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Scarce Navy Cross in Box-World War II Era
Item #: NEW-0013006

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This Navy Cross is in the original box.  Please view the scans.  There is a musty smell to the medal and the box. Dingy box with the cloth metal holder is  torn up.  This is an earlier example of the Navy Cross, possibly between World War I and World War II. 

The Navy Cross was created by an Act of Congress on Feb 4, 1919, to be awarded for "extraordinary heroism or distinguished service in the line of duty."   

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Incredible Grouping-Spanish American War Medals + One Soldier
Item #: NEW-0012507

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I have never seen such a large grouping of items belonging to one soldier who was in the 1st Tennessee Regiment during the Spanish American War.  I showed this to a friend who has bought and sold medals for many years and he was amazed of what appears to be a complete grouping.  The medals were found in a Tennessee family estate, whose family members had fought in every war including the Korean War.  The medals have been pinned to an original leather case and I have chosen to leave it that way. The case of course would have probably contained one medal and the accompanying ribbons and such.  The three war time medals are numbered.  There is a rare eight corps badge.  The eight corps included all the men who served in the Philippines. There are also two medals awarded to the Tennessee soldiers who returned.  One appears to be sterling silver and is inscribed on the back "Presented to Capt. Sheffield Clark First Tennessee Regiment Spanish American War for valiant services by the women of Tennessee."  There is another item which has lost or never had it's hanger.  It is also inscribed on the back Capt. S Clark Co. M 1st Tenn Vol 1898-99.  There is a hat pin which has 1 at the top and M at the bottom to indicate that it was the First Tennessee, M Company.  There are also other items, which were loose.  I believe the button is from a Filipino sailor as it has a crown on the top similar to the buttons found on a battle field pick up belonging to a Filipino soldier that was also in the estate, now sold. The button has no back mark and a bit of cloth still on it. This button has a dent in the front.  See the scan which shows the additional items that were loose.  The final item is a mounted albumen showing the entire M Company of the First Tennessee.  It is very light and dingy, perhaps a restorer could clean the surface.                

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Hat Pin-First Tennessee Infantry-Spanish American War
Item #: NEW-0012505

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Neat hat pin for the 1st Tennessee, M company which belonged to Sheffield Clark. See scan

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Battlefield Pickup-Philippine Soldier's Kepi-Blood Stained
Item #: NEW-0012504

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This item was found in a family estate in which one member had served with the First Tennessee Infantry during the Spanish American War.  This beat up Kepi is stained with what I can only imagine is blood.  Half of the visor is missing and the other half hanging by a thread.  There are two buttons which match the era that have some corrosion. The cord is stained but complete.  Please view the scans which shows the condition. Incidentally the US soldier who picked the hat up did fight in at least one hand to hand battle as it was described in a letter which has been sold.     

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Mounted Albumen-Spanish American War-First Tennessee Co M
Item #: NEW-0012342

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The photo measures eleven by eight and a half inches and is in excellent condition.  Photographer's mark of Bushenell, San Francisco and Oakland, which was a launching  area for the Spanish American War troops.  Pencil writing on the front reads "Lieut Bright".  There is a sticker on the back which reads "Corp F F Buford, Company M-1st Tennessee U S Volunteers  

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Pass for Press Gallery-U S Congress-Declaration of War against Japan
Item #: NEW-0011203

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This is a lot which represents the beginning of World War II and the end of the hostilities with Japan.  The first is an admittance pass to the Congress of the United States Press Gallery.  No 68 and dated Dec 8 1941, a day after Pearl Harbor.  Someone has written in pencil at the top Declaration against Japan.  Pass measures four and a quarter by three and a quarter inches. The second is a period snapshot which measures five for four inches. The photograph and pass did not come together.  The photo came with other original and period photographs from the war. The pose is from the famous grouping of photographs of General MacArthur accepting the surrender of  Japan.  I have not been able to find this identical pose on the web but MacArthur is on the left and I believe General Jonathan Wainwright is standing nearest the desk.  I believe the figure signing might be the Japanese General Yoshijiro Umezu but am not sure about that.  There is no photographer's mark on the back.    

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Autographed Poster-Tuskegee Airmen
Item #: NEW-0011146

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Attractive  17 by 11 inch poster from the Grissom Air Museum in Indiana which was signed by two of the surviving airmen Walter J Palmer, now deceased and Lt Col Julius Jackson. Excellent condition.

Here is some information about this group from Wikipedia:

The Tuskegee Airmen were a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II.  Formally they were the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment group of the U S Army Air Corps..

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. During World War II, African Americans in many U.S. states still were subject to racist Jim Crow laws.[N 1] The American military was racially segregated, as was much of the federal government. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the army. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. Although the 477th Bombardment Group "worked up" on North American B-25 Mitchellbombers, they never served in combat; the Tuskegee 332nd Fighter Group was the only operational unit, first sent overseas as part of Operation Torch, then in action in Sicily and Italy, before being deployed as bomber escorts in Europe where they were particularly successful in their missions.[3]

The Tuskegee Airmen initially were equipped with Curtiss P-40 Warhawks fighter-bomber aircraft, briefly with Bell P-39 Airacobras (March 1944), later with Republic P-47 Thunderbolts(June–July 1944), and finally the fighter group acquired the aircraft with which they became most commonly associated, the North American P-51 Mustang (July 1944). When the pilots of the 332nd Fighter Group painted the tails of their P-47's red, the nickname "Red Tails" was coined. Bomber crews applied a more effusive "Red-Tail Angels" sobriquet


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Soldiers Medal-WWII-Original Case-Identified
Item #: NEW-0010071

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 Identified Soldiers Medals are rare and highly sought by collectors.  This medal was awarded to Colman F Jones  from Richmond Virginia.  He was a fireman before the war and during the was a heavy truck driver equipped with MKM O3 Rifle. He was connected to the Truck Company of the 3932nd Quartermaster.  This information is taken from the photostatic copy of his discharge and service record. The medal is presented in the original case. It looks like the ribbon bar is missing if there was one.

