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Was just informed this morning that Bill Wise owner of the Soldier's Trunk,  died last night.


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"A militaria show is a social event for anti-socials" - A.T. 2008


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Oh man, what a shock.  He was supposed to be rehabbing his ankle and getting back to normal.  He will be missed.


 

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Tremendous loss to his wife and family, ASMIC, and the collecting world. Old school, veteran of the US Coast Guard.


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I am deeply hurt by this loss.  I had many conversations with Bill over the years at small shows in Mass. and online.  If anyone can direct me to or advise where I could send my condolences to his family please let me know.  I do not feel I should just send an email to his business site.

 

John


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Good man!  Always helpful when I had dumb questions about patches.


Jeff Floyd

The universe is made up of neutrons, protons, electrons and morons

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Sad to hear of this.. Another great legacy in the collecting field has passed

 

Rest in Peace..

 

Deepest condolences to the Wise Family..

 

Leigh


"Pain is only Weakness Leaving the Body"

MSG Leigh E Smith Jr
US Army (Retired)

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Sad to hear.  He was a great guy and fine dealer.

 

Rest in Peace.

 

G



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I am really going to miss Bill . I just talked to him last week and he told me he was hopeful for the Max show in Sept . He and his wife are two of the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing.


Always looking for named items from Detroit area Vets!

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Bill was a Great Guy - Always looked forward to the "Soldiers Trunk" auctions - it was the place for a lot of "Hidden Treasures"

 

RIP Bill


"The Americans on this Island are not ordinary troops, but Marines, a special force recruited from jails and insane asylums for blood lust." -Japanese Newspaper found during the Battle of Guadalcanal - "They Got That Right!!" Chesty Puller

 

 

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This is such sad news, our condolences to Linda and the family. He was a good friend and a contributor to our books. In addition to his tremendous knowledge of patches he was a lot of fun to hang out with and just shoot the breeze.

 

Bill & Kurt

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Sad news.  First met Bill about 50 years ago when we both lived in South Jersey and frequented the same flea markets and militaria shows. In more recent years, I would always talk with him at the now defunct Union, NJ show.


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Very sad news. One of the first people I meet collecting almost 50 years ago. A truly nice person and a true gentlemen. A great family man with his wife Linda were almost inseparable,always together at shows. A great loss to the hobby, a sad day!


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So sorry to hear this. I was introduced to Bill shortly after I started collecting many years ago

and he was always very friendly and available to help with my questions. He will be missed. RIP.


Always looking for USN WW2 era Bullion Chief Petty Officer Rates, any Chief Petty Officer Airship Rigger Rates, Liberty Cuffs, WW2 USMC Insignia and Distinguishing Marks, and WW2 Civil Defense and Civil Air Patrol Insignia


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I knew Bill from his e bay site and spoke with him many times . always had a kind word, a real Gent.

 too many of us are passing.R.I.P.

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Hard news to hear, a wonderful man and great friend, my condolence to Linda and the family...George


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My most sincere condolences to Linda and the Wise family and his many friends. We have indeed lost a stalwart in the collecting community. I bought many patches from Bill over the years and I always thought that I was treated quite fairly. Even as a younger collector (at the time) Bill was always happy to "talk patches" and treated you the same whether you were talking about a 3rd Army or an Alamo Scouts patch. He was a gem.

 

Allan


Never under-estimate the power of prayer.

 

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This is a shock.  He has been a member of the community forever.  As noted, a gentleman to deal with.  I am sorry for the loss to those who knew him better.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Shocked when I seen his name up front in the TAPs, seen him many times with his wife at the Meadowlands Show in Union New Jersey, always friendly good conversations with him. Dealt with him on his Ebay store after I got a lap top, always helpful, willing to look around for items he may have had but were not listed, a go to guy.

 

My sincerest condolences to his wife and family and his friends.

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Found his obit on line and a number of charities are listed to make donations in his memory. Very easy to find and simple to make donation with PayPal


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I remember Bill from a few shows. Condolences to his family and friends.


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Primary interests:

The United States Army in WWII

The United States Army in Vietnam
 

WANTED:

WWII:

551st PIB pocket and shoulder patches

504th PIR real deal pocket patch 

Vietnam:

LDNN (RVN Navy SEAL) pocket patches

 

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