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Next Door Neighbor Grouping - Forth Aerial Photo Interpretation Company - Korean War


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My next door neighbor sold her house and is moving away. Her husband, Richard Branson, passed away a few years ago. Today she gave me a box with a few of her late husband's Korean War items which hadn't been picked through by family.

 

Richard was an Imagery Analyst in the Korean War, and served in the 4th Aerial Photo Interpretation Company. The box contains Imagery Analyst tools, many rolled up aerial imagery photos, most dated in 1952 and 1953, as well as a pair of Imagery Interpretation Highlights for the 8th Army.  Also, a wonderful history of the 4th Aerial Photo Interpretation Company from 1951-1953.  Richard's name is written on the inner cover, and his photo is featured in the unit's "Special Studies" section.  I also found a vintage mini camera, still with it's box and instructions.

 

The items include his leather belt and holster (for a revolver), as well as a life preserver, which I guess might be military.

 

There's a small tin can full of assorted items, such as needles and thread, pens, matchbooks, etc.  Among them I found a wrist band with Richard's name on one side, and his service number on the inner side.  As much as I really wanted to hang on to this bracelet, I took myself next door and presented it to her.  She hadn't know of it, and so I explained that it was what he wore while serving.  She was very pleased to have it to keep in the family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brian Keith

Very interesting group. Love the unit history book! Tells you all about what he did. Areal photo's are great. My dad had a similar "spy" camera during the Korean war, he was Air Force stationed in Hawaii. Pistol belt set up doesn't look correct for US Military during the Korean War. Likely he was a reserve police officer or something like that. Glad this group was saved!

BKW 

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