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The fact that the AR didn't air your grouping is a grave injustice (IMO). It's amazing some of the items that make it to the show. In your case, it's equally amazing what doesn't make it..........Again, it's a top notch grouping deserving to be shared with all.

Looking for: Fourth/ Seventh Rhode Island Infantry items


Purple Heart : Robert L. Freitag KIA ETO 2/11/45


Any US/German items with the last name "Freitag"


also, war-related posters



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Simply Stunning !! Great history there, thanks for posting!

506th Fighter Group Historian

Interested in all items relating to the 7th AAF, especially those of the VLR P-51 Pilots of the 15th, 21st, and 506th Fighter Groups.

 

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BTW, at one time I owned that Corgi diecast set, kind of unbelievable you own this massive collection of his war belongings! That is really really neat, Congrats.

506th Fighter Group Historian

Interested in all items relating to the 7th AAF, especially those of the VLR P-51 Pilots of the 15th, 21st, and 506th Fighter Groups.

 

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The guy that does the military stuff ,Told me on the road show he has seen several of these. Like to him it was no big deal to see the group i had,He did ask me if I was related to the pilot. I of coarse said no. Maybe that was why he did not give it TV time, But to me for all the other junk that was aired. That should not have made his judgement to give it air time. I was pissed, Half the show people that were there said it should have been aired.

 

 

Nick

 

I just wonder if they didn't want to air it because they were afraid of the possible backlash from appraising " A Purple Heart" . They never seem to appraise US Medals on that show and NEVER any German items for obvious reasons.

 

Kurt

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Here is his Document for Shooting down the two Japanese Zeros,Signed by Frank Knox.

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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I just wonder if they didn't want to air it because they were afraid of the possible backlash from appraising " A Purple Heart" . They never seem to appraise US Medals on that show and NEVER any German items for obvious reasons.

 

Kurt

 

Kurt You could be right,That is a good Question. I do know I was at the AR before the band on ebay. But that probably does not make a difference. I thought that this group would have been so cool to be on TV.

 

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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Isnt it amazing that he only got an Air Medal for shooting down 2 planes? If he had been in the AAF it would easily have been a DFC. The USN/USMC was notoriously stingy with awards early in the war.

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Here is 1 paper clipping from the newspaper telling about him being missing,

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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He shot down both Zero's at the same time of the day of engagement, His log book would have listed them separate on the combat date .

 

 

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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Terrific stuff.It's good to see that it is being well taken care of.

High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Isnt it amazing that he only got an Air Medal for shooting down 2 planes? If he had been in the AAF it would easily have been a DFC. The USN/USMC was notoriously stingy with awards early in the war.

 

Kurt

Not attempting to derail the thread, but thought this comment an interesting one. The USAAF did throw Air Medals around like candy. One every five missions or so. At the same time it's always struck me as odd how only one fighter pilot in the ETO was awarded the MoH and one in the MTO. At the same time in the PTO Marine, Navy and USAAF fighter pilots were awarded a large number of MoH in comparison.

 

I've always figured it was politics in many ways as the flow of men and materials was never in doubt in the war against Germany while the war against Japan got the leftovers. Keeping as many "names in lights" as possible probably was part of the effort on the PTO commanders to not get forgotten by the supply chain from home.

 

None of this is meant to diminish the accomplishments of the PTO pilots but one would imagine pilots like Preddy, Gentile or Gabreski would have come home with MoH had they flown in the PTO.

 

I come back to this thread often as it is an amazing group. I'm glad it's been kept together along with the memory of the pilot. It still makes me sad though, thinking of what he might have done with his life had he lived.

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just saw this - really incredible grouping. So good it is all together and intact. I like the photo album.

I SEARCH FOR, RESEARCH, AND PRESERVE WWII USMC COMBAT GROUPINGS; NAMED AND PATCHED BLUES AND ALPHA UNIFORMS; MEDALS; SWORDS; AND CLASS RINGS FROM THE CITADEL MILITARY COLLEGE IN CHARLESTON, SC.
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Hi Jack

Do you have this photo, Or did you get it out of the Osprey Book ? Like I did,Which I pictured earlier in this thread. If you have it,Could I get a copy?

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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Hello Nick. Absolutely fantastic grouping! One could not want more than what you have shown here. I have just picked up two Corsair USMC groupings--One belonging to Col. Henry Graydon consisting of his dress blue and dress white uniforms complete, which are going on display in my Marine Room, while the other belonged to 2nd Lt. William Everett consisting of his green service dress and tan service dress uniforms. Unfortunately he was KIA. Thank you for sharing your remarkable grouping! Jack Angolia

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Exquisite, emotional, complete. You're indeed a lucky fellow. What an honor to be caring for his material! Photos always

create that visual link that is so integral.

***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

[Most frequently-sought unit because of family connection]

 

Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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BTT

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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BTT

 

BTT is right, Nick, never want this thread to fade!

***Items from unit called 8th Field Depot***

[Most frequently-sought unit because of family connection]

 

Intact ["out of the woodwork"] Marine Corps combat groups from WWII.

 

Unique items signed by many Marines from one unit, or inscribed with combat history.

 

Marine Corps valor recipient items.

 

Souvenirs taken by Marines with exceptional background and/or unique stories/documentation.

 

Marine Ship Detachment items from major naval engagements and those that warrant stars to ETO ribbon.

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Here is a Video showing LT Foy Garrison and other corsair Pilots during Guadalcanal campaign,Showing some dog fights . A must to watch.

 

 

 

Nick

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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BTT

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Collecting Marine Raider Groups

On the battlefield, Pfc Edward Ahrens, an Able Company BAR man, lay dying, soaked in his own blood.

 

As his company commander, Lew Walt cradled him in his arms, he surveyed the scene around them. Nearby lay a Japanese officer, a sergeant, and thirteen enlisted men, all dead. Ahrens had been shot twice in the chest and bayoneted three times. He whispered to Walt, "Captain, they tried to come over me last night, but I don't think they made it." Choking back tears, Walt replied softly, "They didn't, Eddy. They didn't."

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