My makeshift basement "museum" display. It's Bataan/WW2/PS centric but it's also just a general militaria display. I could display more than this but just need time and another table(!) to set up more. Notice my display table here is just a stack of Staples copy paper boxes with a canvas tarp over it.
I've actually added five other items to the display but I just haven't taken updated pictures yet. I added a 1942 newspaper frontpage with headline on fall of Bataan, a gas mask bag, grenade, a Japanese ww2 era art print depicting battle in Bataan, and an old 1941 issue of Infantry Journal.
Outstanding, Excellent and any other superlative existent, Vic!
Freak and fan of the dark that I am, I particularly liked the lighting. Nice.
I saw the post on USMilitariaForums. Heheh bilib sila. You not only scored points for originality/uniqueness (not to trivilaize the PS with "uniqueness," but who the freak wants to see yet another 101st/82nd, or MACV-SOG collection anyway!? - you get what I mean. I hope.), you did that originality proud.
I setup my second table in the basement. I moved some items from the first table into the second. Still experimenting with how things are displayed. The garand is only there for the picture but went back into storage right after.
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This is from the first table but I thought I'd throw it in anyway. Just experimenting with close-up photography.
hey vic...just this morning i discovered your site and thought i would jump in. since talking with you on the corregidor site the other day i remembered this tidbit that i read somewhere about one of our bataan POWs who, it said in this book, made the march out of bataan, not once, but twice. according to this story the soldier, who admittedly was in better physical shape than the other guys in his unit, survived the trek to san fernando only to be returned (via jap army truck) with a few of his "death march" amigos to mariveles for some type of forced labor that the enemy needed american know how to accomplish. when this work was finished, whatever it was, the guy was marched out of bataan once again, along with some other american and filipino troops who were still being gathered up or being sent north after doing various chores,etc for the japanese. if memory serves, this particular soldier was in one of the hospitals or maybe was a medic when captured after general king's surrender. at any rate he was "hoss" enough to make the march twice according to this book. have you ever heard or read this particular piece of lore????if true, this trooper is certainly a fugitive from the law of averages. what if it was "our guy", private teed from the cover of that 1942 life magazine. nah, that couldnt be since that piece was published after the conflict had started and soldier teed was still in the states. on the other hand, if the information and photos were prepared before the war started and published a few months later private teed might just have had time to unfortunately been shipped to the far east. i think the last troop ship arrived in manila in november 1941. again, if memory serves, most of those doomed folks were army air corps ground crew and teed was evidently a "dogface" infantryman. i had better get off the board, i am starting to fanticize. good talking to you again. glad i found your site. you certainly are "up" on all this bataan-corregidor thing. a real "geek" as i am about that mostly forgotten or at least neglected part of our military history.
Hi okla... the site is not specifically Bataan/Corregidor centric but because quite a few of us are into that particular era, the content of the forum is heavy on those topics. Welcome to the forum. I hope you find a lot of content here that you haven't come across in your previous researches and readings
Very nice Vic!! I know the feeling, one of my heads I used to make a dummy for Halloween one year and had it sitting in the "war room" well I kinda forgot about it and a couple days after Halloween the wife opened the door and FREAKED! Boy was I in the doghouse for a while!
Msgt. Scott Dunkirk Arizona ground crew living history unit Inc.
Nice set up Vee, I like it! It's slowly growing bigger and bigger...I guess whats missing now is a full body mannequin wearing something like an Infantry or Cavalry uniform.. or maybe not... i dont think you'll like to see someone standing in your basement at night with dim lights and an eerie silence...