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    We have rescue cats, and I especially love Tortie cats! My special baby was a tortie named Avis, who we were blessed to have for 8 1/2 wonderful years!

    My Interests:
    WWII History (French Resistance, Airplanes, the Kiska Campaign and more!), Genealogy, Drawing pencil portraits, hand-sewing, and more!

    French Resistance medals, patches, pins, etc. (Only have a few)
    -M1943 Swiss Officer's Dagger
    -USN Diver/SCUBA diver pins and patches (Actually, interested in foreign military Diver pins or patches, too)
    -Philippine Defense and Philippine Liberation Medals
    -B-17 and B-24D Load Adjusters

    I am just getting into doing displays, and so far have done two commemorating two Uncles who served. I really like the QMC and the AAC. I like wing badges (particulary aerial gunner wings), WWI PFC patches (the round wool felt ones), and anything to do with SCUBA diving. I really want to try my hand at painting a leather patch (like the WWII bomber jacket patches) and would like to try making my own bullion patch.

    I am a Christian, was homeschooled all the way, and am planning on being a wife and mother when the time comes! I live in the semi-country in mid-Ohio with my Mom, Dad, and twin sister.

    Right now I am on a limited budget, but am really enjoying getting to know the different wing varieties and decide what I would like to collect.

    I also don't mind helping out with researching! I have ancestry world and several other things. No problem helping out when you have a name that stumps you! Also, if you want some big researching projects, I am open to trading for some small military items (like ribbons or patches or mini medals or pins for displays, etc.). Feel free to send me a message!

    My newest hobby --- embroidering my own military patches! That's hand embroidering - no machine at all! So far I've done eight. If you are interested in having me custom make an embroidered patch for you, feel free to send me a PM! It all depends on the design and detail of each patch. I'm open to trades or pay!

    We really like classic WWII films, and have seen so many! Right now I am compiling a list of the WWII films we've seen. Favorites include "Edge of Darkness" (1943), "Air Force" (1943), "Sink the Bismark!", "The Longest Day", "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison", "Objective, Burma", etc.

    Latest WWII books I've read:
    "On the Bottom" by Commander Ellsberg. About the raising of S-51.
    "At All Costs" by Sam Moses. About the SS Ohio and the convoy to Malta.
    "The Sledge Patrol" by David Howarth. About Greenland during WWII and the Greenland and American defense of the uninhabited side of the nation.

    Favorite WWII book: "Soldiers of Darkness" by David Schoenbrun.



