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100th Division Collection - WWII


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16 hours ago, Burning Hazard said:

Hi Jason,

 

You may like this footage reel, lots of patched combat jackets and painted helmets:

 

Pat

 

 

 

Pat - thanks for the link to this video, it was very interesting to watch, since so many are a few second snippets. I think I have an item in my collection that is ID'd to someone who served in the division band that is featured in the video.

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kfields

Very nice and focused collection! 

I bought this hat with German made DI (397th?) at the flea market in Chillicothe, Ohio yesterday for the exorbitant sum of $5!  Unfortunately no name in the hat.

Kim

 

 

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2 hours ago, kfields said:

Very nice and focused collection! 

I bought this hat with German made DI (397th?) at the flea market in Chillicothe, Ohio yesterday for the exorbitant sum of $5!  Unfortunately no name in the hat.

Kim

 

 

Thanks! That's definitely the 397th and a nice one too for a great price. The German made are fairly common to find but half the time seem to be missing part of the finish paint.

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JasonT

Haven't been on the forum lately, but figured I'd post some additions to my collection from the past several months.

 

- A 100th Division felt patch - not sure the era, but appears to be made for collectors or possibly a reunion piece. 

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Next is a Century Division yearbook I picked up on Ebay. I have several of these already and this one is in poor shape and falling apart. Normally I would have passed on it, even with an ID. However, the reason I picked it up was because who it was ID'd to and what it came with. In this case it is ID'd to Carlo Puglia (a fellow resident of Massachusetts), who at the time served in the 399th Infantry Regiment while the unit was stateside. Mr. Puglia eventually was transferred to the 3rd Infantry Division, 7th Regiment and was killed in action in Italy in January 1945. Included in the book is a handwritten letter from his brother to the museum that he donated the book to. In it he talks about his family's service.

 

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Most recently I acquired this sterling silver ID bracelet name plate, ID'd to Harold Nordenberg, who served in the 399th Infantry Regiment. The name plate is in rough condition, but you can barely make out his named engraved on the front and his serial number on the back. Unfortunately, the seller on Ebay had his dog tags for sale in a separate listing but by time I saw this they were already sold...🙁

 

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Turns out the buyer of Pfc. Nordenberg's dog tags turned around and listed them on Ebay, so I was able to reunite them with the ID bracelet nameplate. I then contacted the original ebay seller and asked if they had anymore items. They sent me photos of what they had left - DUI's (two of which are theater made), CIB, photos, ribbon bars, German post cards, etc.., which I was able to buy. Not shown below is some large group photos and documents from when Pfc. Nordenberg was in the Army Air Corps prior to transferring to the infantry. Some of the photos appear to be from Korea and labeled "Death Valley". I believe it may be his brother.

 

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eaglerunner88

Love a story of good fortune when broken up items can be reunited! Nice grouping that couldn't find a better home.

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5 hours ago, eaglerunner88 said:

Love a story of good fortune when broken up items can be reunited! Nice grouping that couldn't find a better home.

Thanks! I always try to double check to see if an ebay seller has other related items or will message them to ask. A few times now I've been able to make some deals to keep some items together that otherwise would have been broken up with no name to go with them.

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1 hour ago, dmar836 said:

Great CIB! Strong work keeping this together.

Dave

Thanks Dave!

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Figured I would share some photos of my current 100th display - most of the items shown are related to 100th, but not all (M1 and M1917A1 helmets for example). Not shown are several Ike jackets or my book library that I have posted previously.

 

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Burning Hazard

Interesting 1944 period photograph taken during Battle of the Bulge showing full color 100th ID insignia painted on the front of the helmet.

 

Pat 

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