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    I travel New England with military displays to schools, retirement communities and public events to keep the memories of our veterans alive.

    My grandfathers both served in WWII. My paternal grandfather, Frank Garitta, served with the 24th Infantry in the PTO. He enlisted may 1941 and served until 1944.

    My maternal grandfather served as a tail gunner in the 9th AAF. He flew 64 bombing missions and after the war joined the National Guard where he rose to Captain and was a tank commander in the Korean War

    My goal is to keep the memories of our veterans alive, and pass down their stories and experiences to the youth.

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  1. A buddy of mine hooked me up with this named grouping of USMC HBT uniforms. I was doing some research on one of the jackets and I believe it's an econo jacket. If I'm correct a company needed to complete a quota and resorted to using civilian buttons on some of the jackets. The uniforms are in fantastic condition. I would greatly appreciate any information regarding these uniforms. I researched the veteran and I believe he served in WWII and then in Korea. His named is J M Wagner. I tried to find values for the econo jacket but I have had no luck. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thanks and enjoy!
  2. The daughter-in-law of ARC member Neewah Bob Turney Armbrust just contacted me on Facebook. She is the geneaologist of the family. Unfortunately they are having phone issues at this time but we are communicating through email right now. I'm emailing her pictures of the items I have pertaining to Neewah and hopefully when I read over the documents and papers I might have more information about her in-laws. She is also going to share information about them for my future displays.
  3. This is a photo of all the nurses and ARC members at the 172nd Sta. Hospital. Lt Cope traced the outlines of all the women on a piece of paper and numbered them with their names and addresses. These are photos of all the officers from the hospital and their names and ranks. Stasia Care made a collage of photos. I apologise for the images being small. If anyone wants larger images just let me know so I can post larger and more clear pictures.
  4. Here are some propaganda leaflets dropped by the Japanese. Dorothy Cope is the one who found these on the island. These are newspapers, photographs of some of the nurses and ARC women. Also a negative and photograph of the officers in charge of the 172nd Sta. Hospital. There is also a booklet from a rodeo that one of the officers organized.
  5. Neewah Turney and Charles Armbrust 1943. It's photo in the top right. The photo to the left is Neewah talking to wounded soldiers who are playing a game of solitaire. Also in this image are photos of the natives in New Guinea who helped carry wounded soldiers to the hospital and also find soldiers who were lost or wounded. In addition there is a letter from the Red Cross giving Mrs. Carr authorization to wear the ARC ribbon for South West Pacific and a large ribbon for the Pacific Theatre.
  6. I am excited to show my newest grouping which I picked up this week. It all pertains to the 172nd Station Hospital which was located at St Joseph's Nudgee Junior College in Indooroopilly, Brisbane Australia. The majority of items belonged to Dorothy A. Cope (Townley) who was a nurse in the hospital. After the war she organized reunions and was given photographs and documents from some of the people she served with. Two of the people who gave her items were Stasia F. Carr and Neewah Bob Turney (Armbrust). They were both serving with the Red Cross at the hospital. Neewah ended up meeting one of the cardiologist doctors at the hospital and fell in love. She married Charles Armbrust in 1946. While doing research on these women I found Neewah's obituary online. Looking through Facebook I found a matching name for her granddaughter. I took a chance and messaged her with a picture of her grandparents holding each other in a studio portrait dated 1943. To my surprise it was her grandparents! I showed her pictures and newspaper articles about her grandparents and her dad will be calling me when he is able. I was very happy to be able to preserve these memories and touch the hearts of the families of those who served. I thought this was a really amazing grouping because it focuses on the entire staff (nurses and doctors) of this hospital, not just one person. If anyone has information about the 172nd station hospital or about the doctors and nurses please feel free to contact me. I believe Dorothy Cope also was in New Guinea with the hospital but I need to do more research to finalize that. This is Lt. Cope's uniform
  7. I just got these maps yesterday. They show Okinawa and the planned beach landings. It even shows gun emplacements, bunkers and other establishments. I thought that maybe the maps were ripped over age but I realized that it was done purposefully because they fit together perfectly to show the island where the troops planned to land. It's marked Secret on the top of the maps and the classification will be changed to restricted once in combat. In the group of maps there is a Japanese map of Okinawa which was captured by the individual who kept these maps. Honestly I haven't come across any maps like this before, so if anyone has info to add I would greatly appreciate it. Enjoy and stay safe!
  8. Neat looking! Did you buy the two of them? I haven't seen any type of lining like that before. Do you have close-up pics of the lining?
  9. Welcome! It's great seeing younger people interested in preserving history. It seems as if there is a huge generation gap between the Greatest Generation and Generation X (or whatever the newest generation is called now). While I was teaching I noticed that most of my students had no idea when certain wars were fought. Some even believed the Civil War was fought in the 20th Century. I'm happy knowing there are youths out there who are interested and willing to help keep the memories of our veterans alive. Enjoy the forum and I look forward to seeing your collection! Dan
  10. I picked this up among a group of named USMC alpha uniforms from WWII. I don't know much about the EGA emblems but from my research I think maybe 1930s and was used on the dress blue collars. I found the hat with the device as pictured. There are no markings on the device. The only thing I noticed is they are drooped wings and no ropes. I'd really appreciate any help. Thanks!
  11. Awesome! Thanks for that information! Anything else you can find please let me know.
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