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Capt. Murray B Frazee was a submarine legend of the Second World War- a triple Silver Star and double Bronze Star receipient who completed 11 war patrols. 7 were with the Greyback and his last 4 as Dick O'Kane's hand picked XO of the Tang. O'Kane personally recommended Frazee for two of his Silver Stars and both of his Bronze Stars. I bought this from an online auction not knowing if the minis were legit or added. Imagine my present surprise when I saw that name on the label! Frazee left the Tang to take command of his own boat just before she left for her last fateful patrol.

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This fully named and id'd Ike belonged to a verified member of Svc. Co. 505th PIR who earned his CIB at Sicily. And is still on the roster for Market Garden. Based on this I assume he mad all of the 505th's combat jumps. The named patched overseas cap was hiding in the inside pocket as a present surprise

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I added the Belgian fouregerre for display purposes and I believe the pin back Meyer wings are 50s replacements

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This Ike has been shown on the forum before. I had purchased a 76th division combat medics uniform as a birthday gift for my middle son who was turning 7. He wanted a uniform to start his own collection- every fathers dream in our hobby! Well another forum member had ended up buying the rest of the 76th vets items on eBay and just had to have that Ike! Anyway, he and I worked out a deal and my 7 year old son ended up with this documented E-502 uniform. Not bad for a first uniform

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Staff sergeant Platte joined the 502nd after Normandy and jumped at Market garden. after recovering from his wounds - shrapnel to the thigh, he returned to his unit and was win them at the Bulge and all the way to the Eagles Nest

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James, I said it before, and I'll say it again. I like your style! You have some outstanding pieces in your collection. You certainly do them justice with your photography. Looking forward to seeing more. Jack

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This is the uniform of long time Illinois State Senator G William Horsley. I bought this uniform from his estate in 1997 when I was 13 years old. Horsley was well known in central Illinois for his living impressions of President Lincoln and he even appeared as Lincoln in a couple movies in the 50s. During WWII Horsley commanded an armored guard detachment on the merchant vessels S.S. Patrick c. Boyle, John A. Dix and the Archbishop Lamy in the Atlantic and Mediterranean

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This PBM Marriner pilot from VP-206 flew out of Puerto Rico, Panama and Nicaragua. I have not done too much research on him yet

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I picked this up locally. Martin Bisko was a 30 year navy veteran who enlisted just before Pearl Harbor. He spent the war on the USS Denebolis and retired as a Chief Disbursing Clerk in 1971his final duty station was on the USS Monteray. The ribbons were restored based off of his records from NARA

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Commander William H Anderson was a highly decorated pilot with VT-29 flying off the USS Cabot. He earned his Navy Cross on November 24, 1944 for his part in sinking the MusashiMushi during the battle of the Philippine Sea. Please read more about this hero on my blog. http://ourcountrysheroes.blogspot.com/2015/10/commander-william-h-anderson-hero-of.html

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This one is an unnamed research project that I recently purchased. He was a Lcdr in the supply corps in WWII. I have compiled a list of supply corps lcdr's who were enlisted early enough to have been in the Mexican campaign and I have a list of around 10 possible candidates with time I am confident that I will be able to id it. It's a great sewn ribbon rack to a long serving banana war sailor

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This is one of those uniforms that looks ordinary but the history is much more amazing. Lt. Jg Francis M Waters served in VT-51 as an Avenger pilot, often flying as wingman to a young aviator by the name George H.W. bush. when the battle of Peleliu began, Bush was recuperatingin the hospital following his crash off Chi Chi Jima, which Waters had been in the air with Bush that day. Flying bombing mission over Peleliu to aid the first Marine Division, Waters Avenger was hit by anti aircraft fire and nearly immediately exploded into a ball of fire. Many eye witness accounts stated the presumed crash site on Peleliu but to this day Waters aircraft nor his or his crew's bodies have been recovered. He remains one of the many who never came home. In the squadron, Waters is pictured in the third row, third from left. Young G.H.W. Bush is pictured 5th from left in the same row. The battle photo depicts Waters Avenger falling in flames over Peleliu

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