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I'm a retired US Navy officer who has been collecting sharp/pointy objects and miscellaneous military related items since 1975. The military S&Ps include bayonets, government contract knives, private contract knives, swords, machetes and axes. I was commissioned out of Texas A&M University with a BS in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences and after release from active duty, went back to school and got a BA in Computer Sciences from tu/Austin.


After retirement from the Naval Reserves, I was appointed as an Admiral in the Texas Navy. I am a member of the Edwin Moore Squadron, out of Austin TX.


My primary categories of OTB (other than blades) is ROTC unit shoulder DI/DUI pins and certain challenge coins - those from ships on which I served or ships that the USS Merrimack (AO-179) refueled while I served as her Navigator/First Lieutenant/Admin Officer.


I live in rural central Texas. I recently retired from volunteer fire & EMS work after 29 years. I was also a volunteer search/recovery diver for 27 years until a physical determined I have a medical condition that should have precluded me from certifying as a diver or making any of the 8000+ dives I'd made over the previous 45 year. :o Ooops. :D


My current hobbies include gardening (TX Master Gardener), fishing, hunting, knife & tomahawk throwing and mead making.


Any Qs?, Just ask.


Wayne (zzyzzogeton/gator) Zieschang

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Welcome Wayne, my grandfather was a master diver/submarine rescue, during Korea.

Wanted: Missouri Medals


I am always in search of Missouri Medals and Items. This could be anything from WW1, WW2, Prisoners of War, Ephemera, or anything pertaining to Missourians.


I thank you for your time and consideration.


-Without a witness, they just disappear.-




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Welcome aboard. I spent two wonderful, fun filled years at scenic Fort Hood. Big change for a kid from Pennsylvania!

Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War



"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."


Moliere: Tartuffe





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