Criteria: Awarded to any person of the Armed Forces of the United States or of a friendly foreign nation who, while serving in any capacity with the Army of the United States, distinguished himself or herself by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. Often, the medal is awarded to soldiers who risk their lives to save other people. The medal can be awarded in peacetime if the soldier's heroism is held to be equal to or greater than the level which would have justified an award of the Distinguished Service Cross if the act had taken place in combat.

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Important WWII Circular-General Douglas MacArthur
Item #: NEW-007578

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Large circular, possibly dropped by planes "To the People of Korea". Distributed by the General Headquarters, United States Armed Forces, Pacific. Proclamation No 2. Measures 21 inches by 14 and a half inches. Poor condition with severe crumpling, small holes at fold, stain, and very large tear which can be seen in the scan. Written in English, Japanese and Korean. This was issued by General MacArthur to the Korean people to inform them that instead of being liberated by the American forces, they were being occupied. This action eventually led to the Korean War.

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Named Bronze Star in Case
Item #: NEW-006596

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All three items present in this presentation case. Great condition. Soldier is Clyde R Watson who is buried (1992) in the National Cemetery in Nashville Tennessee.

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Jude Patch-World War II
Item #: NEW-006570

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It's hard to look at this patch and not wonder about the sad story it could tell. Purchased over fifteen years ago. Wear and dingy appearance. Jewish Holocaust

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Anti-Hitler Mechanical Card
Item #: NEW-006511

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Edge wear on the left side. Lift the tolit seat up and see an image of Hitler in the commode.

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Great Kilroy is Here Item
Item #: NEW-006393

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Wooden Kilroy on the original paper. Measures 4 by 3 inches. Stain to the right of Kilroy which appears to be acidic toning.

Who was Kilroy?

...for those of you who don't know, here's the rest of the story....................
He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in  Washington, DC- back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. most being familiar with Kilroy but not the story behind the name.

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, "Speak to America ," sponsored a  nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prize of a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article. Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax , Massachusetts, had evidence of his identity.

'Kilroy' was a  46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy . His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn't be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark thus earning double pay when the rivets were counted again.

One day Kilroy's boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added 'KILROY WAS HERE' in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message.

Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks. . With the war on,  ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn't time to paint over the message. As a result, Kilroy's inspection "trademark" was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced. His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.

Before war's end, "Kilroy" had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo . To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had "been there first." As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always "already been" wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest , the Statue of Liberty , the underside of the Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.


As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI's there). On one occasion, however, they reported  seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!

In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its' first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), "Who is Kilroy?"

To help prove  his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy yard in Halifax , Massachusetts .

And The Tradition Continues...

 Kilroy Was Here
EVEN Outside Osama Bin Laden's House!!!


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Id'd Photo-Captain James Hager-1st Tn Regiment
Item #: NEW-005775

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Mounted albumen photo which measures 7 and a half by 5 and a half inches, including the board. Photographer mark of Corbitt, Emery, and Fuller Nashville Tennessee. Ink identification of Jim Hager. Hater is listed in the book "Fighting Tennesseans" and was in Company E, First Regiment, Tennessee Volunteer Infantry.

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Welcome Back Ribbon Badge-Spam Am-Nashville
Item #: NEW-005741

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Scarce item issued for the returning soldiers of the 1st Tennessee Regiment when they returned from the Phillipines after the end of the Spanish American War. Features a celluloid disk showing the Tennessee Capitol at Nashville. Some clear spots under the celluloid. Some minor wear to the ribbon.

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Captured Japanese Helmet -Unique-WWII
Item #: FUT-005723

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The scans tell the story on this item. This helmet appears to have been given a brown paint job. The helmet is split on one side and has three bullet holes on the other. Red paint circles the hole to make it a bullseye. Helmet says, "He's now a good jap visiting honorable ancestors: So "solly" please" Other words are attached to the outlined holes which say "sure", "positive" and "damn certain". This is either a relic of the war or someone's art project.

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WWII Poster-Back the Attack
Item #: MIL-003643

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One of the most well known posters from World War II. This is the small size, measuring 14 by 10 inches. Fold across the middle horizonally and an irregular fold across the wording, Buy War Bonds. Not that noticable when framed. This frame is not included in the price. Guaranteed to be authenic. At the bottom it reads, U S Government Printing Office 1943-O-542562 WFD-829.

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Poster-Depicts Children In Shadow of Swastika
Item #: MIL-003153

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Great poster which shows innocent children playing with the threat of a swastika in the background. World War II Buy War Bonds. Will not be mailed in the frame. Will fold along the original fold or perhaps rolled. 20 inches by 14 and in good condition. (bad area in the white is actually the poster board and not on the print)

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Cold War Telephone Part-Stalin May be Listening
Item #: MIL-002642

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Unusual post war item, used in sensitive government phones, reminding the user to be carefull what they say. This is just the dial mechanism from the phone which is being offered.

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English Poster-Hitler
Item #: MIL-001504

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Fifteen by 10 inch poster on very thin paper produced for English soldiers and citizens. "Beware, Whether alone or in a crowd, Never write or say aloud, What you're loading, whence you hail, where you're bound for, when you sail." Above all never give away the Movement of his majesty's ships. One corner has torn off but still there and will try to mend before mailing. Smudge on Hitler's face.

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