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I wasn't sure what to call this thread since my collection isn't extremely focused and I didn't want to go the route of slapping my name in the title, but here is my collection as it stands today--after seven years of collecting and still going strong.

 

I'm having to rework this space in favor of a more demanding purpose for the time being, but I am by no means stopping or even slowing down collecting--many of you know its a hard thing to give up! But, for a while, I'll have to move it to another, smaller area and figured that I may as well capture what it looks like all spread out and on display.

 

My main motivations for collecting are to take care of these pieces of history as well as I can and to share them as often and as safely as possible. Right now, I have three small exhibits (two in California and one in New Mexico) so some of the collection is not here, but what you see is the majority. So many of these items came from connections I made on this forum over the years and there's a good chance that some of your might recognize a piece or two.

 

Condensing all this will probably take a couple days, so if anyone would like closeups or details on a specific item, please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to look and if you get a chance, I highly recommend reading some of the incredible life stories of some of the men and women honored here!

 

For more information on the collection check out nationalmilitaryarchives.org

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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In front are items from Medal of Honor recipient Colonel Bernie Fisher who received the award for rescuing a downed pilot during the Battle of A Shau Valley in 1966. Fisher radioed for a helicopter to rescue the downed pilot, but after being told it was at least a half hour out, Fisher landed his A1/E Skyraider on an enemy runway, under fire and through debris, taxied over and pulled the airman into his cockpit.

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On the top shelf are:

-Admiral William Moorer visor cap --- Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

-An unnamed Army General's visor which I use for display

-Lieutenant General Jack Bergman visor cap --- Currently the highest ranking veteran to have served in Congress

 

On the second shelf are:

-General John Chain's visor cap --- Former Commander of SAC

-Lieutenant General Carol Mutter's garrison cap --- The highest ranking woman to have served in the Marine Corps

-General Ray Davis' --- Recipient the Medal of Honor for actions in the Korean War

-Nurse Corps insignia from Rear Admiral Alene Duerk --- First woman Admiral

 

On the third shelf are:

-An unnamed officer's visor from the late 1800's

-My good friend Brigadier General Robert Raisch's visor cap

-General Andrew Goodpaster's West Point visor cap --- DSC recipient, NATO's Supreme Allied Commander among MANY other positions (one of the most incredible career's I have ever heard of)

-An unofficial "Lucky Bastard's" certificate from the Army Air Corps

 

On the bottom shelf are:

-Two plaques from Admiral William Crowe --- Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

-A plaque from General Maxwell Taylor --- Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs

-A WWII dog jacket, photo and dog tag from a WWII K-9

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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I've also happened to acquire a lot of books for the collection from historical reference to biographies of particular veterans. Probably the most fascinating and historic book here is probably a copy of The Doolittle Raid given by one of the raider's to his son and signed by 44 of them (including General Doolittle himself).

On the left is a Tomahawk presented to General Fred Mahaffey, a Distinguished Service Medal and certificate presented to Brigadier General Jeanne Holm (the first Woman General in the Air Force, among other items.

 

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*if a mod could delete the other attached photo, it would be appreciated! I can't seem to get rid of it.

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Also on the previously shown shelf is the Purple Heart collection I put together for exhibits with the goal of honoring these 10 brave men and to show the importance of allowing these medals to be purchased by those who care about their significance.

 

For more details, check out nationalmilitaryarchives.org/the-purple-heart-collection.html

 

But, in short, they are (from top left to bottom right)

-Col. Waman Hassett (WIA in WWI)

-S2c. Gordon Stafford (KIA in Pearl Harbor)

-Pvt. Frank Elley (KIA on Iwo Jima)

-Pfc. James Hoke (KIA on Utah Beach during D-Day)

-Three members of the Maggie Zass bomber (all KIA)

-Cpl. Alfred Cunningham (KIA during the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War)

-LCpl. John Bryan (KIA in Vietnam)

-Sgt. Zak Hernandez Laporte (Misspelled name --- Killed in Panama, 1992)

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Some of the major items on the first rack are:

 

-Col. Bernie Fisher's iconic ocelot jacket worn as most MOH reunions (he definitely had a great sense of style!)

