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  1. Go ahead! I'm sure I am not the first one with the idea
  2. I am super excited to give it to him. I know he has been wanting to get something for a while but has been busy and hasn't got it done. I really had fun doing the research that went into it. I am extremely proud of my family's service to this country! In the future I will probably make one of these for myself but I might make it even more detailed.
  3. I thought you guys might like to see a christmas gift I made for my dad. I have obtained some patches and a pin from members here and am super grateful for their help of a fellow forum member!! I could not have made this without their help! My Great Grandfather is pictured at the turn of the century while he was in the Spanish-American war. He was a volunteer in the 2nd Oregon infantry "A" company. My Grandfather is pictured while in WW2 and was in the 10th Army and advanced to the rank of full colonel. My Dad is pictured as soon as he got commissioned in the Army in the very early part of the 80's. While he never was in a war he was in the military for over 25 years and I admire him for that. I wanted to create a display to honor their service and so I had Aaron Brother custom frame this to create picture display! Hope you guys like it. I think it turned out great and am sure he will like it when he opens it on christmas! Sorry for the blurry picture. It is clear and crisp in person but you get the idea.
  4. Those 3 war horses look great! Are they all numbers matching? Did you restore them your self? That picture of your Grandfathers grave really hits home for us all here!
  5. Wow, nice Type 38. I have a Type 99 my Grandfather brought back which I have shot before. Very nice Enfield as well!
  6. Wow!!! What a nice collection with lots of sentimental value! Many thanks to your Dad for the personal sacrifices he made in all those jumps. Every time it gets cold in the winter or I see snow I think of the men at The Battle of the Bulge and how much they gave!
  7. I do understand that many people do not have the same amount of family militaria that I have. I makes me feel blessed to have it and humbled and that I have a duty to preserve it for future generations! In addition to the bible I also have all his dress uniforms, records, field web gear, lots of pictures and doube buckle combat boots. Many years ago my grandfather gave my dad his 1911 that he carried in the war with matching holster. It is made by Ithica and is nearly mint condition with only minor wear and a slight scratch on it. I also over the years gained most of the IJA bringbacks as well which may be worth more than most of the other items in my collection but for me the bible has the most meaning of all the items. Even though he died when I was 6 I feel like I know him a little better because I have all his militaria and can look through it. When we had to sort through my grandparents house after my Grandmother died it sometimes annoyed me at the stuff that they saved but after realizing how much I was blessed with this gift of these items it wasn't so bad There have definetly been some awesome items posted especially of family members or of super rare items such as the 1878 Colt revoler.
  8. For whatever reason I cant figure out how to edit my previous post so here are the pictures I said I would post
  9. I was wondering what item in your collection is the most valuable or meaningful to you? It could be worth a ton of money or maybe the value is all sentimental. Just post a pic or two if you have them so we can all see them. If you want to post the value of the item if you are comfortable that is great too. If you don't like someones item or disagree with them on value please keep your comments to your self! I will start by saying that my most valueable item to me is my Grandfathers military issue bible he carried with him in Okinawa. It is the standard brown cover pocket version but it is the only military item he gave to me before he died and that is why it means so much to me. It may only be worth $5 but the sentimental value is much greater! (pics to follow)
  10. Good link!! Now I see how everything attatched to the pack! Now I just need to keep an eye out for a belly band and rifle strap to complete the pack.
  11. Hey guys, I wanted you opinion on this new find I just scored. I believe it to be a mountain rucksack from 1942 with the soldiers name and service number on it. His name is Pantley, J and his number is 734-65-48. I don't have any way to research this info so if someone is bored and wants a challenge I would be super grateful! The pack canvas is in great shape with no stains and the leather straps are supple and are all present. The only thing missing is the belly strap which is common I believe. I was wondering if this is rare, etc? Here are some photos so enjoy :thumbsup:
  12. This helmet is nothing short of amazing and has just become one of my favorite painted lids of all time!! Very nice and I am in awe of such an awesome piece of history!! Was this helmet in any books by chance?
  13. There are actually products out there that are for removing paint, etc from rubber and tires. Go to your local tire shop and see if they will sell you a can as they have it there to prep rubber surfaces for patching. Never use brake cleaner as it will destroy the rubber over time.
  14. Please do!!! I have a shell that needs some chin strap help!
  15. There are a ton of variations in 1911 pistols used in WW1 made by Springfield. What I would do is join Gunbroker.com and then search for pistols like this that are in similar shape and use the watch feature to see what they sell for. If yours is in good shape with matching numbers and 80% of the finish still original yours could be valued any where from $2000 up to $2700 or more. You can also look at the book Standard Catolog of Military Firearms The Collectors Price and Reference Guide by Phillip Peterson. This book breaks down values by serial number and explains differences between the different production runs. Ultimatley until we see some pics and see more descriptions we wont be able to give you a more accurate figure. Welcome to the forums and can't wait to see pics!
  16. Very good resto!! May I ask how you reattatched the chin straps? Did you use a sewing machine or have it done professionally?
  17. I am seriously interested as well!! Any pics would be great and sounds like an awesome project.
  18. Wow!! Very nice collection.It must have taken awhile to collect all the parts for this. :w00t:
  19. Amazon.com here I come! Thanks for the suggestions guys!!
  20. I am just looking for some good books to read about Okinawa. If it also includes the Aviation Engineering Battalion great and if not no worries. Any body have a suggestion for reading?
  21. I have one of these and it is an early low pressure liner. I believe that all the liners that where defective where turned into these toys to sell rather than just trash em.
  22. "I'm afraid the flame thrower is finished for good as a weapon in the U.S. arsenal as it would certainly be considered a very un-PC device in modern times. Can you imagine how a CNN camera crew would portray American troops using a flame thrower in Iraq? There was criticism of their use against Japanese troops in WWII in some circles, but certainly nothing like it would be depicted and criticized today". Precisely my thoughts on this awesome weapon! The troops can't even question a suspected terrorist in Iraq without being chastized and hamstrung for doing so. You have a very nice collection and I am very envious! :thumbsup:
  23. I am still new at the helmet game but I think that there are some different explanations for the red. It is either a red primer used or it could have been used in the Navy as I know they did paint their helmets red and then painted over it with the od. Someone please verify this as I could be totally wrong but just my 2 cents
  24. I am looking for any good books on The Battle of Okinawa and was wondering what you guys would recommend? My Grandfather was one of the CO's for the Aviation Construction battalion that built the air base and run way on the island and I would appreciate any books that are related to the 397th Engineering Battalion with the 10th Army. Any help or book recommendations are recommended!
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