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Grandfather's personal items

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by w8liftr, Nov 6, 2008.

  1. w8liftr

    w8liftr Member

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    Here are some of my grandfather's personal items from WWII

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    banner is 6 ft long

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    Hitler torn off a banner (note the blood stains)

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    close up of German pins/medals

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    Close up front

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    rear

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    pendant front

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    pendant rear

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  3. w8liftr

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    officer's pistol, French I think, but he took it from a German

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    Box he kept, one of my dad's siblings wrote on it!

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    Sorry for the multiple post, but I didn't want to crowd them together.

    My dad said he is sure he and his brothers and sisters lost many items, German Crosses, etc., growing up. He talks about how dumb that was now, lol.
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Looks great. Have you considered having the professionally mounted in shadow boxes? He worked hard for that Ruptured Duck.

    Do you have the citation that went with the Silver Star? What did he do to earn it?
     
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    Thanks Slipdigit.

    Yes, I am working on the shadow box. These still belong to my dad, so I want to do it for him.

    Haven't found the papers yet, still going through boxes of papers, but I hope to locate them. I hope the requests I have put in help with the information.
     
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    great stuf, however post 1, picture 4 , left medal has wrong ribbon.

    cheers

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    Thanks Herr. I haven't done any research on the German items yet, that will help.
     
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    macrusk Proud Daughter of a Canadian WWII Veteran

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    Thanks for sharing W8lifter.

    Jeff, Can you clarify what you meant by working hard for the Ruptured Duck? I don't know what it is and what it signifies. Thanks!
     
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    Slipdigit Good Ol' Boy Staff Member WW2|ORG Editor

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    Michelle,

    The Ruptured Duck is the nickname given to the Honorable Discharge Lapel Pin or cloth insignia version of it. In the first picture above, it is the green and gold, diamond shaped cloth patch, that has the funny looking eagle on it, just above the OISE patch. During and following the war, it was worn by discharged US servicemen to show that they had been honorably discharged. I think they were authorized to wear their uniforms for 30 days, with this insignia on it.
     
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    macrusk Proud Daughter of a Canadian WWII Veteran

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    Thanks, Jeff.

    I caught part of 30 Seconds Over Tokyo today and it was at the part where they first call Lt. Ted W. Lawson's plane a "Ruptured Duck." Found this as well on Wikpedia The Ruptured Duck (B-25 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) which also has part of your explanation in addition to information on the plane.
     
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    great pictures and some nice items too. Thank you for posting sharing these with us.
     
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    Great items! Thanks for sharing! Hope you are able to put together the pieces with the paperwork you still need to go thru! I would love to read of his experiences, if you have any stories to share!
     
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    Wow, he came back with a load of great loot. :D
     
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    I don't know how I missed this great thread but-wow, those are some nice items your G/Father brought back.
     
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    Very nice items. Does anybody know what pistol that is?
     
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    Thanks for the comments. Sorry I have been away for such a long time.
     
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    WOW! That is an awesome collection thanks for posting it!
     
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    That "pendant" is the centerpiece of a rosary. You might already know this. It looks like it is still attached to the chain. If it is whole I would love to see a picture of the whole thing.

    Also i found your pistol I think. Here is a link to the picture and also the site, it is 3/4s of the way down the page.

    Says: The French firm Manufacture D’Armes Des Pyrenees had a Ruby type pistol in production as the Unique 17. Germany kept it in production & procured about 30,000 of them.

    Now your handgun is a bit more elegant looking than the one pictured. Could have been an officer's or a private purchased handgun. Also, do you know the story behind it? Where he captured the weapon? I myself have a Mauser HSC that I got from a vet. He took it off a German officer during the battle of the bulge. Has the original holster and ammo. Generally these pistols were police issued or parade grade pieces but when supplies ran short they were issued to the front lines.

    I would love to hear the history on your pieces if you know them.

    Heres your links:

    Google Image Result for http://www.carbinesforcollectors.com/48_1

    http://www.carbinesforcollectors.com/48_1
     
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    true, i never saw this thread before - great stuff and thanks for sharing!
     

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