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Steve B.

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    36th Armored Infantry Regiment/36th Infantry Mechanized, 3rd Armored Division and all other 3rd Armored Division units.

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  1. Just to be clear, the photo of the ammo cans in the wire crate show post-war ammo cans. I believe the bandoleers also came in wooden Crates like the .50 cal wooden crates. I don’t have the link handy, but there is/was an ammo can website that covers all of this in detail. I’ll try to find the link later.
  2. There are numerous websites/webpages if you do a quick google search. There is also at least one book: Nazi Prisoners of War in America, by Arnold Krammer. I seem to recall a number of photos in this book. From what I recall, they wore standard U.S. Army uniforms - khakis or wools depending on the season and location. I recall seeing the guards wearing helmets early on, but not as much later. Sorry I can't give you much more hard information. Steve
  3. Several years ago there was a discussion about USAF blue duffle bags. Someone involved in that discussion was looking for one of the blue duffle bags. I am down-sizing my collection and am getting ready to part with my Father's USAF blue duffle bag. If that person is still interested, please contact me. I tried to look using search functions and didn't come up with anything. Thanks! Steve
  4. The collar brass is wrong on all the photos. There were three types of short sleeve khaki shirts. One was basically a cut-off long sleeve shirt. Those had the enlisted collar brass worn perpendicular to the front edge of the collar (like officer brass). The shirt that cam with the grouping I am honestly not familiar with. It has the pleated pockets like the cut-off shirts, but it does not have the top collar button. This shirt was made to be worn with the collar open, never closed with a tie as the long-sleeved shirts were. The third is the flat pocket, short sleeve only shirt. On those, the collar brass was worn with the insignia worn parallel to the front edge of the collar, or basically horizontal. Enlisted men's collar brass was not worn at an angle at this time, however the rank insignia was. Kind of doesn't make sense, but that's the way it is. I can post my basic training "graduation" photo and maybe some others (if I can find them) if anyone is interested - and I can figure out how to post photos here...
  5. Band of Strangers - A WW2 Memoir of the Fighting in Normandy and "The Bulge" By James K. Cullen This book was written by my friend Jim Cullen. Jim was a Staff Sergeant and squad leader in E Company, 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, 3rd Armored Division. He joined the unit as a replacement just before the Battle of Mortain. He recounts the terrors of the bocage, and the numbing, relentless cold and confusion of the Battle of the Bulge and everything in between. There are other books recounting the experiences of other infantrymen, but to my knowledge, this is the only autobiography written by an armored infantryman or "Blitz Dough" as they called themselves. I really enjoyed this book, but admit to certain prejudices since the author is a friend, and I was honored to be asked to write the foreword. This is a self-published book that is available from Amazon in the $20.00-$25.00 range. I hope you like it! Steve
  6. Where can we see it, where can we buy it, and how much is it?
  7. I don't think that camo pattern is unique to the marines. We had that patter (or it's near twin) in the Army in the late-70s and into the 80s.
  8. Is that holster black or is it just the lighting? If it is black, it is almost certainly post-war. I have seen a number of wartime dated holsters that were dyed black and used until the M1911A1 was replaced by the Beretta. Even if it has a wartime date on it, if it is black it doesn't belong with your wartime display.
  9. I think the top row is some sort of costume jewelry or patriotic jewelry, not military insignia. I feel pretty safe in saying the pins with the crowns are not US military. The dark rectangles are a complete mystery to me.
  10. Oops-double post. Please delete.
  11. Looks just like the one I was issued in the 1980s, except ours didn't have that extra loop at the back, or the pad. Mine has a stamp that reads something like: Helmet, ground troops parachutist, along with a contract number, NSN and size. The stamp is on the right rear inside the helmet. US stuff is usually pretty well marked. Does yours have info like that inside? It might be a lookalike from another country, or police, or ???
  12. Very cool! I had no idea these even existed. My Father went to Wentworth in the late 40s-early 50s. Thanks for sharing those.
  13. The 41st is the primary Oregon Army National Guard unit, but at a brigade size currently. The Oregon Military Museum might be able to help you. Their website is: www.oregonmilitarymuseum.org I believe they also have a Facebook page. Other contact info is: Oregon Military Museum, Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015, Phone: 503-683-5359, Fax: 503-683-4913, e-mail: museuminfo@mil.state.or.us
  14. Yes. University of Illinois per the ASMIC Mottoes List.
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