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Old March 7th, 2011, 02:09 AM
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On friday I picked up some original wooden ammo crates from the early 70's. They were for the 105mm howitzers and some of the crates were for shipment of 20 hand grenades. Rope handles, and lots of writing (military style) on the outside of the crates. They look pretty cool in their new home, the bed of my m715. It's nice to add things to the look of the truck that are period correct. Another item I got from the same guy was a commemorative plate given to him by Terry Waite in 1981. For those not familiar with the name, he was one of the prisoners that Iran took hostage and held for 440 days. Remember the helicopters trying to rescue them, and all of the choppers crashed in the desert because of dust and sand in the engines. Anyway, this guy was a tank commander who guarded the hospital in Wiesbaden Germany, where the hostages were taken after their release. Only 40 hostages received these plates. They're signed and dated. Pretty nice piece of history I added to my military collection. Unfortunately, this guy lost his job and has to sell some things to pay the bills. I'm sure to many of the younger Zoners this won't mean much, but to us older guys, it's a part of our past.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 04:39 AM
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I have some of those crates as well. I found them at a military surplus store in Norfolk, VA. They make great displays.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:12 AM
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Very neat stuff!

I've managed to amass a collection of a bunch of wooden crates as well for various military items. Every time a friend or family member spots one at a yard sale or flea market they usually grab it for me, as well as the ones I've found/bought. You'd be surprised how many people use them for motorcycle parts when they bring us a basket case bike too.

And Terry Waite is a very familiar name. The whole Iran hostage crisis doesn't seem like it was over 30 years ago now. I feel older now.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 10:28 AM
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Sorry Randy, I know the feeling. Keep hearing about all these anniverseries, and it starts to make you wonder where the years went. I still remember the 60's & 70's well, but man it seems like so long ago. One thing I know for sure tho, their will never be another time in history like that of the Vienam War years. I'm glad I lived thru it, and survived it. The unrest, protest, music, dress, and of course the HAIR!. Pretty far-out man! Their I said it. I'll never grow up.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 07:34 PM
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Our Army Ammunition Plant here auctions those old crates off every few years, I bought a bunch about 8 years ago for $5.00. I can't remember what went in them but it must be for a howitzer, only 2 shells each. Yes they work great for parts, but now I need to find a new home for the parts to use the crates.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 08:03 AM
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I also used to have a bunch of the crates.

They make large sandbag-type emplacements if you stack them and fill with sand.

Little hard to move after that though....
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:50 PM
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I found one here at work last fall, they were throwing it out in the scrap wood pile. I had to straighten the lock hasp, otherwise it was nice, about 4 foot long, by 10 inches high by a foot deep. Threw it in the back of the M715, it does look good back there.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 12:09 AM
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A couple boxes in the bed of the truck, look pretty cool. I also have a foot locker, dufflebag, a pair of Vietnam jungle boots, etc. back their. As a military collector, I have an assortment of items to put in my truck. The cab has a flack jacket complete with smoke grenades (live), two helmets, complete set of web gear, blanket, M16 with bayonet, etc. It's all about realism in my opinion. The only thing missing is the sandbags on the floor.
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A couple boxes in the bed of the truck, look pretty cool. I also have a foot locker, dufflebag, a pair of Vietnam jungle boots, etc. back their. As a military collector, I have an assortment of items to put in my truck. The cab has a flack jacket complete with smoke grenades (live), two helmets, complete set of web gear, blanket, M16 with bayonet, etc. It's all about realism in my opinion. The only thing missing is the sandbags on the floor.
My truck has a long way to go before I start worrying about any of that stuff... It's not 100% original either, but I was thinking it would be pretty cool to at least have an M16 in the rifle mount. Does anyone know of anywhere that sells relatively cheap replicas?
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Old March 12th, 2011, 11:38 PM
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I got a couple air soft rifles from ebay that look good. http://cgi.ebay.com/WELL-M16A2-M4A2-...item4aa22711a9 I don't know if this is the cheapest, but I didn't think the price was too bad.
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