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I'm currently reading two books. The first is "The Slaughter" by Carroll Case, which deals with an alleged massacre of 1,000+ African-American soldiers of the 364th Infantry Regiment at Camp Van Dorn in 1943. Well, only about 50 pages deals with the "massacre'- the other 240 pages is a novel.

 

The other book I'm reading "Now The Hell Will Start: One Soldier's Flight From the Greatest Manhunt of World War II" by Brendan Koerner. The book covers the story of Herman Perry, a African-American member of the 849th Engineer Bn (Aviation). Perry shot and killed a white officer while in Burma during the construction of the Ledo Road. Perry initially escaped and lived in the jungle with a Burmese tribe, was captured, sentenced to hang, escaped again, and finally was recaptured and executed.

 

Let's just say that I'm not impressed with either author's work.

Judges 1:19- And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

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Advance and Destroy: Patton As A Commander In The Bulge - John Nelson Rickard (University of Kentucky Press, September, 2011)

 

Excellent - Highly recommend.

 

Best,

 

Bill K.

WTB USMC NAMED GROUPINGS, WWI, WWII (ESPECIALLY 4TH MARINE DIVISION ITEMS) AND UNIS MARKED ITEMS, NAMED INFANTRY DIVISION 4 POCKET CLASS A JACKETS, ESPECIALLY 34th ID AND NAMED GROUPINGS, FIRST SPECIAL SERVICE FORCE ITEMS



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Flying Fortress by Edward Jablonski First Edition !!! if that makes any difference lol !!

WANTED : RAF 1940 PATT FLYING BOOTS

WANTED : DINGHY TYPE K ,TYPE A

" ALWAYS WANTING USAAF ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING "

"WOULD ALSO LIKE 487th FS AND 515TH BS RELATED ITEMS "

"Illegitmi non carborundum"

 



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Littlebuddy I read that book when it first came out. Loved it then and still have a dog eared and highlighted copy. Stands the test of time well. That book was my first exposure to Rosie Rosenthal and his story. A great book.

Steve

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Always looking for anything related to the 8th AAF and flight gear of W.W.2.

Also any info on Advisory Team 98 the unit my late father served in.

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Littlebuddy I read that book when it first came out. Loved it then and still have a dog eared and highlighted copy. Stands the test of time well. That book was my first exposure to Rosie Rosenthal and his story. A great book.

Steve

yes its a great book !!! ill be sorrry when i have finished it !!! i was going to use some quotes from the book as my signature!!!

 

LB

WANTED : RAF 1940 PATT FLYING BOOTS

WANTED : DINGHY TYPE K ,TYPE A

" ALWAYS WANTING USAAF ITEMS IN THEIR ORIGINAL PACKAGING "

"WOULD ALSO LIKE 487th FS AND 515TH BS RELATED ITEMS "

"Illegitmi non carborundum"

 



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Just started "Big Joe McCarthy, The RCAF's American Dambuster".

Got an author autographed UK edition this past weekend at the Bomber command Museum's Dambuster's raid 70th Anniversary Commemoration event in Nanton Alberta.

Curator/Owner Ghost Squadron Military Museum,

Curator, South Alberta Light Horse Regimental Museum

Collector of;
U.S. Infantry, uniforms, and equipment, 1860 to 1950, Primarily the 41st and 88th Infantry Divisions of WW1 and WW2, United States Army Air Force, Anything B-17 Flying Fortress related, National Guard of Pennsylvania, Royal Canadian Air Force, 4th Canadian Armored division. Springfield Armory firearms, U.S. military firearms in general.



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I'm currently reading "Shots Fired in Anger," by LTC (Ret.) John George, who was a lieutenant in the IL National Guard at the outbreak of WW2. He also had a lot of experience as a competitive shooter before the war, including the 1939 Camp Perry National Rifle Matches. This is the 2d edition (1981) which is expanded from the original with its Merrill's Marauders description.

 

This is a GREAT book, and an easy, enjoyable read. He describes the training which the 132d IN Regiment went through, the deployment to the S. Pacific, and his unit's role in the later days of the Guadalcanal campaign, from 8 DEC 42 - 7 APR 43. This period includes working the beaches unloading ships, getting drunk on homemade hooch and thorough descriptions of combat ops against the Japanese. George was a shooter, and used that set of skills in combat, as well as lacing his narrative with descriptions of the weapons and tactics used - and how he was able to adjust the tactics some, based on his shooting experience.

 

I've just begun reading the second section of the book, which is a detailed description of the Japanese weapons used against the Allies in the S. Pacific. The 3d section of the book will detail George's experience with Merrill's Marauders. There are two sections of photos of the Marauders, which George apparently took. I think

 

Cons: sparse map coverage of the Guadalcanal fight. There's a map of the island on the frontispiece, but it's not terribly detailed. There are better maps of the section about Burma, but I haven't read that yet to have an opinion of them.

