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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
  14. Next batch: last two mounted gun pictures, search lights and sound detectors (anyone know about these?), and a collection of airplanes.
  15. Next batch: three more photos of the gun in position, one more mounted, one photo of what appears to be a smaller mounted gun
  16. I am scanning a photograph album kept by my grandfather from his time in the service from 1935 to 39. Most of his pictures are 1936,37 when he was attached to Battery G, 64th Coast Artillery AA at Fort Shafter Territory of Hawaii. While not all of the pictures are strictly military I think it gives a good glimpse of pre-war Hawaii and should be quite interesting. I have a fair bit of material still to scan in the album plus loose items so I will periodically update but thought you all would be interested. The gun batteries were evidently 3" anti-aircraft. Had he stayed in, he almost certainly would have been in the attack on Pearl Harbor. I omit family pictures, pictures of individual soldiers (except for a few due to background) and pictures of random bushes (yes you read that right). But some of the random island pictures are very cool. If the random photos of a 1930s soldier are not on topic enough feel free to remove but it seems relevant enough. First batch of photos will be directly related to field exercises (64th CA plus some parading at Schofield involving planes and tanks). Second batch will be devoted to camp life. Third batch will be general Hawaii of the 1930s. First batch: mounted 3" guns, two pictures of soldiers on a parade grounds, 3" in firing position, and a rear picture of one mounted
  17. Its really interesting that that soldier used the M1902 when others, presumably in the same unit, did not. Is that an option, or a way to distinguish between batteries? How interesting
  18. I am going through my grandfather's photo album from his time in the 64th Coast artillery 1936-37. It includes photos up to WWII era but those are mainly family photos. He served in the army 1935-39 and I assume this photo dates to his coast artillery days. He joined in 1935 under age (he was 19, should have been 21 in those days) and was discharged in 1937 when they found out. He reenlisted and was put in ordnance which he hated so he got out when his enlistment was up in September 1939 (good timing). This one page has several dress photos and this is the only photo with the dark dress. I include two photos to show the odd one versus the normal one. The dark stand collar uniform has officer's style coast artillery insignia but he is an enlisted hat. Any help identifying? And for good measure I include my grandfather in a tank (good to know they were still using those in 1937 lol) First photo is identified as Dick Thomas, Second is Yenalevitch, third, my grandfather Woodrow Yeargin
  19. This may be a long shot but I wonder if anyone can help me find the service history of Luciano J Lopes. He enlisted in the Army Air Forces in 1943. He died in 2015 and his obituary just mentions he was a WWII veteran of the US army. His grave says he was a Staff Sgt in the Army Air Forces. I bought his uniform from the estate this year. None of the family wanted it so I want to find out all I can about him. I care if no one else does. I'm being harsh. Space could be an issue. The collar insignia and ribbons were taken off the uniform so I'm sure the family at least kept that. I'm wanting to find out what all he did so I can try to replace the ribbons. The annoying aspect, which is also the most intriguing, is that his uniform tunic and his shirt both have Airborne Troop Carrier patches that are English made for the 9th Airborne Troop Carrier. I would love to know if he was part of D-Day, Market Garden, or Varsity . I know it was common to write an article in the newspaper if a hometown boy was sent somewhere, promoted, or wounded or whatever. Is there anyone on here with a newspapers.com account to see if there is anything about him? I feel like he went through an interesting time. His first shirt is with a PFC stripe. His second shirt with the troop carrier patch (which I neglected to get a photo of the whole shirt, but it's the same as the other shirt except the patches) is when he was a sergeant. His dress tunic shows his staff sergeant rank. In two years he went from private to staff sergeant so there may be an interesting story behind his service. I photographed the inside of the jacket to show where the ribbons sat. He obviously had a connected ribbon bar with clutch-backs. I'm thinking Victory, Europe, and American Campaigns on the bottom but I can't put those on without knowing how many campaigns he was in. The upper row, who knows, good conduct, purple heart, bronze star? He was a radioman so I don't think he would get an Air Medal but I don't know. Hope you enjoy. I welcome questions, comments, suggestions.
  20. I once met a WWII veteran that had part in his hair where the bullet grazed his scalp enough that he never grew hair there again. no photos unfortunately. I try not to accost people in Walmart but figure they wouldn't wear the veteran hat if they weren't willing for people to ask. He took his hat off and showed me. A gift of the Bulge.
  21. It has a side plate like the 1796 pattern heavy dragoon carbine. Probably a modified Napoleonic Wars carbine of some flavor
  22. Sorry to reopen a very old thread but this is a French model 1777 corrected to the year 9 of the French Revolutionary calendar (also known as AN IX. There were roughly 9 million of these made in the early 19th century. The H crown is a typical St etienne arsenal proof. Lock has been arsenal converted in the 1840s. The French actually continued to use these well into the 1850s when minie really came into its own. It was the best weapon in the world at the time and Europe and America copied this gun. The lock was interchangeable many years before Whitney. The American model 1795 is based on the French 1766 and the US 1816 is a copy of the 1777.
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