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Family history is the best. Thank you for sharing these and thank you for honoring your father.

 

Jean

MSGT William Gould, 8th Weather Squadron, USAAF WWII
MAJ Abner J. Barnett, 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Division, USA Medical Corps WWI, WWII
T 5 A. Curtis Dufield, 147th Armored Signal Company, 7th Armored Division WWII

CAPT Thomas F. Hooper, 120th Infantry Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, WWII
"And then we all got invited to World War II and everybody's life changed." (Jean Kelly Barnett Gould 1922-2009 (My mom))
For I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. (Phil. 4:11b)
"That outfit was so bad that the CHAPLAIN went over the hill with a couple of guys." William Bryson Gould 1920-2012 )(My dad))

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Great display Dan.Thanks for sharing.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

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That's a great tribute to your dad. Thanks for sharing with the forum.

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"We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution."

Abraham Lincoln

 

"There comes a time in the affairs of man when he most take the bull by the tail and face the situation."

W.C. Fields

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That's great that all of this remained in the familly, far too often it is just lost. Interesting to see the places where he has ffought. As I grew up in the South of France, I know these places and am really thanksfull to people like your Dad for what they did.

 

Do you know why he was wearing a French badge on his jacket? I tought it was for French personnels only?

 

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What a great display of your dad's items. Interesting placement of the 7th Army patch on the cuff. Did you dad mention why this was done?

Looking for any WWII 104th "Timberwolf" Division items.

Including items from the 413th, 414th, and 415th Infantry Regiments 104th Recon Troop, 329th Engineer Battalion, 329th Medical Battalion

385th, 386th, 387th, and 929th Field Artillery Battalions 804th Ordnance Company 104th Quartermaster Company 104th Signal Company

555th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, 750th Tank Battalion 692nd Tank Destroyer Battalion 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion

 

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Thanks for all the kind remarks and fortunately my mom saved everything from dad's time in the service and all has been passed onto me.

 

I do not have a good answer to why he has the French SSI on his jacket. You are correct that it was for French personnel serving with the US. I know, from pictures, these were added to the jacket after he returned from overseas, as was the 7th army patch on the sleeve. He may have added it right at or shortly after he was discharged. What I can tell you is the only time he mentioned it, all he said was that he had served in France and pointed to the patch. I also know he served with and spoke quite often of serving with French troops while in France so this could have been something that was given him by one of them as I know it meant a lot to him. This is one of those examples of a uniform that appears to be embellished but has been this way since 1945 as mom originally moth balled it shortly after dad was discharged until I pulled it out and cased it a few years back for display. I know I wouldn't change a thing on it as this is the way he had it! It is a good example of soldiers not always wearing the proper insignia, I think that toward the end of the war and their service time there was certain liberties taken that certainly wouldn't fly in basic. If you will also note that the piping on dad's last garrison hat is medical unlike his previous hats that were infantry piped. He also wore his combat infantry badge on his pocket flap other than above his ribbon bar. Another oddity was he has one ribbon bar with two bronze battle stars as opposed to one. We all have to remember these were just kids and young men in the service and something's never change, as kids we all bent the rules from time to time.

 

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Dan

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Very outstanding grouping from the 36th and tribute to your father! My grandfather and his 2 brothers were also in K Company probably during the same time period in Gonzales, TX prior to deploying. Please see the attached photo with the K CO sign in the background.

 

I just happen to also be serving currently in the 36th and was really shocked to find out that the Museum and State Records office still has a lot of original documents dating back to WWII. I was able to obtain a large stack of copies and their staff was really friendly, it appears that you have a lot of original documents for you father but it may be worth checking it out.

 

V/R,

James

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Always looking for General Officer Items, Special Forces Uniforms, Colt 1911's, M1 Garands.

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I also saw the French and 7th Army patches.Very nice.

 

Wasnt uncommon for the boys to put a 3rd patch on the cuff.I have never heard how or when this practice was started but over the years I have seen a great many set up with a 3rd patch on the right cuff.Never heard of any of them being told not to wear the 3rd patch either.One patch commonly worn on the cuff is the Red Ball Express/MTC patch.You will also see the 1st Marine Division patch worn on the right cuff by the 23rd infantry as one group of men were attached/served with them.Examples have been posted on the forum.These uniforms often dont make sense to collectors but are a great study of what was done by the young veterans and often only have meaning or purpose known to these men.

 

I have a Force uniform and it came right out of the vets closet in 1978-79 and it looks like he had a run in with the Mad Hatter.If it was posted on line there would ne more negative comments than you could imagine.He wore it this way either home or later but not after the 1950s as he returned from Korea and had a different uniform.

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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Dan

 

I also saw the French and 7th Army patches.Very nice.

 

Wasnt uncommon for the boys to put a 3rd patch on the cuff.I have never heard how or when this practice was started but over the years I have seen a great many set up with a 3rd patch on the right cuff.Never heard of any of them being told not to wear the 3rd patch either.One patch commonly worn on the cuff is the Red Ball Express/MTC patch.You will also see the 1st Marine Division patch worn on the right cuff by the 23rd infantry as one group of men were attached/served with them.Examples have been posted on the forum.These uniforms often dont make sense to collectors but are a great study of what was done by the young veterans and often only have meaning or purpose known to these men.

 

I have a Force uniform and it came right out of the vets closet in 1978-79 and it looks like he had a run in with the Mad Hatter.If it was posted on line there would ne more negative comments than you could imagine.He wore it this way either home or later but not after the 1950s as he returned from Korea and had a different uniform.

Glad to hear that and you are right on the variations you will see on these uniforms. I have thought that many times when we as collectors start analyzing certain uniforms. I know, as well as you do, if I had this up for sale folks would tear it apart for the additional insignia but it is the way dad had it and I would like to say it actually gives it a lot of character. He never said why he had it this way but my dad was one that wouldn't have done it unless there was true meaning there as he was a simple guy. A note about the uniform is the 7th and French patch were machine done, the 36th patch was hand sewn by my mom. She always complained about the job she done on it, really glad it was left this way as it is a constant reminder to me of the two of them living in that time period and the things they did to be together till dad was shipped overseas.

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I want to thank all of you for the kind comments on this thread. To the folks in France that have pm'd me and commented here I truly appreciate you remembering my dad and the 36th, he truly would have appreciated everyone's sincerity. I will add a couple of pics of dads grave-site this weekend and a better pic of his dog tags and medals.

 

James (James39) thank you for posting the pic of company K in Texas. I know dad did much of his training at Camp Howze in Texas along with Camp Claiborne in Louisiana. I once asked my dad what part of his service time he hated the most, his answer was the maneuvers in Louisiana!

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Really great thread, one of the coolest I have ever seen on the forum to be honest. I think its great how you were able to keep it all together over the years and the displays are great. I like how you have the mannequin heads on stands like that too. It really classes them up.

Always looking for named items from Detroit area Vets!

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Incredible grouping and tribute to your father. I may not have been the first to notice but his facial expression in the picture of the radio show after being wounded and returning home seems all too familiar, just plain weariness. Tragic that so many of these boys came home with the same expressions. Thank you for taking the time to show everything and I am sure we would all love to see any updates you may have.

 

Looking to buy US dog tags, any era. Contact me and let me know what you have!

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This is one that you might find interesting as you don't see them often. This is a pass to the Camp Howze guest house of my mom's. She did a lot of different work (worked at the theater, cleaned houses, waitress, drug stores etc.) to be with my dad while he was stateside and formed some everlasting friendships with some of the officers wife. She was even able to go on base with his captains wife when dad was shipped to the east coast and on to Italy and then France!

 

 

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