 

I'd recommend this for anybody interested in small unit leadership, competitive shooting applications in combat, the Guadalcanal campaign, Japanese small arms or Merrill's Marauders.

 

Steve

I remember:

Chris Ingrassia (9/11) CPT Tristan Aitken (OIF, 2003)

MAJ Paul Syverson (OIF, 2004) CPT Tom Miller (OIF, 2005)

SSG Scottie Bright (OIF, 2005) CPT Chris Petty (OIF, 2006)

MAJ Hurley Shields (OIF, 2008)

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Recently finished "No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne" by Don Cygan and Leo Barron. I thought it was a great read and it showed a different perspective of the Bulge that included some non airborne units. Scott

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This sounds like one to get - I will be ordering it shortly.

 

Thank you.

 

I don't think you can go wrong on this one. The detail in the section on the Japanese rifles is amazing, and may prompt me to skip forward to the section on Merrill's Marauders.

 

Enjoy!

Steve

I remember:

Chris Ingrassia (9/11) CPT Tristan Aitken (OIF, 2003)

MAJ Paul Syverson (OIF, 2004) CPT Tom Miller (OIF, 2005)

SSG Scottie Bright (OIF, 2005) CPT Chris Petty (OIF, 2006)

MAJ Hurley Shields (OIF, 2008)

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A classic book, but very interesting to see the Pacific war as a whole and not only specific events or battles ... "The Pacific War : 1941-1945" by John Costello, amazing historical review about the war in the Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Collecting USMC AEF 1917-18 & PTO 1941-45, US Navy PTO 1941-45.

 

Most seeked items : USMC dog tags from 1915 to 1945, USN corpsman dog tags and other identified items, USN id'd M1 helmets.



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I just finished "Indestructible" by Jack H. Lucas.

 

Mr. Lucas is the youngest Marine to ever be awarded the MoH for actions on Iwo Jima. He was 17 at the time and threw himself on two grenades to save his comrades. Mr. Lucas has had quite a life to say the least, and his book reads more like fiction. Really amazing. I will add that this is the first book in a very long time I read completely in a day.

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Collecting WWII Armor and Tank Destroyer Items

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Recently finished Elton E.Mackin's book "Suddenly We Didn't Want To Die", the diary of a Marine runner from Belleau Wood to Argonne, a tribute to his fellow Marines who lost their lives in France.

 

A very interesting story, but also a very moving one.

Collecting USMC AEF 1917-18 & PTO 1941-45, US Navy PTO 1941-45.

 

Most seeked items : USMC dog tags from 1915 to 1945, USN corpsman dog tags and other identified items, USN id'd M1 helmets.



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Reading another good book on Guadalcanal:

The Naval Battles for Guadalcanal 1942: Clash for supremacy in the Pacific, by Mark Stille, a new Osprey book just released. Good section on the commanders on both sides, as well as the description of the ships in the opposing fleets. Just getting into the battles themselves.

David
U.S. Air Force 1979-1986 ... Served in the Air Force Communications Command
Collecting U.S. Military Uniform Buttons and U.S. Air Force Communications Patches.

US Military Uniform Buttons Interesting Facts

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/173001-us-military-uniform-buttons-interesting-facts/

 

Wanted: USAF Communications patches (link below)

https://docs.google....ZjgyZDc5NzFiOGE


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I'm currently reading A Very Long Weekend by William Berebitsky, about the National Guard units who served in the Korean War. It's worth getting if you're specifically interested in the NG in Korea. The book consists of recollections from veterans of all the units who were deployed, such as engineers, transportation and artillery units. Veterans of the 40th and 45th ID's are of course also included.

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Raider (the true strory of Gaylen Kilttlesen.I knew him personally)

 

Semper Fi Mac

 

The Pacific

In Memoriam:
Lieutenant J.Kostelec 1-3 First Special Service Force MIA/PD 4 March 1944 Italy
I HAVE SEEN THE ENEMY AND IT IS DAYLIGHT
Forget about the tips..We'll get hell to pay (AC/DC)
"If you cant get out and run with the big dogs then sit on the porch and bark at the cars going by.."

Have you Hugged a Clown Today?

You Cant Get A Sun Tan On The Moon..





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just finished " the day of the panzer" the story revolves around co. l 15th inf regt 3rd div. and the 756th tank bn, and the invasion of southern france. written by a grandson of a tanker replacement who was killed his first day of combat. a very good read. highly recommand

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"It Took Heroes: A Calvary Chaplain's Memoir of Vietnam" by Chaplain Claude Newby. This has been a great read!

Matthew Hollis

 

In memory of my cousin:

Corp. Joseph Ivan McWhorter

B/1/7 1st MarDiv

1943-1945

 

Always looking for items associated with 1st Battalion / 7th Marines / 1st Marine Division during World War II

 

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