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  1. Thank you Rob, I had seen that website but really was just looking at the unit history. I hadn't idea he had actually submitted information and photos. I'm especially excited about the photos since the family kept those. The one newspaper mentions his promotion to major and battalion XO but I wasn't sure when he went to the 92nd so that helps date it 1952, 53. Wish the rest of the uniform in the picture survived but now I can get the shirt insignia and be certain of it being correct. Does the photo appear to be his HBT?
  2. Some provenance, newspaper articles, VMI book on the Class of 1939 and an interesting alumni book that belonged to a fellow classmate who was KIA in WWII.
  3. This is a grouping that came up for sale a couple weeks ago in Salem VA from the family. Unfortunately the insignia sold separately very high. I suspect the family picked the items and bought it for shadow boxes which is fine, not everyone needs 50 uniforms hanging around. Some uniforms are missing insignia/patches but often different pieces missing from each uniform. Wish they had left some intact. Harman Paul Bigler graduated from VMI in 1939 as a Civil Engineer. He was called up to active army service in the 99th Field Artillery (a mounted unit, part of 1st cav) in March 1941. The collection includes two WWII era riding pants and an early officer's jacket with hooks for a Sam Browne belt which must belong to this era. I also have the belt but no shoulder strap, not pictured. I am unsure of how long he was in the 99th but I know he spent two years in China with the OSS, Y-Force, and 14th Air Force. I can't wait to get the OSS file and the VMI bio on him to learn more about that. He was in WWII service until 1946 and was recalled for Korea in 1950. Question: am I looking at WWII uniforms with CBI on right sleeve and 2nd Army on left? The uniform pieces seem to date from that period but I know plenty of WWII was reissued for Korea. The 2nd Army clothing shows the two years overseas service but that does not help much since he went to Korea in 1952 and served overseas for a year with the 92nd Armoured Field Artillery, Red Devils. I am trying to get uniforms in order and with proper insignia. Thankfully his obit lists National Defense, Asiatic Pacific with 2 stars, Victory Metal, Korean Service with 3 stars, United Nations, Korean War era bronze star, and one other I forget, not having it in front of me as I type. If there is any help that can be given to date the uniforms I appreciate it. I know the Korean War era patches are different but I am not sure I know how to tell the difference.
  4. Yeah that is very strange, but looking online, it looks like all the crossed rifles of the 1895-1905 period have the left hand rifle.
  5. Today I picked up a rare piece of local history, from Farmer Auctions, which was in the Wood estate from Clifton Forge, VA. I bought a costume jewelry lot because I knew it had an interesting military hat badge. The Clifton Forge Rifles were a local Virginia voluntary militia unit starting, on paper, in 1900 and disbanding no later than 1907. From what rosters I can find online the company was 54 men in 1901 (this was the first year, only the name was created in 1900 and Virginia commissioned the officers, first men started enlisting in January 1901). There were 56 men in 1902, 59 men in 1903 and 1904 and in the last year I can find, there were 54 in 1905. In 1905 the Clifton Forge Rifles became H Company of the 72nd Virginia Regiment. I do not see any evidence that they mustered again, at least under that name. Going by the different rosters and counting the ones that served for multiple years, that is a total of 96 men. The equipment was sent to Staunton including uniforms in 1907. I found the roster at Alleghany Historical Society, in Covington, several years ago. Certainly less than 100 of these hat badges were ever made but that number could be far less. I don't have any pictures of the unit but I did find a 1905 report that said they were not properly uniformed or all with working rifles so it very well could be that just officers or maybe officers and NCOs had them. Who knows. Wonder how many survived?
  6. Diamond Head, German band (is this purely for tourists? They still have the Weimar flag even though the NSDAP was in power by they), USAT Republic docking in Honolulu, a different army transport coming in to dock
  7. Three pictures of a Pan Am Clipper, Dole Pineapple Plant, and G Battery's cat
  8. three photos of Honolulu in general, a photo of Bishop Street, Aloha Tower
  9. These are general island pictures when papa was on leave. He took some really interesting photos, first we have Amelia Earhart's plane from the first attempt around the world after she crashed in Honolulu, then we have several photos of sugar cane operations,
  10. next batch: Clark with WWI leg wraps, Sanfillipo in front of a 64th truck, my grandfather on an army motorcycle, another squad tent photo,
  11. It must have been an interesting time to be in the military. You see canvas and leather leggings, WWI wraps, and tall lace-up boots, often together. In this next batch we have: Cue and Gregus in front of their tent, my grandfather in front of the G Battery fire engine apparatus, Sebastian Sanfillipo in full dress on guard duty, and a photo and close-up of a searchlight lit night parade
  12. Next batch, various camp shots: Couple cleaning shots getting ready for inspection, a photo of "Campbell" which I think is interesting because it shows a bunk outside the barracks (in trouble?), chow line
  13. Next batch: Joseph T Cloonan standing next to a canon, couple tank pictures (ground and with my grandfather sitting in one), photo of squad tents
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