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National Medal of Honor Museum
10/12/2020

National Medal of Honor Museum

On this day, Arlington, Texas, hero Col. Neel Kearby earned the Medal of Honor during World War II. Kearby was a flying ace, setting a record for the number of downed enemy aircraft on a single day of air combat operations over New Guinea in 1943. https://mohmuseum.org/medal_of_honor/kearby-neel-e/

Traces of Texas
10/05/2020

Traces of Texas

Well, it isn't often that I learn something that just blows my mind but I learned something today that blows my mind. Ready for this? The six year-old boy who voiced the character of Bambi in the classic Walt Disney movie grew up to become a highly-decorated marine and is now 86 years old and ---- retired of course ---- he lives in San Angelo, tutors math and physics, and still rides a Harley. His name is Donnie Dunagan, and he was Bambi.
https://www.npr.org/2015/07/31/427821763/major-bambi-meet-the-marine-who-was-disney-s-famous-fawn

How did I not know this?

Thanks to Traces of Texas reader Guy Choate for letting me know about a Texas life well lived.

Joseph Waks
09/30/2020

Joseph Waks

When a train filled with a large transport of Jewish prisoners arrived at one of the Nazi killing centers, many Polish gentiles came out to watch the latest group as they were taken away. As the disoriented Jews were gathering their possessions to take with them into the camp, a Nazi officer in charge called out to the villagers standing nearby, "Anything these Jews leave behind you may take for yourselves, because for sure they will not be coming back to collect them!"

Two Polish women who were standing nearby saw a woman towards the back of the group, wearing a large, heavy, expensive coat. Not waiting for someone else to take the coat before them, they ran to the Jewish woman and knocked her to the ground, grabbed her coat and scurried away.
Moving out of sight of the others, they quickly laid the coat down on the ground to divide the spoils of what was hiding inside. Rummaging through the pockets, they giddily discovered gold jewelry, silver candlesticks and other heirlooms. They were thrilled with their find, but as they lifted the coat again, it still seemed heavier than it should. Upon further inspection, they found a secret pocket, and hidden inside the coat was .... a tiny baby girl!

Shocked at their discovery, one woman took pity and insisted to the other, "I don't have any children, and I'm too old to give birth now. You take the gold and silver and let me have the baby." The Polish woman took her new "daughter" home to her delighted husband. They raised the Jewish girl as their own, treating her very well, but never telling her anything about her history. The girl excelled in her studies and even became a doctor, working as a pediatrician in a hospital in Poland.

When her "mother" passed away many years later, a visitor came to pay her respects. An old woman invited herself in and said to the daughter, "I want you to know that the woman that passed away last week was not your real mother ..." and she proceeded to tell her the whole story. She did not believe her at first, but the old woman insisted.

"When we found you, you were wearing a beautiful gold pendant with strange writing on it, which must be Hebrew.
I am sure that your mother kept the necklace. Go and see for yourself." Indeed, the woman went into her deceased mother's jewelry box and found the necklace just as the elderly lady had described. She was shocked. It was hard to fathom that she had been of Jewish descent, but the proof was right there in her hand. As this was her only link to a previous life, she cherished the necklace. She had it enlarged to fit her neck and wore it every day, although she thought nothing more of her Jewish roots.

Some time later, she went on holiday abroad and came across two Jewish boys standing on a main street, trying to interest Jewish passersby to wrap Tefillin on their arms (for males) or accept Shabbos candles to light on Friday afternoon (for females). Seizing the opportunity, she told them her entire story and showed them the necklace. The boys confirmed that a Jewish name was inscribed on the necklace but did not know about her status. They recommended that she write a letter to their mentor, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, explaining everything. If anyone would know what to do, it would be him.

She took their advice and sent off a letter that very same day. She received a speedy reply saying that it is clear from the facts that she is a Jewish girl and perhaps she would consider using her medical skills in Israel where talented pediatricians were needed. Her curiosity was piqued and she traveled to Israel where she consulted a Rabbinical Court (Beit Din) who declared her Jewish. Soon she was accepted into a hospital to work, and eventually met her husband and raised a family.

In August 2001, a terrorist blew up the Sbarro cafe in the center of Jerusalem. The injured were rushed to the hospital where this woman worked. One patient was brought in, an elderly man in a state of shock. He was searching everywhere for his granddaughter who had become separated from him.
Asking how she could recognize her, the frantic grandfather gave a description of a gold necklace that she was wearing.

Eventually, they finally found her among the injured patients.
At the sight of this necklace, the pediatrician froze. She turned to the old man and said, "Where did you buy this necklace?"
"You can't buy such a necklace," he responded, "I am a goldsmith and I made this necklace. Actually I made two identical pieces for each of my daughters. This is my granddaughter from one of them, and my other daughter did not survive the war."

