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  1. HI good day , hope this mail finds you safe and sound , just a short notice to advise Allen Bevin is back to Italy ,where is well cared for. All the best . Bob

  2. This is a very nice M1899D Savage rifle that in 1915 was purchased by the Montreal Trust Company in Canada for Home Guard duty for their employees to defend against an invasion of the Germans that never came. Out of approximately 2000 Savage Muskets ordered, only 827 were shipped. All were numbered on the butt plate. After the war, the greater majority of these rifles were converted to hunting rifles by an outfitter in Canada. This is one such rifle and is very rare in its' own right. The few non converted rifles in their "as ordered configuration" sell in the $9000 to $12,000 range. This rifle has the original carbine style butt stock with the plate rack numbered 103. The rifle also retains the original ladder sight and has not been converted to the more common buck horn rear sight. The grooved fore stock has been cut down to sporting dimensions. The 26" barrel has the dovetail, for what was the bayonet and stock mount, filled with a blank. The end of the barrel is milled to accommodate the bayonet. All of these rifles were chambered for the .303 Savage round. Case hardening and the high polish receiver blue in in great condition. The barrel bluing has thinned but still very strong as is the wood finish. A WW1 US Military Rifle that few know about other than the Savage collector. Rare to see in the US. I have included a photo of an original configured Savage Musket for reference.
  3. Thanks for the obit Beast! - It all makes sense, eco. the Connecticut connection. That's where I'm living and found it minutes from my house!! Forgot one image
  4. Again, those that know me know that WW2 is not my expertise. That being said, I know what strikes my attention. I never have seen this sleeve cuff designation. Great name in 3 places with laundry tag no. looks like there were Airborne wings above the ribbon bar at one time. What say you??
  5. #2 more neat stuff--I'll post more if anyone wants to see D
  6. I am trying to correctly assemble this medal grouping for the daughter of this veteran to help her memorialize her father. She was referred to be by the frame shop that did all my work for the Belleauwood museum a few years ago. Those that my remember me, know that WW2 was not my field of expertise. This is a hell of a great group. Has all his citation letters, combat images with notations, wings, badges, letters home, on and on. 12th AF SSI is KILLER!......Squadron patch glued to scrapbook is perfect. So...... reaching out to you guys for help. Should he have a good conduct? Would the 12th Air Force have the Croix de Guerre as seen on the partial ribbon bar? What is the yellow campaign ribbon bar? Memory not helping me here! What order is correct from right to left...top to bottom on the ribbon bars? Now to get this done, I will need these medals to complete this for her. Can someone help? I will purchase medal/bars needed. I am not charging her, as seeing/reading her fathers archive is enough. I have included images to show the medals and bars so you folks what I'm working with and some of the "other stuff" Many Thanks, Dennis Jackson
  7. Thanks for the info guys! I knew if I looked enough in my old collection archives, I could find my answer. I had an trunk group with the uniform and several loose SSI............ 23rd Inf. , 2nd Division. .....Seldom encountered, but not over-the top rare. My group that I had was a 3rd Battalion guy. Thanks Again, Dennis
  8. I purchased some items yesterday from a guy who does clean outs up here. It's been a LONG time since I knew most of the SSI and variants of the 2nd Div. I think this is a 9th or 23rd infantry regiment variation. Absolutely legit...It came with a 9th inf. Columbia wound doc, but this guy piles this stuff in a box, not caring for any of the history. Thx in advance , Dennis
  9. From a shed clean-out in Lyme, CT. Removed from garbage bags destined for the landfill. The clothing was not saved because they were wet........ FRUSTRATING!!! WW2 is not my field, but due to the rare nature of this man/award...............I had to get it!! William S. Knudsen From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia William Knudsen Born March 25, 1879 Copenhagen, Denmark Died April 27, 1948 (aged 69) Detroit, Michigan, United States Allegiance United States Service/branch United States Army Years of service 1942–1945 Rank Lieutenant General Commands held Director of War Production Air Technical Service Command Battles/wars World War II Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal(2), American Campaign Medal World War Two Victory Medal William Signius Knudsen (March 25, 1879 – April 27, 1948) was a leading automotive industry executive and an American general during World War II. His experience and success as a key senior manager in the operations sides of Ford Motor Company and later General Motors led the Franklin Roosevelt Administration to directly commissionhim as a lieutenant general in the United States Army to help lead the United States' war materiel production efforts for World War II. Contents [hide] 1Background 2Career 3Personal life 4Honors and awards4.1Military awards 5Dates of Rank 6References 7Other sources 8External links Background[edit]Knudsen was born in Copenhagen, Denmark. His name was originally Signius Wilhelm Poul Knudsen. He immigrated to the United States arriving in New York in February 1900. Career[edit]Knudsen was working for the John R. Keim Company of Buffalo, New York, a bicycle and auto parts maker,[1] when the Ford Motor Company bought it in 1911 for its steel-stamping experience and tooling.[2] Knudsen worked for Ford from 1911[3] to 1921,[4] a decade that saw the formative development of the modern assembly line and true mass production.