Thursday, December 15, 2016

Argentina Air Force Gaucho knife presented to USAF general

Argentine Gaucho Dagger presented to USAF general. This was presented to a three-star US Air Force general who was commander of 12th Air Force. His duties included liaison with air forces in Central and South America for Southern Command. 

 

This gaucho style dagger has the Argentine Air Force wings in gold on the scabbard. The scabbard and grip are "Alpaca Silver" which is the same as "Nickel silver" - no actual silver but an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel. $105 or offer.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Machete given to US Air Force General

This was presented to a three-star general who was commander of 12th Air Force, which duties included liaison with air forces in Central and South America. This is from Guatemala. I am asking $160 OBO. You can read about the general here: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/253497-lt-general-grouping-army-and-af-pilot-in-vietnam/

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Machete presented to Three Star US General

This was presented to US 

Friday, November 11, 2016

WWII Japanese flag signed by US minesweeper crew

This was signed in November 1945 in Formosa by the crew of the USS Strive (AM 117). The Strive operated in the European theater before being assigned to the Pacific. Most of her Pacific crew appears to have come aboard after a refit in Norfolk. Wikipedia has this account of the Pacific operations:

 

Pacific Ocean operations

 

Strive got underway on 15 February [1945] with a task unit bound for Hawaii, transited the Panama Canal, and arrived at Pearl Harbor on 18 March. On 27 April, the minesweeper headed for the Marshall Islands and arrived at Eniwetok on 6 May. The next day, she sailed for the Marianas as a convoy escort. Strive called at Guam on the 11th, sailed the next day for Okinawa, and arrived at Kerama Retto on the 20th. Strive swept off Iheya Retto from 3 June until the 11th when she turned to patrol duty out of Kerama Retto.
 
On 13 August, two days before hostilities ended, she was ordered to sweep the "Skagway" area of the East China Sea. She swept Kagoshima Bay from 1 to 9 September, and Bungo Suido from 22 September until early October, when she returned to Okinawa. In November, she swept the "Sherlys" area off Formosa. On 20 December, she departed Kiirin, Formosa, for China and arrived at Shanghai on 22 December 1945.

 

Asking $165

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Field gear from a tail gunner killed in action

This came in as part of a collection of early WWII field gear. This had a name and service number and, using a nightvision camera to help read the faded name, I was able to find that it belonged to a B-24 crewman who (along with the entire crew)  was killed when they were shot down over Holland in Feb. 1945.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

One GI's WWII war booty

This sergeant not only brought home captured German items, but also extra US field gear, much it from early in the war.


Saturday, September 17, 2016

WWII Australian Bayonet Mangrovite

The summer heat tends to keep people from cleaning out their garages, attics and sheds so latelt there have been few calls from people wanting to sell things. I did find this nice WWII Australian Pattern Model 1907 Enfield Bayonet with a Mangrovite 1943 scabbard. Asking $130.


Saturday, September 3, 2016

WWII USMC HELMET & CAMO COVER

This is a salty helmet, liner, and cover. Call or text me for more photos or information.

Friday, August 19, 2016

WWII fighter pilot parachute

This type of seat cushion parachiute was used mainly by fighter pilots in WWII. This was used during WWII by a San Diego man who was in the Army Air Force. After the war he joined the US Air Force reserve and was killed during a training flight off the coast of San Diego. Asking $950 for this.

Friday, July 29, 2016

WWII TBM crewman flight log and diary

This is a bit of flight log, diary and scrapbook. Contains his entries from combat in the Battle of Okinawa.