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  1. Hi Bill, I am still waiting patiently 6 years later, for you to post your various stories and information.
  2. First thing... Allan H. .... CHADWELL was his name. I will try and clear up a couple things. I contacted Joe within 2 days of the story appearing in the paper. Nobody else had contacted him at that time. I wanted to discover more, and also if there were relics to be purchased. Obviously the "Journalist" who wrote about Joe enhanced that fanciful fiction to make it appealing. Joe was not exactly a gung ho "Hero" type guy , in fact he was pretty reticent to get too deep into his memories of the war. He told me there were just a few guys trained for his job His Normandy did n
  3. About 30 years ago, I traded a collector in New Mexico some items for A WW2 German Army infantry M-36 Tunic and trouser set. In The pocket I found a card stating the unifor was donated by General John L. Homer. I still have the set and the card. I too was trying to find out about the General, and discovered very little other than some reference to his being commander of Army bases, and an incident when a test V-2 Rocket crashed in Mexico and created a minor incident. Strange how stuff gets scattered, and how he got a German uniform, when he served in the US and Panama as far as I could tell
  4. I find a lot of small groupings of odd militaria at estate sales. This one came out of one of those lots. Any ideas?
  5. A wide variety of things can occur. A small county or other historical society may have been started by a group of well meaning amateurs, and been managing to keep the doors open for some time. After a single visit by each local and the school kids history class visits, the funding may simply go away. Often staffed by motivated volunteers, and paid for by a "tips Jar" at the entrance, is no competition for a lifeline of Federal funding. When the money is gone, doors close. I have heard tales of now unemployed staff members simply cartng the collection to the dumpster "out Back", and of
  6. I have listed all 3 of the insignias recently acquired from the daughter of the executive officer of USS Submarine GRAYBACK, for sale in the sale ads section here... http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/ind...p;#entry1180351 they are shown in postings 93 through 96.
  7. Grayback Class Submarine USS Grayback (SSG-574) The USS Grayback (SS/SSG/APSS/LPSS-574), the lead ship of her class of submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the grayback, a small herring of great commercial importance in the Great Lakes. Her keel was laid down on 1 July 1954 by the Mare Island Naval Shipyard of Vallejo, California. She was launched on 2 July 1957 sponsored by Mrs. John A. Moore, widow of the last skipper of the USS Grayback (SS-208) and commissioned at Mare Island on 7 March 1958 with Lieutenant Commander Hugh G. Nott in command. Graybac
  8. The 34th worked closely in Italy with the The 100th Infantry Battalion (Nisei)(Separate), as well as the 442nd. Interestingly the 34th German Infantry Division was also in Italy and in direct opposition to the US 34th at times. Their combat record and engagements is a fascinating tale. 1st into Battle and engaged until the end of the war in Europe. The 34th Division also contained the 133rd Infantry Regiment, 34th Division. This unit was well-decorated in North Africa fighting Rommel, served throughout the entire campaign Italy, sometimes under Patton's command and even fought with th
  9. My most recent grouping. Full Name Leonard M Nelsen Born 5 Dec 1922 Died 6 Feb 1985 Age 62y 2m 1d Cemetery Section V, Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States Location Section V Site 6702 "Swede", was in the Regimental HQ, 135th Infantry Regt., 34th "Red Bull" US Infantry Division. The 34th was Federalized from Iowa and Minnesota National Guard formations. Some interesting observations.... The 1st Ranger Battalion, though not a part of the 34th Inf Div, was activated in 1942 with 80% of its personnel coming from this Divis
  10. Those thick felt pads are very rare here. I have only found 2 sets in all these years! I found both on Airborne pack's shoulder straps.
  11. Hi Craig, I have been trying to read more of the forum site, and came across your uniform. My uncle Jack Wynne, from Whiteville Tn., was in the 11th Airborne during and after WW2. He spent some time postwar in Japan, and in 1968 or 1969 he showed me all his wartime stuff in a footlocker and 3 duffel bags. He gave me a piece of his parachute silk, from his combat jump. I was 18, and those were different times, so I do not know where he jumped, or what regiment, battalion, or company he was in. I am guessing maybe the 503rd. He has been gone for a long time and I have no
  12. Collecting militaria came about as a sideline of my research and study of military history. History is forever, and I continue to be amazed at the level of ignorance and lack of interest in history, among the general population. Some things are critical to remember. Here are facts that few know, but they should be required reading. As terrible, and immoral as conventional war is, events like these demand a reckoning. In far too many cases, there never was one. Events to remember. http://members.iinet.net.au/~gduncan/massacres.html
  13. Gentlemen, I am not a medals specialist by any stretch of the imagination, but something I heard the other day got my attention. There was talk of the Supreme Court ruling against the Stolen Valor Act and it being struck down as a law. This law had many facets, but a particular one occurred to me, and I have not seen anybody discuss it yet. When this was put into law, there were restrictions on many items, but particularly (as mentioned in the rules of this site, in several places,) a total ban on pretty much anything related in any way to the Medal of Honor. Along with this for
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