[5] Working first for the Ford Motor Company and later for General Motors from 1921,[6] Knudsen became an expert on mass production and a skilled manager. Knudsen was president of the Chevrolet Division of General Motors from 1924[7] to 1937, and was president of General Motors from 1937[7] to 1940. In 1940, President Roosevelt, at the recommendation of Bernard Baruch, asked Knudsen to come to Washington to help with war production. Knudsen was appointed as Chairman of the Office of Production Management and member of the National Defense Advisory Commission, for which he received a salary of $1 per year.[8] In January 1942, Knudsen received a commission as a lieutenant general in the U.S. Army, the only civilian ever to join the Army at such a high initial rank,[9] and appointed as Director of Production, Office of the Under Secretary of War. In this capacity, he worked as a consultant and a troubleshooter for the War Department. In both of these positions, Knudsen used his extensive experience in manufacturing and industry respect to facilitate the largest production job in history. In response to the demand for war materiel, production of machine tools tripled. Total aircraft produced for the US military in 1939 was less than 3,000 planes. By the end of the war, America produced over 300,000 planes, of which the Boeing B-29 Superfortress benefitted greatly from Knudsen's direction.[10] Production of both cargo and Navy ships also increased astronomically. Knudsen's influence not only smoothed government procurement procedures, but also led companies that had never produced military hardware to enter the market. America outproduced its enemies. As Knudsen said, "We won because we smothered the enemy in an avalanche of production, the like of which he had never seen, nor dreamed possible."[11][12][13] He was appointed Director of the Air Technical Service Command when it was founded in July 1944 at Patterson Field, Ohio. He served in the Army until his resignation on June 1, 1945. Personal life[edit]Knudsen was featured on the cover of Time magazine's October 7, 1940 issue.[14] He was a member of Epiphany Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Detroit, and contributed greatly to LCMS projects around the Detroit area, including buildings for Epiphany Lutheran Church, Outer Drive Faith Lutheran Church, and the Evangelical Lutheran Institute for the Deaf.[15][16] Knudsen's son Semon "Bunkie" Knudsen was also a prominent automobile industry executive. Honors and awards[edit]Knudsen was awarded the Vermilye Medal by the Franklin Institute in 1941. He was also appointed a Knight of the Order of the Dannebrog by the nation of Denmark in 1930 and was promoted Grand Cross of the Order of the Dannebrog in 1946.[17] Knudsen was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1968.[18] His daughter started a scholarship in the name of her parents.[19] Knudsen Elementary School in Waterford, Michigan[20] is named for him. Military awards[edit]Knudsen was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1944 and again in 1945 for his service in the Army during World War II. He also received the American Campaign Medal, and World War Two Victory Medal for his wartime service. Distinguished Service Medal with oak leaf cluster American Campaign Medal World War II Victory Medal Dates of Rank[edit] Lieutenant General, Regular Army: January 15, 1942 References[edit] Jump up ^ Britannica article Jump up ^ Hounshell 1984, pp. 224–225. Jump up ^ Hounshell 1984, p. 225. Jump up ^ Hounshell 1984, p. 264. Jump up ^ Hounshell 1984, pp. 217–261. Jump up ^ 'Big Bill' Knudsen turned Chevrolet into a powerhouse AutoNews, October 31, 2011 ^ Jump up to: a b Hounshell 1984, p. 265. Jump up ^ Baime, Albert (2014). The Arsenal of Democracy. New York, New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. 72–73. ISBN 978-0-547-71928-3. Jump up ^ "Knudsen the Only Civilian To Enter Army at His Rank", The New York Times, p. 9, January 17, 1942. Jump up ^ Herman 2012, pp. 284-346. Jump up ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, pp. 3-13, 149, 335-337, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. NY Times review Jump up ^ Parker, Dana. Building Victory: Aircraft Manufacturing in the Los Angeles Area in World War II, pp. 5, 7-10, 13, 59, 131-2., Cypress, CA, 2013. Jump up ^ Borth, Christy. Masters of Mass Production, pp. 35-37, 62-93, Bobbs-Merrill Co., Indianapolis, IN, 1945. Jump up ^ http://content.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,19401007,00.html Jump up ^ The Detroit News, Saturday, June 19, 1937 Jump up ^ The Detroit News, Tuesday, April 27, 1948 Jump up ^ North American Medal Recipient Index (by William P. Jones. The Order of Dannebrog and other Royal Scandinavian medals. 2009) [1] Jump up ^ William S. Knudsen Automotive Hall of Fame Jump up ^ 3. The William S. Knudsen and Clara Elisabeth Knudsen Rebild Fund Jump up ^ http://michiganhistory.leadr.msu.edu/waterford-schools-and-their-michigan-history-connection/
  10. It's been forever since I have looked at the Forum and I sure have missed being here!.... As you folks know, I love my Marines and Flyers of WW1. As of yesterday, the archive of Nate Lufkin is complete!! I was contacted by the grandson and the caretaker of Nate's medals, and was told he was sending them on to me. When his family visited my museum to see their grandfather's (great grandfather's) display, they had brought the medals to show me. They told me that they weren't quite ready to let them go, but if they did, they would let me know. It has been a journey of many years and a ton of work, but Nate's history is in one place and totally complete. They arrived with the family display case broken and the glass shattered, but they got here! We as collectors can complain that the broaches were removed, pins cut, etc., but this was done as a loving tribute to a true man of valor. Please excuse the poor images, I'm a little psyched. Hope you find this interesting. It's been a ride!!!
  11. 4 ------I'm having trouble with posting these images, so I'll quit. Lot's of good stuff....Photos of the doughboy......named in booklet, etc.
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