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    Member # 60 - Ohio
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    I served with the 1st Bn 16th Infantry, Germany from 1975-1978. Did a lot of growing up! I am selectively collecting militaria now. Mostly 1st Division related items, interesting knives and guns that interest me. I am also recently retired and am spending a lot of time fixing my 1826 brick farmhouse. A pain to do some days but mostly a joy!

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  1. Not a theater made knife but similar in principle. A rather ordinary KBAR knife but the provenance written into the leather sheath is everything to me. The lesson I've learned is to always check the knife and scabbard for information as it may make all the difference.
  2. Not a theater made knife but it was a theater repaired Kinfolks knife. Inherited from my Uncle who served in the European theater. My uncle was a crew chief with a fighter group so he had access to machinery. If I saw this knife somewhere for sale, I would have given it little thought and walked right past. But knowing first hand who it belonged to, I now prize it.
  3. Not a theater knife but close. This was made in the States for the war effort. An interesting (to me) looking knife with an aluminum handle BUT I could tell it was named when I saw it laying on the guys blanket at a local flea market. It cost me a whopping $7. Through research, I found out the man, Gene Orth, served aboard the USS Vestel.
  4. I don't collect theater made knives BUT I will purchase one if it passes some of my personal tests: 1. Is it visually appealing to me in some way or well made? 2. Any provenance? 3. Does it come with a scabbard? 4. Is condition good? Number 2 above can be the most challenging. If I buy one of these knifes, I really like to see a named piece. Either on the scabbard or the knife itself. For example, I purchased this knife about 15 years ago at an antique show. It hit all 4 from the list above including provenance. It's named to Harry Adriance and dated. Research shows he was with the 100th Division in Europe.
  5. Oh man! One of the few times I wished that I lived in CT !!!
  6. Small and cheap, I picked up this aluminum key fob at a small antique store in West Virginia. Maybe an inexpensive PX item or maybe a homemade piece:
  7. Thanks to everyone for their input. I didn't pick up on the fact that he had his long sleeve wool shirt on underneath with the collar out. Must have been a winter photo considering his apparel. Interesting about the star as well. I agree as well that the image screams out as post-1920. I just now noticed he's got a ribbon on his left breast pocket. Probably WW1 Victory ribbon? I may repost his image and name in the ID section in hopes of finding out a bit more about Mr Rodgers service. I love the image! Kim
  8. I'll always pick up a cool old photo when I see one. This one shows a WW1 era soldier with some interesting uniform detail. He appears to be very smartly dressed. First off, is he a ' Cook Sergeant '? What is the meaning of the chevron's & star on his left lower sleeve? And his collar ..one US pinback, no collar disks? And his hat...no eagle on the peek? Or is this a pre-WW1 image? There is a name written on back - Virgil Rodgers. Thanks for looking! Kim
  9. good suggestion. I think I'll do that.
  10. That's a beautiful belt plate! A nice but generic belt plate was turned into a much more interesting (and valuable) piece of history with the engraving. Your posting this thread reminds me of a practice I've followed for years: always check the item all over to see if it has been named, numbered or engraved. One never knows what surprises will be revealed. Kim
  11. That is a gorgeous ID bracelet. Those guys with access to a machine shop crafted some pretty cool stuff! He saw a lot of war in just a short time.
  12. Look real close....any part numbers on it?
  13. Thanks guys....I keep thinking I'll see the original work or a copy of this scene on a net search but no luck yet. But I'll keep at it..... Kim
  14. Found this smallish 8 1/2 x 12 1/2 inch print depicting a naval battle. Appears to be a nighttime scene. Is this a depiction of civil war ships or an earlier era? Is that the CSS Hunley bottom left or a random piece of debris? There is a clearly seen U.S. flag on the ship behind the one on fire. I love the image but couldn't find another image like it on the net to compare it to be able to nail it down. I've included the signature but can't quite figure it out. Thanks! Kim
  15. Thanks guys! I know bits and pieces about this guy but unfortunately I'll have to wait until the virus scare subsides and researchers are allowed back into the archives before I can get his records. Kim
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