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(Stars and Stripes)   Retired JAG buys WWII leather bomber jacket at Goodwill for $17, returns it to 90-year-old veteran who owned it   (stripes.com) divider line 69
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2013-05-01 06:56:07 PM  
That's a helluva find at Goodwill! Great story. Hope it still fits! I know my Tanker Jacket makes me realize I need to lose 40 lbs. My father kept his for 40 years until it finally fell apart in the closet.

Those little things mean so much. Imagine those long bombing runs in that thing? Wow.
 
2013-05-01 07:48:14 PM  
Awesome story, subby!
 
2013-05-01 09:03:14 PM  
The old buy is going to have to throw that thing out all over again.
 
2013-05-01 09:12:44 PM  
nice of him. big bucks on eBay, that.
 
2013-05-01 09:13:09 PM  
I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill.  I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me.  I gave it away for a reason!
 
2013-05-01 09:13:23 PM  
This is farking awesome!
 
2013-05-01 09:14:54 PM  

This About That: The old buy is going to have to throw that thing out all over again.


you're a heartless ass hole.

/ was thinking the exact same thing
 
2013-05-01 09:18:14 PM  
with his daughter, a freshman at James Madison University

they've got some nice thrift stores in Harrisonburg. And top notch tail at the university.
 
2013-05-01 09:19:42 PM  
What a creep.
 
2013-05-01 09:22:01 PM  
That's a nice jacket. I'd buy that for $17 dollars.

/JAG-off
 
2013-05-01 09:23:15 PM  
What a female JAG lawyer might look like:

i39.tinypic.com

/why yes, I do have all 10 seasons on DVD
 
2013-05-01 09:24:19 PM  
Thanks, subby and mods, for sharing this one. Sweet story!

I recently reunited a long-retired gentleman with a reference letter written (as he was leaving college) by his highly-regarded professor (think, say, Linus Pauling profile) in the 1940s. It was a confidential letter, but truly glowing, and the recipient was thrilled to get it.

Someone once said that "the least permanent thing about your life is you"-you could be dead in a flash, but your stuff survives you and may be around a l-o-n-g time-like our happy vet's leather jacket.
 
2013-05-01 09:26:38 PM  

powhound: What a female JAG lawyer might look like:



/why yes, I do have all 10 seasons on DVD


FAP
 
2013-05-01 09:27:18 PM  
I have my great uncles' WW2 bomber jacket.  He gave it to my father back in the 1950's and now I have it.

Most of the paint is gone off of it, but you can still see the "shadows" of where the bombs were painted on, and the remnants of Donald Duck holding something over his head on the front. The name tag also has Mickey Mouse at the center of the wings.
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2013-05-01 09:31:02 PM  
No kidding officers look after their own. Find me a story about an officer returning something to a soldier that works for a living...
 
2013-05-01 09:32:03 PM  
It could be that he was donating it to Goodwill because he really didn't want it anymore.  And then some schmuck brings it back to him all herolike...
 
2013-05-01 09:36:15 PM  

neofonz: I have my great uncles' WW2 bomber jacket.  He gave it to my father back in the 1950's and now I have it.

Most of the paint is gone off of it, but you can still see the "shadows" of where the bombs were painted on, and the remnants of Donald Duck holding something over his head on the front. The name tag also has Mickey Mouse at the center of the wings.


Well donald "holding something over head" was probably donald doing a Nazi salute if you ever watched the WWII propaganda episodes they dont air because politically incorrect.
 
2013-05-01 09:42:15 PM  
Excellent story!  I always wonder and feel a bit sad when I see things in secondhand stores that, if they were part of my family, I would treasure.

I was at the JAG school at Maxwell AFB, AL for a 6 week class. One weekend, I found a Manual for Courts Martial from 1921 at an antique store for 5 bucks.  There was a name written inside the cover and along the edges of the pages - Early E.W. Duncan.  I tried to research who he was.  Not much on him, but I was able to ascertain that he was a commanding general at Lowry Field, CO and at an air base in Iceland, and had crashed a plane while a Lt.  I saw his name on a military collector's messageboard and some photos, and contacted the board owner for more information - twice.  Bastard never contacted me back - perhaps offended by a female senior NCO in HIS military?
 
