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Such a loss, the greatest generation have left the building! I can see it everywhere in this country, the values and duty to this nation are lost..Sry just sucks to know we will not have these veterans to learn from around any longer :blush:

I Collect USMC WWII uniforms, gear, patches, insignia. medals and ribbons. I also sell and trade Militaria of primarily the U.S. Military.




Semper Fidelis-

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A sad indicator about how the living memory and experience from those times is fading. We need to treasure every one of those folks.


On the flip side I saw an article where one of the British paratroopers who jumped at Arnham did a tandem parachute jump at the recent commemoration of Market Garden this year. Some of these WWII vets still have a lot in them!

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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This information comes from a July 2019 newsletter published by the Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors.


PHS Archivist Report: Gordon Sparks, our Archivist, stated that the current roster of total PHSA Members Living & Deceased is 22,209. Currently it is showing 2,102 as still living. This is a work in progress and is being updated as he, Carolyn Sparks and Margie Heston locate additional information. The remains which have been identified through DNA from the USS Oklahoma is 191, and 1 from the West Virginia are also logged.


Also, the stated purpose of this organization is:


SDPHS is an organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Island of Oahu, territory of Hawaii on December 7, 1941 by keeping alive the memory of our survivor parents who perished or survived the attack.


This purpose is accomplished through the following objectives:


  • Keep alive the memory of our survivor parents who perished or persevered during the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
  • Share the historical and educational data left to us by the Pearl Harbor survivors.
  • Preserve and strengthen comradeship among members.
  • Maintain allegiance to the Constitution of the United States of America.
  • Foster true patriotism.
  • Maintain and extend the institution of American freedom.



Specific areas of collecting and buying interest:

WWI/WWII 40th (Sunshine) Division, Camp Kearny, Camp Harry Jones, WWI/WWII 158th Infantry, USS Oklahoma, USS Swordfish (SS-193), Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Mexican Border (1916),

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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When the last of them goes, I'm cracking open my 1941 bottle of Three Feathers to converse with some spirits.

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]

WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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Yes, it is sad when these chapters close down. My Father-in-Law was a Pearl Harbor survivor being on the Heavy Cruiser New Orleans during the attack. He died a few years ago in Oklahoma City but he did look forward to attending meetings in Hawaii. The Sons & Daughters will be able to carry on for some period of time just like the Sons of Civil War Veterans have done after they were gone.


Time marches on.



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"You can't please everyone so you have got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson



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