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  1. I haven't really posted any of my finds on the forum lately, and thought these may be of interest to some. It's a gorgeous evening so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of my lids. I must say that I love M1's and have studied them extensively, but sadly, most of the helmets that I would love to have are typically out of my price range. As with everyone, I dig the minty, early-mid WWII M1's. First up is my latest acquisition that I got this week. A completely unmolested, June 1942 fixed bail with Seaman Paper Co. liner.
  2. Thanks! I originally bought this to use for reenacting (I'm big into PTO), but after opening it up and seeing that it's unissued, I'm just going to keep it for my collection. Don't want to take the chance of ripping it.
  3. Lastly, here is a great photo scanned at the National Archives by the 100th Infantry Division (Re-enacted) of one of these hammocks being strung up. This is from the 37th Infantry Division on Bougainville in November, 1943.
  4. I just picked this up last week and finally had a chance to take a closer look at it. This is a stone MINT, unissued, May 1944 dated jungle hammock. All tags are still present, the rubber is still in great shape, and there are no holes or tears whatsoever. There also appears to be a net/rope repair kit on the inside.
  5. Thanks guys, really happy with how far my collection has come!
  6. Patches, thanks for the heads up. That's one detail I failed to recognize. I'll be sure to correct that on the officer's uniform.
  7. This one isn't mine, but belonged to a veteran of D. Company, 145th Infantry Regiment that I had the pleasure of interviewing. He told me that he wore the assault patches as they were meant to be part of the initial wave that hit Japan if the invasion had happened. Also interesting to see the backing on the CIB.
  8. The last 37th uniform in my collection is this khaki shirt belonging to an unknown Master Sergeant. This was also a pickup at the SOS in 2014. Not the most exciting uniform, but I'm happy to have it
  9. To round out the service uniforms is this nice example of a Staff Sergeant's uniform featuring a pre-war wool border patch. It has the name Lawrence Smith underneath one of the lower pocket flaps. Although the 37th was only authorized to wear 2 campaign stars on the Asiatic-Pacific ribbon, clearly this GI wanted to show that he took part in battles at all 3 islands the 37th fought at. The 3 campaign stars and arrowhead also narrows down this uniform to either the 148th Infantry Regiment, or the 3rd Battalion, 145th Infantry Regiment, as the 129th Infantry Regiment was not at the battle of New
  10. This one was my biggest find at the SOS last year. This is a really neat group, but sadly has no name. The jacket is a cut-down service coat, perhaps done in the Philippines as much of the waist area was clearly sewn by hand, as are the patches. As can be seen by the overseas bar, this GI would have joined the 37th anywhere from February-June of 1945. To add to the sweetness of this already cool jacket, it also came with a patched wool shirt, 2 pairs of M37 wool trousers, and a nearly mint pair of 1942 dated Australian-made trousers.
  11. This was another uniform I picked up from 37thguy awhile back. This one belonged to John Shane of Steubenville, OH. Originally drafted into the Air Corps, he likely joined the 37th as a replacement for the Luzon campaign in 1944. While I haven't been able to ID his unit, it is interesting to note that when the 37th was called back into federal service in 1940, a large portion of E. Company, 145th Infantry was comprised from men in that region of Ohio. Of course, for the period that Shane joined the 37th, he could have been assigned to any unit in the 37th.
  12. Next is a put-together officers jacket that displays beautifully. I usually shy away from put-together uniforms but this one was an exception. A few years back, I picked up a 145th officers award group (insignia, ribbons) that was taken off a destroyed khaki officers summer coat. Fast forward to last year. Fellow forum member 37thguy was selling this 37th officers jacket with no ribbons and basic artillery officers insignia. Like the grouping, the jacket also has 4 overseas bars. Rather than displaying the ribbon group in a riker, I decided to match the two together. Although the ribbon gr
  13. Up next is the uniform that is currently on my mannequin, displayed with the rest of the 37th ID stuff. I picked this up from a fellow forum member. A very nice example of an Australian-made Ike jacket ID'd to the 148th Infantry Regiment (sadly no name). Very hard to find a 37th uniform with DI's of any sort.
  14. I've been meaning to share my WWII 37th ID uniform collection for awhile now, so I figured I'd finally do it I've picked all of these up in the past 3 years, which is how long I've been collecting 37th ID for. First up is my first uniform that I picked up, which was at the SOS in 2014. I spotted this one just as I was about to leave, and I'm beyond happy that I did. This belonged to Harlow H. Smith of Palatine, IL who served as a truck driver with H. Company, 129th Infantry Regiment. I was able to find a picture of him in the 1941-42 33rd Division year book.
  15. These are fake based on one detail: the use of a button front instead of a zipper. WWII Impressions out of CA makes them like this, I'm not sure if any other vendor does.
  16. Vietnam era is my guess. My knowledge of the 37th is mostly geared towards WWII, but I believe they were at Camp Grayling, MI in the 60's/70's.
  17. The black chinstrap clips on the helmet would date it to the 60's I believe. I know they were painted green during Korea but I don't remember when they were painted/treated black.
  18. I posted the rest of the group in the groupings section, but wanted to post the PH here. This is the Purple Heart sent to the family of Richard Sidener who served with Company F, 145th Infantry, 37th Division. He was killed during the battle of Manila on February 13, 1945. Company F suffered 7 deaths and 22 wounded between February 11-15 in the Dampalit sector, along with 2 officers being replaced. Richard was in the same company as my great uncle, and they both lived in the same city. In addition to his Purple Heart, I also have a pile of his letters, cause of death record from the NPRC,
  19. For those of you who take an interest in my 37th ID collection/research endeavors, I'm beyond happy to say that I recently came across this group. This belonged to a local vet that served in the exact same unit as my relative, Co. F., 145th IR. About a year back I was digging through the enlistment records of the men of the company who had been killed and was amazed to find that one of them was from the same city as me. I was able to find a local article pertaining to his death as well as his cause of death from the National Archives. I was able to get into contact with his family here in town
  20. Thanks all! Does anyone know what the yellow fouraggre is for?
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