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Military Trader

Military Trader

July 2020

Established in 1993, Military Trader is dedicated to the collecting, preservation, restoration, study, and display of historic military artifacts. Spanning interests from military uniforms to medals, or helmets to ordance and weapons, Military Trader is your best source for in-depth technical articles, artifact profiles, product and hobby news, current values, military auction coverage, and show calendar.

United States
Active Interest Media
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12 Issues

in this issue

7 min.
homefront news

GET A FREE ISSUE OF MILITARY VEHICLES MAGAZINE We all love historic military vehicles. Active Interest Media wants to give you a free digital copy of our sister magazine, Military Vehicles. To grab your copy, log onto www.MilitaryTrader.com. In the upper right, you will see a box with FREE ISSUE written on it. Click that. You will see a screen to enter your email address to receive our free, weekly Militar-E-News. After you enter, the next screen will provide you the access for the free digital download — easy as that! WHEN AND HOW TO RETURN TO SHOWS Using Facebook on June 8, 2020, Military Trader asked about people’s comfort levels with returning to shows in light of COVID-19. Here are the results: If militaria shows began again in July of this year, how likely…

1 min.
tell us about your ‘favorite find’

What is the best or favorite piece of militaria you have added to your collection? Is there an interesting story about how you found it, or maybe the history of the item is a story in itself you want to tell? Whatever it is that makes that object special to you, we want to share your story. Tell us about your ‘favorite find’ in up to 1,000 words and 3-4 photos (high resolution, 600 pixels x 900 pixels minimum). Email your tale and images to: jadmas-graf@aimmedia.com (write “Favorite Find” in the subject line) or send via regular post to Military Trader: Attn: John Adams-Graf, Editor, 901 Fourth St., Suite 50, Hudson, WI 54606. Your story will reach thousands of like-minded collectors and enthusiasts who read Military Trader and frequent our web site,…

6 min.
the jag file

IS A FOUR-DAY CELEBRATION MORE APPROPRIATE? Our nation’s second president, John Adams, wrote to his wife about the day that the Continental Congress voted for independence from Great Britain: “I believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be celebrated by pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other...” There is no doubting the significance of the day about which Adams wrote: July 2, 1776. A DAY TO REMEMBER For the sake of historical accuracy, the Second Continental Congress had voted on July 2, 1776, to declare that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject nor subordinate to the monarch of Britain. They didn’t announce their historic vote to the public until…

4 min.
mail call

US PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE BADGE The May issue of Military Trader carried a valuable article by David L. Burrows about the US Public Health Service, particularly the uniformed Commissioned Corps. A picture at the bottom of page 29 shows the all-silver cap badge and says it is the type worn during WWII. This is not true, however. Officers of the USPHS have always worn the gilt badge of this pattern, including WWII. The all-silver badge (every one I have seen has been of Sterling silver and was made by Blackington) was worn by members of the Cadet Nurse Corps, which was overseen by the USPHS. They also wore Sterling silver collar badges featuring the anchor and caduceus as seen in the center of the early USPHS badge also shown on page 29. Their…

1 min.
military whatizit?

27-6-3. Robbo wonders if anyone might have any ideas about this badge. The Gaunt, London stamp is just visible on the back. The “S.F.” letters on the obverse are set in black enamel. It measures 25mm in diameter and has copper loops. 27-7-4. Bryant asked on the USMF, “I’m trying to identify this leather patch. Any idea what it is?” 27-7-5. Jeff F. writes, “This is almost certainly organizational, not military, but I’m looking a solid identification of the organization. The star is gilt, 3.3 inches in diameter (84mm), with no maker’s marks (the backplate is missing). It is well-made, but it doesn’t ring a bell in my memory. Does anyone have evidence of who created or passed out this breast star?” 27-7-6. “GatorDoc” would appreciate any info on this badge. 27-7-2. Lel was…

1 min.

27-6-1. Leon Basile wrote that this is “... the distinctive unit insignia for the California Center for Military History (California State Military Reserve).” He added that some details on the insignia can be found online at www.militarymuseum.org/CCMInsig.html. Louis Tabak, however, pinpointed it to the 108th General Field Hospital, noting that the Latin translates to “For God and Country .” “WHATIZIT?” is a place where collectors can share their collective knowledge with each other. If you have an item you want identified, or you can share information about one of the items pictured here, write to WHATIZIT, c/o Military Trader, 5225 Joerns Dr., Suite 2, Stevens Point, WI 54481 or email: JAdams-Graf@aimmedia.com. If replying to a “Whatizit?” be sure to include the item number in your response. Only send duplicate photos. All submissions…