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Marriage, Military Collecting, and Alimony, by Broke Ashell.

 

Interesting read, with some tawdry bits in the introduction, followed by an exciting and educational body, ending with utter ruin and demise. A real page turner that keeps you engaged right through to bankruptcy and a life alone with your collection.

Always looking for uniquely marked helmets, WWI and WWII American Field Service items, WWII and earlier USMC items and named or numbered medals and medal groups.


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Marriage, Military Collecting, and Alimony, by Broke Ashell.

 

Interesting read, with some tawdry bits in the introduction, followed by an exciting and educational body, ending with utter ruin and demise. A real page turner that keeps you engaged right through to bankruptcy and a life alone with your collection.

 

Sounds like a best seller D.....maybe I can catch the epic movie.

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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Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die by Elton E Mackin

-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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WWI Marine?

 

Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die by Elton E Mackin

Looking for the following:

452nd and 447th Bomb Group items

Anything 12th Armored- especially uniforms

155th Assault Helicopter Company, Camp Coryell, or Ban Me Thuot Vietnam items[/center]


WWII US Navy Uniforms from the Battle Off Samar: USS Johnston DD-557, USS Hoel DD-553, USS Samuel B. Roberts DE-413, USS Heermann DD-532, USS Dennis DE-405, USS John C. Butler DE-339, USS Raymond DE-341, USS Fanshaw Bay St. Lo, White Plains, Kalinin Bay, Kitkun Bay and Gambier Bay...


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WWI Marine?

 

yes, a Runner with 5th Marines recollections, published 20 years after his death

-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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I am enjoying reading Combat Officer by Charles H. Walker. Published by Presidio Press. It is Walker's memoir of his service as an officer in the PTO in the 164th Infantry Regiment, a National Guard outfit from North Dakota. This book was mentioned earlier in this lengthy thread by MPage at post # 564 back in 2014.

 

I am finding this to be a most interesting read. The author served on Guadalcanal where the Marines got most of the attention. The author, in charge of a machine gun platoon, saw considerable action. His comments on the Army in general and the poor performance of a few officers are vivid. For example, he reports that his platoon had very little live fire training with their machine guns before entry into combat because a superior was hoarding all of the ammunition and refused requests for allotments for necessary training. Walker was scathing in his condemnation of such malpractice.

 

His growth as an officer and combat leader is evident. Later in the book, which I have yet to get to, I understand that his experiences in the Philippines Campaign are documented. As someone who appreciates first-person combat accounts, I give high marks to Combat Officer.

 

Combat Officer by Charles H Walker 164th Inf Regt ND Army National Guard.jpg

 

Regards,

Charlie

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"My Diary North and South" by: William Howard Russell

Russell was a controversial war correspondent for the Times of London, in America from March 1861 to April 1862. He traveled widely in both North and South, spoke with and observed many at all levels of the moment, viewed military activities and the socio-political climate of those years.

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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"The War in the West". A 3 volume Trilogy by James Holland. Currently I am reading Volume I " The Rise of Germany 1939 - 1941". Volume III hasn't been published yet.

 

These are a fresh look at WWII and, so far, a very good read.

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"Into The Storm" about Hurricane Joaquin and the sinking of the El Faro and Minouche ships. Tells the great story of the USCG's successful rescue of the crew of the Minouche and the efforts to try to locate the El Faro. It's the first time I've read anything substantial on the Coast Guard so I learned quite a bit and it's very impressive to say the least on the extreme weather and danger they put themselves into to save others, especially the rescue swimmers. Very sad book though as it uses the actual discussions on board the El Faro in their final moments taken from the recovered voice recorder.

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I just finished "Little Ship Big War" by Edward Stafford. It is the history of the USS Abercrombie (DE-343), a destroyer escort. Stafford was a plank owner. By the end of the War was the Executive Officer so he had a front row seat to all of the action and the many hours of tedium that were part of shipboard life.

