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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 memorabilia. Most of the volunteers are vets that served there.
  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, but its still a potent way of reaching out to younger people.
  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 that continues to this day. Now Im 23. In the intermediate period I volunteered at one historical society and inventoried a military collection, attended two military reunions as a guest (one WWII and the other Iraq), interned at two military museums, curated a public military display, and made a smaller display for my community college. Its taken a lot of hard work but through my actions, I showed my parents that I was serious about this hobby - my passion. My parents have accepted for me who I am now; a weird military history nut. So my advice for you jumpy, and any other younger collector, is dont let people put you down. Do cool things with your hobby. Itll make people see you in a different light!
  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 say. Artur
  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!
  13. Once I found a bargain WWII army officers cap for $175+ at a shop. I was still a teenager at the time and politely told their self proclaimed military expert that I picked up an exactly similar item for $5 at a garage sale. It was a enlistedmans cap. The expert was offended and told me that this is not a garage sale. Ive always wondered if the expert was really that clueless or if he was trying to fool some poor buyer.
  14. Very nice display! It definitely is a conflict that does not receive much attention.
  15. Just stumbled on this thread. I studied abroad in the Uk last semester and had the opportunity to volunteer at a British regimental museum. One day I commented how amazing it is that the museum had multiple Victoria Crosses on display. I was told that they were all replicas! The real medals were housed in a bank vault. The curator commented that the museum's security was just too shoddy for such high value items. Then while in London, I had the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum and Lord Ashcroft's gallery. There was a security officer patrolling the space whom enforced a strict no photography policy. The museum protocols in the United Kingdom for the showing of the VC are quite more stringent than our protocols for the Medal of Honor.
  16. Browsing online I recently rediscovered Vernon having been mentioned in Hell's Islands: The Untold Story of Guadalcanal. Having been assigned to D-2 on Guadacanal, he was under the command of THE Colonel Goettge. Vernon actually volunteered for the ill fated patrol but here is an excerpt from the book that will provide a better account of the tragedy: "Lieutenant Soule, the division photographer, was to go with the patrol, but at the last minute it was decided that taking photographs at night would not be practical. Twenty-one-year-old Cpl. Vernon C. Stimpel, also from D-2, asked to go along but was advised by Colonel Goettge to remain with the others and "keep an eye on things." He assured Stimpel that they would "be back shortly."" Here is a link to the book: https://books.google.com/books?id=PahbHutdCNkC&pg=PA198&lpg=PA198&dq=%22vernon+c+stimpel%22&source=bl&ots=dOnRKVHjLZ&sig=an4X1XoTOcJ7CLz8rlMdRSKX26M&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz9oGikYjZAhUBCKwKHQX5CAUQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=%22vernon%20c%20stimpel%22&f=false Vernon is pictured in a group photo on page 347. He also clipped out an article that appeared during the war, which described the night of the patrol in depth. I will take pictures of it in the future. Luck was on his side that night. Artur
  17. The uniform is actually for an officer, an Ensign in this case. A Chief Petty Officer would have worn a different type of uniform.
  18. Here is a link to the original thread: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/241553-marine-baseball-jersey-with-an-interesting-story/?hl=dlugosielski&do=findComment&comment=1967214 His name is stenciled inside the shirt.
  19. Have you considered American Science & Surplus? They have a location in Milwaukee and two in northern Illinois. The location that I've been to has a small section of military surplus, mainly from Warsaw Pact countries, with occasional rare pieces like Span Am War haversacks. They also have a small section of militaria on their website. Their warehouse is in my hometown, so I do know that they have the facilities for bulk purchases.
  20. Your display is super! I agree with the previous comments that text really makes a difference when exhibiting items. I'm not sure if I mentioned it to you previously, but my grandfather's brother served with the army in Germany during the Korean War. He came to Chicago as a DP in 1949 and was drafted the following year. I never had the chance to talk to him, but I do know that he was proud of his service even though it was not in a combat zone. EDIT: I just remembered that I have a photo of him, taken at Fort Polk before he shipped out overseas, as my icon photo.
  21. Lovely restoration! I'm glad that it went into good hands.
  22. And if Jkash were to receive his helmets busted, I would think that he would become reluctant to refund future transactions if collectors would ask for one. Just a thought to keep in mind. Artur
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