2013-05-01 09:45:11 PM  
berylman: It could be that he was donating it to Goodwill because he really didn't want it anymore.  And then some schmuck brings it back to him all herolike...

Kinda like...
farm1.staticflickr.com

Don't ask. Don't tell?
 
2013-05-01 09:46:24 PM  

Oldiron_79: Well donald "holding something over head" was probably donald doing a Nazi salute if you ever watched the WWII propaganda episodes they dont air because politically incorrect.


Interesting thought, but I don't think it is that because (1) there's definitely an object being held and (2) its his left "wing"... nazi salute would be "right wing".
 
2013-05-01 09:52:33 PM  

NewportBarGuy: That's a helluva find at Goodwill! Great story. Hope it still fits! I know my Tanker Jacket makes me realize I need to lose 40 lbs. My father kept his for 40 years until it finally fell apart in the closet.

Those little things mean so much. Imagine those long bombing runs in that thing? Wow.


I found my old BDUs from the USAFA.   Can't believe I was ever 180lbs.   Wait, aren't you 180 lbs now?   Yeah but 180lbs at 20% fat vs 180 lbs at 5% fat is a big difference.
 
2013-05-01 09:53:43 PM  
So they were just poppin tags at the thrift shop?

/sorry
 
2013-05-01 09:55:57 PM  

TheWizard: NewportBarGuy: That's a helluva find at Goodwill! Great story. Hope it still fits! I know my Tanker Jacket makes me realize I need to lose 40 lbs. My father kept his for 40 years until it finally fell apart in the closet.

Those little things mean so much. Imagine those long bombing runs in that thing? Wow.

I found my old BDUs from the USAFA.   Can't believe I was ever 180lbs.   Wait, aren't you 180 lbs now?   Yeah but 180lbs at 20% fat vs 180 lbs at 5% fat is a big difference.


I was one of the last flights to go through BMT at Lackland that wore plain green utilities (back when General Flintstone was in charge). I was 5'8" 125 lbs.... I miss having that body!  I remember thinking how damn cool BDUs were when I finally got them.  Much better than the scratchy, uncomfortable sage ABUs I have now.

Hanging them up for good in December - can't wait!
 
2013-05-01 10:08:24 PM  

freetomato: TheWizard: NewportBarGuy: That's a helluva find at Goodwill! Great story. Hope it still fits! I know my Tanker Jacket makes me realize I need to lose 40 lbs. My father kept his for 40 years until it finally fell apart in the closet.

Those little things mean so much. Imagine those long bombing runs in that thing? Wow.

I found my old BDUs from the USAFA.   Can't believe I was ever 180lbs.   Wait, aren't you 180 lbs now?   Yeah but 180lbs at 20% fat vs 180 lbs at 5% fat is a big difference.

I was one of the last flights to go through BMT at Lackland that wore plain green utilities (back when General Flintstone was in charge). I was 5'8" 125 lbs.... I miss having that body!  I remember thinking how damn cool BDUs were when I finally got them.  Much better than the scratchy, uncomfortable sage ABUs I have now.

Hanging them up for good in December - can't wait!


Congrats!
 
2013-05-01 10:10:35 PM  
So he gave a jacket back to the guy who dropped it off to Goodwill in the first place? WTF?
 
2013-05-01 10:11:12 PM  
Great story.
 
2013-05-01 10:12:47 PM  
What a great story! Thanks Subby!

I've been a volunteer with the Flights of Honor out of the Raleigh/Durham Airport, and I must tell you those WWII veterans are something special.  Oh my god they were such flirts ("hey honey, wanna fly with me?") I have a pic of myself with one veteran who came in the same uniform he wore during the war - and he was one of the biggest flirts of all!!

I have mad respect for them.

