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Oldest EM in combat during WW2

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My uncle's WWII assignments:

Co. E, 2nd M.I. Tng Bn 7-Jun-43 Co. F, 2nd Tng Bn 5-Jul-43 Co. H, 2nd Tng Bn 18-Aug-43 MIS ETOUSA 23-Nov-43 HQ MIS Special Troops, ETOUSA APO 887 18-Apr-44 HQ VII Corps APO 307, 1st US Army 12-Apr-44 XXI Corps 18-May-45 28-May-45 ETOUSA MIS DY P/C 29-May-45 30-Jun-45 417th CIC OFF 2-Jul-45 28-Aug-45 1013th CIC DET 29-Aug-45 21-Sep-45

 

1952 in Japan. Two years later, he would be promoted to major and aged out at 55 years old. He went into the intel business with the fedgov upon his separation and served into the 1970s. He was a veteran of three wars.

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Here's a uniform to one of my oldest soldiers. Cpl Lyman Croyle served in two wars. With the 1st Div. 1st Ammo Train in WWI and with the USMC stateside in WWII at an airbase as a fireman and sentry dog handler. I have a few other uniforms to some older guys (in their late 30's when they enlisted for WWII), and I think older enlistee's may have been more common than we think, especially in support units where skills from their civilian occupations may have helped.

 

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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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A friend and I once researched a 56 year old enlistee who was serving in France in WWI; he was wounded too.

 

Not exactly the same time frame, but older enlistees (both voluntary and drafted) happened, as did more portly soldiers. There's a reason they had big sizes back then; soldiers came in a wide range of age and weight.


"It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts."

*Sherlock Holmes in "A Scandal in Bohemia"*

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Another thing that collectors need to remember about the US Army prior to Vietnam- rank was NOT an automatic thing and was restricted to specific openings in the individual units. A sergeant in one company could get transferred to another company in the same battalion and lose his stripes because there wasn't a sergeant's billet available in the other company. Also in this time, ranks went up and down like a flag on a flagpole with soldiers receiving promotions and demotions at the whim of the company first sergeant or company commander.

 

While promotions and demotions were indeed more localized at unit level, the system of grades belonging to the unit rather than the individual ended quite a few years before the Viet Nam war.

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Don't overlook Frank Kviatek "Hardtack Murphy".


***WANTED*** Uniforms to Pearl Harbor Survivors.

Wanted: USN uniforms to Pearl Harbor survivors & WWII sunk ship survivors. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/264131-wanted-uniforms-to-pearl-harbor-and-sunk-ships-survivors/

 

WANTED - seriously interested in named Chief/Senior/Master TORPEDOMAN USN uniforms from the 1950s-1960s-1970s, and named USN jumpers or CPO coats from WWII. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/321179-wanted-torpedoman-uniforms-named-1920s-1970s/

 

"All Torpedoes running Hot, Straight and Normal."

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***WANTED*** Uniforms to Pearl Harbor Survivors.

Wanted: USN uniforms to Pearl Harbor survivors & WWII sunk ship survivors. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/264131-wanted-uniforms-to-pearl-harbor-and-sunk-ships-survivors/

 

WANTED - seriously interested in named Chief/Senior/Master TORPEDOMAN USN uniforms from the 1950s-1960s-1970s, and named USN jumpers or CPO coats from WWII. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/321179-wanted-torpedoman-uniforms-named-1920s-1970s/

 

"All Torpedoes running Hot, Straight and Normal."

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Tough Old Soldier!!

 

Bill


"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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Google Rupert Trimmingham. Pretty important african american soldier if you follow yank magazine. Almost as old as him, being born in 1899.


Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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