And this is the story of how a Jewish girl, brutally torn away from her mother on a Nazi camp platform almost sixty years ago, was reunited with her father .....

Adapted from the book "Heroes of Faith"

Right around the corner Jan 23-24 2021 don’t delay reservation of tables last show we had over 650 gun related tables an...
09/29/2020

Right around the corner Jan 23-24 2021 don’t delay reservation of tables last show we had over 650 gun related tables and 300 Militaria tables all in one big room at the Dallas Market Hall and had over 8,000 thru the gate this next one is going to be even bigger based on people reserving tables now. Don’t hesitate to reach out to either Jason or Matt

Alabama Military Collectors Association
09/23/2020

Alabama Military Collectors Association

ALL – I’m pleased to announce that the AMCA Board of Directors has unanimously agreed to host our Fall Show September 25th & 26th, as scheduled. The location will be the Sandra Moon Community Complex, at 7901 Baily Cove Rd. Please note new location.

09/13/2020
Ohio Valley Military Society and the Show of Shows

Ohio Valley Military Society and the Show of Shows

Ok, boys and girls - I have been doing the happy dance for about six weeks now, ever since hanging up after a very successful conversation with the Kentucky Expo Center.. however, Bill wisely advised that we wait until a signed contract was in hand before making a public announcement. Well, the contract is signed, so we can now spread the word.

A day or two after the 'socially distant' Wilmington show, we were able to secure a deal with the Kentucky Expo Center to annex Hall B, which is where the children's fair has been held in previous years. They had just cancelled, and that hall was (very briefly) up for grabs. Now, if the social distancing requirements re: COVID-19 are still in play next February, we WILL be able to spread out the Show-of-Shows in compliance with all rules and regulations as they currently exist.

Bear in mind, state or local officials could impose different restrictions between now and then. They could also take over the facility for use as a testing center, or to erect another of the ghost hospitals. They did this once before in anticipation of an overwhelmed health care system, but the system was not overwhelmed after all, and to my knowledge the ersatz facility did not receive any patients. So.. anything could change. If the health department rules and regulations have not changed between now and then, we will be wearing masks, taking temperatures at the doors, and enjoying the wide-open spaces of a socially distant 'Plan B'. I'm just glad the flea market in Hall A didn't beat us to the punch on that one. If the world has improved, then maybe it will be back to normal. Either way, we will all be happy to have the show.

We get a LOT of these questions: Will the Europeans be able to come here for Show-of-Shows? Will the virus be cured in time for Show-of-Shows? (I'm sure that specific date IS circled on research lab calendars all over the world.) How many Estonian mess kits will be for sale at SOS 2021? If you receive an 'anonymous report' that my show neighbor is infected, can I get his tables? Etc., etc., etc. For the record, in order: I don't know, I don't know, How could I possibly know that?, and what?!?!? Honestly, if we had a functional method to see the future, I'm pretty sure we would be doing other things.

SO - barring yet another novel catastrophe, the 2021 SOS IS HAPPENING!!

09/13/2020
Ohio Valley Military Society and the Show of Shows

Ohio Valley Military Society and the Show of Shows

Ok, boys and girls - I have been doing the happy dance for about six weeks now, ever since hanging up after a very successful conversation with the Kentucky Expo Center.. however, Bill wisely advised that we wait until a signed contract was in hand before making a public announcement. Well, the contract is signed, so we can now spread the word.

A day or two after the 'socially distant' Wilmington show, we were able to secure a deal with the Kentucky Expo Center to annex Hall B, which is where the children's fair has been held in previous years. They had just cancelled, and that hall was (very briefly) up for grabs. Now, if the social distancing requirements re: COVID-19 are still in play next February, we WILL be able to spread out the Show-of-Shows in compliance with all rules and regulations as they currently exist.

Bear in mind, state or local officials could impose different restrictions between now and then. They could also take over the facility for use as a testing center, or to erect another of the ghost hospitals. They did this once before in anticipation of an overwhelmed health care system, but the system was not overwhelmed after all, and to my knowledge the ersatz facility did not receive any patients. So.. anything could change. If the health department rules and regulations have not changed between now and then, we will be wearing masks, taking temperatures at the doors, and enjoying the wide-open spaces of a socially distant 'Plan B'. I'm just glad the flea market in Hall A didn't beat us to the punch on that one. If the world has improved, then maybe it will be back to normal. Either way, we will all be happy to have the show.

