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  1. The Army Presidential Unit Citation bar on his ribbons is interesting. Any idea what he received that for? My guess is for the role of the Swordfish in the defense of the Philippines and area in 1941 and 1942, but the award is not listed on the wiki entry for the Swordfish, nor did I find any note of it while surfing around the web looking for Army Presidential Unit Citation award info. It appears the Sennet also never received the Army PUC either. Was there at some point a blanket award of the PUC to all the Philippine defenders?
  2. Andrew, the Spanish Campaign which is part of the Span Am Silver Star group, is really something. I have not personally ever seen one with a Silver Citation Star. Just curious how many of those you have ever come across in your years of handling such things? Anyone else have one like that? I am not doubting it, just pointing out how seldom seen such a thing is. Great set!
  3. And this from the Strategic Air Command entry on Wikipedia, it sort of talks more about it. I think what you have is related to this concept. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Air_Command Concurrent with this increased alert posture and in order to better hone strategic bombing skillsets, the 1955 SAC Bombing and Navigation Competition was characterized by radar bomb scoring (RBS) runs on Amarillo, Denver, Salt Lake City, Kansas City, San Antonio[42] and Phoenix;[43] and the 1957 competition (nicknamed "Operation Longshot")[44] had three targets: Atlanta, Kansas City, and St. Louis.[45] This use of RBS with simulated target areas utilizing mobile and fixed bomb scoring sites adjacent to major cities, industrial areas, military installations and dedicated bombing ranges throughout the United States. This format would continue through successive SAC Bombing and Navigation Competitions through the remainder of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Commencing in the late 1950s, in addition to representation from every SAC wing with a bombing and/or air refueling mission, later SAC competitions would also include participating bomber and aerial refueling units from the Royal Air Force's Bomber Command and (after 30 April 1968) its successor, RAF Strike Command.
  4. You have some interesting Cold War history there. As Gil noted, they are targeting folders it appears, for flight crews. If you do some Google searching you can find more info about the training flights the Air Force flew during the Cold War, they basically flew simulated bombing missions on cities in the USA, using RADAR quite often. I think that there were some training missions which had live ordnance. In later years that has become more controversial, the flights in general. I also recall that there were some crashes with some of the aircraft, which of course led to wider questions about it all. I stumbled on the info while reading about a couple crashes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1963_Elephant_Mountain_B-52_crash This link gives some brief details as to the training flight one particular crash aircraft was involved in, its a brief summary of the sorts of things they were doing and training. I bet we have some really well studied members here who know a lot about this.
  5. A pic of the barrel markings would be good to show also, as well as stock cartouches.
  6. Thanks for posting the group, that is really something. I had forgotten about this thread too, thanks for brining it back up
  7. That is a really nice set, the rig aside from the pistol, is great, and not so easy to find. Congrats
  8. Some folks would put their issued rifle's battlesight zero in the stock on a piece of paper in the event someone screwed with the sights, so they could easily dial it right back in when they checked it out.
  9. I would think $300 for the set would be a decent asking price to start with, be great for an M16 display of some sort.
  10. Just out of curiosity, does the MOLLUS organization still closely guard medal info and refuse to give it out? They took that approach a number of years ago, but no idea if that is still the case?
  11. Sign up on the CMP Forum and / or Gunboards and post the serial number of the 1911 he had. Who knows, maybe someone has it in their collection? Stranger things have happened.
  12. S.H. - Station Hospital? I assume?
  13. It is Central or South American possibly?
  14. I don't collect these things, but I watched the auction as I was just curious what this would sell for. Final sale price - $12,026.00. Guess I won't be buying any Rare Blued WW2 1911A1 pistols any time soon. Wow.
  15. Here is a great website. GOOGLE is your friend. http://usriflecal30m1.com/ProductionGraph.aspx
  16. Really dumb question here but... was it a full size wool one that once went through a washer and then a clothes dryer and it shrunk? A lot?
  17. Never had one in hand. Hidden underneath the pouches, are there grommets for hooking in a canteen or holster then?
  18. I think this is the only picture I have which actually shows what I think is a fighting knife. It's always bayonets I ever see. Thought others might enjoy seeing this
  19. Came across this one also. Just posted it for reference due to the band painted on it
  20. Thought the armor helmet and steel helmet collectors might like seeing these pics. The armor one speaks for itself. The group photo of the men in the steel helmets, they are in front of a large trailer, maybe communications men? Not quite sure what their helmets say, but I sort of think rank and then their last name. Seems like PFC is visible on one of the helmets, and perhaps something like T5 on some of the others? Just not sure.
  21. How about this scenario - he was a 173rd veteran from Vietnam and did their February 1967 jump there? Its not inconceivable he was still in during the desert camo period, assuming he was a young guy in 1967. Just a random thought. The rank SGM rank could make sense for that scenario.
  22. The sub badge on the grave is interesting. Is that something you placed there or is it attached to the monument? Wonder if the local Submarine Veterans chapter would have done that?? That's a nice uniform by the way, glad you can give it a good home.
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