Originally Posted by tankrust
Those are some interesting old pictures you found. I will tell you what I know about them.
The first picture from "Reception Station" was taken at the first unit that this individual reported to in the Army before entering basic training. Some of the other paperwork (The Medical Examination form) makes it look like this person was drafted into the service, which started back up with the Korean War in 1950.
The second picture is of the drawer layout in your personal area during basic training. Everything from the rolled socks to the shaving razor had its particular place it had to be. If anything was found out of place, the Drill Sergeant would dump it on the floor.
Most of the following pictures are from Airborne School at Ft. Benning and this persons subsequent specialty school. The items laid out in front of the tracked vehicle are the Basic Initial Issue items that go with the vehicle. These were laid out for inspection and to make sure everything was there that was supposed to be.
Thanks for the info man!
Originally Posted by JayL
Probably has the most value to someone in the guys family or someone that served with him. Many military units also collect historical items and photos that show the units history, but usually it's donated so I can't imagine they would purchase any of it from you. When I die, everything in my war room better go to someone in my family.
Originally Posted by FRT_Fun
Yea honestly that is kind of shitty that his military stuff isn't with family. If there is any cool 82nd Airborne stuff I might be interested in it for my brother.
I completely agree that it should be staying in the family, but the guy that technically owns the house now could give 2 ***** about that. The house is actually on commercial property so the owner wants to clear the house ASAP in order to either knock down the house and sell the land, or sell it as is. Either way, he wants the stuff out before he sells it.
The only family I know of that this guy left behind is his gf, who is 90 something years old, and the mother of the guy I'm doing the work for. It inst his "father", so he doesn't want the stuff for himself, nor did he mention anything about other family members.
Lets put it this way. If I don't dig through it and sell it, it'll all be thrown away. I know I have limited time, so I'm pulling more stuff out of the house and storing it than I am selling it. Like any job though I need to make something for my time.
Military stuff is bought and sold all day long, all year long. So I don't necessarily feel bad for selling it because I did try to pass on it, but its not my decision to make. If anything I feel good about keeping it all out of the dumpster.
You'd be surprised what some of this stuff sells for. That's another reason why I'm taking a chance on it.