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  1. Hmm, 800 is the silver/sterling percentage used in other countries (i.e. Germany where the unit was stationed) Looks like a sand casting, a little rough but Ill let the experts give their thumbs up or down.
  2. I posted part of this grouping back in April when I first got it but thought I would post again in honor of the many veterans who fought 75 years ago at the Battle of the Bulge. Pvt. Ronald E. Dindal enlisted at the age of 22 on December 19, 1942. He served as a Gliderman with the 101st Airborne, 326th A/B Medical Company. On 17 December 1944, the 326th A/B Medical Company was alerted to move by motor convoy from Camp Mourmelon, France to the vicinity of Bastogne, Belgium to provide medical care and evacuation to the 101st Airborne Division. They arrived at their destination near Bastogne at 1100 hours, 19 Dec/44 and proceeded to set up their hospital tents and equipment. At 2215 hours, 19 Dec/44, the Field Hospital Station was attacked by enemy patrol made up of an estimated 100 Germans and 3 armored vehicles. Exactly two years to the day of his enlistment, Pvt. Dindal was captured along with most of his Company. With freezing temperatures, members of the 326th A/B Medical Company were forced to march to an unknown destination and were shuffled back and forth from one location to another. They were eventually transported to Stalag IVB Muhlberg, one of the largest POW camps in Germany during WWII. During the duration of the war, over 3,000 Allied POWs at Stalag IVB died mostly due to sickness or starvation. Over 30,000 Allied POWs of Stalag IVB along with Pvt. Dindal were liberated by Soviet troops in April 1945. Also shown here are Pvt. Dindal's US issued dogtags, POW dogtags along with a ring and ring box. The ring is a bit unusual and is sometimes referred to as a mourning ring. It is made of black bakelite and has his photo embedded in the top. I am almost sure that when news of his capture was received, his wife chose the ring and wore it as a remembrance of him. Many thanks to the heroes who are currently serving or have served and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
  3. Thanks for all the replies. I went thru some of the cap devices and took another pic of all of them together to compare sizes. The small one with wire circle is a collar device. The one in question is exactly the same size as the one attached to the solid disk. So, I believe it is for female enlisted. The WASP insignias that I have seen were all pin back and not screw post. I will keep looking for one! Also, the bronze looking badge on the upper right is a bit smaller than regulation size and is stamped Germany on the back.
  4. Not sure what this is... I found something similar while going thru some of the Navy bullion thread - perhaps a naval cadet rating? Thanks for looking.
  5. Can anyone help date this cap badge? It measures 1 1/4 inch long by 1 inch wide. I have seen pics of WASP cap devices, but they were pinback (vertical). Any thoughts on the clutch backs?
  6. Does anyone have any thoughts on what this patch might be or its value? Thanks for looking.
  7. Thanks for the photo. I was thinking it might be them... maybe the stamping was a little off (actually it was double stamped, I cropped the pic.. but either way the wings do not seem to be present). The USPH was in the Philippine during the Turn of the century. Here is a pic of the double stamping (die stamp bounced?)
  8. This symbol was found stamped on a wood scabbard (for a late 1800s Philippine Kris/Sundang). To me it appears to be very similar to a medical caduceus.. (anchor with two entwined snakes). I dont see any crow or eagle stampings. Any thoughts as to what it is? Thanks for looking.
  9. Chris, thanks for posting. Heres a photo I took of his uniform that is on display at the Ft. Pierce Museum in Florida... RIP, Rudy
  10. Chris, what does the back of the D.I. look like? Any hallmarks.. one piece or two piece with applied arrows?<
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