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This starts part 3 of showing nice U.S. stuff

Please check out the first 2 parts!

Lots of goodies!

1st pic is Cival War group!


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WW2 Marine sword!


Pearl Harbor stuff!

I really like Pearl Harbor items!


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Pvon, is that your 1860? One of the sweetest Colt BP, next to the 1862 Pocket Police, my opinion.
looks to be in super condition, I like the blue-brown patina finish.
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forgot to add this pic

I like cased ones!

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Vice Adm Smedburg tails uniform!

Revell toy co made model Iowa and gave to him!

He did command the Iowa!

And ww1 sheet music,and Marine and FDR

They make nice display!

Many collectors like posters!

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I like buttons also!

Some folks collect wings,badges etc

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Some folks collect lighters!

WW1,Korea Viet Nam

I had 25 from Nam!

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I like oddball stuff! In my yrs of collecting I have picked up some neat items!

May 8 1942 at the battle of Coral Sea ,the USS Lexington was lost!

from wikipedia


The Battle of the Coral Sea, from 4 to 8 May 1942, was a major naval battle between the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) and naval and air forces of the United States and Australia. Taking place in the Pacific Theatre of World War II, the battle is historically significant as the first action in which aircraft carriers engaged each other and the first in which the opposing ships neither sighted nor fired directly upon one another.

In an attempt to strengthen their defensive position in the South Pacific, the Japanese decided to invade and occupy Port Moresby (in New Guinea) and Tulagi (in the southeastern Solomon Islands). The plan, Operation Mo, involved several major units of Japan's Combined Fleet. They included two fleet carriers and a light carrier to provide air cover for the invasion forces, under the overall command of Admiral Shigeyoshi Inoue.

The U.S. learned of the Japanese plan through signals intelligence and sent two U.S. Navy carrier task forces and a joint Australian-American cruiser force to oppose the offensive, under the overall command of U.S. Admiral Frank J. Fletcher.

On 3–4 May, Japanese forces successfully invaded and occupied Tulagi, although several of their supporting warships were sunk or damaged in surprise attacks by aircraft from the U.S. fleet carrier Yorktown. Now aware of the presence of enemy carriers in the area, the Japanese fleet carriers advanced towards the Coral Sea with the intention of locating and destroying the Allied naval forces. On the evening of 6 May, the two carrier forces came within 70 nmi (81 mi; 130 km) of each other, unbeknownst to anyone. On 7 May, both sides launched airstrikes. Each mistakenly believed they were attacking their opponent's fleet carriers, but were actually attacking other units, with the U.S. sinking the Japanese light carrier Shōhō and the Japanese sinking a U.S. destroyer and heavily damaging a fleet oiler, which was later scuttled. The next day, each side found and attacked the other's fleet carriers, with the Japanese fleet carrier Shōkaku damaged, the U.S. fleet carrier Lexington critically damaged and later scuttled, and the fleet carrier Yorktown damaged. With both sides having suffered heavy losses in aircraft and carriers damaged or sunk, the two forces disengaged and retired from the area. Because of the loss of carrier air cover, Inoue recalled the Port Moresby invasion fleet with the intention of trying again later.

Although a victory for the Japanese in terms of ships sunk, the battle would prove to be a strategic victory for the Allies in several ways. The battle marked the first time since the start of the war that a major Japanese advance had been checked by the Allies. More importantly, the Japanese fleet carriers Shōkaku and Zuikaku, the former damaged and the latter with a depleted aircraft complement, were unable to participate in the Battle of Midway the following month, but Yorktown participated on the Allied side, which made for rough parity in aircraft between the adversaries and contributed significantly to the U.S. victory. The severe losses in carriers at Midway prevented the Japanese from reattempting to invade Port Moresby by sea and helped prompt their ill-fated land offensive over the Kokoda Track. Two months later, the Allies took advantage of Japan's resulting strategic vulnerability in the South Pacific and launched the Guadalcanal Campaign. That and the New Guinea Campaign eventually broke Japanese defenses in the South Pacific and were significant contributors to Japan's ultimate surrender, marking the end of World War II.



I had found a scrapbook many yrs ago that belonged to a sailor from the Lexington!


I hope to show more pics in Collectors Corner!

Many of you have served in the navy!

Maybe some will show things or ships,subs, planes they have seen or served on!


Tell us the time period!

Or maybe things you collect!


I had 2 relatives I found out were lost in WW2 on navy ships,drowned!

I have been told they have the info and medals engraved to them!


Japanese Kamikaze planes!



