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    WW2 A-2 leather flight jacket

    Was a bit hesitant to just donate it after hearing some horror stories. So instead I sold it at a acution and got a good buck for it when bidding stopped. Was thinking to send the money to the scolarship fund of the 3rd Inf Div at first. Then I realized my grandaughter in college would be a great recipient of the money. Myself being a ww2 Inf. 3rd Div vet and her other grandfather being a ww2 Marine vet from many PTO battles. So that is what I did. This will give her some more colledge money to continue.
  2. Dont quite know if this is the correct spot for this post BUT--- Need some input on where to donate a very good condition A-2 WW2 leather flight jacket. It was given to me years ago with some other things from a lifelong friend who served as a Air Force gunner on a B-24 in the 15th Air Force prior to his death. I know the damn things are worth big bucks but cant feel right in just selling it. I want it to go to some organization that would put it to good historical use. Any ideas??? Pics enclosed,. He served in Italy as a Sgt. (B-25 gunner) and also was in on the bombing of the Ploesti Oil refineries. He returned safely at wars end and was one of my best friends from school days tio the time he passed on.
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    US Army Divisions Print - History Shots

    Marion: I find this statement of yours strange. "more combat days than any division in the Theatre. The 34th Division suffered 3,337 killed in action, 14,165 wounded in action, and 3,460 missing in action, for a total of 21,362 battle casualties. Casualties of the Division are considered to be the highest of any Division in the theatre when daily per capita fighting strengths are considered..." How does one arive at this figure? The 3rd Infantry Div had 531 days of combat and had 27,977 battle casualties. Order of Battle book and my "History of the 3rd Inf. Div in WW 2" book edited by Donald Taggard and Published by the Infantry Journal Press in 1946 closely agree, along with the figures you published.
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    Memorial DAy USA

    Actually I dont recall Memorial Day back in '45 and wha I/we did. It was only about 3 weeks after wars end in ETO. Our company was billetted in civilian houses taken over by the Military in a small village in Austria. Trouble was though, roumor had it that our 3rd Inf Div. was slated to go to the Pacific Theatre of Operations. Which never happened. Thank God. Today, I just rode a few miles back in the woods on my ATV and sat a while. Reminiceing about the many friends and buddies I lost, and being thankfull to God for bringing me home alive. No one around me so I could do some recalling of what happened and then putting it deep back in my memory. A couple of quiet hours of remembering and then back home. No flags waving, no music, just a quiet couple of hours in THEIR honor. So maybe I didnt celibrate it the proper way, but it was my way.
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    English-french dictionary

    Paul: Its funny the way some of the foreign language words got "basterdized" into the G.I. language. Like (mugi ?) for food or eating, like (Parti?) for getting to hell out of a place, and (beacaup ?) for many. Took me years to get it out of my vocabulary as people back home couldnt understand what I was saying. Also certain "bad words" we commonly used added to them which for a while caused me much embarasment for a while until I got civilized again. My Dad who was a badly wounded ETO vet and sent back home prior to me, would just look at me with a smile and shake his head, like "no", but it kind of shook up the rest a bit. Didnt take too long to get civillized again though.. I believe you were with the 36th Div. Seems like the 36th, the 45th and our 3rd Div were kind of brother outfits many times in many places.. Joe
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    M1 Garand

    Yes, you guys are right. It is a competion setup for the AR-15. 1 in 8 twist barrell for the .223 Siera 69 gr. match bullets. Can only be used in Target Rifle Class, for Service rifle class I ran stock G.I. parts (modified for legality). And yes that is a Chineese SKS (7.62 X 30 ). Also correct, damn it I sold my Match Grade Springfield M1A1. It was not my favorite rifle though. Somehow we never hit it off too well together. That is why it is missing. Enclosing pic of my main reloading bench. Somehow we 3 should get together, even via E mail for a good bull session. Joe
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    M1 Garand

    rennog: Slight difference in opinion here on owning weapons. As a country boy I was brought up with guns since I could manage to keep it from dragging in the dirt. During our big depression here from 1929-1939 they kept meat on the table around here. They were a tool and one cherishes good tools. Yes, I carried a M-1 rifle and later a Thompson SMG in Infantry combat, Again, they were necessary tools of keeping alive. And many times I cussed their weight and the weight of of the ammo carried. But, I was not "turned off" by them. Fact is, after wars end a few of us "country boys" enjoyed our hunting in Germany while waiting to go home.. Our cooks also enjoyed cooking up a company meal of German raebucks (deer) for the company after a hunt. Fact is, even to this day I still shoot at our club range, and have a 40 ft. range in my basement for handguns and light rifle shooting. Also do all my own reloading for rifles, handguns, and shotguns. I have shot in competition till about 6 years ago and since then just for enjoyment due to age. Hopefully enclosing a pic of some of my longuns. The handguns I deep in a file cabinet mostly. I still find it a enjoyable hobby. Our laws here are not too restrictive as yet. Joe
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    More photos of 3rd Inf Div

