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Seeing that Ad for The Continental Insurance Companies reminded me of that Revolutionary War Soldier they used for their company, I remember this as a kid and loved to look at the placard in the window of one of their offices nearby where I went to school in the late 60s into the 70s. So I looked and found an up close image of it. I was also surprised that the use of a Revolutionary War Soldier for the company goes way way back before this 50s-60s depiction, as seen here in this undated vintage Ad for the company I also found.

 

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A bunch to add tonight.

 

Back in 2010, The Massachusetts National Guard celebrates a birthday, yes it's 373d Birthday at Salem. A group of reenactors of a 17th Century Militia unit is present for the occasion, who's commander renders a salute to the current commanders of the Mass NG.

 

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One of Castro' hombres wearing a B-15 Flight jacket

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'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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Not a Online foto find, but one scanned in one of my books, the Vol I 1965-1967 1st Infantry Division yearbook, just didn't know where to post it, so we'll post it here.

 

 

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A GI of an unknown Infantry Battalion of the Big Red One sometime in late 1966-early 1967 with a severe face and head wound, looks like a eye wound thrown in for good measure. What incredible grit, was my first reaction in seeing the foto.

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No real info.Came from an NCO association site.THink it was labled CCullen

 

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I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

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Sgt. Curtis G. Culin III


A member of New Jersey’s 102nd Cavalry Squadron, Sgt.. Culin developed the idea of taking the iron road obstacles placed by the retreating Germans, fabricating them into a ‘plow’ affixed to the front of a tank that then allows it to ‘cut’ its way through hedgerows in WWII. This allowed the tanks to break through in any unpredictable location, confounding the enemy’s traps. Known as “rhino tanks” more than 300 were equipped and help to speed up the Allied advance. Sergeant Culin was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for his idea. [momument ]

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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A couple of GIs, one from the Korean era, a paratrooper circa 1952-53, no patch seen, so it could be 82nd, or the 11th, or the 508th RCT, and one from Vietnam 1971 unit unknown..

 

 

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The Paratrooper Sergeant looks like an old timer, suspect he started out in the Triple Nickles in WWII.

 

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Culin was well known...

Sgt. Curtis G. Culin III

A member of New Jerseys 102nd Cavalry Squadron, Sgt.. Culin developed the idea of taking the iron road obstacles placed by the retreating Germans, fabricating them into a plow affixed to the front of a tank that then allows it to cut its way through hedgerows in WWII. This allowed the tanks to break through in any unpredictable location, confounding the enemys traps. Known as rhino tanks more than 300 were equipped and help to speed up the Allied advance. Sergeant Culin was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for his idea. [momument ]

Great to see his picture. I've read about him in several books but don't remember seeing a picture of him before. Nice to put a face to the name.

Mikie

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Not U.S. I know but cool fotos I just found none the less, these are current French Soldiers in Horizon Blue at I think the 2014 Bastille Day parade, a commemorative affair as well for the outbreak of the Great War, though in this case the Troops should be attired in Dark Blue, and Red pants, 1914 gear etc etc. Seems at least a couple Europeans do this a lot, I know the Russian had huge formations years back parading in WWII uniforms and gear in Moscow, apart from very small units, like those Cav type units, we don't seem do do this, this huge outfitting of mass formations in complete vintage and accurate uniforms, helmets, gear and weapons.

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And this WWII one of Ted Williams sitting with Babe Ruth when Williams was a Aviation Cadet, don't know the circumstances of photo, like was The Bambino visiting the school as a sort of Good Will USO thing, or visiting just to see Williams???

 

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The a/c (only the nose, prop and one wing visible) is some sort of a fighter... the airmen are wearing goggles, which seems to go with openable cockpit canopies which goes with some of that era fighters.

 

For the longest time, not sure exactly why, I kept wanting to see that image as a bomber crew

Very late to this question but if you are talking about the pilots in the image above the threads, they are Hellcat pilots in an image take on the USS Lexington, the second Lex, in late 43 after they shot down 17 of 20 Japanese Planes over Tarawa.

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Very late to this question but if you are talking about the pilots in the image above the threads, they are Hellcat pilots in an image take on the USS Lexington, the second Lex, in late 43 after they shot down 17 of 20 Japanese Planes over Tarawa.

Gil, gwb123, solved that by noticing that the image is a collage, or composite, of pilot photos that had been used on war time posters. Once he figured that out, it became instantly apparent what the masthead image actually came from.

 

Could be that those are Hellcat pilots though.

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Had to search for this good thread by patches that is an excellent collecting place for many random, but interesting photos, as an alternative to starting a new thread for a single photo that will get buried while making clutter. Too bad it's not pinned. This photo talks, even without a caption.

 

“U.S. Marine is silhouetted against a sky lit by flares dropped from U.S. Air Force planes near Chu Lai in South Vietnam on Nov. 8, 1965. The Marine and his unit were moving across open ground during a night operation. U.S. forces are using flares to track down the Viet Cong forces which usually move under cover of darkness.”

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Had to search for this good thread by patches that is an excellent collecting place for many random, but interesting photos, as an alternative to starting a new thread for a single photo that will get buried while making clutter. Too bad it's not pinned. This photo talks, even without a caption.

 

“U.S. Marine is silhouetted against a sky lit by flares dropped from U.S. Air Force planes near Chu Lai in South Vietnam on Nov. 8, 1965. The Marine and his unit were moving across open ground during a night operation. U.S. forces are using flares to track down the Viet Cong forces which usually move under cover of darkness.”

Good photo, and note how he's armed with a Carbine rather tham a M14 Rifle.

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Good eye. Patches, thanks for starting this great thread. It's a KO.

 

Boxing match, USS Oregon 1897

Wow what a photo.

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