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Bad weather here so I thought I'd post some shots of 1st Lt Vance C. Hall's uniform. Lt Hall was a member of the 504 PIR, and participated in combat jumps in Sicily, at Salerno, and during operation Market Garden. His last jump of the war was across the Rhine on a concentration camp in an attempt to liberate the prisoners. Lt. Hall was awarded 3 Purple hearts and a Bronze Star while overseas. After the war he went to Veterinary school on the G.I. Bill and had a practice in Hawaii. This is a fantastic uniform, and I feel very honored to have it in my collection. Thanks Jon

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I just wanted to share this with the forum. I had the pleasure of spending the day with George Hubbard, a flight engineer on a B-24 that flew 37 missions with the 778th Bomb Squadron, 464th Bomb Group, in Italy. The stories that George shared with me were incredible, and I feel honored to have spent a little time with a great guy. The following pictures are of his A-2, one of the nicest jackets I've ever seen. Jon

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Great jacket, an fine example of Italian craftmanship. I was told once by another Air Corps vet that when you went on leave to the Isle of Capri you could drop your jacket off with one the shops catering to air corps troops and when you you were ready to go home they would have it all done up with patches etc. Nice stuff.

 

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Great jacket, an fine example of Italian craftmanship. I was told once by another Air Corps vet that when you went on leave to the Isle of Capri you could drop your jacket off with one the shops catering to air corps troops and when you you were ready to go home they would have it all done up with patches etc. Nice stuff.

Hi Jack, Mr. Hubbard said he and the rest of his crew had all their jackets done on the Isle of Capri while on R&R. The skull and crossbone patch was done just for his crew, probably less then 10 ever made. Jon

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Jon Even better than you described it.What an honor it must have been to talk to Mr Hubbard.You got love that Nokomis 15th air force patch. Very cool. Mark

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I was fortunate enough to hear back from the family of George Marquardt regarding some additional items for the SACO grouping I have listed on Post's 397 and 398. Included are hundreds of letters that he wrote to his wife while in training and overseas, so far they've been very interesting reading. Also was a piece of paper with 20 to 30 signatures. Upon closer review I determined that this was an official notice to his unit of the end of the war. Its dated Aug. 10th 1945, and has a the 3 words, THE WAR OVER, its a really great item. Thanks Jon

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Just picked up an interesting grouping to a Navy pilot who's career covered the end of WWII thru the late 50's. Stephen Graliker was a student at Notre Dame in 1942 and enlisted with other members of his class, later to be known as the "Flying Irish". He was a carrier based pilot that flew F6F Hellcat's and later jets from the USS Biroko, Siboney, Kula Gulf, and Ranger. He was attached to VF 38, 924, and 923 during his flying days, and was also in the Naval Reserves while at NAS Lambert Field, St Louis. Pictured is his G-1 from about 1957, some of his flight gear from the time he was flying jets, and a great WWII era summer weight flight jacket that he attached some of his later patches and name tag too. Thanks Jon

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Thank you for sharing the USN group. Rare enough to be happy to see such one.

 

The helmets are H-3 or H-4 shell (left) and APH-5 (right) with the attached MS-22001 mask. MK-2 earlier version seems to be complete (has the two Mk-13 Mod 0 flares in pockets?).

 

The G-1 is beautiful.

 

Franck

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Hi Bud9401, I'm about an hour south of Springfield. Thanks for the thumbs up on the collection. Jon

 

Really? So like Peoria area? :think: Anyway nice collection! :thumbsup:

 

-Timothy

Always looking for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam M1 Helmets. Specifically unit painted, ranked, or camoflauged.

 

Thank you to all veterans, past and present, for your service to our country.

 

 

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Jerry, Franck, and Timothy, thank you all for the positive comments. I should be receiving Stephen Graliker's photo album soon from the family, I'll try and post some of the photos when it arrives. Timothy, I'm located south of Springfield about an hour, Peoria is an hour North of Springfield. Thanks Jon

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I was fortunate enough to hear back from the family of George Marquardt regarding some additional items for the SACO grouping I have listed on Post's 397 and 398. Included are hundreds of letters that he wrote to his wife while in training and overseas, so far they've been very interesting reading. Also was a piece of paper with 20 to 30 signatures. Upon closer review I determined that this was an official notice to his unit of the end of the war. Its dated Aug. 10th 1945, and has a the 3 words, THE WAR OVER, its a really great item. Thanks Jon



That is such a fantastic Indiana related group!

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Jerry, Franck, and Timothy, thank you all for the positive comments. I should be receiving Stephen Graliker's photo album soon from the family, I'll try and post some of the photos when it arrives. Timothy, I'm located south of Springfield about an hour, Peoria is an hour North of Springfield. Thanks Jon

 

Whoops! :pinch: I live 15 minutes out of Peoria, and I thought it would be really cool to have another local collector!

 

Oh well, very nice collection by the way! :thumbsup:

 

-Timothy

Always looking for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam M1 Helmets. Specifically unit painted, ranked, or camoflauged.

 

Thank you to all veterans, past and present, for your service to our country.

 

 

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I was fortunate to obtain more items from the family of Navy Commander Stephan Graliker. I received his flight logs for his entire career, a photo album with some great shots of his early training and WWII carrier days, a ton of paperwork, and a stoneware jug that was an award for some type of flight competition.

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Hey Jon, when you have a chance, could you post a photo of the VF934 insignia on the side of the jug? It's hard to make out in the award photo. Also, could you post the size of the VF 38 patch? Both for my reference library. As usual, awesome USN grouping! Jeffro

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Hey Jon, when you have a chance, could you post a photo of the VF934 insignia on the side of the jug? It's hard to make out in the award photo. Also, could you post the size of the VF 38 patch? Both for my reference library. As usual, awesome USN grouping! Jeffro

Hi Jeffro, here are the pictures you asked for, I've included a shot of the VF934 patch that was on the sleeve of his summer flight jacket. Both the VF38 and VF934 patches are 5 inch diameter. Jon

 

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Thanks Jon! Those are great patches. I don't suppose you got any loose ones with the grouping, did you? Jeffro

Sorry, those were the only ones. Jon

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It's been awhile since I posted last, so I thought I'd show this grouping that I recently picked up at a local auction. The grouping is to the late Colonel William Foster Smith, of the St Louis area. I've had some problems finding information on Col Smith, a partial obituary is all I could come up with. From his medals, I've got a good idea when and where he served, but not much in the way of details, any help would be greatly appreciated. Included in the group is his Korean War A-2 flight jacket, its a little worn and the zipper is broken, but it has a great looking painted Blood Chit on the back. A nice framed letter to him, signed by the President of South Korea, Syngman Rhee, dated 1958. All of his medals and wings which are also nicely framed. Unfortunately there were no photos or paper work with this grouping. Again any assistance on details of his career would be appreciated. Thanks Jon

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