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  1. Major Bell, VMSB-141, was KIA in 1942 in Guadalcanal. His entire estate was auctioned a number of years ago. His military uniforms and medals were split up in the auction, Over the years I have acquired 4 complete uniforms, photos, copies of files and correspondence from prior owners of the collection, one of whom was Doug Bailey. Does anyone know the location of the medals or any other Bell items? It would include an engraved Type 1 Purple Heart. Dave Sleeper
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    RIP Tom Lane

    This is a sad day for the collecting world and all Tom's friends. I am concerned that all his info on his website www.purplehearts.net might go away. If there is a way to preserve it, I am all in with financial help so it can be preserved for many years. Any ideas? Dave Sleeper
  3. I saw Bob's collection many years ago at his home. It included some amazing aviation patched uniforms that probably were one of a kind. He had the most incredible collection I have ever seen. Makes me wish I could see it again. I am out of the WW1 uniform collecting field; now just collect WW2 KIA groups. Have fun at the shows. Dave Sleeper
  4. I find it unusual that this engraving is on a Type 2. Is yours?
  5. New acquisition Stuver, James W. Rank: Seaman 1C Serial Number: 8665856 Military Branch: USS Hovey, DMS 11 Origin: Kansas Date of Death: 1945-1-7 Manila American Cemetery James Wesley Stuver was born in St. Clair, Kansas on April 18, 1925 to his parents Ora and Bessie Stuver. He had 3 older siblings. His father, Ora, died in 1936. He enlisted in the Navy in Kansas City on August 13, 1943. He reported aboard the USS Hovey on April 16, 1944. His ship, an old converted 4 stacker, was torpedoed and sunk on January 7, 1945, and he was confirmed KIA on March 9, 1945. Stuver was initially listed as missing in action. The action that claimed the Hovey was in Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines. The cause of the sinking was a torpedo launched by a Japanese plane about an hour before sunrise. In a letter to Mrs. Suver dated March 24, 1945, from Lt. Ben Cole, USS Hovey commander, he describes the action as follows: "The USS HOVEY was attacked in Lingayen Gulf before daybreak on January 7, 1945 by one or more enemy aircraft. After making several passes at the ship, one of the planes launched a torpedo which struck the ship aft on the starboard side. The terrific explosion broke the ship in half, split her bottom, and caused her to sink in about three minutes. James, whose battle station was in the after damage repair party, was standing in the immediate vicinity when the explosion occurred. He was not seen by anyone after the hit. Rescue vessels commenced searching for survivors immediately and continued the search for about two hours, one of which was during daylight. The sea was calm, visibility was excellent and I am convinced that no survivors were left on the surface of the water." The group includes his officially engraved solid brooch Type 2 Purple Heart in its short titled case and shipping box including the attached Registered Pack label. Also included is his Navy Unit Commendation ribbon and a copy of the award letter. His complete National Archives file with copies of poignant letters from his mother the Navy Department, is included. During Stuver's stateside training, he had a couple of "incidents" that caused him to stand at a Captain's Mast and a court martial. He was apparently a free spirit. Copies are included.
  6. Varner, Harry B. Rank: Corporal Serial Number: 878791 Military Branch: Weapons Co.,22nd Marines, 6th Mar. Div. Origin: Virginia Date of Death: 1945-5-9 Northview Cemetery, Dearborn, MI Featured: No Harry Brown Varner was born February 12, 1920 in Headwater, Virginia to his parents Charles and Mary Varner. He was one of six children. Harry was married to his wife, Helen, in 1941. He enlisted in the Marines August 21, 1943. Corp. Varner left training in San Diego, California aboard the S.S. PRESIDENT TYLER on January 23, 1944 sailing to Nouma, New Calidonia, arriving Feb. 12. He then sailed to Guadacanal arriving there on Feb. 20, 1944. He left Guadacanal aboard the USS William P. Biddle on June 4, 1944 with the 1st Provisional Brigade eventually being part of the assault force at Guam from July 21 through August 26, 1944. He returned to Guadacanal aboard the USS Seafiddler on September 9, 1944. On March 15, 1945, he sailed from Guadalcanal aboard the USS Monrovia with the Weapons Company, 22nd Marines, 6th Division, arriving at Okinawa on April 2, 1945 (D+1) and was there until hid death. Corp. Varner was wounded in the abdomen by a shell fragment on May 8, 1945 and died a day later at the 31st Field Hospital. He was initially buried in grave #475 First Marine Cemetery No. 1 on Okinawa. The group includes Varner's officially engraved solid brooch Type 2 Purple Heart in its short titled case and shipping box. His complete National Archives file is also part of the group.
  7. I just got a similarly engraved Type 2 PH to a Marine KIA in Okinawa. Coincidence? Attached is a pic. I plan on posting the whole file soon
  8. Beast-incredible. You hit the nail on the head! That explains the B17 in the upper left. Both Kenney and MacArthur were aboard observing. Great piece of history. Thanks much. Dave
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