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Military and Wartime2375 of 44041940's my Dad maybe just out of Training Navy photo WWII Japanese Rising Sun Banner
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Posted 3 years ago


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I have a old Military trunk sent home by a solider . It has no zip code and I have a hard time reading price on stamps they may say 11 cents ? Any info to ID year of trunk and also it came with some Marine clothes so was he a Marine . I know you military guys can get clues off it for me :-) Thanks for any info . I have had it about 20 years and use to store things in .
It is made of plywood and has a top shelf that comes out to put things under it inside .
Not sure which time period to post under so I picked WWII but I am not sure .

Mystery Solved


  1. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hi Mustang I can't move trunk to better light it is to heavy . I took a look with magnifying glass and flashlight to see it better , a few are Woodruff 1 dollar and 2 are Lincoln 15 cents
    I looked up woodruff stamp and it says On August 29, 1938, the Post Office issued the 1 dollar presidential issue. The engraved image of Wilson was modeled after a medal struck by George Morgan of the US Mint. It looks like stamp on trunk . Does that help :-)
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    I better go look again at them :-) Thanks Mustang I will go back upstairs by attic to look again
  3. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you pack ,official , trunkman,petey, walksoft and Phil :-)
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you musik :-)
  5. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you ROBin :-) I wish they had listed parents name it for sure make it him if the Dad was H. Sweed . How interesting and if he was jewish did his family flee to USA after WWII or before ? So many questions about a soldier and I wonder why no mention he was a Vet in obit ? Good work by you and Mustang . Thank you both so much !!!!!!!!!!!!
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Hi mustang . I have to think it may have been him . Did you by chance know her ? that would be a big stretch to think that :-) It is intriguing to find find a old foot locker and wanting to know the history of it and the man that it belonged to. I am still wondering why no mention in that obit he was a veteran . I know we got it at a auction years ago in Milwaukee .
  7. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Hedge :-)
  8. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 3 years ago
    I have a footlocker identical to this that was used in the Vietnam War. It's a pretty standard item but the names found on these vintage pieces really personalize them.
  9. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    mrmaj I love to know this was a Nam trunk . You know I was a Nam Nurse and have a very special place in my heart for Vietnam Vets . I marked solved but I wish I could track him by his what I guess is his ss # on trunk ? Thanks for the info . I could only hope it was from that time period :-)
  10. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
    Corporal Allen J Sweed was born 19 June 1931 he was drafted into the Army on
    Jan 1, 1951 and was assigned to Korea with the Hq. Co. 366 Engineer Aviation Battalion. He was discharged on Jan 1, 1953. A draftee only has to serve two years of active military service. APO 970 was assigned to Taegu, Korea.
  11. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    wow ttom ! Thanks that is excellent detective work . I guess I was hoping for Nam but just to put a person and a place to trunk is wonderful . I will print it out and attach to inside of trunk so it stays with it always . I can't thank you enough !!!!!!!!
  12. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
    Corporal Sweed with his service number of 55240999 was drafted from the State of Wisconsin. US stands for draftee, RA is for regular Army, NG for National Guard, AR for Army Reserve.
  13. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    ttom Thank you Thank you :-) I knew this man could be traced but without your help would never have found him and his history . Amazing to learn so much about the trunk . I appreciate all the time you put in to this ttom . I am a history buff ,I like to find any provenance on my collections when I can to keep with them as they pass through time and the history of it is lost . :-)
  14. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
    Manikin, I have my dad's foot locker posted on my show and tell. I do have a written history inside the locker for my daughter and someday it will pass down to my grandson.
  15. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
    Dang Mani, totally missed this one. No excuses, other than I'm old and slow. Thanks for sharing!!
  16. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Kerry even if you hurt my feelings by missing it :-) LOL Hope all is good with you and your keeping all the clocks in Mo. running :-) Thanks for the love on trunk it was a mystery man I did not want to be lost as unknown on this trunk . Glad I found out so much about him . It does make for a good storage box for me too :-)
  17. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Kathy :-)
  18. Hems303 Hems303, 2 years ago
    Only just spotted this: Thanks for posting this Mani. You say you were a Nurse!!! I thank you for your Service! (and all Nurses): I owe a whole lot to Nurses after I got "busted up a wee bit!", they nursed me back then kicked my butt out of bed and back onto the straight and narrow, (it took 9 months)
  19. Manikin Manikin, 2 years ago
    Thank you Hems . I was honored to care for my nam guys . It was during nam I got my nickname and to this day it still stuck :-) No not Nurse Rachet LOL but Marty I clearly remember the guy that gave it to me just before he was going to be put on table to have electric shock treatment and I was holding his hand . There are many faces I will never forget .

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