-Capt. Gary Powers' flight jacket --- the famous U2 pilot

-Two uniforms from Brig. General Jeanne Holm

-Clark Gable's WWII Air Corps shirt

-Behind are some shoulder boards and insignia from Vice Admiral James Stockdale (Vietnam War MOH recipient and probably one of the bravest men in the history of the U.S. Navy)

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Some more uniforms (mostly U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps)

 

On the top shelf are some of the better items I have from Marine Ace Brig. General Joe Foss including the ribbons he wore on the cover of Life Magazine). Please forgive the tilted wing, I promise it was fixed right after I took these photos!

 

On the second shelf are some insignia from Col. John Kizirian (the most decorated Army Intelligence Officer) and a toy Sgt. Reckless.

On the the third shelf is some insignia from General Fred Mahaffey (most of his items are on loan to the Carlsbad Hall of Fame in New Mexico if anyone lives near there) and a dog tag from General Benjamin Davis Jr. who famously commanded the Tuskegee Airmen in WWII.

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Here's a better photo of General Davis' dog tag since it was a bit blocked out in the last shot:

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Clark Gable's garrison cap and Air Corps patch (not that the branch colors don't make sense here, but Gable was known to design his uniforms around fashion choice rather than regulation)

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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On top are one of General Mahaffey's berets and a beautiful portrait of Sgt. Stubby painted by Chris Demarest (we wen't crazy with the details on this one to try and get it as correct as possible!)

 

On the second shelf is my only Coast Guard items, the WWII visor of boxer Jack Dempsey.

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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I always thought the naming on Dempsey's visor was interesting as well--you can tell he was a notable guy back then!

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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In front of the old Asteroid's machine is a BDU set from Chief Master Sergeant Duane Hackney--the most decorated enlisted man in the history of the Air Force. Hackney did some things in the pararescue that many wouldn't even believe on a movie screen.

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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From left to right here are:

 

-Col. Julian Cook's dress white uniform -- DSC recipient from Operation Market Garden (if anyone remember A Bridge Too Far, he was played by Robert Redford)

-Chief Torpedoman's Mate Harry Morris' uniform -- the longest serving enlisted man in history (55 years!)

-General David Soup's uniform -- Commandant of the Marine Corps and Medal of Honor recipient

-General Maxwell Taylor's uniform and visor cap -- Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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From left to right are:

 

-General Matthew Ridgway's mess dress uniform and visor cap -- 82nd Airborne Commander, Chief of Staff of the Army, etc.

These two items actually came separately, but I was lucky to be able to reunite them

-Sergeant Harry Kizirian's uniform -- Navy Cross recipient for Okinawa and another incredible story worth a read

-Lieutenant General Seth McKee's white dress uniform with embroidered insignia -- NORAD commander

-Another uniform from Brig. Gen. Jeanne Holm -- First woman general in the USAF

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Here are the uniforms of:

 

-Seaman Second Class Stan Musial's WWII uniform -- Hall of Fame baseball player

-Captain Pete Conrad -- Commander of Apollo 12 and moonwalker (All is original, including engraved wings, except for the CSMOH)

-Rear Admiral Jeremiah Denton's shirt - Vietnam P.O.W. and famous blinker of "T.O.R.T.U.R.E."

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Here are the uniforms of:

 

-Captain Mickey Spillane--Famous author

-General Colin Powell--Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

-Admiral William Crowe--Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

-General Harold Johnson--Bataan Death March Survivor, DSC recipient and Former Chief of Staff of the Army

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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And finally in this row are the uniforms of:

-General James Van Fleet--Three time DSC recipient

-General John Wickham--Former Chief of Staff of the Army

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Here is the aforementioned flight jacket from Captain Gary Powers

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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One of my favorite pieces is this war correspondents jacket from Lou Stoumen who would go on to receive two Academy Awards

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Major General John Dillard's mess dress -- One of the few Generals KIA in Vietnam

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Col. George Morgan's uniform--Medal of Honor recipient from the Indian War's (and yes, that medal is not real)

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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General Andrew Goodpaster's Uniform (named to him from just after West Point graduated, but known to have been worn up to at least Major General rank)

 

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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Brigadier General John Groff's uniform--WWI DSC and NC recipient

 

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Will Twomey

In Honor of:

USA General John Wickham (1928-)

USAF Colonel Bernie Fisher MOH (1927-2014)

USMC Sergeant Al De Vito (Chosin Reservoir Survivor) (1926-)

USA Cpl. Macedonio Leyba (Bataan Death March survivor) (1917-2007)

 

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