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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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The brass ID plate!

 

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Thanks for looking!

- Dedicated to my Uncle Ches -

General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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firefighter

Gorgeous. I like the case. And he looks all nice and tucked in. LoL! That is a Beautiful weapon.

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Thanks for the complements. I think the olive drab looks good against the flat black Parkerized finish!

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Thanks for the complements. I think the olive drab looks good against the flat black Parkerized finish!

 

It does. Beautiful workmanship on the case.

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Stunning, Bob! That's one of the best if not THE best GO pistol displays I've seen.

Dennis

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Collecting WWI AEF relics, artifacts, and memorabilia

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Stunning, Bob! That's one of the best if not THE best GO pistol displays I've seen.

Dennis

 

I appreciate that Dennis, thank you. A labor of love!

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Indeed, congratulations on finishing this beautiful presentation case. It is truly befitting this magnificent collection. That 03 is one of the nicest I have ever seen BTW!

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!

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Hi guys,

 

Thought I'd bring this post back to life for those who haven't seen it before by adding a little display that I created to hold the Generals watch that he wore all through WWII and into Korea. It was made by the Crawford watch co. and believe it or not, still works and keeps perfect time.

I had this watch just lying flat on a shelf in the cabinet but I felt that I could make something to hold it in a more presentable manner. The base is walnut and I added an original lapel device for the 28th field artillery of which my uncle was the commanding officer on the battle through the ETO. The bracket to hold the watch is made of stainless steel.

As you can see, the watch shows the scars of war. Thanks for looking. Bob

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Here is a close up of the face.

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Nice watch and a beautiful display stand. Can you buy a stand like that or did you make it or have it made?

 

Thanks for the complements. I hand made the stand. Bob

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Awesome way to display the watch. If only it could also talk.

 

Boy you can say that again! That watch was worn in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ruhr Pocket battle. That watch was on his wrist when he was wounded by German artillery shrapnel and on his wrist as he received his Silver Star too. Thanks Firefighter!

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Boy you can say that again! That watch was worn in the Battle of the Bulge and the Ruhr Pocket battle. That watch was on his wrist when he was wounded by German artillery shrapnel and on his wrist as he received his Silver Star too. Thanks Firefighter!

 

 

Amazing!! You're doing an excellent job keeping his memory and legacy alive.

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General F. J. Chesarek is Inducted into the AMC Hall of Fame!

 

I am way behind in posting this information about the honor that was bestowed on my Uncle early this spring.

Back in Feburary, I was invited to a ceremony that was to be held at the Redstone Aresonal in Alabama on March 14. This was the second time that past commanders of the AMC were honored for their accomplishments while in command of the Army Materiel Command. General Chesarek was the AMC Commander from March 10, 1969 until Oct. 31, 1970.

 

This photo shows the current headquarters of the AMC.

 

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There was to be a total of six past commanders to be inducted. General Chesarek was first to be commended.

 

Upon arrival at the AMC headquarters, I had an opportunity to meet the current commanding general, General Dennis L. Via (shown below).

 

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At the ceremony we were given a history of the U.S. Army Material Command Hall of Fame, then General Via took the podium and gave his remarks. He talked about the respect he had for the men and women of the Army that led the way to where the AMC is today. He spoke with the conviction and authority of a soldier who had made it to the top, a been there done that officer of the high command. He said "Their exceptional leadership is why we're here today. The work of these extraordinary commanders who made lifelong achievements is part of a foundation to ensure AMC stays ahead in the past, present and future. I am humbled and honored to induct this class into the 2016 Hall of Fame." He ended his comments with the motto "Army Strong"!

 

 

 

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Below is the inside of the program given at the event.

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Here is the cover of the program. post-101214-0-84548400-1479261246.jpg

 

 

And a nice document that was awaiting me in my hotel room.

 

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- Dedicated to my Uncle Ches -

General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Shown below are the medals and plaques that were given to the inductee's or their family representatives.

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Back home the medalion was added to the Generals dress whites. post-101214-0-24961000-1479261746.jpg

 

And the plaque was added to the wall of remembrance.

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Lastly is a photo of my Uncle, General Chesarek on the day he was promoted to Commanding General of the AMC in 1969. Thanks for looking, Bob

 

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General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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That's wonderful! What a fitting tribute to a deserving man.

Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Thank you guys, I always appreciate the complements. Bob

- Dedicated to my Uncle Ches -

General Ferdinand Joseph Chesarek

United States Army
Feb. 18, 1914 to Nov. 20, 1993

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Bob, this is fantastic. Your Uncle was quite a soldier and you are doing a great job preserving his service and memory. Thank you for taking the time to post all this and letting us get a look at these pieces of his amazing career.

 

Also the craftsmanship and skill you display in creating that pistol display box and the watch display are top notch!

 

Thanks

 

Dennis

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