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I'm new to the forum and this is a grouping from my uncle Richard P. Werner who was with the 82nd Airborne 325th GIR Co. E. I have many more items and have been asked by our local historical society if these could be on loan to them which I'm willing to do. I just want everything properly identified and displayed. I know there are some missing ribbons on the uniform as it is how I received it .I will post more pictures of items as I photograph them. I've recently retired and I'm just starting my collection based on what I've received from several family members. Any assistance on helping me correctly identify items and properly displaying his uniform to honor his memory, sacrifice and service would be greatly appreciated. I have the original D Day letter he received as well as his musette bag, pistol belt, Ike jacket, about 50 photographs, dog tags, medals, several examples of various invasion monies, his prayer book, basic field manual-soldiers handbook, a short guide to Great Britain, a jeep cap and much more I need to sort through and research.

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Very nice grouping! How lucky you are to have this and from a cherished family member!

 

A piece of advice, be very careful of "loaning" things to history museums - Make sure you have a guarantees, in writing if possible, designating you are only loaning these items and a definate return to you date and a careful inventory of what you are loaning them. I have heard of things "loaned" to museums going in and never coming out or coming back to original owners. You have to protect yourself, you have a great piece of family and American history there!

 

Very best,

 

Bill K.

 

PS, in the studio portrait of your uncle the patch on his overseas cap looks strange - doesn't look like a glider or paraglider patch - any idea of what it is?

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Great grouping, makes a very nice display honoring your uncle's service. I would agree with Bellumbill on the museum information, make sure you protect yourself in any and every way possible when/if you donate the items.

 

Philip

Actively Seeking:

WW2 USN/USMC Attributed/Named Purple Heart Groups

WW2 USN/USMC Combat Aviation Groups

 

WW2 and Prior USN/USMC Medal Groups

 

Contact me if you have something

 



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Before you loan anything, do a photo documentary as you have stater. Have a complete inventory and a value attached to everything for the museum to get insured. Be very careful in the beginning, and check on your items being displayed often.

**PLEASE NOTE: THIS COMMUNITY MEMBER HAS SADLY PASSED AWAY**

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Those photos are really something, a great assortment; thanks for posting!

 

Philip

Actively Seeking:

WW2 USN/USMC Attributed/Named Purple Heart Groups

WW2 USN/USMC Combat Aviation Groups

 

WW2 and Prior USN/USMC Medal Groups

 

Contact me if you have something

 



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Great group of items. Thanks for sharing your family members history!

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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Wow, there have been some GREAT 325th items showing up in this section.....you are very fortunate to have all of these items that actually belonged to your uncle. My great uncle was in B Company from the Camp Claiborne days till he was KIA around Mook, Holland in M-G.

 

Also if Beast or Timberwolf happen to see this post, I will hopefully be gaining access to the rosters that I cannot locate soon. I will let you know......

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
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Really nice family grouping.

 

I have a photo grouping from an unknown member of E company 325th Glider Infantry Regiment in the grouping was the picture below and there is some resemblance with the picture of the guy sitting on the fence in your first post.

 

 

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Christian

Always looking for 9th aviation engineers, 9th troop carrier,82nd AB and 101st AB related material.

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Dijkhuizen.. The guy on the fence post in my original post is my uncle. I see the resemblance as well .

Brian D. - I have a roster for Company E from what my Uncle noted as February or March of 1944 by Chaplain Henry Wall. It lists the KIA , serial numbers, rank , religious denomination and next of kin with a home address.

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Hunafish,

 

The group itself is fantastic, but the fact it is from a relative is even better!

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Hunafish,

 

The group itself is fantastic, but the fact it is from a relative is even better! Would you please take some close-ups of the jacket? Is there a patch on the right shoulder?

 

Also, do you know when your uncle joined the 325th?

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

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Thanks Hunafish! I just picked up an almost identical one with the same SSI configuration that I may restore. Do you know when your uncle was assigned to the 325th?

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

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Christian.. That's gotta be him.. I have ID'd photos of many of his company I'll have to post and see if any other names and faces match up. Very exciting to see unknown to me photos of him. Thanks for sharing.

 

Rick

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Hi Rick,

 

That's really stunning collection you have. Is your uncle still alive?

I wonder if you could help me with my research? I adopted a grave from a gliderman from Easy Company, (2nd bat) 325th GIR. He died at 5 February 1945 at the last stages of the battle of the Bulge. He is burried at Henry Chapelle in Belgium.

 

His name is Michael F Matysak.

  • Can you find his name on any of the rosters that you have?
  • Could he be on one of your photo's?

Any help would be definitely appreciated.

 

Best regards,

 

Danny ter Horst

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Danny,

I saw your post and figured I could give you a response pretty quickly.

I don't know how much more information you want than is on this roster:Posted Image

But everything you said is there in his information.

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