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M1917A1 with a little unusual owner file

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Hi Guys, I got this helmet about a year ago.. its a nice M17A1 with name and number, when I first got I was very excited that the original owner enlisted on Dec. 7 1941, in my mind I could already see this hero who was first to join after Pearl Harbor attack. So i Decided to use a Golden Arrow Research, and few months and $45 later I got His file that fortunately survived the fire.

Well I was a little shocked reading the file and finding out that He joined the military to avoid prison, rather than been a patriot ;)

 

enjoy the read

 

helmet first:

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Sincerely, Michal

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and last, He was quite a trouble maker, even when pardoned after his first longer AWOL in 1944 and sent to 10th mountain in Italy - He stole a truck and went AWOL for 70 days...

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Sincerely, Michal

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Wow, he would have been recruited for The Dirty Dozen.


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A1C Matthew Seidler, Delta Company, 466th EOD killed in action. 05 Jan 12 at 1600L while conducting mounted route clearance patrols in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. He turned 24 two days before his death. Cousin, Soldier, Hero.

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And this guy lived to age 79. Guess his name wasn't "Lauck" for no reason. I have to say he had an interesting military career. Nice read, thanks for sharing.


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Norman Air Technical Training Center (NATTC) Norman, OK, Tinker Field or AFB, Submariner Items, Knives, Bayonets, Sweetheart Jewelry, other unique

or odd items with interesting stories.

 

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Wow, he would have been recruited for The Dirty Dozen.

hahah, first pick ;)


Sincerely, Michal

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79 years old- if he really drank the way his file read, his liver must have been either titanium or pickled. What grampa used to say, when things weren't right, would have made a fitting epitaph for the VA marker that a dishonorable discharge doesn't rate. Hopefully, things went smoother for him after he and the Army parted company.

 

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ROTF I guess he had the last laugh...thats classic



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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He's a great example of the "not everyone who served is a hero" saying, a psychopathic alcoholic thief with 15 civilian arrests and 10 courts martial.


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Hell thats more interesting than a patriot thats for sure!


David Turman

Semper Fi !

"Not as Lean, not as Mean, but still a Marine!"

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I really like the helmet! Interesting individual and at some point moved to my hometown. If you look at his obit, it appears that he had steady employment after the war. I wonder how much his children knew about his service.

 

John E. Lauck, Sr., 79, died Saturday, June 21, 2002 at his Fort Wayne residence. A native of Winchester, Virginia, he worked for Momper Insulation for 24 years; he retired in 1985. He was preceded in death by his wife Geraldine Lauck who passed away in 1989 and by sister Annie Virginia Bock and his parents John Perry and Katie (Hook) Lauck.He is survived by daughters Beth Ann Baugh, Alexandria, Indiana; Lisa Ann Hiser, Fort Wayne; Joy Ellen Lauck, Anderson, Indiana; Leona Sue Ann Waggoner, Fort Wayne; sons Charles Edward Lauck, Fort Wayne; John Edward Lauck, Jr., Fort Hood, Texas; 13 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren.

Services were held Tuesday, June 25, 2002 at Elzey Patterson Rodak Home for Funerals with burial in Tricker Cemetery in Adams County, Indiana.


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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
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In his file, did it state if he received his honorable discharge?


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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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I wonder what turned him around?

 

Maybe a good woman. It looks like he got married about the same time he took the job from which he retired and he remained married to her for the rest of her life (she passed before him).


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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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In his file, did it state if he received his honorable discharge?

one of the above documents - the one from 1949 - states that he was dishonorably discharged in Dec. 1945

 

and here is the document:

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Sincerely, Michal

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one of the above documents - the one from 1949 - states that he was dishonorably discharged in Dec. 1945

 

and here is the document:

 

Thanks, I missed that part.


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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

View my website honoring the men and women of Indiana: http://indianavets.wix.com/indiana-at-war and follow my updates on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/IndianaModernAgeofWar/
Interested in US uniforms? Join the Association of American Military Uniform Collectors! http://aamuc.org/or find us on Facebook! facebook.com/AAMUC.ORG

 

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Very nice helmet and story! Just out of curiosity, what do these helmets run roughly?

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Haha, cool story and very interesting. I live in the area of his hometown, and there are still Laucks that live in the area. In fact, it is a very old name in these parts......In the late 1700s there was a gunsmith with the last name of Lauck that made some very fine rifles which are worth quite a bit of $$$$$ in this day and age.....I may be able to find out more about him, I’ll see what I can do.


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Very nice helmet and story! Just out of curiosity, what do these helmets run roughly?

 

Thank You !

I got this helmet for $150, this year I got another one with a emblem and I paid little more. I think nice ones are worth $200 and more, for sure there is less of these than M1's, its just that M1's are much more sought after


Sincerely, Michal

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