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Hello to all!  New to the forums but not to collecting.  I have collected military uniforms and gear for the past 25 years.  My collecting started with WWII items, but I have collected other eras as I've gotten the desire to do so.  I even had a stint with British military uniforms.  I have since sold off a majority of my collection to return to my original category of WWII US Army Air Forces items with emphasis on the Pacific Theater.  I am a veteran of the US Coast Guard, where I served 12 years as a Boatswain's Mate.  I served a year in Operation Iraqi Freedom with Port Security Unit 307 in 2004 and I had the distinct honor of serving aboard the USCG Barque Eagle.  I'm finding this forum to be a wealth of information and a valuable resource to add to my toolbox.  I only wish I had joined sooner.  

R. Patterson

Boatswains Mate

USCG 1998-2010

“The Boatswain’s Mate and Coxswain is A JACK OF ALL TRADES AND A MASTER OF THEM ALL.”- 1944 edition of the BM2c training course material. 
“They gave us an engine that first went up and down. With some more technology, the engine went around. We know of steam and diesel, but what’s a main yard for? A sailor ain’t a sailor, ain’t a sailor anymore!”- The Last Shanty

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