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Great stuff. David! Thanks for sharing, you old Warrior!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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LOL Bob some times I feel like and old Veteran, From carring all the crap all the years. Just humping a BAR and all the ammo, is a beating...but can me fun at times...


Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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LOL Bob some times I feel like and old Veteran, From carring all the crap all the years. Just humping a BAR and all the ammo, is a beating...but can me fun at times...

LOL, remember we used to say, The BAR is open when we opened up on the krauts at reenactments.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Inside of our WWI dugout at MTA. Coldest one in years, we were warm underground with the stove. A Druid guy came in, barefoot, lips blue, numb all over, we probably saved him from hospital, LOL.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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noticed the captured GEW 98 above. It was actually hot in the bunker.As I had the upper right bunk. I was sleeping in my shorts, and it was freezing outside. USARV72 was in our group. One of the hard core few. In a lot of the pictures posted.

kind of reminds me of the barracks events a Ft. Indian Town Gap. We lived 8 hours away if good weather, so by the time we got there it was all up stars bunks, The sauna areas. Opened the windows in the 20's outside for relief. Dang...it was hot.


Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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post-6975-0-12907200-1548075652.jpegpost-6975-0-94593200-1548075670_thumb.jpeg More from USS Sequoia at MTA. George Petersen had tallies made in Hong Kong. Used lots of personal antiques and potted plants, then there was the rats, lol.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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post-6975-0-81790200-1548075954.jpeg Newspaper article. Secret Service( Treasury Department then) items displayed were from private collections. Only legal possesion of a badge is for it to be encased in plastic. China and silver ware was original. Lots and lots of work but one of the best for us at MTA. I protrayed a Treasury Officer guarding President Roosevelt, during the publics visits a elderly couple came in the aft saloon where Roosevelt was sitting on sofa. The lady must of had dementia? as when she saw Roosevelt she screamed in an Eastern States accent, Mr Roosevelt, vhy did you giv away de Eastern States to stalin, he is de devil. Could have heard a pin drop on the carpet, her husband just just led her out saying come on dear. One of those moments you wont forget.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Things are about to get busy...Germans on the advance. Always give the smallst guy in the squad the BAR

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Ken from PA with his Val Dive bomber from the Tora Tora Tora fame. He strafed us at an event.

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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We keep burying the poor sap and the Artillery digs him up....

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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early days playing with the Buzz Saw.

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Couple more pics from USS Sequoia , MTA Jamestown.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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More Sequoia pics.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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From 50th D Day Ft Story, Camp Pendleton Va. Beach. 268 th and I rode armored car , landed on beach from LCVP behind Sherman. Unforgetable. One Infantry guy landing from LCI dropped his real 1971 Browning in surf, lost forever, sad situation.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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First pic is loading troops and vehicles in Boats for landing.

Second is line up for parade down Atlantic ( the strip) in Va, Beach. Buds and I used to cruise the strip in the 60s in muscle cars, pick up girls and have a few.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Couple of pics from reenactment at Ft Pickett s MOUNT site. Army provided referees that had a blast, they liked the WWII weapons.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Pics of M5 at MTA Jamestown. Talk about cramped, 4 modern size guys stuffed inside, LOL. Vikings attacked The Dragon banging their swords on shields, got mowed down by 1919 on turret. Had 12 ga shotgun blank adapted for main gun.Judges said one of the best fights they had seen. Oh the fun we had.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Some times you have to play on the other side....9th SS and 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers Yorktown, VA 1989. last of the Bicentennial battles. WW1 Shimpstown, PA

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Pvt. James H. Honey 1st Md. Eastern shore Vol. Inf. Co. D (union) Gettysburg
Pvt. George Eddie Lear 26th Inf. Co.H 1st Div .(WW1) P.H. WIA Cpl. Richard Elsea 268th C.A. Bn. Battery A. WW2 SSgt. Grant Elsea 314th Inf. Hq.Co. I.R.79thDiv. WW2
Cpl. Harry Lawrence Butler Jr 23rd Regt. WIA Korea Lt. George Olin Tilghman 111th MG. 29th Div. WW1 DIS France 1919
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Posted before about meeting WWII Veterans at Ft Indiantown Gap Battle of the Bulge reenactment. Our group did MacDonnalds unit so whats the chance of meeting his runner named in his famous book Company Commander? Pure luck. About 30 of us were getting out of our POVs at the assembly point in the field when this lannd yacht pulled up, parked next to us and 3 Veterans get out. Driver saw our 2 nd ID patches, said hey, I wore that patch, I replyed, we portray Co. G ,23rd INF he got a strange look on his face, said that was his unit. By then the other guys were around, we said MacDonnald was your CO, he was shocked anyone knew. Told him our barracks number , to be there around 1800, we were taking him to the dinner that night. After the battle we cleaned up, put on our class As when Mr Bock came in barracks wearing his ORIGINAL uniform. We were amazed, he wanted to hold a Thompson so we gave him one, the look on his face as he fondled it. He ask where we got our sign, told him I made it, put it outside our barracks at events, he said its really nice. Told him would he like it? He said no, cant take your sign, told him, no, really HIS sign. One guy went out pulled it up , brought it in and we gave it to Mr Bock. He had tears in his eyes. Got this pic of him holding the Thompson and sign. He was our guest that night, got the girls doing the show to call him up on stage. They sat in his lap singing to him, he was red as a beet, when he came back to the table he said d- you! You embarrassed the s$*# out of me, but I loved it. Kept in touch with him for a few , he sent the 23 rd INF booklet to me with some other items including a copy of his discharge.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Copy of Bocks discharge.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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23rd INF booklet.post-6975-0-09579800-1548512029.jpeg

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Man that's cool...

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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As 268th said, its sad that guys today dont have the same opportunities there were back then. Almost all WWII Vetrerans are gone or unable to attend such events, we were so fortunate and blessed to meet so many. The bus loads of school kids that came thtough displays at MTA Jamestown hopefully will remember what they saw.

"The true Soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him" G.K. Chesterton

"A people that values it's privileges above its principles will soon lose both" D.D. Eisenhower


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Great photos and stories.I bet it was a real memorable exeriance for Mr Bock

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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