    Marion: Nice pics Giles sent in. Giles got hold of me via E mail and have sent him a couple of my pics and some of Russ's (3-7-I Recon's) pics with a lot of back and forth E mails. Just thought you would like to know we got together . Looking over some old WW 2 pics I cant help but wonder how we ever made out with so litle we carried with us, and still existed, in comparison to the amount of "stuff" our modern army men carry with them in combat.
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    Custerman: No way are the EIB and CIB related. The EIB is awarded for passing tests in training. The CIB was awarded for being under enemy small arms fire in combat. The EIB is strictly for passing tests to get one. ( the safe way ). I beleive both came out in late '43 but the Combat Medics badge didnt get authorized till early '45. Which was not the way it should have been done and should have been authorized along with the EIB? and the CIB. Our Combat Medics were our lifeline to us dogfaces. They also deserved the same credit. Never saw anyone sporting a EIB, in a Infanry outfit during or after WW 2 prior to comming home.
  10. Finally after a few unanswered calls got hold of the old critter. Seems like both he and his wife were in the hospital recently. He sounded pretty good on the phone and was very glad to hear from me. However his computer use is not the greatest lately. I have E mailed him quite often and still will even though he cant seem to reply. Also E mailed our L company commander (Sherm Pratt, 3rd Bn. 7th Reg ) and recieved a reply that he is not doing well . Sort of a bad day for me. Time for me to make up a double Jack Daniels and well water and go up and watch a old John Wayne western and count my blessings . Makes one wonder.
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    Expert Infantry Badge

    Roque: I believe the EIB came out the same time the CIB was authorized. And you are not alone, I never saw a EIB (being worn ) as of yet either. Just pics of it. I still cant figure out just why the Combat Medics Badge took till early '45 to be authorized as our medics sure deserved it. And now a "combat action patch ?) or something. for hearing a explosion in the distance or God knows what ?
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    Expert Infantry Badge

    Custerman: Combat Medics Badge was from Mar. 3 '45. During both the war in ETO and the war in the PTO. I cant recall seeing a officer or enlisted man wearing a EIB during or immediately after wars end in ETO. I feel it was well past time when the Combat Medics Badge was issued and should have been done the same time as the CIB was authorized. in late '43. CIB was authorized for officers rank up to Col. during ww2 and possibly no changes in other wars/conflicts since.
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    Expert Infantry Badge

    Quote: ". Due to the rigid testing procedures, many holders of the EIB value it more than the CIB. ".. I'm afraid I cant agree with that bit. At least during WW 2. How about it Roque, and you, Watson, agree with that??? The CIB , and the Combat Medic Badge are earned the "real hard way" . Not from a classroom test, or a few hikes, or a day at the rifle range plus other testing and at days end hot chow and a beer to celibrate passing a test and then back to a nice warm bed. Sure, just maybe a few didnt truely "earn" a CIB in reality during WW 2 but almost all sure did earn it.. My CIB is my most cherishted award of all I recieved.
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    Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy

    Hey Roque: I asked Marion to keep me at my old rank of PFC and she wouldnt or couldnt do it. This rank is WAY out of my line as a PFC. rifleman but thats the way it goes I guess. So just enjoy "battlefield promotions" and live with it.
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    Hey Steve: Here is a all original A-2 leather flight jacket, also from the 15th A.F. in Italy. It belonged to my lifelong friend Sgt. John J. Cosby, New Monmouth NJ, who was a B-24 gunner in Italy and given to me prior to his death a few years ago. It was made during WW 2 by J.A. Burow. Right now it is on E Bay for sale. Jacket is a litttle big for my daughter.
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    Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy

    Hi Watson: Welcome aboard the forum. Its great to have another line company dogface with us. I'm afraid I was with a different Division in WW 2. The 3rd Inf Div. Keep on posting and to hell with spelling, punctuation, and typing mistakes. They dont matter much anyway.. Yes Watson, I was a PFC Rifleman. And Roque, leg getting useable enough for a trip on the ATV back in the woods this afternoon for some more trail cleanp.
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    Hey Al. Glad someone got to enjoy Berchtesgaden. Hope we left you guys enough drinkables. After my 3rd Bn. 7th Inf Reg. captured and cleared Berchtesgaden on the afternoon of 4 May '45 we were "requested" to leave on the morning of May 6. Naturally, our vehicles were loaded to the gills with old Goeriings booze cellar drinkables but we couldnt carry all of them with other goodies we left with. By the morning of the 6th Berchtes was a mass of other troops. This was our final objective in WW 2. On May 5 even the 101 A.B. showed up and many authorized and unauthorized soldiers showed up for "souvineers". I am somewhere in this pic but God only knows where.
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    Vera Lynn

