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2ndInf.Div.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. I have posted this uniform before, but was able to ID it and thought I would share this veterans story.

     

    About 4-5 years ago, I acquired a ribbon and insignia group that belonged to an unknown officer of the 145th Infantry Regiment; it had been stripped from his mothed officers jacket. I am very happy to say that through tedious research, I was able to identify it as belonging to Captain Joseph Hillman, who served with L. Company.

     

    My first step to researching this uniform was to pull the 145ths officer roster from the National Archives. From there, I went through every name of the roster while also looking through the 37th IDs General Order book; Hillman was the only 145th officer that had a SS and PH without clusters. I was then able to have his citations pulled from the archives, and he was listed as being wounded on March 19, 1944 during the battle of Hill 700 at Bougainville. After that, I went through the morning reports and was able to find his company. Subsequently, I also found an account from the Mt. Pacawagan campaign in April and May of 1945 that also mentioned him. Going into this, I knew that this officer had to have been with the 3rd Battalion for the simple fact that the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon has an arrowhead for the Lingayen Gulf Landing on January 9, 1945. The 145ths 1st and 2nd Battalions were held in reserve while the 3rd Battalion landed in support of the 544th Boat and Shore Regiment.

     

    About a year or two ago, prior to finding out who the group belonged to, I purchased a nice original 37th officers coat with no ID or ribbons, and matched the two together. I think they go together quite well.

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  6. was A bit bored this afternoon and decided to go through some of my field gear. I picked up this minty two-tone OD3 cartridge belt at the SOS almost 2 years ago, but never thought to research the name inside. As such, I was quite shocked when I learned that this belt belonged to Clarence Pinkard of Florida. While that may not seem too horribly special, a quick Google search shows that Clarence was an African American that served in the transportation corps, and was killed in the Pacific on April 1, 1945, which leads me to believe he was killed at Okinawa. Ill be doing some research on this at the National Archives, but thought Id share the belt (and T/4 Pinkards story) with you all. May he Rest In Peace.

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  7. Last but not least is my first fixed bail helmet to enter the collection. This one was sourced by a local collector. The straps are OD3 with a mid-war buckle. Interestingly, this helmet appears to have traces of black camo. Sparse remnants on the shell, and a little bit on the straps. It's not the prettiest, but I like it. I picked up a gutted Hawley in decent shape at the SOS 3 years ago, and the two make a perfect match.

     

    Thanks for looking, enjoy!

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  8. Next up is a helmet I purchased at an antique shop last month. Fixed bail with factory paint, but replacement OD7 chinstraps, and a Saint Clair liner. It did come with a brittle, but early, flat buckle liner strap. Sadly, it was already split in two, and ripped off the attachment tabs when I was doing some light cleaning to it. The outside is post war repainted, bubba'd by a kid, but also has a 44th ID decal. I'm contemplating removing the post war paint to get back to the original finish, if it's advised, and if I can figure out how.

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