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Nashville Flea Market Finds - WW2 Uniforms

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I was in Nashville yesterday afternoon and had a couple hours to pass before I was to pick up my grandson from school. There is a flea market at the Nashville Fairgrounds the last weekend of the month, so I went for a quick visit.

 

Saw a couple items I thought were OK but ended up at the booth of a gentleman who had a few Second World War U.S. uniforms and some assorted small items. I struck up a conversation and found that we shared some common family experiences, and overall had a nice long talk.

 

I eventually got around to the U.S. uniforms he had at his booth (four uniforms - three of which included the trousers). He offered all four for $70, which I was pretty pleased about. He had a couple smaller items I sort of liked - a (possibly) vintage cigarette box and an empty shell casing which was converted into a bell/chime. I got the whole lot for $100 even.

 

Before I walked off, however, he pulled out a plastic tote with a few miscellaneous items which he let me have for free!

 

Items included a Second World War veteran's Honorable Discharge document, which he thought might have come with one of the uniforms (but he wasn't sure which one), some assorted buttons and a piece of metal shrapnel and a ribbon bar which - again - he thought also came with one of the uniforms. He gave me a several other smaller items as well!

 

 

Carrying all of these things in my arms headed back to the car, I spotted an old framed photo of an unidentified U.S. Army Air Force Soldier, which I negotiated for $7. Across from this was (what I suspect is) a WW2-era .30-cal metal ammunition can, which I paid $12 for. Its rusty and was full of nails (I let the vender keep the nails).

 

 

I'll be posting lots of photos, as I took several of each item - to include clothing labels.

 

I'd really welcome any and all comments on these items. Please let me know if I did reasonably well.

 

 

Here is my haul:

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I'll start with this framed portrait. The vendor had no idea of the Airman's identity, as he acquired the photo as part of a storage unit sale. He wears the U.S. Army Air Force collar brass, and Private rank. No badges to indicate flight crew status, nor the "Ruptured Duck" insignia which would indicate that he was a veteran of the war. Possible he served after the war (and before the activation of the U.S. Air Force).

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The ammo can. Its got quite a lot of rust, however feels pretty solid.

 

I'd sort of like to clean it up so that I might display it in my 'man cave.' Any suggestions/recommendations of best way of doing this without adversely affecting it? I'd like to repaint it afterwards.

 

 

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Here is the first uniform I'll present:

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Long sleeve shirt with Corporal rank and USAAF patch. Trousers are without tags (that I could find), and is button-up rather than zipper. All three pair of trousers I picked up were similar design. Trousers even have what seems to be a small pocket before the right pocket - sort of what you would expect for a pocket watch.

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Tag on the long sleeve uniform shirt (posted above) had this tag. Looks like old mildew stain:

 

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Nice finds!


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Second uniform.

 

This one has Sergeant chevrons and 8th Army patch (which was in the Pacific Theater during WW2). Although I've seen the right shoulder service patch before, I'm not sure the unit.

 

Collar disks are simply "U.S." and do not indicate branch of service.

 

Trousers are included with the jacket - buttoned and with 'pocket watch' pocket.

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Tag on jacket for uniform #2:

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Possible name in trousers:

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Uniform number 3:

 

I'm not sure of the unit patch. This uniform bears Sergeant First Class rank, medical corps collar disk and WW2 "Ruptured Duck" patch above the right breast pocket.

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This jacket isn't the "Ike" style, and has metal clasps at the waist to accommodate belt (didn't come with this uniform)

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Still on uniform #3:

 

Medical branch. Both collar insignia have screw on backings, rather than pin on.post-152877-0-28086000-1414252863.jpg

 

Trousers are same as the others, and has possible laundry marking ID:

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Uniform #4:

 

This is jacket only (although its likely that any of the other trousers I obtained would work with it).

 

This jacket bears Staff Sergeant chevrons, the U.S. Army Air Force patch, "Ruptured Duck" and Air Corps branch insignia/disks on the collar. The shoulder patch appears to be felt, and is hand-sewn onto the upper sleeve.

 

The right lower sleeve has signal insignia.

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Not a bad haul for a single day.

 

RE: uniform #2, the AA patch is for antiaircraft units.

 

RE: uniform #3, the shoulder patch is for the Fifth service command, with HQ in Columbus, OH. Also, during WWII the rank would have been "technical sergeant" -- it was changed to sergeant first class in 1948.

 

-- Jon


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(particularly 26th "Yankee" Division), and original propaganda leaflets from WWI and WWII.

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I snagged this cigarette box, which I thought was pretty cool. Metal and rests on small legs. The design looks like early 1960's or possibly 1950's era. I invite thoughts on this piece.

 

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Cigarette box even included a very old pack of smokes ... not sure what kind.

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Brass round bell/chime.

 

Would this be considered a "trench art" item?

 

It has a nice chime sound to it. I wanted this as it reminder me of a wind chime I once made out of expended rounds I picked up in Somalia.

 

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Here are several items which I was given to take with me:

 

 

This appears to be a small drogue parachute, possibly for emergency parachute employment. Dated November 1959.

 

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He gave me this "Mother" pillowcase. Any idea if late 1950's or 1960's?

 

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Also this large patch. Would this go on a jacket? Engineer unit perhaps?

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I was given this class photo - Quartermaster officers 1942. Photo is in pretty rough shape, but for the price of 'free' I'll hang on to it.

 

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I was given this Soldier's honorable discharge:

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The reverse side is his Enlisted Record:

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Previous post was the shrapnel.

 

Here are some assorted buttons he gave me:

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This were something different he handed me. It appears to be maybe a veteran's lapel or hat pin for the Spanish American War.

 

Again, any thoughts are appreciated:

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Anyone familiar with this? A .50 cent token for NCO Mess at Lockbourne AFB Ohio. I'd not seen these before and am curious what time period its from.

 

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