    Lennon: Vera Lynn was one of my favorites and have almost all of these songs on my computer and disk or/and tape. the "nightengales sang in berkely square" I didnt have though. But I now have it thanks to you . Many thanks from a old U.S. WW 2 vet. She was admired in the U.S. as much as in England.
  19. On this day 61 years ago on May 7 '45 (if my figuring is correct) I was in a small village in Austria near Salzburg. Our company was finished billeting in civilian houses for the first time. The actual war was over (we knew it even a day prior to the signing). It was great to be alive after the battles. Three days prior we (3rd Bn 7th Reg, 3rd Inf. Div.) had just captured and cleared Berchtesgaden and after being there 2 days were "requested" to move out. In 2 days it was filled with "tourist troops". Now became getting civilized. Beds, bathrooms, hot food, real coffee, and no one trying to kill you. Our only worry was about being shipped to the Pacific, which never happened. Shortly we were issued "class A" clothes, C.I.B's and any other ribbons that were lost or not recieved yet. A great day to be still alive. Seems like it was only last year or so, not 61 years ago. I am sure 3-7-I Recon and Sherm Pratt felt the same way even though they were not in that small village. Sherms I company was billeted in a castle IN a lake nearby.
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    Hey Roque: Got to agree with you. Last tray I saw was on he troopship (Queen Mary) going overseas. Just messkits and many times just a spoon carried in my boot top. Never had to cut C or K rations in a can. The (p-38) can opener was usually carried on my dog tag chain just in case the neglected to add it..
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    M1 Garand

    Custerman: You are fairly correct. However most of the searches were prior to shipboard going home and had none after that that I know of. Almost anything non- G.I. could be sent home including any foreign weapons from enemy countries that was not stricltly against our gun laws then. At wars end I sent many packages of foreign "things" home including weapons and new unbarreled Mauser actions, parts, paintings, and the likes. All packages were recieved by the Treasury Dept., Bureau of Customs and then after inspection (or taking out what they wanted for themselves or friends), as sent to the addressee. In my case someone wanted my Mauser .22 cal target rifle I sent home. I did not open any of the boxes imediately on returning and found out this Mauser .22 was "confiscated" by soneone and my writing and complaining did no good. See photo of THEIR REPLY. Sending or bringing back any legal "trophies" was simple if one obeyed the rules and few of us wished to be caught doing it illegaly as it would hold up our return home. The reat of the things I sent or brought home arived safely and no Duty Charges were incured. letter.TIF
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    M1 Garand

    Rennog: Just wondering how you know one of the Wincs. was "left over from the Battle of the Bulge"??? U.S. military equiptment such as firearms were not allowed to be sent home (as were U.S. legal forign non-full autos) and few returning G.I.'s would chance being caught trying this, specially with a M-1 which even when taken apart was still pretty big to hide.. Most of us were only interested in getting home with being delayed (or punished) for something like this.
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    American Heroes - MOH

    The 3rd Inf. Div. (ETO) had 39 MOH's awarded to its members in WW 2. The history of each is in the "History of the Third Infantry Division in WW 2" book. The 3rd Inf. Div. also had the highest number of battle casualies of any U.S. Division in WW 2. The numbers Marion posted from "Order of Battle" seems to agree with the figures in its own History. In fact it shows all figures for each major campaign/battle area, by dates (from - to) with battle and non battle casualies and R.T.U.' s and replacements. Only thing not showing was Div. size each time which should have been aprox. 15,000 but usually around 12, 000 or less, due to a lack of casualty replacements..
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    American Heroes - MOH

    Dogdaddy: Damn it, that pic you posted was so typical of the dirty, smellly, hungry, tired typical combat soldier. Were we EVER that young. I will bet the farm that that pic was taken with a "liberated" camera that still had some film in it, then the camera thrown away and the film kept till a time came to get it developed. This seemed to be a S.O.P. back then. That pic reminds me so much of one of the few taken of me/us during ww2. Enclosing photo of some smelly, dirty G.I.s taken in Germany. Me on the left. Even the expressions of the faces are similar.
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    Vet recalls intense fighting in Italy

    Roque: Hope your buddy shows up in the forum. Only E mail I recieved is forewards. Dont think my old buddy Recon is doing too well. No answere to my E mails so am calling him tomorro to check up on him. Sure would love to get together with you and Marion for a chicken dinner but I am not much on traveling far anymore.