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My Little Bit of Everything ETO/MTO War ROOMS Collection


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Hookemhorns88

I began displaying my collection a few years ago under a topic with a similar name.  At the onset it was just one room.  Over time it became two rooms so I started a second topic to cover just the second room.  As time has moved on I have added to the collection as well as to how it is displayed.  With that I decided to start a new topic with the two rooms combined into one thread as it is easier to maintain.

 

Right now there is a bonus room upstairs that is full, a stairwell, and most recently I took over a living room now that the kids are out of the house!

 

Please do not be alarmed about the natural light in the rooms.  I had the blinds open and the shades rolled up to allow light in for photographic purposes.

 

I will begin with the re-purposed living room that has the bulk of the uniforms (many Forum contributors) displayed followed by the stairwell and then the original room.

 

Enjoy.

 

Uniform Room with assorted headgear and other smalls and pictures.  As time allows I will add details of the smalls.

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Hookemhorns88

Stairwell.  This area is full of period photos and manufacturing ads out of Life magazine.

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Original Room.  Mainly smalls, pictures, manuals, books, field gear, etc.

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Hookemhorns88

For the record there are over 100 uniforms, around 400 or so framed items, close to 200 Field and Technical Manuals, hundreds of books, and a few dozen pieces of headgear.  A labor of loves.

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norwegian blue

too many cool things to look at, I'll have to return

thank you for sharing!

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Buckshot329

What an incredible collection! The longer you look at the pictures the more new stuff comes out. 

You can see a lot of time and love goes into this, well done! Just speechless

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Old Crow 1986

Holy Moly!  That is impressive.

 

I'm the type of nerd that reads...every...single...placard...in a museum.  I'd spend two days just standing and reading what's posted in your stairwell!  DANG!

 

Thanks for sharing.  

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Amazing collection! Little bit of everything? More like a lot! Love the way you have everything organized too. I can only imagine how many hours it took to get it the way you want. Thanks for sharing!

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Hookemhorns88
1 hour ago, Ronald said:

I hope you don't leave those curtains open! That sunlight will not do it any good.

Nope. As I mentioned in my opening post the curtains are open to allow in lighting for photography otherwise it is quite dim in the rooms.

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1 minute ago, Hookemhorns88 said:

Nope. As I mentioned in my opening post the curtains are open to allow in lighting for photography otherwise it is quite dim in the rooms.

You are right! I should get my glasses checked. I apologize for not reading it correctly. Ron

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Hookemhorns88
2 hours ago, Longhorn92 said:

Damn. You’re living the dream.


Well done, fellow Longhorn. 

If you were on the 5 year plan chances are we were on campus at the same time! I was on the 5 year plan to get another football season in!

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Hookemhorns88
15 hours ago, Ronald said:

You are right! I should get my glasses checked. I apologize for not reading it correctly. Ron

No worries!

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Thanks. I worried that. I didn't want to come across as a know it all  rude person.

Truly a museum collection. I stopped collecting when I retired form the AF in 97. I still have one of our bedrooms concerted to my 'space" . I retained all the family pieces and what i had gotten from my friends. It can be a lot to maintain so I can imagine your workload!

Enjoyed the viewing. Take care, Ron

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17 hours ago, Buckshot329 said:

What an incredible collection! The longer you look at the pictures the more new stuff comes out. 

You can see a lot of time and love goes into this, well done! Just speechless

I will be adding some detail pics in the near future. And yes, a lot of work has gone into this!

Thanks for your comments!

 

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That's an amazing collection, and so interestingly displayed. I like how you've created a Tetris-like look to your framed items. I do that in my one room too, though my wife hates it! Thank you for sharing this great museum!

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Hookemhorns88

Since this is a reboot of my topic covering my collection I thought that I would continue to show more details of what I have.  To begin with I will give some homage to the person that got me started collecting, 1st Sgt. Johnnie J. M o b l e y.  He is my great-uncle that served from 1937 to 1962.  He initially went in at Ft. Sam Houston in the 2nd ID on June 4, 1937.  Through the years he was also assigned to the 2nd ID, 3rd ID, 5th ID, 85th ID, and the 103rd ID.  It was with the 103rd ID, 383rd Medical that he saw combat as a combat medic during WW2.  He served in Japan during the Korean War in an administrative role in a hospital.

 

He was a prolific photographer.  He provided many photos to be published in a unit history book immediately after the war but unfortunately he never got the negatives back.  I am however grateful for the photos that did survive some of which I will post here.

 

Here he is striking a familiar pose.  I wish that I had his medic helmet.  Notice that it has sergeant stripes painted on the sides. Can anyone ID the case that he is carrying?  It is in several pics.

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Here he is standing on the banks of the Danube River in March 1945 holding a captured Nazi Flag.  I do have the flag in my possession.

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Company photo in Germany.  He is top row third from the left.

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At the Brenner Pass

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Ready for action.

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Gifts from home while in Austria.

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Commandeering a captured German half-track.

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He is sitting on a wing of the first jet plane (ME-262) that he ever saw.

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When he came home he was a part of the 5th ID.  He was present at the troop review in Chicago as they marched through the city and into Soldier's Field.  I have a whole series of pics from this event as they marched through town.  The event program is included.

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1937 unit photo at Ft. Sam Houston. Company E, 2nd Medical Regiment.

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His uniform upon retirement in 1962.

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I missed this the first time around, wow! Amazing collection and well displayed. :)

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