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  1. Gheee Jack...WOW.....Like I have always said...it pays to go to your local thrift stores. BB
  2. In 1964 I was at Bragg and went to Fatalburg and bought a set of Duck Hunter Camo at Sears & Roebuck on Hayes Street. I have a picture of me wearing them if I can find it. I am sure they had two upper chest pockets and burst-of-glory buttons. Caught Hell from the chicken shinola Bn.XO and told to get-rid of them. I gave them to a friend headed for MI school at Devens, no doubt latter The Nam. USAF BG Heini Aderholt, "Air Commando 1" gave me photos 30+ years ago. Subject was 1st Air Commando pilots, circa 1964 I believe, standing in front of their A1 Skyraiders wearing Duck Hunter camo, two bottom pockets, pen pocket of left chest, "burst of glory" buttons. They also wore Duck Hunter Camo snap up cowboy hats with, of all things, Thai Joint General Staff pins on the front. Not to mention S&W .357 magnum revolvers in the gunfighter rigs. The Air Commandos were a world unto themselves. I was TDY with them in 1965. Thanks to all y'all going to the trouble of sending us those GREAT pictures. BILL
  3. Thanks for the picture. The cops would have a field day if you got stopped on the way home. The only thing I brought home from the SoS was THE FLU. i didn't see any Chinese at the show, so I hope it just the "normal Dregs." Pax Christi. BB
  4. Try wwii-enlistment.com. Laundry No. C-3525 pulls up Theofile CHALECKI. A Marvin Samuelson shows up, no Malvin and no Samualson. Hope this helps.
  5. US Army Register of Officers Vol. II, January 1968 . JERRY L. OLTMAN, O-5420265, Arty, 1st Lt., Basic Pay Entry Date: 18 Jun 65. USAR.
  6. I am 99% sure that service number is 39963825. Even though "O" would designate an officer, the number is too long. 39963825 is a Selective Service number for a draftee from the US Ninth Service Command area. You can google WWII US Ninth Service Cmd. and get the states that it encompassed. Not all enlisted men show up on the website shown above. So the search continues.
  7. The Germans made a holster for Astra 600 "dkk 44" WaA 195. A copy of the letter dated 17 August 1941 from Astra Factory to the German firm Sudost Handlegesellschaft von Ramin for delivery of 6.000 ASTRA MODEL 300 pistol can be found page 212 GERMAN PISTOLS & HOLSTERS by Lt.Col Rob. Whittington III, 1981. On page 214, Astra Model 300 in 9mm short, SN 566860 was one of 3,500 pistol delivered to the Heerswaffenamt on 13 March 1943. ASTRA delivered a total of 63,000 Model 300 in 9mm Short (Kurz) and 22,300 in 7,65mm ( .32 Auto). Officer service numbers began with a "0"...if Clark was enlisted his Laundry number would have been C-3825. You can google US ARMY REGISTER OF OFFICERS 1945 and get all kinds of info to make your head swim. I need a drink. Bill
  8. Great find. I have had a few of these, the 300 and the 600 over the last 40 years and the grips look fine to me. Never had one with Waffenampt markings. Nice. John T. Clark's serial/service number is for a officer. 0-39963825, is what I make out. No John T. Clark graduated from West Point for that time era. So far that is all I can find. You can go to the Register of Officers for 1945, but if he is not Regular Army it will be tough. That organization number is a real brain twister. Don't laugh, but it may be Rear Echelon phone number. I have some bring back tags around here somewhere but can't find them. Always like a challenge but it seems odd John T. Clark does not have his rank as a prefix. I might add that I had a Astra 600 blow up in my hand due to my assembling it wrong. Yours is to nice to shoot. Maybe I can find more.
  9. Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home. Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When i have crossed the bar. Alfred Lord Tennyson S
  10. R. James Bender's MILITARY ADVISOR, Vol 28, Number 4, the last issue, contained Clem's article of French Foreign Legion Insignia. At the time the issue arrived, Clem was in the hospital and never saw his own article. Military Advisor will carry an obit in their next quarterly issue. Thanks again.
  11. Very nice obituary Gil. Thank you for taking the time to write it up. Clem Kelly was 87 years when he died. Clem served in the US Navy Reserve, the US Army during the Korean War, attended the US Merchant Marine Academy and spent 30 years sailing the world. His interest in collecting militaria was universal. His knowledge was unlimited as he could recount every tailor shop, every person and every circumstance where he obtained every item he acquired. Clem spent more than seven years going in and out of Vietnam during the war. He knew every tailor by name and he had a story behind every insignia and every uniform. Clem wrote numerous articles and was happy to share information, but remained in the shadows, never attending shows and reluctant to have his address or phone number distributed to the public. Nearly 30 years ago I was fortunate to meet Clem and his lovely wife Suzy. At that time he gave me his collection of Vietnam militaria to sell on consignment. His collection was so vast that I still have some it posted for sale on eBay. God bless you Clem, I pray for your soul. BILL BROOKS
  12. More on the ZOOT SUIT. I discovered a article I wrote for Soldier of Fortune magazine in the 80's entitled THE ZOOT SUIT. This name referred to the two piece Model 1943 camouflage uniform and not the one piece coverall as I previously stated. Of course this is jut a sidebar. Good luck on your quest. Pax Christi, Legion72
  13. Brother Ken, The picture posted showing an "SS Sniper" garbed in a US Army one piece camouflage coverall, was originally pictured in Peter Senichs' book The German Sniper , published in the early 1980's. I recently sold my copy on eBay so I am unable to give you further information, however the book is for sale on Amazon and eBay. Please note that the picture is staged, postwar, and a blatant fake! In the book, there is a series of four pictures, depicting this "capture of an SS Sniper." The entire scene is so absurd no one with a rudimentary knowledge of WWII would fall for it. I was given a copy of the book around 1982 when i was the book review editor for Soldier of Fortune magazine. I phoned the author and told him the pictures were fake. Besides wearing a US camo coverall , there is no camo cover on the helmet which is deliberately turned towards the camera to display the SS decal, no individual equipment, and most of all, no sniper rifle, the most prized of all souvenirs. i need go no further. Don't waste your money on the French publication, the authors show an obvious lack of scholarship. One last juicy little tid-bit of WWII info concerning the camo coverall. The troops called it a ZOOT SUIT. A nickname given to a 1940's young men's "hip" style of baggy clothing. Hope this helps, and Merry Christmas and God bless. Pax Christi, BILL Brooks
  14. The boots should be dated, stamped into the leather, upper inside top along with the size. I was issued a pair of these, black, but remember some old noncoms had the brown ones, died black. This was 1958 at Augusta Military Acd. I got two pair in the US Army in 1962. Black. These were also sold at Army Navy stores. In the 82nd you had to buy your own Cochran Jump boots. We preferred the ones you have as the Cochran Jump Boot but a terrible boot. The leather always cracked at the toe cap. CATS PAW was a common replacement heel during the 50's and 60's and maybe latter. Pax Christi.
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