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Base Thrift store gem - USAF Colonel's dress uniforms, etc

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Over the years, we've developed a good relationship with the Base Thrift Store - mainly when they call with a family who's trying to find a uniform for their loved one's funeral (which we've always been able to provide). Consequently, when they get unusual or obsolete uniforms, they give us a call (although the Air Force Museum gets first right of refusal, which they almost always do, thankfully). Last week they called saying they had a bag of uniforms, including an Air Force Academy uniform (which will be a separate post). In the garbage bag were a couple late 60's / early 70's USAF enlisted uniforms to a TSgt...and a set of three uniforms for a Bird Colonel. There's a McConnel pattern blouse, and these two dress uniforms. What's nice is that there are BAGS of insignia with them...spare ribbons, buttons, all his ranks from 2Lt to Colonel, mini-medals and tons of basic, senior and master pilot wings - ALL sterling or silver filled. The pictures are only a portion because there was just so much material. Each uniform is complete with blouse, pants, belts, hats and ties...the only thing missing are the white shoes (and I have a couple pair of those).

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

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..and one of the ribbon racks. And of course, NONE of the items are named, so I've been looking through local obituaries. That's going to be a daunting task as Wright-Patterson, as a MAJCOM Headquarters, is a Colonel-rich environment.

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

The Miami Valley Military History Museum: http://www.mvmhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miami-Valley-Military-History-Museum/111268115594349
Official Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration: www.vietnamwar50th.com
Official Partner of the United States of America World War I Centennial: www.worldwar1centennial.org

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...and some ribbons and minis..although the mini- for his LOM isn't in any of the bags....dang it.

 

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Mark Conrad, MSgt, USAF (Ret)

"Poor is the nation that has no Heroes...shameful is the one having them that forgets."

The Miami Valley Military History Museum: http://www.mvmhm.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Miami-Valley-Military-History-Museum/111268115594349
Official Partner of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration: www.vietnamwar50th.com
Official Partner of the United States of America World War I Centennial: www.worldwar1centennial.org

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Well, he served into the 80s at least with those long/short tour and BMT ribbons on there.

 

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MSgt USAF (Ret)

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