    -USAAC/AAF Snoopy Tool
    -USAAC Flight Wrench
    -M1943 Swiss Officer's Dagger
    -C-1 vest USN/USAAF Survival pocket knife
    -TA-1 Field Phone set
    -UK France & Germany Star
    -UK Arctic Star medal
    -WWII Norwegian Participation Medal
    -Soviet Navy Cap Badge (gold, c.1990 era)
    -Soviet Submarine Badge (gold side-view of sub, c. 1990 era)
    -mini Legion d'Honneur
    -mini Croix de Guerre
    -French WWII Commemorative medal
    -French WWII/postWWII Legion d'Honneur
    -UK Crimea medal (original, w/ or w/o ribbon and up to the four army clasps)
    -WWII-era Expert badge with Bayonet bar
    -WWII-era Marksman badge with Rifle bar
    -Royal Scots Greys collar device
    -UK Military Cross
    -French WWII Order of Liberation Medal
    -French WWII Rhin & Moselle Resistance medal
    -French WWII Volunteer Combattants Cross Medal
    -French WWII FFI badges or patches of any sort
    -Anything to do with French Resistance, as I am always looking!
    -Pre-Castro Cuba stuff (like bring-backs from guys there, or the Cuban Pacification medal, etc.)
    -Diver knives
    -WWII-postWWII German Occupation MP stuff
    -WWII Flight Engineer wings
    -WWII Load Adjusters (Bomber slide rules), particularly B-17 and B-24D!
    -1909 Bolo Knife
    -Would love to have a variety of assorted ribbons
    -Would love to have rank pins of assorted ranks
    -WWI QMC Collar Device
    -Any QMC collar devices (officer or enlisted) or QMC rank patches
    -WWII Armoured Corps Officer collar devices
    -WWI Wool Overseas Cap
    - "Juarez" Pilot Wings
    -any US or foreign diver pins or patches (I have a subdued 1st Class diver pin and a silver Salvage Diver pin))
    -WWI PFC patches (the round ones, where the branch emblem is embroidered or sewn in the center. Just love these and would like to find different ones. I have a cook/baker, QMC, Infantry, Chemical, Ordinance, Tank, Coxswain, Wagoner)
    -1 3/8" Aircrew wings from WWII era
    -Philippine Insurrection Campaign Medal (full-size)
    -Philippine Defense Medal (full-size)
    -Philippine Liberation Medal (full-size)
    -US Silver Life Saving Medal (Any era)
    -Antarctic Service medal (full size with "Wintered Over" bar)
    -Antarctic Service medal lapel button and/or ribbon with WO device
    -USN Arctic Service ribbon
    -Any aerial gunner wings, any size
    -US Antarctic Expedition Medal
    -WWII-era Glider Badge
    -Glider Pilot Wings
    -Glider and Para-Glider patches (the round ones with a glider and/or parachute on it)
    -WWII Nurse collar device
    -Army of Cuban Occupation medal
    -Army of Cuban Pacification medal
    -2" or 3" WWII-era navigator or observer wings
    - USAAC Qualification Badge (the one that looks like you are looking into the nose of a four-prop engine, and you hang bars from the bottom, i.e. "AP Mechanic")
    - WWI Victory Medals (any country, any shape, with/without ribbon)
    - WWI Victory Medal Bars
    - "Coffee Brewing" manual
    -MP armband
    -MP collar devices (enlisted and/or officer)
    -Dog tag from vet whose address was Belle Center, Ohio
    -Army Service Forces Patch
    -Coast Guard Patch (like the CG emblem, generic)
    -CWO2 pins
    -CPharmWO2 USCG pin
    -WWI-WWII bayonet
    -MP night sticks/billy clubs
    -USS Dallas Patch
    -USCG pin (where it is the USCG emblem)
    -Arctic tab patch
    -USCG Surfman Badge
    -Manhatten Project Patch
    -Early style USCG Commendation Medal
    -Old style US Coast Guard hat device
    -USCG shield and caduseus lower sleeve patch (1950s-60s era, pref.)
    -USCG Chief Petty Officer Hat device
    -USCG Chief Hospital Corpsman rank sleeve patch

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  1. Thanks so much for the added info! I'm going to have to look in to these soon! I love the look of the painted (or printed) ones!
  2. Thanks for posting! I have never seen this patch before . . .but I love it! Robin Hood being a favorite . . . I really enjoyed this! Very cool to see the different types, too. About how big are these patches?
  3. I really like the FFI one! Hoping someone who knows about these things comes back with more info!
  4. OK . . . to get this kick started again . . . Numbers 2 and 4 are still up for guessing! Here is another:
  5. Thanks for sharing your photos! Love seeing what you find! Question about those Japanese grenades. What's the fabric tie? Is that what you'd pull instead of a pin? These look like the "thermal detonator" that Princess Leia uses in RotJ when she is dressed as the bounty hunter! How would the Japanese have carried their grenades? Are they metal or ceramic?
  6. Sis just told me the news, so I dropped my weed-eater to come in and post this quickly. Dame Vera Lynn died this morning at the young age of 103. Here is a bit from The Guardian's release: Dame Vera Lynn, whose song We’ll Meet Again became an anthem of hope and resilience during the second world war, has died aged 103. Her family said they were “deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers”, and that they were with her when she died at her East Sussex home. Boris Johnson paid tribute, saying: “Da
  7. Nope . . . this image does show one of the people who is billed over the title, though.
  8. Correct again! One of my very favorite war films!
  9. Correct! We have the DVD of Norwest Frontier, but the paper insert says "Flame Over India". Identity crisis!
  10. The same idea as the USMF thread by this title . . . but so many great war movies about non-US military, I thought I'd start one on here! I'll start by posting a screen grab from a movie. If you think you know what movie it is from ... post your guess! If you have a screengrab to share . . . feel free to post it! Don't post the title of the film, though! -grin- Here is the inaugural one - chose one that should be easier than some others I want to post!
  11. About what size is it? Is the grid it is on in inches or Centimeters? This is a really cool item! Do you make the mini guns?
  12. These are really cool! Thanks for sharing! I suppose this is a different take on the idea of being able to turn any item in to a lamp! Was this something only done in Germany, or did other countries do this, as well?
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