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  1. There were a series of APB's awarded mainly to the 24th WSS Kartsjager Division. I dont have my book in front of me, but the numbers were really low. 8x Gold (and special variations), and a couple thousand in Silver and Bronze. Most APB's that you find now are fakes. If you find an authentic one you are looking between $2500 USD and up. I will never trash another man's treasure, but just from the picture that I see, having a Gold CCC (very rare) is something that I question, especially with that patina (looks too new). You really need to look at the liner, cuff title, and other things. There is a specific stitch patter to the cuff titles, but a big indicator that doesn't take long to establish is hitting it with a black light. If the white glows it is a repro. Hope this helps brother.
  2. Thanks. Thank you. Thanks again for your reply, but check this link out. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_French_Foreign_Legion
  3. beautiful uniform. Is this something that you put together or is there a story behind it?
  4. Every has some great groups but I am always partial to the Badeners
  5. What document do you want and what for.
  6. Looks like like 3D US Army, WWI Era
  7. M-1 Carbine. I just don't know what manufacturer. Another interesting fact, is that the Brits and Aussies also used M-1 Carbines in Korea I believe. An of course I love this picture...
  8. This is true, however, Campaign and Service Medals will always have a small Bronze Service Star Device (ie: National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals) no matter what service. As for Joint Awards, like the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, etc, will always use a Oakleaf Cluter no matter what service. This is one of the nicest Vietnam Era Ribbons bars that I have seen. Only thing missing from it is on the last Ribbon (1960 Streamer). This is normally the case, however, this is definitely a clerical error. It would rate a Bronze Service Star, however, if you would build or aquire a ribbon bar with his exact awards, I would put a OLC as his records states.
  9. I have not posted all of my stuff, but believe me, I won't do much now. Also, as I do with my guns/firearms, my collection room will be off limits besides only to a trusted few when they come over and doors shut and locks lock when maintenance people come over.
  10. This almost makes you want to not show your friends your collection. I hope you get it all back some day.
  11. I am thinking it is a M-1 Carbine Mag. Are there any markings on it? Check this link out. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/product/index/3-pk-15-rd-m1-carbine-magazines?a=556322
  12. Use Pecards leather dressing. Use light coats and rub with finger in small areas. After each coat let sit for 24 hours. After it starts getting glossy let it sit for a week or so and let the leather suck all of it up. Boom it's done. Do not add polish or anything else. i just did this to a pair of mine. I was even able to save the original laces using this method. Also take a tooth brush with the pecards and get in the creases of the boots. Also do the inside of the boots. Finally put pecards in the soles to stop the hobnails from continuing to rust. Trust me this works and is the best method!!!
  13. What a treasure. Congrats. Those always make the best pieces of a collection; straight from the family. I hope you hold on to this and cherish it for a long time. You should try to get a phot or at least a copy also.
  14. To me it looks like an unissued M-1 Carbine 15rnd mag, but the pictures could be fooling my eyes. If the pictures could have something next to it for size comparison like a ruler or pencil then it would be easier to give a 100% answe.
  15. I have some items that I could part with. Tell me what your looking for. I have some Sports badges, Infantry and General assault badges, HJ badges, and some other WSS stuff. Let me know and I can send you some photos. You could never go wrong with a nice SA Sports BAdge, Iron Crosses, and Infantry Assault Badges. I just need you to narrow it down.
  16. Can you post an image of the Cadet uniform? I think it may be a Senior Privates Uniform for the Military College of South Carolina, Citadel. Also, that US Army Dress green jacket is a little shady. The insignia on the left sleeve is for Special Forces. If it is dated for around the Vietnam era, they never wore a Special Forces Tab, they only wore the Black and Yellow Airborne Tab because it was not created at the time. If it is dated for more Modern times, before the US Army switched to the ASU, then the patch was just sewn on there. The Special Forces tab should have a Black and Yellow Airborne tab underneath it. The Arrowhead with Airborne tab signifies the unit, the "long tab" is qualification. That uniform is not accurately put together. All you would have to do is get the brass and insignia, move the arrowhead down and sew the airborne tab underneath it. Great find though.
  17. Honestly leave it alone. I agree with Claudius. You devalue the item when you clean it and a lot of the cleaners have stuff in them that will ruin your piece over time. I wanted to restore a pair of Bergschuhe and was going to clean them to pull the dirt out of them. My leather was really dry. I was going to polish them after cleaning them. Instead I just put a light coat of Pecard Leather Dressing on them to soften the leather up; with my finger. That is it, and they are fine. Be very careful with cloth.
  18. I never heard of the Ketchup, but I will have to remember it. I always try to not remove Patina, however, when I do cleaning I use a q-tip with some rubbing alcohol just to clean out dirt and the yuck, but I never try to remove the Patina. Good luck Marine.
  19. I always love groups from Baden Leib Grenadier Regiment Nr. 109, RIR 109, and LR Nr. 109. Very nice group.
  20. This is researchable. What makes this even more interesting is the American Defense Medal (1st one second row). That means this guy was in prior to the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. You narrow it down for looking for units with two Battle Campaigns (not as common as you think)for the Asian-Pacific Theater Medal (5th Mini medal 1st Row) Next I would start looking for USMC officers (with proper Age [remember prior to Pearl Harbor] who were awarded the DFC in WWII and Korea. Next you have a Curve Ball. The NDSM without a Campaign Star.The NDSM was first authorized during Korea, however, this man had a Vietnam Campaign Medal w/ one Campaign Star, but no star on NDSM (he should have a star on it also). This tells me he was in the early stages of Vietnam, but possibly not long (most likely a staff officer). He is also missing the South Vietnam issued Campaign Medal (the green and white one). Finally, you have an Air Medal, with no V's, so this man earned his for Strike Flights. Would be interested in what you find.
  21. Serious Help Needed: I need to find a replacement stock for a Lanchester SMG. I have a display gun and the gun was dropped and stock cracked. Any friends overseas have access to one?
  22. This is an interesting post. It could have been a simple error of the PAC Clerk due to a rush to complete records before War's end.. Hench this example: When my unit first redeployed from Iraq. We had a bunch of new people in my Battalion that was in the unit over the last two months. Our unit saw so much combat that they decided to give Combat Action Badges and Combat Infantry Badges in mass to everyone who did not have their paperwork completed so they could get everyone's awards before everyone either got out or PCSed. Well because the ADMIN team just submitted an entire Battalion Manifest to the Division S-1, there were people who ended up getting awarded CABs and CIBs, legitimately, who never left our duty station. So why do I share this? Well maybe that was the case of this guy. The unit commander wanted to award everyone EKIIs as Service medal instead of a Valor award to people in his regiment or battalion as the war ended. My great grandpa was in a Baden unit. He was awarded his EKII for value in early 1918, however, within days of him mustering out of service he was also awarded a promotion to Gefreiter and the Baden Silver Merit Medal (Baden EKII Equivalent) and a thanks for service and thanks for surviving award. I would not be surprised that guys in his unit that were brand new at least got a Baden silver Merit medal within days of the war ending as a service award. Just my two cents.
  23. Family members stuff is always priceless. congrats on having it.
  24. Interesting. Most Gefreiters did not earn the EKI. The only other one that I can think of was Adolf Hitler with the List Regiment.
  25. It could be an older model of an Enlisted Aide to a 3-star. Aides wear special branch insignia with a number of stars of the GO that they support.