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We're really looking forward to the SOS show in Louisville next week - it's going to be great! Manion's won't have as many tables as we did in the past - but we'll still have enough space to touch base with all of our ol' buddies and hope to make some new friends as well.
Guy Manion will be there, and John Conway too. I'll be making my first trip down and can't wait to check it out. We encourage everyone who has a table to drop off consignment with us after the show. Sure, it's like not like money in the pocket from selling items there, but it sure is nice to see those checks show up a few months down the road!
Check out our ads and articles in the upcoming Military Trader and WWII History Magazine, we're really trying to branch out and reinvent the auction. Sometimes it seems like an uphill climb, but the new ownership really inherited a challenge and the New Manion's International Auction is committed to making it work.
We appreciate the enthusiasm of our longtime supporters, and encourage everyone to stick with us - we won't let you down!
Here are some more news stories you may find of interest. We'll see you at the SOS!
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WWI Vet dies at age 110
Born and raised in Forenza in the province of Potenza in Italy he moved to the United States in 1914. He lived in Marblehead and Swampscott most of his life. Educated in schools in Italy, he was a United States Army veteran of World War I, where he served in France with the 82nd Division A.E.F., 320 Field Artillery .
Book remembers sub searchers of WWI
Imagine dozens of small wooden boats frantically scouring the seas for German U-boats bent on starving England into submission.
The U.S. Navy did as it entered World War I, and ordered the construction of what became a fleet of about 300 sub chasers. The 110-foot craft were equipped with depth charges, deck guns and rudimentary underwater listening devices.
Dallas area Pearl Harbor survivors shared their stories until the end
Pearl Harbor survivor Paul Ferguson didn't talk about the war until several years ago, when he realized he was one of a vanishing breed.
The retired Dallas entomologist ended nearly 60 years of silence by becoming active with veterans groups and speaking to seemingly any audience interested in hearing his message.
U.S. lawmaker urges Japan to apologize for WWII sex crimes
There is no deadline for an official apology for past wrongdoings, says U.S. Democratic Rep. Michael Honda, who on February 8 submitted a resolution to Congress demanding that Japan apologize regarding the Japanese army’s taking of women from other Asian countries as sex slaves during World War II.
Vietnam vet visits grave of fallen comrade
fcs. Dan Linn and Oscar Gonzalez were in boot camp together in El Paso, completed infantry training together in California and even landed at LZ Betty on the coast of the South China Sea in Vietnam on the same day — Veterans Day of 1969.
Hitler's youth - more on Mailer's new book
ONE OF the teachers at the Realschule in Linz was left with a bizarre memory ofanexpelledformerstudent called Adolf Hitler. "I remember," said Professor Theodore Gissinger, "that he used to hold conversations with the windblown trees."
WWII Pilot's valor earns flag of gratitude
More than 60 years after receiving the Medal of Honor for his actions during a World War II air battle with Japanese fighter pilots, Jay Zeamer Jr. had another chance Friday to experience the sense of pride he felt that day.
Surrounded by family and friends, the 89-year-old Zeamer grinned broadly from his wheelchair at St. Andrews Village when Brig. Gen. Brent M. Boyles, Maine's assistant adjutant general, presented him with the Medal of Honor Flag.
Navy Destroyer USS Gridley Christened in Miami
There's a new ship in America's naval arsenal. With a blast of a foghorn and a belch of exhaust, naval destroyer USS Gridley joined the American fleet in a ceremony at the Port of Miami yesterday.
AK-47 ownership loopholes in Canada
Although the AK is prohibited in Canada, inexpensive lookalikes manufactured in the Czech Republic and elsewhere are pouring into the market, and the federal government appears to have little inclination to stop them.
'Gun-Totin Chaplain' Releases New Book
Col. Jerry Autry said the publication of his "new" book of memoirs has actually been a 30-year project.
"To be honest, it really started in 1976," he said. "I would start it, put it down and pick it up again. I think the impetus of getting with it was the Iraq war."
U.S. warns citizens about Italy base protest
The U.S. embassy in Rome has advised its citizens to steer clear of Italy's northeastern city of Vicenza during a planned February 17 demonstration against the expansion of a U.S. military base in the area.
Land girls were in WWI too
We have published numerous stories about Land Army girls in the Second World War. They also existed in the First World War - and these are eight of them...
Vietnam veteran awarded Silver Rose medal
Duane Tefft volunteered for the Army and served 21/2 years in Vietnam beginning in March 1967 at the age of 20.
Nearly 40 years later, Tefft was diagnosed with dioxin-induced cancer of the brain, lungs, bone and spleen. His doctors told him that he had between nine and 12 months to live.
On Sunday, Tefft, 59, was awarded with the Silver Rose medal and inducted into an exclusive order of only 3,000.
VFW leader: Wrong time for Iraq debate
As the House of Representatives prepares to launch three days of debate on the Bush administration’s Iraq policy, the head of the nation’s largest combat veterans’ organization wishes lawmakers would just stop talking.
WWII cargo ship is being lovingly restored, right down to its steam engine
Charles Stephens points a noisy power tool called a needle gun at a 3-foot-square slab of steel and, inch by inch, hour by hour, blasts away the rust.
"You hate to see a beautiful piece of metal go to waste," said Stephens, 71, wiping the sweat from his forehead.
WWII saga "Counterfeiters" creates real suspense
Based on a true story, "The Counterfeiters" has a fantastic element that makes you realize there are still stories about concentration camps that are new and fresh.
Worcester man chronicled WWII with his camera
Don Wiedenmayer has captured history in a cardboard box.
The silver-haired 89-year-old, a technician 3rd Class for the 196th Signal Photo Company, went to World War II with a camera. He keeps a stack of images he shot during four and half years of service in a nondescript box in his Worcester home. The black and white photographs offer a candid glimpse at some of history's giants.