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  1. Hey trenchfoot, There's a possibility he has a hospitalization form as a result of this, assuming he was wounded by it, which means there is a good possibility I could find his unit for you. Feel free to send me a message if you are interested in having this researched.
  2. As with really any historical impression, what you want will depend on unit and time frame. Do you have a particular unit in mind that you want to portray? Divisional is always a good start, but you will want to eventually narrow it down to regiment, Battalion, and company. You would be surprised at what differences there are at the small unit level.
  3. I know this post is 10 years old, but Gary I sent you a PM. Nicholas was the brother of George Sintetos, who by chance served in the same unit as my relative during the war (F. Co., 145th IR). There is also a period article that I found about Nicholas.
  4. I dont think so. I do have a card that shows he was 129th again after the war, which would mean he would have been with the 33rd, not 37th.
  5. This will be my third, and Im itching for it already! Specifically after WWII 37th Division uniforms, patch variations, and unique items. Hoping to see you all there!
  6. From his discharge, noting awards, dates of overseas service, etc. His dental records show that by the summer of 1942 he was with the 359th IR, and in 1943 he was with the 532nd Armored Inf. Bn. As his discharge shows, he didn't arrive in the PTO until very late in the war. He was discharged in May 1946 (that would be the 5 months service as an Adjutant that his discharge notes). Another record I have shows that he was again in the 129th after the war, in 1947-1950, as he must have re-enlisted in the NG.
  7. Here's the name inside of the uniform. It is stamped multiple times throughout the jacket and trousers.
  8. Well guys, after doing some research it would appear I got duped on this one. I was able to get his discharge form and some medical records at the National Archives, and nothing really adds up. He for sure served in the 129th before the war, and moved around between F, G, and K Companies. However, at some point he left the 129th before they even went overseas. His discharge has his final unit listed as the 24th IR, with one overseas bar and campaign credit for the Ryukus. Kind of my question is, what do I have here? Clearly this uniform was his, clearly he was in the 129th, and ended the war as a Captain. Is it possible that this was his pre-war uniform, complete with DIs and numbered rifles, and somebody took it upon themselves to restore it with a basic 37th ID ribbon rack, patch, and overseas bars? Should I restore this back to its pre-war config with a 33rd patch? Ive attached a few pics below. The right shoulder has the ghosting of what appears to be a 10th Army patch.
  9. Thanks all! Bill, I would imagine most of the officers in each regiment would have been acquainted with each other. Its pretty cool to think about
  10. This one was recently on eBay, and I was beyond happy to get it. This uniform belonged to Alburn Smith of the 129th Infantry Regiment. From what I have found, he was from Joliet, and served with Company K while the 33rd ID was at Camp Forrest, TN. In late 1943, the 129th became part of the 37th ID. In addition to his jacket, the group also came with his shirt, trousers, hat, and tie. Furthermore (perhaps miracously), a friend of mine actually had his dog tags, which he graciously sent to me.
  11. Yes, the jacket was not his, but the ribbons, DIs, and other metal insignia is. The overseas bars and 37th patch are original to the jacket, but the jacket itself has no provenance. Hillman also had 4 overseas bars, so I thought they made a perfect match.
  12. Thanks guys! Never thought I would find out who this one belonged to but I am happy I did! Ive got another gem thatll be posted soon
  13. Finally, here is Hillmans SS citation. No date is given, but Im almost positive this action would have been at Mt. Pacawagan.
  14. Shown here is the morning report mentioning Hillman being wounded, as well as a very detailed report of L. Companys actions that day.
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