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  • Birthday 01/08/1974

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    http://www.theshermantank.com

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    Occupied California.
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    Tanks, Guns, Cars, Model tanks, Model Planes, F4U Corsairs, P-38 Lightenings.

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  1. Wow, what an amazing looking build! The Bird cage Corsairs have always been my favorites. They were the model that earned the Corsair a rep for being problematic. Just a fantastic build, you should be proud. I love that bottom window.
  2. That's an amazing story, I wonder if my old man had anything to do with the Seats in the Phantom! Thanks! I really wish I had appreciated this stuff more when he was around. I really glad others have found them interesting too! Send me a PM if you need a place to host your pics, I can put them up on my site and send you the links if you want. I have more pics to post, not many of the aircraft, mostly shore leave and ship stuff. I should have some time this weekend.
  3. That's interesting, I've never heard or read about any problems with the center tank setup, other than it being pretty scarce in the Solomon's, do you remember a source for this. I would love to read the book etc.
  4. This is so cool! One of the neatest builds I have ever seen!
  5. I have another big batch to post. Some more crossing the line stuff. This one seems to be some other event, not the line crossing. I think this one is from Yokohama. This one looks like it too A huge crane. More Yokohama? Since it looks like one of those Sailors is carrying a Pioneer box, I'm guessing Yokohama again. Also Yokohama? Our old Friend DD-747 I have more to come!
  6. Ok, some more picture, these a mix, I think of the line crossing, the Rio de Janeiro port call, and some ship pics including one from an UNREP. Some type of boat being lowered out of the Carrier, I assume. Hanger deck shot. An A-4 getting a Cat shot of the Independence. This one is interesting, I thought it was the line crossing at first, but no one is dressed up like a pirate. This is clearly the line crossing, and it looks like an Officer walking around, keeping things somewhat under control? more line crossing More, this image makes it look like the ship has a bit of roll going on. So, do the ships crew bring things aboard for the line crossing if they know one is coming? Or is all the stuff for these ceremonies already aboard and just made with creative efforts? More to come!
  7. OBG, You answered a question with this before I had a chance to ask! I still have stuff to post, but the past couple of days have been. . . Less than fun, so I havn't had as much time to mess with them. I'll do a big batch Thursday or Friday. Thanks again guys!
  8. Great Into Peter! I'm going to have to figure out how to do facebook... Really awesome info OBG! I did not catch the squadron being different, but the tail markings are clearly from another squadron. If you read enough about this stuff, you do run into odd ball stories like that. The one that comes to mind for me is in the Solomons, in mid to late 43, with Marine Corsair squadrons, they sometimes pooled aircraft, and when the squadrons got rotated, the left their birds on the field as replacements. Rarely did anyone bother to repaint them. Sharing planes between squadrons wasn't unheard of either. A few more shots, then I'm off to bed. I guess he just zoomed in a bit here? That does look like the older guy he worked with.
  9. Ok, I spent all day scanning and have a bunch of images, and still have more to scan. Downside, i'm finding few airplanes, more Shore Leave and stateside stuff. I'll start with this one. A close up of the Snoopy Dog fighting on the ready room whiteboard. Some more UNREP stuff. Does the Airwing participate in the UNREP? KS 4 again, and more shots of CA-22. Another shot of our old Pal, DD-747 the Samuel N. Moore. Look here though, the Fletcher I spotted in an earlier shot turned up again, and a much nicer shot. DD-544 USS Boyd. She was laid down in April of 1942, commissioned May of 43. Shed served all through WWII making many of the big battles. She took serious damage of Nauru Island from Shore batteries while she was rescuing downed pilots. She spent a few years in mothballs before being reactivated for Korea, and then was in service until October of 69, around a year of service left. It was not the breakers for the Boyd though, Turkey purchased her and she served into the 80s. The Fletchers really were amazing ships. Ok, another change of pace. America In port, Yokosuka Japan? Were looking from the angle deck forward. If you look, you can see all the cover plates over the catapult tracks are up in the picture. The more time I spend looking these over the more little details I find. My wife took a nap and I went down a 7 hour rabbit-hole of Docent training videos for the USS Hornet Museum, found by watching and Navy video of the New Jersey of Korea. Hours all all the details the Docents should know about the Hornet, and a lot of their own stores about serving on the ship and ships like her. Having never served at all the Navy has the hardest insider details to understand so I'm always looking. The USS Hornet Museum is a wonderful place, I should know, I get married on her fantail! Not much comment with this one, another time and place in history, but I chuckled... So Japan? No idea where this place is. Ok and now for the line crossing stuff I hinted at, part one! For anyone not clear on the line crossing, anytime a ship crosses the equator, they have one. During the ceremony, there are only two ranks, 'Shellbacks' those who have crossed, and "Polly-wogs" those who have not. This is not just a US Navy Tradition, and not always a military one. There is a whole cast of characters made up of the Shellbacks, senior NCOs and Officers in the shellback ranks fill the bigger roles like King Neptune, his queen and the royal baby. You can find a cruise book dedicated to the 1936 Lexington crossing here. Thinks like working electric chairs, very nasty filled garbage troughs, gauntlets with clubs, and firehouses were all common fair. Guys spending time in sickbay, even in some cases with broken bones was not unheard of up to WWII. War does not stop these ceremonies, but overtime accidents, incidents, and serious injuries, in particular with women now in the fleet, they have really cut back on the antics. You can watch a line crossing on the early 2000s on the Nimitz in the excellent PBS Carrier Miniseries. I do not know how they handle multiple crossings, but I assume it's just the first time on a cruise since the vast majority of the people on the ship would be shellbacks coming back around the horn and heading home. I think the 'clubs' are dried up fire-hose. I believe this Wog is kissing the Royal Baby's Belly. A very old tradition. There was a royal Court, Wogs are charged with crimes, an Officer with a habit people noted could be ordered to go stand a weird watch, in a weird uniform, for however long the court decided. I read in one WWII case, a guy had to stand a lookout watch in arctic gear near the equator. This is the type someone would have a stroke over now. That's all for tonight. Thank you guys for the feedback, and lessons on how the Navy works. It's a world all its own, and like OldBaldguys said, these are an amazing window back but also an impossible puzzle, that you guys have helped put together far further than I could have on my own and I very grateful for that. If you guys want any of these shots un-watermarked just send me a PM and I'll send you the raw TIF file.
  10. Peter, Thank you for the fantastic info! I'm going to be doing some googling while I scan stuff today. You'd think will all the info I've gathered for the Sherman I would be better at finding more recent US Navy ships! On the insignia stuff, that makes as much sense as anything I thought of. I suppose its probably better to have the wrong insignia than none at all? About Sailor antic, he got his nose broken by broken bottle in Japan, and was in several other bar fights that resulted in other broken noses. It ended up having a life long effect on his sinuses. Thank you for the info, this has been a great learning experience for me and has brought a lot of memories back.
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