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I recently purchased this incredible grouping from the family. The Veteran served as a tailgunner on a B29 in the 497th Bomb Group. One of the largest and most complete groupings ive come across in a long time.

 

At one point, his B29 was shot down, and he and the crew were rescued at Sea. Included in the group were some of the survival items he used, and also the wind whipped flag that was flown on the vessel that rescued them (along with a sailors cap) Also included was a video recording of the vet and his experience that was made in 2004, which ive yet to watch.

 

The surprise of the group, and something i didnt find until i went through it at home, was the Goldfish Club patch and the Sea Squatter pin. Ive never had the Sea Squatter pin so i was very pleased when that turned up.

 

 

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Always looking for named items from Detroit area Vets!

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One of the craziest USAAF groupings I have seen in awhile. The stuff you get never ceases to amaze me. Congrats.

GEN. David R. Atchinson- MO State Guard              ACW

PVT. John H. Drury- Co. A, 27th Ky IR                      ACW               Died of Typhoid

PVT. Henry E. Thomas- Co. I, 17th Ky IR                  ACW

PVT. Joseph E. Drury- Co. E, 356th IR, 89th ID       WWI                WIA

SGT. Edward P. Drury- 51st QM Training Co.           WWII

PFC. Delmer C. Koonter- Co. I, 142nd IR, 36th ID    WWII              WIA

SC3c Michael C. Drury- LCS (L) (3) 70                     WWII

SGT. Steven D. Koonter- 5th Cav, 1st Cav Div         Vietnam

SGT. John M. Drury- 227th AVN Bn. 1st Cav Div     Vietnam

 

Contact me with items from the 36th Infantry Division or any IDd uniforms of European Theater Infantry Divisions

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WOW! It is extremely rare to find a Sea Squatters pin. I have one in an AAF group. Yours is only the 2nd one I have seen.

 

Great group!!!!!!

 

Kurt

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WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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Fantastic! Congrats!

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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Fantastic group! It's amazing to see a group like that still together. Congrats!

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" We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm. "

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I missed this one. Very nice! The Sea Squatter pin and Goldfish club stuff is really great!

 

JD

AAF Collector...........
**Always Buying WW2 Aviation Related Items: Especially Operation Tidal Wave items (1st Ploesti Raid) ..... WW2 Fighter Ace Related Items.....Higher End A-2 Flight Jacket Groups....AAF Related Valor Medal Groups**

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