History is interesting! I hope to learn more!


83 yr old aunt just told me ,and cousin on other side told me her grandmothers brother was lost!

She has medals!


I hope to see them this summer!



Look for more info on the Lexington that I will post!


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USS Lexington and the March to War in the Pacific: On March 4, 2018, an expedition funded by philanthropist Paul Allen discovered the shattered remnants of the aircraft carrier USS Lexington two miles below the ocean’s surface in the Coral Sea. The first full-sized fleet carrier to serve in the U.S. Navy, the Lady Lex had sunk to its watery grave nearly seventy-six years earlier, fighting the first, frenetic carrier-on-carrier battle in history.

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Anyone have stuff on USS Arizona,Iowa,Neveda,all ww2 ships! Hornet!


I did get some things from USS Thresher,sub lost in 1960's!


Scorpion was a sub lost also!



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The Lex scrapbook was signed by many members after rescue!

I had wrote the Lex association on infoand showed them the scrap book!


They were able to look up names and contact living members!

Sadly most did not remember signing! They were old!

And most were placed on other ships!

the Lex association told me how many performers had come on ship!


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More pics and info

signed by 23

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Nice Marine sword!


Great US medal book

Silver Stars before issue

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Cival war!!!!

Back in 2007

I got to meet one of the Band of Brothers!!!!

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Nice little group!

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Great "little" group cheers, R

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Group from Bob Rodgers

The dress uniform (with Theater Made Ribbons) of Lt Gen. Selmon Willard “Jim” Wells, who, among many other things, served as Inspector General of the United States Air Force from 1969-1971.

Wells began his 30+ year career with the US Air Force in late 1941.After earning his Pilot Wings in 1942, he
was immediately deployed with the 312th BG to the Southwest Pacific area. He was initially squadron commander in the 389th BS, and was eventually promoted to Group Commander. During the course of WWII, he would fly a total of 140 missions in the famed A-20 Havoc bomber, as well as flying several late war missions in the experimental B-32 bomber.

In November of 1945, after more than proving his worth as a pilot and as a leader, Wells was named Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the Fifth Bomber Command HQ.

Later, he would return to the US in 1946 to become the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence of the 12th Air Force. After this, in 1949, he became the Operations Officer for the 22nd BG, where he would fly in 17 combat missions over Korea in that capacity, further proving his superb aviation and leadership skills in combat.

In 1953 his assignment changed to being Deputy Commander of the 9th Bombardment Wing. Wells would retain similar levels of command in different Bomb Groups for the rest of his career, until 1969, when he would be promoted to Lieutenant General and assigned as the Inspector General of the USAF, a position he would hold until 1971. It must be noted that before his promotion to Lt Gen., he volunteered to fly in several combat missions in B-52 and KC-135 bombers and aerial refuelers over Vietnam.

Wells would later retire after a distinguished career that involved combat service in three different wars, 30+ years, and over 10,000 hours of logged flight time.

He would later pass away at the age of 94 in 2010, when his death would be formally announced by the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, a highly distinguished honor, and a fitting tribute to a hero of Wells’ stature.

The awards he amassed throughout his distinguished career include:

The Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Army Distinguished Service Medal, three Legion of Merits, three Distinguished Flying Crosses, the Bronze Star, eight Air Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, a Purple Heart, two Presidential Unit Citations, an Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the WWII Victory Medal, the Army and Air Force Occupation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, eight Air Force Longevity Awards, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the UN Korean Service Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

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Bob was a long time collector of german daggers by maker and started World Daggers
now run by Jim Wallace!

Bob was a vet navy!

He has changed his focus to US admirals tunics and things!

He goes by Eickhorn 60 I believe!

Trying to get Bob to share his new passion!

Bob also had his own military forum that many of you old timers re member!

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Bob is sharing some of his collection!

General Collins Army!

And the Air Force General we first started with!

Many yrs ago I had Generals visors and uniforms!

Very impressive things!


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A few of my Generals items

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Thanks for posting my stuff. I will try to load stuff when i have time

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More of Bobs

He likes the navy!

A Major General group!

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Major General Robt Creel Marshal



Bob has just sent word he had a fire last nite! Smoke damage!!!!!!!!! Hope all is well and ok!

He has sent large amount of pics,medals uniforms to share!

Hope this doesn't turn tragic!

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Wow, I sure would like to find one of those cabinets. Those do not look as deep as the blue print cabinets.
Great for daggers and medals.
The search goes on.
Very nice stuff Bob.
Ed


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