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    Strictly GI Military Surplus<br />620 S. Saddle Creek Rd.<br />Omaha, NE 68106<br />(402) 558-7330<br /><br />
  1. The damage done by tornados is some of the weirdest stuff you can ever hope to (never) see. They have picked up houses, spun them around and set them right back down on their foundation with the front door opening to the backyard. They can put your neighbor's shed inside your cow or your cow inside your neighbor's shed and not scratch the paint on your little red wagon. They can drop down like a finger and spin one building into straw and then go right back up without ruffling the drapes on the house across the street. They can also make a small city disappear. I have seen pictures where a twister took the roof and one wall off of someone's kitchen but left the dishes on the table. This looks to me like the damage left behind by a tornado or straight-line wind storm.
  2. They are both from veteran's associations but I can't be specific. I think the one on the far right is an American Legion award. Will try to find more info.
  3. I've had dozens of vets or their sons tell me how they or dad was "3rd Army, under Patton". I can't recall the same prideful statement associated with Hodges or Simpson or the others. (No disrespect to those Generals of course). Patton definately made an impression on history. Consider for a moment that he is the lowest billet of the "super famous" WWII generals. His peers are virtually unknown outside of the history buffosphere.
  4. :think: American Armies invading southern Germany in force in Oct 1944, thats what. :pinch: Patton was an excellent movie and not only by comparison to the crap that surrounded it. Battle of the Bulge and Anzio? Blech.
  5. Maybe them budget cuts start at the top sometimes.
  6. Hey Tyler, your rig looks pretty good but a few changes you may want to consider. Nothing you've got there is really "wrong" these are just a few notes from experience. No doubt a million variations existed from one man to the next, from Marines to Army, and from orders to allowed preferrence. Meaning that anything I say "we didn't do it that way" there may be some one who can say "we did" and vice versa. First of all ditch the pocket knife on your "H Harness", it will get in the way of your buttstock and prevent well aimed rounds from going downrange. It's called a pocketknife for a reason. (We still called it an "H Harness" even though its not really an "H" Harness anymore.) Even though it was meant to go the way you have it rigged up, we usually attached the two rear clips of the "H Harness" directly to the belt, not to the top of the Buttpack. I seem to recall it that way anyway. Whatever works best for you on that one I guess. Your belt is right where its supposed to be which means its up too high, let the straps down until your belt is almost at the bottom of your flak jacket. (PASGT vest to the army types.) Now take your first-aid kit off and open up the velcro closure on the back, close it around the rear strap of your H Harness so that its just above your buttpack. Thats where we wore it whenever we could. Your flashlight and boonie cap (sun hat) are not going to be there when you want them. Take them off and stick them in your ALICE pack or buttpack. Or stuff them in your right cargo pocket. You should have a nutritious, delicious MRE in your left cargo pocket. Dark brown package, not the fancy tan ones with pogeybait and a heater inside. Turkey, Diced with Gravy was the best. Ham slice was good too. Take the bayonet off your belt and attach it to the side of your buttpack using the eyelets on the flap and the tab on the side. Wrap the lower gasmask strap around your thigh or the stupid thing will flop all over the place when you doubletime and beat the hell out of your leg. Last notes, those ammo pouches truly sucked. If you go prone they will be right in your gut. It's uncomfortable, it messes up your dope (ability to sight your weapon) and it makes it hard to get to your magazines, which defeats the whole purpose they exist in the first place. We usually left our belts open when we could and just let the suspenders hold everything in place. You might add the little green hood that came with the sleeping bag under your helmet, we wore them alot even when it was hotter than ___. I never had a 2 qt canteen so I can't say much about that except that if I could get away with it, I would have jut looped the strap over my belt and let it hang down behind me. One more note: I noticed that your MX-991\U flashlight is the Vietnam era type with no guards alongside the switch. Stick that back with your 'nam stuff and get the newer type. Oh yeah, and get a haircut.
  7. Related by Marriage- Robert Morris (Signer of Declaration of Independence and US Constitution) Great, Great, Great, Grandfather - Swedish Royal Guard (included in (probably) first series of photographs ever made in Sweden) Great Grandfather - G Co 2nd Nebraska Volunteer Infantry (died young due to complications of Yellow Fever and Dysentery...SpanAm) Great Granduncle- USS Oklahoma (1917-1918) Grandmother's Cousin- US Navy Balloon School (Ft Omaha WW1) Grandfather - 207th and 302nd Ord. Bns. (DUKW driver and Supply Sgt. declined Warrant Commission to remain with unit.) Great Uncle Jack - Marine Raider (KIA Orote Peninsula Guam July 26 1944) C Co 4th Marines (Reinforced) 1st Prov. MB Mom & Dad - went to join NavBuMed together after college, were told not to bother "it will be over before you get there". Me - 1st Bn 1st Marines....but missed all the fun :{
  8. Actually that ridiculous, uncomfortable, position WAS "Parade Rest" for a period of time in the 20's & 30's. Standing or sitting, the arms were crossed over in the manner shown. When standing the left foot was forward and the weight of the body was on the right leg and hip. Can't imagine how that bright idea ever caught on.
  9. Looks like an 18 to me. If you look closely the canteen has been completely remarked. You can see the "ghost" Y below the new one and the muskets too. Original soldier number or control number was 18. When remarked it was given # 12.
  10. I believe it would be; B Co, 1st NY Infantry Soldier #12 Or if the canteen was unit property then it was canteen #12
  11. They laced through the strap of loops along the top of the pack. These straps were also produced in plain OD for the OD jungle pack if I recall correctly. Will try to locate my source. Just something I learned along the way but I'm sure I've seen in print or image somewhere. If someone could check the 1943 QM catalog that would be great. Mine was permanently borrowed years ago. My recollection is that two or three of them were issued with the jungle pack. Could be in the inventory as just shelter-half straps but I'd like to see the reference. It brings up a few questions if that is their true origination. First of all, why bother? the M-41 pack already has bedroll straps built on. Also, puppy-foot camouflage was along way from common at the time these would have been developed if that is the case. Even the shelterhalves themselves were still khaki when the M-1941 Transport Pack system was developed. Lastly, where'd they all go if they were intended for somthing as basic as that? there should be bazillions of them floating around.
  12. gets a thumbs down from me.
  13. The strap is a luggage strap for the M-1943 "jungle" pack. Not normally a USMC item but the use depicted is not outside the realm of possibility.
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