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post-234877-0-38839300-1586999300_thumb.jpegpost-234877-0-73004800-1586999374_thumb.jpegI picked up this WWII US Airborne Troop Carrier Painted Footlocker with the uniform inside, it has a name of John J. Kalmes. #16077101. Does anyone have any info about this serviceman? Thank you.

 

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KALMES, JOHN J.

KALMES, JOHN J.

Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 27, 2006

John J. Kalmes, Veteran of WWII, beloved husband of the late Lillian J., nee Peterson; loving father of Rita Ann (David) Meseberg, Nancy (Frank) Poremski, Robert (Kathleen E.), Michael (Yumi) Abrams and the late John J. Kalmes; proud grandfather of Mark, Monique, Matthew, Robert, Rachel, Anne Nicole and Colin; dear brother of Richard (late Doris), Mary (John) Cook, Anne (James) LaMarre and the late Thomas (Barbara); brother-in-law of Larraine Peterson; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Wednesday 9:30 a.m. from the Brady-Gill Funeral Home, 16600 S. Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, to St. George Church. Mass 10 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Longtime active parishioner of Annunciata Catholic Church, Chicago East Side. Former parishioner of Holy Ghost Church, South Holland, IL and current parishioner of St. George Church, Tinley Park, IL. President of Davis Auto Parts, Calumet City, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, 1140 W. Jackon Blvd., Chicago, IL 60607 appreciated. 708-614-9900 or www.bradygill.com

Probably this man?

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Born 7/5/1921 Clintonville, WI

 

Died 6/25/2006 Tinley Park, Cook County, IL

 

Married 5 Oct 1944 Bernalillo, NM (while at training base ?? )

 

service dates 25 Mar 1942 to 9 Nov 1945

 

Nothing about ranks - joined as enlisted, then commissioned??

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I couldn't find an award card for the Air Medal with anyone named Kalmes. USUALLY, the Air Medal was awarded for a Glider landing in an operation. Five would be a HUGE number in the ETO. I hope that you can find some information on the guy.

 

Allan

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Source: FamilySearch.org

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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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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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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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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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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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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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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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Source: FamilySearch.org

 

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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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Source: http://content.wisconsinhistory.org/cdm/ref/collection/ihc/id/15705/

 

Evidently John worked for International Harvester out of their Chicago office in Motor Truck Sales before joining the service.

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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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Source: Fold3

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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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Source: Fold3

 

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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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Very nice, i think a few guys on the forum have some glider pilot rosters and info to hopefully add to the great info you are already getting here??...mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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attachicon.giffullsizeoutput_3335.jpegattachicon.giffullsizeoutput_333d.jpegI picked up this WWII US Airborne Troop Carrier Painted Footlocker with the uniform inside, it has a name of John J. Kalmes. #16077101. Does anyone have any info about this serviceman? Thank you.

 

 

Absolutely love the footlocker and uniform. Nice find.

Was there no other information in the footlocker about what TCG he may have been with? I don't see his name on the glider pilot association biographies.

Looking for anything related to WWII ETO gliders and pilots, uniforms, photos, etc. I am also looking for 8th AF B-17 crew uniforms and gear.








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Interesting, my father was born and raised in Clintonville, Wisconsin.....The FWD factory/museum are there....Both my grandfathers worked at the factory during WW2, building vehicles for the military....Nice find, Bodes

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