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What started me collecting military items in April of 1946


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My father came home in April of 1946, and I started collecting military things then in a small way. These are the things I started with then. My father was a Seabee.

 

Ron

 

This is him, and in the other photo he is the largest one on the right.

 

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I also have the ring he is wearing in this photo.

 

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His Navy knife which he customized and carried in the Pacific.

 

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I also have his uniform and a few other things.

 

 

Ron

The son of a Seabee

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Thanks for showing your dads items. That is one of the best theater made knives I have seen, very cool. Eric

Looking for medals and medal groupings awarded to veterans from Missouri. Thanks, Eric

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Ron, I can appreciate how you got the bug at an early age. I had three brothers that were in the service during WWII (one enlisted in the Canadian Royal Armored Corps before the U.S. declared war.) I started collecting in July 1944 at the age of eight, and have been at it ever since..

 

I love the variations in the the CB insignia. Great photos of your dad. Jack Angolia

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Ron, I can appreciate how you got the bug at an early age. I had three brothers that were in the service during WWII (one enlisted in the Canadian Royal Armored Corps before the U.S. declared war.) I started collecting in July 1944 at the age of eight, and have been at it ever since..

 

I love the variations in the the CB insignia. Great photos of your dad. Jack Angolia

Thanks Jack......or should I say LTC.....unless I am mistaken. Last time I had contact was when I sent some photos for this in the mid-70s.

 

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Ron

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Thanks guys. I was always fascinated with his knife. He made it out of his U.S. Navy knife. He took some aluminium from a Japanese airplane, plexiglass from somewhere, and some colored spoons he picked up somewhere. He had it razor sharp. It was used a lot, and I don't think it has been sharpened since he came back in 1946. The blade has a few nicks, but it is still sharp enough that I wouldn't want to be on the business end of it.

 

When I was a young and very stupid boy into everything, I snook it out one time when we went back on the hill to play army. We got bored.......did you ever see the old movies where the guys took either rawhide or neckerchiefs tied together with a knot on each end, and the knots placed in the mouth of 2 guys...I don't think I need to further describe. I won...........you should have seen the wound on the other guy. Like I said.......I was a very stupid boy!!!

 

The Seabees motto was "Can Do", and my father was a real "Can Do" guy. I never once saw him not be able to do what he said he could, or whatever he tried to do. I miss him a lot still. He is here now (as it looked shortly after I had it placed).

 

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Thanks again,

Ron

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