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  1. I agree, its a local gem that doesn't get too much publicity. I've been there a few times and donated stuff in the past. Its tucked away in the back corner of a small industrial park. I also have a few things pertaining to the old base.
  2. The one in the center is the standard patch of the Afghan National Army Commando Corps. They are trained by US Special Forces. I had one in the past, given to a guy who had worked with the Afghans. The other two look like morale patches to me.
  3. In the downtown area there's the Pritzker Military Museum and Library. They have some Medal of Honors on display. Really worth a visit if you have the time. If you travel into the north suburbs, you can find The Glen in Glenview. Its a shopping/housing development built on a former Naval Air Station. The center has a bunch of statues/plaques commemorating the sailors that were stationed there. One of the stores has a WWII era training aircraft suspended from the ceiling. A small museum, open on weekends, its located adjacent to the development. They have a moderate collection of memorabil
  4. In regards to getting youth involved in the hobby, I have to admit that I havent done much since high school besides handing out small bits of militaria here and there. I once brought the uniform of a local officer to my history class in the 11th grade. Briefly I gave a presentation on the vets war time service but concluded by talking about his life following the war. Having something tangible to the Second World War and a story in which they could somehow relate to, at least being residents of the same town, captured the classs attention. I doubt I got anyone interested in the hobby that day
  5. Jumpy, I agree with what was previously said about impressing your parents. My father was tolerant to a certain extent when I began, I was about 7, while my mother was a different story. She thought my collecting of militaria was a boyhood phase and this persisted for some time. I changed my parents perception by investing a lot of time in doing research, taking care of my collection, and undertaking adult level activities by myself. I was a 17 year old nervous kid when I contacted the daughter of a veteran whose uniform I have, wanting to know more about her father. It formed a friendship tha
  6. I love the clean layout. Its very orderly. Hopefully I'll manage to pull off something similar one of these days.
  7. I was thinking the other day about the fact that if a career soldier had enlisted around 2003, give or take a year or two, that he or she would have worn at least three different camo patterns by the end of their careers: woodland with desert variant, universal, and multicam. This is assuming that a career soldier would serve their 20 years. Does anyone on the forum think that collecting uniforms of all three patterns named to the same person will become a niche for modern militaria collectors? Personally I think it'll happen one day but not anytime soon. I was just curious what others have to
  8. I do not collect monument dedication souvenirs, but at one point I did own a souvenir wooden nickel from the re-activation ceremony of a Illinois Civil War infantry unit. The re-activated unit became apart of the Illinois National Guard. It was from the mid 1960s from what I recall.
  9. I love the 'hiding in plain sight' photos. Was this activity limited to the 708th, or was it part of a wider experimentation in the army at the time? Thanks for sharing!
  10. Great album! That last photo is especially fantastic. Sailors mounted on horseback, something you don't see everyday.
  11. Do you have a Carsons near by to where you live? I stopped by a local one the other day to check out their mannequin selection. They have a variety of types on sale. You may be able to find one that would be good for dress blues. Just a suggestion.
  12. Reminds me of a 'WWI' bayonet that supposedly was carried to war by my G-G-Grandfather (Aust-Hung army). At least that's the family story. When I inherited it I immediately saw that there was a Polish eagle stamped on the blade, which did not happen until Poland became a country again in 1918. It too has a 'kill' notch that is carved onto the frog. I second SKIP's statement about getting educated . Even if an item comes directly from the family, family lore may be stronger than the truth!
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