We get a LOT of these questions: Will the Europeans be able to come here for Show-of-Shows? Will the virus be cured in time for Show-of-Shows? (I'm sure that specific date IS circled on research lab calendars all over the world.) How many Estonian mess kits will be for sale at SOS 2021? If you receive an 'anonymous report' that my show neighbor is infected, can I get his tables? Etc., etc., etc. For the record, in order: I don't know, I don't know, How could I possibly know that?, and what?!?!? Honestly, if we had a functional method to see the future, I'm pretty sure we would be doing other things.

SO - barring yet another novel catastrophe, the 2021 SOS IS HAPPENING!!

Never Forget !
09/11/2020

Never Forget !

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team
09/04/2020

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team

It doesn't get any better than this!—An honor flight with some WWII Veterans, all of whom have unique stories. One a prisoner. The other his liberator. Another, a man who was present at the signing of the Imperial Japanese Surrender. And, a married couple, one who was in the infantry during the war and his bride who on the home front helped assemble B-24 bombers. One of our members had the privilege of escorting them all on Wednesday during a flight to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the end of WWII.

Pictured in the first photo is our own legacy team member, Vincent J. Speranza, 95, along with Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman, 93. Mr. Kaufman lost his mother and siblings at Auschwitz before being transferred to Kaufering, a subcamp of Dachau. Vince, who served with the 101st Airborne Division, was one of the soldiers who liberated Kaufering. The two men had the opportunity to be together to celebrate the anniversary victory, liberation, and peace.

If you have a lump in your throat at seeing these two together, we do too.

Also, on board was Navy Veteran Donald Fosburg. On September 2, 1945, Donald celebrated his 19th birthday witnessing first hand the surrender of the Imperial Japanese aboard the battleship USS Missouri. Donald was a crew member. In one of the photos here he holds a flag given to him five years ago in recognition of the event. Wednesday, he celebrated his 94th birthday! Happy Birthday, Sir.

And, then there was a beautiful couple shown here, Bill Ridenour and Betty his wife. While he was serving in the infantry, Betty was on the home front driving rivets in B-24 aircraft—some of which likely came through our facility at Frederick Army Airfield where pilots trained during the war.

We were given the privilege of helping to escort these four members of our Greatest Generation and ensuring their general health and safety. Seen in the last photo to the right facing the camera is our team member and head of our West Coast operations, Brian Wiswell, an EMT and former Fire Chief, now a Jump Master in training on our team.

The three vintage troop carrier aircraft that participated were Commemorative Air Force's D Day Doll, Gooney Bird Group - Betsy’s Biscuit Bomber, and Civil Air Transport. They flew a flight pattern over the Long Beach, California, area that went over U.S. Marine Corps Base El Torro ,the Pacific Battleship Center - Battleship USS Iowa, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, and the The Queen Mary which was used to transport troops during WWII.

These photos go to show how blessed we are in what we get to share with all of you. The events of 2020 put a damper on many of the 75th Anniversary activities. But relentlessly, people have said, “Nuts!” They’ve found ways to power through.

We extend our sincerest thanks to the flight crews and organizers who extended the opportunity for us to participate. To our Veterans, we render our salute and extend to you both our respect and our love. You are our national treasure, and we will never forget the gifts you’ve imparted to us.

All The Way!

Photos by Brandon Richardson, Long Beach Post, Keith BIrmingham, Whittier Daily News, Rafael CA on Flickr, and Brian Wiswell.

Heartland Militaria Show
08/30/2020

Heartland Militaria Show

Heartland Militaria show Sept 17-20 2020 don’t miss this huge show we have almost completely rented all tables just down to a few single 6’ tables available for rent.

The 4 day $50 pass gets you early access with the dealer setup day on Thursday the 17th from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.

General admission is 18th and 19th from 9-5 and 20th 9-4.

Join today !!http://www.asmic.org/join.html
08/22/2020
ASMIC

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Membership is an investment.  As the values of insignia have risen, so, too, has the proliferation of reproductions and fakes.  One can surf online auction sites on any given day and find collectors who are making foolish decisions because of a lack knowledge and expertise.  Membership in ASMIC p...

08/22/2020
Military Trader

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Military Trader
08/22/2020

Military Trader

Ever see "Enemy at the Gates?" This is the guy on whom the movie was based:

Russian soldier Vasily Zaytsev posing with his Mosin-Nagant sniper rifle, Stalingrad, Russia, Oct 1942

Movie available here: https://amzn.to/2E1XZ4E

Vietnam Conflicts
08/22/2020

Vietnam Conflicts

17 Oct 1969, Saigon, Vietnam

Members of the 11th Armored Cavalry in the rubber plantation area at Loc Ninh and Quan Loi Oct. 17 are shown after their arrival here. Some soldiers check out their tank as others in the foreground wash themselves off.

08/20/2020
Military Trader
08/20/2020

Military Trader

Have you ever wondered, "Where did all those Japanese swords come from?"

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