supposed to release with the insertion of a en bloc. Sometimes, depending on the clip, mine will release and strip a round, sometimes it requires bump on the op rod handle.
  25. Congratulations! Beautiful rifle. I'll second Fairtrimmer's Military Ox. It is good stuff, easy to use, and gives a nice finish. As far as BLO goes I have never used it, nor have I used tung oil. But according to Gus Fisher - an old USMC Garand armorer - who was at a recent service rifle match all the rifles that had BLO finishes suffered problems with water intrusion into the stocks during the matches. Granted it was wet - raining - but he said the BLO doesn't even wink at water as it passes by. So depending on what you want to do with your rifle you may want to consider what is pr
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