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I finally got around to putting together a display of my small "collection". No real direction to the collection except everything displayed came from my wife's family either her Dad or his brothers or an uncle on her Mother's side. The only exception to that is the mattock cover which I got from a member here. The branches of service were pretty well split between Navy and Army, her Dad's side had two in Navy and 2 in Army, her Mother's side had 1 Army, 1 Navy and 1 Merchant Marine. We have pictures of most of the uncles in uniform so the plan is to frame them and display as well as well as a couple hats.


First overview.



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Really nice little collection, love how everything is from your wife's family, it's always better when you can put a name to an item, and better when it's from a family member!

Thanks for sharing,


I am an amateur collector of US military items of the 20th century.


Looking for items related to:

-The Aleutian Island Campaign of WW2, Alaskan Theater, Alaska Defense Command, and more specifically the Battle of Attu

-Items related to the 50th Combat Engineer Regiment/Battalion

-Items related to Wheelus Air Force Base Libya, particularly from 1957-1960

-WW2 items belonging to service members from Northern Virginia

-WW2 Uniforms (all branches and services)

-Cheap/Throwaway WW2 named uniforms

-Smaller WW2 Groupings

-7th Infantry Division Items

-WW2 Photos and Letters (all branches, theaters, services, etc)


^^ PM ME!!


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  • 2 weeks later...

Nice collection bud? not to busy and belonged to Family members. Top notch. I have a small collection of stuff from my Grandfather who fought in Italy. I'm sure you well aware ,but those ribbons and insignia would look great in a frame.

Thanks again for sharing

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Great collection and thank you for sharing! Having their photos framed and included would really add to the display. You are lucky to have so many items come from your extended family.

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I really wish I had family that could have brought so many items back, my grandfather was in the navy, but from what I understand he never saw combat.

Collecting WWII gear from any country. Check me out on Instagram @alloutww2 for great WW2 content!

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Have added a little more. Used wig stands to put the hats. The two Navy were my FILs and the garrison with MP piping was my wife's uncle. The flag is my FILs and as soon as we confirm what CB group he was with we will put it in a display case. The patches we don't have much history on other than all appear WW2 and were in an uncles footlocker. A couple are soiled some like they came from a uniform a couple don't appear to have ever been sewn on. The sweetheart hankies were given to my FILs nieces when he shipped out, they would have been 8 and 10 years old at the time.



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  • 8 months later...

Nice display. Being a 14yo, I can't have a war room, so I took over the 2 cabinets in the corner of my dining room. I saw how you also have a Red Cross ditty bag. What Red Cross chapter is yours from. Mine is from the St. Louis chapter.


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So how did you get into collecting and how did this all come about, besides marrying into it?


And to collect from your own family exclusively is an interesting concept.


Easy on the wallet.


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