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" Look for me among the Columbines and whispering pines."

To begin, some artifacts evoke such a deep reverence, its hard to find words to describe, so I will let the pictures exhibit this group. A little back ground, several months ago I received a post card advertisement of a local auction. Mentioned a extensive WW2 group with the hint of pictures on the companies website. I scrolled the listings. Came across a framed group of three metals with the officers name. Called the auctioneer. Case that housed the medals were sealed so the backs were un-available for viewing. Included boxes, paperwork, and the officers uniforms in period suitcases. All coming from the family and an estate that had been sealed off for three years. Oddly I paid more for the uniforms than the medals as the group was sold in lots. Later I was able to determine that the young Lieutenant's wife had received his medals after his death and had preserved the group as well as every correspondence the sent to each other up until his death. The uniform in the suitcase that was mailed home to her after his death as well as a box of personal effects. She remarried however one could tell this was the love of her life and she would continue to keep a picture of him in view at her home. They had not had a chance to have children however in her 2nd marriage she did and upon disposing the estate, the now grownup children had no connection to these items, so they were let go. They were very helpful in helping me keep the group together. The cost of freedom paid in full by one of Colorado's own. Interestingly enough he was prior enlisted and went through OCS and was a late war replacement officer. He didn't even have time to sew on the 10th Mountain Division patch. The photographs of him in his dress uniform were taken in theater. i have not touched the correspondence as they are still tied in the original period twine. I will leave those between Mr. and Mrs. Baker.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Thank you Navybean.

Regards.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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I've seen a lot of groups and this is absolutely one of a kind...amazing!

Only a weak society needs government protection or intervention before it pursues its resolve to preserve the truth. Truth needs neither handcuffs nor a badge for its vindication. -Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

Peace is not the absence of war, but the defense of hard-won freedom. -Anton LaGuardia


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Such a geat group..... a hero who did his duty to the full...... RIP.

 

I believe this really went to the right person who will honor this soldier’s memory.

Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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Thank you everyone. Besides this group, this was one the more fascinating estate liquidations I had ever been part of. The family first consigned several items to a local auction house. Since I was the top bidder for several items, I was given the chance to "dig: through some of the un-touched estate. The now deceased widow had been from a prominent Denver family and we were going through trunks that had been packed in the 1920's. Some amazing antiques and vintage clothing came out of the estate. One of those events that don't come around very much anymore. A Very humble family and I about fell over when this group surfaced and that it was made available for purchase. The family was glad that some-one wanted to preserve it and honor it. The correspondence and many of the portraits were made available after they saw how important Lt. Baker's effects were to me. Truly a once in a life time find for me.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Nice save! Beautiful grouping.

 

Kurt

!!!! WANTED !!!!

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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More...try as i might I could not get these to post up-right. They are a copy of one of LT. Baker's fellow soldier's letter to his wife describing the events that led to his mortal wounding.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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Thank you Kurt!. If you all click on each letter image it brings it up fine. Interesting read.

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Seeking Model 1895 and 1902 Named Officer coats as well as Spanish American War Tropical Uniforms.
Also pre WW2 marine uniforms. Always pre-1945 Colorado National Guard Items wanted! Also seeking Rhodesian

Uniforms and Gear used by Americans in the Rhodesian Security Forces during the Bush War (Africa).

 

Fortune cookie say: "An expert is someone that knows so much about so little."

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An amazing group! Well done preserving this man's memory!

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What a fantastic grouping to this officer that met a tragic end in service to our country! Glad you were able to keep it all together and that the family appreciated the significance of someone wanting to honor his memory and sacrifice. I have a great uncles PH that I have been looking for that was a similar situation. His wife at the time of his death received his items, including his posthumous medals. Se then remarried and had a family with her then husband. After she passed, I am hoping that Basil's stuff wasn't thrown out as her children had no connection to him at all.

Always looking for 325th G.I.R. and WWII USMC items!
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