 

The Abercrombie was a participant in some of the most harrowing sea battles of the Pacific War including Leyte Gulf and the invasion of Okinawa. Manned almost exclusively by Reservists and draftees, the Abercrombie earned an enviable record as a reliable little ship which was also a lucky ship. The stories of how it fought against and narrowly escaped complete destruction by Kamikazes off of Okinawa were both exciting and sobering.

 

Stafford is an accomplished writer and drew upon both his own experiences as well as those of his shipmates in constructing this riveting account. His affection for the ship and his shipmates is evident and appealing. For those who enjoy small unit action and personal accounts this one meets on the mark. Highly recommended.

 

Regards,

Charlie

 

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One For The Boys

How a Canadian Vietnam veteran sacrificed all in order to win greater respect for his brothers in arms.

 

https://www.canadashistory.ca/explore/military-war/one-for-the-boys

 

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"Whoever stood in front of the corn field at Antietam needs no praise." . . . . . Rufus R. Dawes, 6th Wisconsin.

 

 

Seeking the unit history of Company D, 321st Machine Gun Battalion, 82nd Division.

 

Looking to purchase the nine volume set WAR DIARIES OF GERMAN UNITS OPPOSED TO THE SECOND DIVISION (REGULAR).

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Fall of Fortresses

By Elmer Bendiner Navigator on B-17 Tondeleo

 

Sitting it out

By

David Westheimer - Navigator - on the first American Aircraft shot down over Italy.

Its a narrative of his life as a POW first in Italy and then in Germany.

 

Mr Westheimer is also the author of Von Ryans Express.

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"The Diversity Delusion" by: Heather Mac Donald

Next up:
"The War on Cops" by: Heather Mac Donald

HONORING FAMILY LtCol Wm Russell (1679-1757) VA Mil; Pvt Zachariah McKay (1714-97) Frederick VA Mil; BrigGen Evan Shelby, Jr (1719-94) VA Mil; Pvt Vincent Hobbs (1722-1808) Wythe VA Mil; Pvt Hugh Alexander (1724-77); Lt John R. Litton (1726-1804); Bvt BrigGen/Col Wm W. Russell (1735-93) 5th VA Rgmt; Lt James Scott (1736-1817); Capt John Murray, Sr (1747-1833); Capt John Sehorn, Sr (1748-1831) VA Mil; Pvt Corbin Lane (1750-1816) Franklin/TN Mil; Cpl Jesse D. Reynolds (1750-1836) 5th VA Rgmt; Capt. Solomon C. Litton (1751-1844); 1Lt Christopher Casey (1754-1840) SC Mil; Pvt Mark Adams (1755-1828); Pvt Randolph White (1755-1831) Bailey's Co. VA Rgmt; Capt. John R. Russell (1758-1838); Pvt Joseph T. Cooley (1767-1826) Fort Hempstead Mil; Pvt Thomas Barron (1776-1863) 1812; Capt. John Baumgardner (1787-1853) VA Mil; Pvt Joel Estep (1828-1864) Co B 5th KY Inf CSA & US; Pvt George B. Bell (1833-1910) Co C 47th IL Inf US; Cpl Daniel H. Barron (1838-1910) Co B 19th TN Rgmt Inf CSA; Capt Richard K. Kaufman (1908-1946) 7th PRG/3rd AF CCU; T-5 Vernon L. Bell (1926-95) 1802nd Spec Rgmt; PO2 Murray J. Heichman (1932-2019) HQSB/MCRD; PFC Jess Long (1934-2017) US Army; PFC Donald W. Johnson (1931-) 43rd ID HQ; A1C Keith W. Bell (1931-2011) 314th TCW; A3C Michael S. Bell (1946-) 3346th CMS; A1C Sam W. Lee (1954-2017) 2d BW; AW3 Keith J. Price (1975-) VP-10; 1Lt Matthew Wm Bell (1985-) 82nd Abn/SOC








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Spearhead by Adam Makos

 

'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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