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General James Hill's uniform--WWII ace and NORAD Commander

 

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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 Peter Pace's BDUs--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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Lieutenant General Jack Bergman's dress blues

 

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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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Another one of Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm's uniforms:

 

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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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Nice collection my friend. You have collected a lot over the years.

4starchris

 

Thank you Chris! I'm still in awe of what you put together all those years ago

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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You didn’t waste any time.

 

It would take most collectors a lifetime to put together a top shelf collection like that.

 

Well done.

 

Thank you sir--it never ceases to amaze me where these things will turn up, but I've enjoyed every second of the search.

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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Wow! That is seriously impressive. I've collected about as long as you, but my collection isn't like yours! Thanks for sharing.

WANTED: I collect materials of any age related to the US Army Quartermaster Corps and from the long-defunct Commissary / Subsistence Corps. Anything goes and it doesn't have to be identified to a vet. If it's weird or unusual, please PM me! ASMIC #5650

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Absolutely fantastic items. Some really rare stuff in there. Great to read about the folks they are named to as well.

 

cheers for posting them all

 

'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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That is a truly amazing collection, and to have assembled it in such little time. Amazing.

 

Zack Bogosian Sabers and a Phillies jersey, eh?

 

Tom

Looking for items related to the Ninth Coast Artillery District and 6th Coast Artillery Regment

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That is a truly amazing collection, and to have assembled it in such little time. Amazing.

 

Zack Bogosian Sabers and a Phillies jersey, eh?

 

Tom

 

Thank you all for the kind words! Yep, that's a Zack Bogosian jersey and Steve Bedrosian's Phillies jersey. Being part Armenian, I also try and pick up historic Armenian American artifacts from time to time. Steve Bedrosian's son, Cam is a pitcher for the Angels and his jersey is there as well. Talk about a specific area of collecting!

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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Very nice collection in all respects. I'm a hockey and baseball jersey collector in addition to WW2 coast artillery stuff. Nice Bedrosian jersey... I'd be thrilled to get on of his SF Giants jerseys one day!

 

Tom

Looking for items related to the Ninth Coast Artillery District and 6th Coast Artillery Regment

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can we get a close up on stan's navy jumper?

 

Still in awe looking at this

 

Sure! The jumper is stamped inside by Musial and can be seen in many of his "wartime" photos. The neckerchief was added by me for display.

 

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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 one of the photos of Stan in this uniform:

 

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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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  • 3 weeks later...

You have a very nice collection, and they are displayed well. Can you include a better photo of the Winter Navy jacket, of the left side, where the Rate is. With so many hash marks, it has to be higher than a Chief. Maybe a Senior, but probably a Master Chief.

Lifer

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You have a very nice collection, and they are displayed well. Can you include a better photo of the Winter Navy jacket, of the left side, where the Rate is. With so many hash marks, it has to be higher than a Chief. Maybe a Senior, but probably a Master Chief.

Lifer

 

Sorry for the delay! I'm out of town and don't have a good photo of the side, but here is a more focused photo. It did indeed belong to a Chief--Chief Torpedoman's Mate Harry Morris.

 

Chief Torpedoeman's Mate Harry S. Morris enlisted at Newport, Rhode Island on 3 April 1903 as an Apprentice 3rd Class. After 11 months of Newport, he boarded the Revolutionary war frigate Alliance for his training cruise. This same sailing ship was the one used by Benjamin Franklin when he made one of his visits to France in Colonial days. From the Alliance, Morris went to the West Indies on the USS Topeka. In 1905, Morris was aboard the USS Dixie which made a cruise to Algeria to photograph the total eclipse of the sun. It was the first American man-of-war the Arabs had seen. Electricity and ice produced by the ship was also another first for the Arabs, who were astounded by the light which could be turned off and on and ice, which was something out of their world. During his time in the military, Chief Morris believed that he was the only enlisted man ever to receive the honor of a seven gun salute intended for an American consul. In 1906 when an earthquake demolished most of Kingston, Jamaica, his ship the USS Kearsarge was ordered there with food and medical supplies for the many victims. While ashore on a rescue mission, Morris' ship got underway without him. He later received word to telegraph to report to the American consul for duty until he could meet his ship once more. Upon reporting to the consul he found him undergoing treatment for a broken back suffered during the earthquake. For 11 months Morris was the consults right-hand man. When Secretary of the Navy Victor H. Metcalf arrived at Jamaica aboard the U.S. gunboat Yorktown, Morris in the consults boat started out to meet him. Upon seeing the American consular flag flying from the approaching boat the Captain of the Yorktown immediately ordered the traditional seven gun salute which this important personage rated. It isn't recorded whose face was the redder, the captain's or Morris, when the latter enlisted man stepped aboard in all his glory. Morris also served in the "Great White Fleet" from 1907-1908, a US Navy program fostered by then President Teddy Roosevelt. The "Great White Fleet" was a worldwide round the world cruise performed by 16 US Navy battleships of the Atlantic Fleet. Later, Chief Morris was the founder of the "Great White Fleet" Association which held annual reunion dinners to commemorate the cruise at the U. S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.

 

http://www.pimrc.com/chief-torpedomans-mate-harry-morris.html

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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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Will Just saw this. Fantastic job laying out well thought out collection. EG

 

Thanks Elliot, very much appreciated!

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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Museum quality without a doubt.

 

That “smoking jacket” is a killer. Any history to it?

 

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Martin

 

Thank you very much! The smoking jacket is without a doubt one of my favorite pieces to display and does a great job of conveying the character of its former owner. The jacket belonged to Col. Bernie Fisher who was the first living recipient of the Air Force Medal of Honor (his flight jacket, mini-medals, etc. are also on this thread). It has an ocelot print and is what he wore to nearly every Medal of Honor reunion and event. Anyone that attended these events while Col. Fisher was still with us can probably attest to the fact that you could spot him very easily in a crowd. Col. Fisher has an incredible story and is a true hero in many ways, but despite being a rather humble and reserved man, he had a very unique sense of style!

 

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And if you ever have a free eight minutes, this video is certainly worth a watch:

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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