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    Posted 7 years ago

    Tanni
    (47 items)

    A pair of stirling silver sweetheart trinkets from the war. They belonged to.... Betsy who was my grandmother and Chris who is my grandfather.
    Chris A Kumnick Jr. was a Col. In the USAF and a Master Navigator/Observer.
    It's been said that.... "The pilot flys the plain... While the Navigator/Observer fights the plain". Col. Chris A Kumnick Jr. served in WWII, The Korean War and The Vietnam War. He was part of the A.A.F. (Army Air Force), F.E.A.F. (Far East Air Force), R.A. (Regular Army), U.S.A.F. (United States Air Force) and S.A.C. (Strategic Air Command).
    He was Born on Feb, 6, 1919 in Bryan Ohio and died on March, 17, 2017 in Fairfield CA.

    I hope you all enjoy !

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    1. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 7 years ago
      Those are great!
    2. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Great wings. Looks like your grandfather was a Navigator in the Army Air Corps during WW2.

      Fantastic that these have stayed in the family. It is unusual to find a sweetheart bracelet paired up with his bracelet.

      Are you familiar with his service-- many of us would enjoy seeing other souvenirs of his service.

      Thanks for sharing.

      scott
    3. Tanni Tanni, 7 years ago
      I'm in the process of researching what I've found so far.

      Unfortunately I don't remember much of his stories. I was a bit too young to appreciate them. And now he's 97 and a bit to old to tell me about them.

      I do have some pretty amazing souvenirs of his service time.

      I'm actually trying to figure out how to post my favorite one.

      He took a Currency bill from wherever he was stationed and had some of the other Air men sign it. It pretty incredible. It's also very long.

      Thanks for the comment. It's nice to see that people still enjoy and care.


    4. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      The signed bills are known as a "short snorter" and were popular among WW2 service men. I have seen them many times in WW2 groupings. Here is a link about them:

      http://www.shortsnorter.org/

      scott
    5. Tanni Tanni, 7 years ago
      Thank you so much for sharing that link !

      I absolutely enjoyed looking at all those "short snorters".

      I did see that on one of my Grandfather's noat's but I just thought it was his nickname or something...lol
    6. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Glad to help out. When you have time, please share some photos of your grandfather's short snorter on this site.

      scott
    7. Tanni Tanni, 7 years ago
      I definitely will.
    8. Tanni Tanni, 7 years ago
      Btw thank you Efesgirl ! :)
    9. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Here is some more information from the National Archives that may be of interest:

      https://aad.archives.gov/aad/record-detail.jsp?dt=893&mtch=1&cat=WR26&tf=F&q=chris+kumnick&bc=sl&rpp=10&pg=1&rid=1726272

      Based on your grandfather's wings and later service number (with an "O"), he went on to be commissioned.

      scott
    10. Tanni Tanni, 7 years ago
      THAT IS SO AWESOME !!!

      Thank you for your time and effort. I'm truly appreciate it.

      I've found some interesting information myself.

      I'm just not exactly sure if I should post it or not.

      I really want to share though



    11. scottvez scottvez, 7 years ago
      Once again glad to help out.

      Have a happy New Year!

      scott
    12. Tanni Tanni, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the love
      Newfld
      And all the other's that I've missed over time !
    13. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      Beautiful tribute !~
    14. Tanni Tanni, 4 years ago
      Thank you PhilDMorris
      And Collectables59

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