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  1. Dropped by the local pawn shop today to see if anything new had come in, and this one immediately caught my eye. This is a M1946 Ike jacket that belonged to a GI of L/16, 1st ID. I don't collect ETO or occupation stuff, but as I belong with a group that re-enacts L/16, I couldn't really say no to it I'm not entirely sure what's up with the collar brass and DI's, as I thought post-war brass didn't have any unit designation stamped on them? They are slightly domed but nothing like most post-war collar brass. The rifles seem to be rather big compared to standard infantry collar brass. The 16
  2. Thank you all! I believe that the photos are almost necessary for any unit display, as they help tell the story of each individual serviceman, which is what I like to focus on, and hence why I'm trying to get as many interviews as possible. For example, I included a photo of Frank Petrarca in there. Frank was a medic attached to F. Co., 145th IR (my relative's unit), and received the Medal of Honor on New Georgia, the only 145th soldier to ever do so. Given I got into collecting 37th to tell my great uncle's (and now his unit's) story, I felt it was necessary to include that.
  3. Thought some of you might enjoy this. This was my second 37th ID display that I put together for an event that took place at the local military museum this past Saturday. Unfortunately I ran out of table space for other 37th stuff I brought along Nonetheless, I was fairly pleased with how it all turned out. My original intention was to have a uniform from each regiment, but since the mannequin's I was provided didn't work, I had to use the one I brought along and hang the 148th uniform from a small hook on the beam. The gear was a fairly basic set up for an MG ammo bearer and standard riflema
  4. 37th ID greenback variation. Sorry for the crappy picture, it's in my display case. This is the only example of this variation that I've seen.
  5. 37th ID greenback variation. Sorry for the crappy picture, it's in my display case. This is the only example of this variation that I've seen.
  6. From personal experience, I believe they are At The Front reproductions. They have the same color, construction, sole pattern, and boxy toe shape.
  7. Drooling over that 37th liner! Very nice!
  8. I was also able to acquire this at the show. The seller had it labeled as theatre made, but I haven't been able to confirm that. Either way, a cool variation.
  9. The double glass frame would be pretty cool, actually. There's 2-3 other greenbacks in there, but I turned the one around as it is a rare variation without the middle filled in....only one I've seen. Picked it up from fellow member Allan H. at the SOS.
  10. After several months of collecting, I was able to expand my display from a small riker mount to a large riker mount, and was able to completely fill it. I went to the fabric store the other day and purchased material for an OD background, and I couldn't be more pleased. These are all arranged in order from approximate dates of manufacture. The two bottom right patches might be earlier, but they are a curiosity. Cool story on the 3rd patch to the right in the bottom row. It (an already rare and desirable patch) came with two other engineer and seahorse patches and belonged to Walter B
  11. Close up of the ribbons. I also picked up a bunch of 37th pins, 2 very nice cartridge belts, a nice Carbine butt stock pouch, and a nice 1910 pack set. The pack has some mouse damage, but the pouch and tail are in good shape and will go well with my other 1910 pack. Also got a very nice 1st pattern HBT jacket...was surprised at how scarce those, the pants, and Daisy mae's were at the show as I hoping to find the latter as well. Looking forward to see what others found!
  12. This was my big find. 37th ID custom tailored service coat with patched shirt and 3 pairs of pants, with one set being Aussie made.
  13. Back from the show. It was great meeting some of the members from here on the forum! Hope you all had (are having) a great time!
  14. Picked this up today and was looking for some more info. This is a 1903 dated mess kit, and I can't find a thing about it. It has some slightly different features from a M1910, and the lid is slightly more raised than a M1910. Any ideas? I included a comparison photo with a M1910.
  15. It's a WWI mess kit, seen plenty in 37th ID photos, and it doesn't really surprise me since they were in the PTO.
  16. I got this for a great price on eBay (wasn't expecting it to go for so little!). The name and ASN were a dead end online. I made a trip to the NPRC yesterday to do some research, and I was fortunate enough that they had a reconstructed record for him. Turns out it belonged to Donald Ostrander of L. Co., 145th IR. This is particularly interesting given that L. Co., as part of the 145th's 3rd Battalion, was part of the northern landing force that fought on New Georgia island along with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion and 3rd Battalion, 148th IR. Perhaps this mess kit was tucked away in Ostr
  17. Hello all, I was curious if the early WWII "kidney" gas masks contain asbestos in the filters? I've heard various things, but didn't know if someone had a definite answer. Although I won't be wearing the mask itself, I would prefer not to have an asbestos filled mask sitting in my closet.
  18. Thanks guys. Could epoxy help fix this or am I going to need a new helmet?
  19. Hello all, had another question regarding the M1917A1. I recently picked up a shell to have redone as a Kelley helmet, but as I looked closer the hole for the liner looks abnormally large and I'm afraid I won't be able to fit a liner in it. As far as I can tell the shell is US as some of the cork texture appears real. No markings or anything though, but there are several layers of paint that might be hiding them. Any idea if this is a righteous 1917 shell, or perhaps some foreign copy?
  20. I'm curious if anyone has a photo(s) of E/506 from July, August, or September of 1952 when they were at Camp Breckenridge?
  21. Hello all, I'm looking at getting a beat up Kelley helmet shell to have restored. I was curious if the texture used on these was cork or sawdust?
  22. That's a beautiful memorial, and it's nice to think that those are everywhere you go. Statue looks like a British version of the spirit of the Doughboy IMO.
  23. M151mp, it's always nice to know that several generations down the line, people still remember those who sacrificed so much. Unfortunately, there are many families in Europe (I would guess mostly German) that are either gone or don't visit their relative's grave markers. One of my professors told me that as a kid growing up in Britain, the question of "why?" always grappled his mind as he looked at endless rows of WWI graves. I dare say that this world as a whole has been able to answer that question. It is, to me, one of the things that makes the WWI generation so unique.
  24. As I'm from the Facebook generation, I'll throw my two cents in. I would consider myself and the few others from my generation that like military history to be in a very small margin. Obviously we take an interest in the subject, and some of us (such as myself) do a great deal to remember the military events (and those who partook in them) that have shaped not only the world's history, but our country's history. With that being said, I can say that most of the general public doesn't know squat, or care very much for the First World War. I volunteer at a museum and educate school groups that c
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