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    Posted 9 years ago

    nsvmom
    (36 items)

    Various things from my grandfather's service in WWII that I put together! I'm pretty proud of the results :)

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    ORIGINAL STEEL SIGN WWII MINEFIELD WARNING SKULL CROSSBONES NOS 1942 ARMY MINE A
    ORIGINAL STEEL SIGN WWII MINEFIELD ...
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    WWII  WW2  German Cigarette Cigar Trench LIGHTER. Rare! Vintage Lighter
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    Vintage Solid Brass WWII Military Pocket Compass Gift
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    Wehrmacht Brass Shot Glass Flak WWII WW2 Germany Army original Trench Art Deco
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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Nice grouping!

      Do you still have his 101st patch?

      scott
    2. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      No POW medals... You must be misidentifying one of them, Jason!
    3. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      I'm definitely glad he wasn't a POW, that's for sure...
    4. jimborasco jimborasco, 9 years ago
      Nicely done, Darlin'
    5. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      A wonderful post & tribute to your grandfather he would be proud.

      Welcome to CW
    6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Wonderful grouping and tribute to a mighty man! So very glad that you have these.
    7. Militarist Militarist, 9 years ago
      Question for ScottVez, I see the bloused trousers in the photo at the upper right and the worn silver dollar but no wings and I can't see the DI's or a Screaming Eagle patch so why do you think the original owner of this group was also with the 101st? Thanks, Fred
    8. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Previous post-- someone said her grandfather was a 101st veteran:

      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/58556-1st-model-luftwaffe-officers-dagger

      scott



      scott
    9. Militarist Militarist, 9 years ago
      Great, thanks.
    10. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      I put everything in the shadowbox that I can confirm it's validity. He attended the 101st reunions, and I have insignia, but I've never confirmed it. So I didn't display the things I wasn't 100% sure about
    11. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      Sorry Jason, no names!
    12. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      The central photograph shows an Anti- Aircraft Command patch. Also, as militarist mentioned the absence of airborne wings would SEEM to indicate no ABN affiliation.

      Maybe a short wartime attachment?

      If you have any unit designations on any paperwork-- someone here will do the research for you.

      scott
    13. chinablue chinablue, 9 years ago
      Not everything connected to his service has been passed along to her. I have his 'jump' wings, other patches, photos and things of Dad's that I'm not ready to let go. She put this up because jimbo had mentioned what a great job she did putting a few things she had together and she wanted to share it. And I agree, she did a wonderful job.
    14. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Hello, nsvmom! I have now learned that Jimbo is your Father! I'm sure that he's following your wonderful posting, so I will take the opportunity to thank him for his service. A mighty soldier. I just noticed that your Father won a Belgian Croix de Guerre with palm!!! He was mentioned in the dispatches. Among Belgian medals, the Croix de Guerre is the highest military honor possible. God bless him.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croix_de_guerre_(Belgium)
    15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Sorry about that! It's a bit late for me. I forgot - the hero of the shadow box is your grandfather.
    16. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Sorry again! I think I'll go to bed : ( I can't see very well, but I think that this is the French Croix de Guerre, not the Belgian. If the creature in the center is a woman in profile and not a lion, it's French. As you see, they're very similar.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Croix_de_guerre
    17. chinablue chinablue, 9 years ago
      Hey miKKo, you got it right in your last post! It might be easier with a playbill though. *L* I'm nsvmom's mother, jimbo is her father and the man in this shadowbox is MY dad. She's married, lives about 5 hours away with her own family now and just started posting some things on here.
      As for the servicemen in the family Jim, served in the Navy during Vietnam as his dad did during WW II (we have very little information about his record) My uncle was on the SS Leopoldville when it was sunk Christmas Eve 1944, but thankfully survived his wounds.
    18. chinablue chinablue, 9 years ago
      And yes, miKKo, it's French. :-)
    19. Harborguy Harborguy, 9 years ago
      Wonderful display. Thank you for sharing.
    20. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      Thanks for all the love and posts, everybody :)
    21. kerry10456 kerry10456, 9 years ago
      Great Display, Thanks for sharing, and welcome to the CW forum, I'm a little slow at the "Welcome" but that's me, a little slow, lol
    22. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      Thanks, kerry! :) I appreciate the welcome, and have enjoyed sharing some of my treasures with everyone :)
    23. jonima jonima, 9 years ago
      It's great that these items have been preserved. I have a friend whose kids and husband aren't interested at all in her previous years in the military. She just gives her stuff away since her family doesn't care. Kinda sad.
    24. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      I couldn't imagine having a home without some type of history in it. Yeah, you make your own history, but it's better to build on something, I think!
    25. walksoftly walksoftly, 9 years ago
      Couldn't agree more!
    26. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Hi, chinablue! Your father was a mighty warrior! Thank you very much for the information on your family's military service. Yes, your family is very well respresented in the chivalry department. I am very grateful for their service all, and thank them humbly. Thank you for your service, Jim! My own father served in the US Navy during WWII, and we too have very little information about his service. Like your father, chinablue, he did not talk much about the war. Most of his comments concerned the great suffering of children in the war, and how little he could do to alleviate it. Some comments on fellow military men who tried to make a fool of him. A painting painted for him by a Japanese prisoner of war, and a comic sketch of him by one of his sailors. My grandmother saved his decorations, but my brothers lost them, and I don't know much at all about his service. Fortunately, there are now online resources where we can recover some sketch of their service. I have not yet done this, as I am very poor at such searches. Time for me to learn. Best wishes!

    27. nsvmom nsvmom, 9 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the love! I missed it all during the power outages! :) Mikko, I'm sorry that your brothers lost your father's decorations :( I'd have some brothers in major trouble if they'd done that to me! You should be able to do extensive research, as long as the records are in tact. That's part of our problem, is that the records were destroyed in an archive fire. We've got nothing to go on other than our own records. Hopefully you can piece together some lost history!
    28. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Hi, nsvmom! Thanks very much for the tips! I will see if this old head of mine
      can learn how to do that kind of research. : )
    29. antiquesareamazing antiquesareamazing, 9 years ago
      You certainly should be proud of the results! I know I've contemplated something like this for my Grandfather's Army patches/photos.
      Great Display!!
    30. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Thank you very much, AR8Jason!!! I've sent some info on my father to your personal email address. : )

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