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I've always had some books in this case, but re-organized it and added some things as well. Most of the non-book items are mostly things that I don't have room for in riker mounts, but I like seeing them up there. I know it is just a book case, but I wanted to share it anyway for those who may be interested.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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The Israeli books on the bottom shelf were a gift to General Fred Mahaffey from various Israeli Generals. On the second shelf, all the insignia and epaulets are spares from General Fred Mahaffey.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On the lower shelf here two of the Colin Powell autobiographies, the Schwarzkopf book, the two Armenian books, the Schwarzenegger book (it was a gift from my mother that to this day I don't fully understand the reasons for :)), and the Fighting Pattons are all signed. On the upper shelf the copy of God is My Co-Pilot is a first addition. The card in the middle is Admiral Arthur Radford's membership card to the Military Order of the Carbao and the red medal in the center is General Mahaffey's Order of Saint Barbara. Unfortunately, the PMOF is not named, but I use in it displays with some recipient's uniforms. It's kind of hard to see, but on top of the books on the right side is a note pad taken from the Kremlin by Colonel Stuart Herrington.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On the left side, the Guns Germs and Steel is signed and was a gift from the author. Below is was a medal that came from a German flea market many years ago. The ribbon bar on the left is from Major General Diab USAF. The Soviet badge was a gift from Brig. Gen. Raisch USMC and license plate in the center is from General Fred Mahaffey. The knifes, railroad track and plaque are Mahaffey's as well. The watch on the right side is a Soviet submarine watch that actually has a photo of it's owner on top.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On top of the shelf is a West German Naval hat, a field telephone (with General Mahaffey's beret on top) and the WWII Vet's hat was a gift worn by a Bataan Death March survivor. The patriotic weights in the background were actually used in one of our Fourth of July parties years ago. I figured even though they are a little over the top, that they would look better here then in the trash.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Nice display! I especially like how you have the medals laid out.

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Always looking for items from these men (family members):
Even if not to buy, to know where they are would be great.
Cornelius Doherty - 108th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania NG, WWI Joseph A. Doherty - 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ID. KIA March 3, 1944.
Harry Riley - 62nd Armored Field Artillery Bn, Died August 13, 1944. Robert Lester Mahler - I/3/24, 4th Marine Div. WIA March 8, 1945.
Thomas R. Riley - USAAF Joshua L. Doherty - With a Seabee Unit, I believe.
Ens. Alex A. Gorski, USNR - Died as a POW, January 28, 1945. Capt. Henry Gorski, USN (ret.)
Remembering their service and sacrifice.

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Thanks for all the comments! I am so glad you all like it.

Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On the left side, the Guns Germs and Steel is signed and was a gift from the author. Below is was a medal that came from a German flea market many years ago. The ribbon bar on the left is from Major General Diab USAF. The Soviet badge was a gift from Brig. Gen. Raisch USMC and license plate in the center is from General Fred Mahaffey. The knifes, railroad track and plaque are Mahaffey's as well. The watch on the right side is a Soviet submarine watch that actually has a photo of it's owner on top.

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What's the story on the railroad rail?

Lee Bishop Formerly known as "Ratchet 5" with the 2nd Infantry Division (yes, in REAL life)

US WW2 War Correspondent collector

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What's the story on the railroad rail?

It was a gift to then-Brig. Gen. Mahaffey from the Assistant Commandant of the USAIS. I'm not sure if there's a railroad there, but if there was, maybe it was completed around this time.

 

Here's a better photo:

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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This is a great looking display..

 

In reference to the railroad rail, there was a railroad that went past one of the infantry training sites at Fort Benning. I remember it well, when I was there in the 80's for basic training. The railroad line ran through one of the Common Task Testing (CTT) sites. I remember putting M60 machine gun blanks on the tracks and the passing trains would run over the blanks flattening the belted links. We put a whole belt of 100 rounds on the tracks once and afterwards we gave the flattened belt of machine gun ammunition to our drill sergeant as a platoon gift...

 

Leigh

"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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You done GOOD Bubba!

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This is a great looking display..

 

In reference to the railroad rail, there was a railroad that went past one of the infantry training sites at Fort Benning. I remember it well, when I was there in the 80's for basic training. The railroad line ran through one of the Common Task Testing (CTT) sites. I remember putting M60 machine gun blanks on the tracks and the passing trains would run over the blanks flattening the belted links. We put a whole belt of 100 rounds on the tracks once and afterwards we gave the flattened belt of machine gun ammunition to our drill sergeant as a platoon gift...

 

Leigh

 

Wow, I never that. Thanks for letting me know!

Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Nice display. Was the license plate ever used on one of the general's vehicles, or is it NOS?

 

There are signs of minor use on the plate, but I don't know for sure if it was used on one of his vehicles.

Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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