/ok Sexy, I'm getting off of the computer and going to sleep now
//Hoo-ah!!!!
 
2013-05-01 10:19:56 PM  
There's something to be said for living in the company of heroes. I had an uncle who grew up hunting deer for dinner through the depression and then used that ability to keep himself alive again but on a series of Jap infested islands. He came back with a sniper rifle, a submachine gun and some empty handgrenades which all made for very interesting souvenirs. Came back went to college, law school and then got a MBA at Harvard and ended up as a VP of Exxon and president of a wholly owned subsidiary which he said was a defeat because it kept him exiled from headquarters guaranteeing he was off the COO and CEO track. He was so mad he got his hands on every nickel he could and bought AAA rated bonds with 14% yields at a steep discount when Jimmy Carter was keeping the prime interest rate at 22% because he thought that was good for the economy and my uncle ended up making 25% to 30% in less than a year when Carter realized he was going to get killed at polls and lost his nerve and let the interest rate stabilize. He retired with a fistful of cash in 1980 but sadly died just a few years later. I'm sure one of my cousins is keeping that Jap submachinegun well fed with some of his substantial inheritance.
 
2013-05-01 10:43:03 PM  

powhound: What a female JAG lawyer might look like:

[i39.tinypic.com image 272x319]

/why yes, I do have all 10 seasons on DVD


*goes bug-eyed*
There were only nine seasons.
*twitch*

:)

/same inventory as you
//though not on DVD, exactly
 
2013-05-01 10:44:49 PM  
Awesome story is awesome.
 
2013-05-01 10:58:03 PM  
What a jaggot.
 
2013-05-01 10:59:22 PM  

GungFu: That's a nice jacket. I'd buy that for $17 dollars.


So would I.  I saw one sell at auction for $450 a few years ago.  I think they bring a couple thousand on the resale market.

Oldiron_79:
Well donald "holding something over head" was probably donald doing a Nazi salute if you ever watched the WWII propaganda episodes they dont air because politically incorrect.

They  didn't show "Der Fuhrer's Face" when I was a kid, as it doesn't make any sense out of context.

DIsney studios did bomber crew logos for free for anyone who asked during WWII.  Likely, the same image of Donald was painted on the outside of the plane.
 
2013-05-01 11:02:17 PM  

berylman: It could be that he was donating it to Goodwill because he really didn't want it anymore.  And then some schmuck brings it back to him all herolike...


Know how I know you did not read the farking article?
 
2013-05-01 11:05:49 PM  

Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill. I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me. I gave it away for a reason!


Seconded. This would be an entirely different story, if say he sold it to a pawn shop instead. But no, unless the guy desperately needed a tax refund value I imagine it was given away for a reason. That guy coming back to give it back might be reminding the guy of a deeply painful chapter of his life..
 
2013-05-01 11:06:53 PM  

cameroncrazy1984: So they were just poppin tags at the thrift shop?

/sorry


Oh FFS I just got that song out of my head....
 
2013-05-01 11:09:47 PM  
www.history.com

"If this is a real World War 2 bomber jacket, it could be worth big bucks. But I'm not even gonna make an offer until I have a buddy of mine check it out."

/First thing I thought of
//Damn you, History channel
 
2013-05-01 11:13:20 PM  

Somaticasual: Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill. I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me. I gave it away for a reason!

Seconded. This would be an entirely different story, if say he sold it to a pawn shop instead. But no, unless the guy desperately needed a tax refund value I imagine it was given away for a reason. That guy coming back to give it back might be reminding the guy of a deeply painful chapter of his life..


Know how I know both of you did not read the farking article?
 
2013-05-01 11:19:11 PM  

Somaticasual: Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill. I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me. I gave it away for a reason!

Seconded. This would be an entirely different story, if say he sold it to a pawn shop instead. But no, unless the guy desperately needed a tax refund value I imagine it was given away for a reason. That guy coming back to give it back might be reminding the guy of a deeply painful chapter of his life..


Just so you know, the text of the headline has what used to be called a "hyperlink.". If you hover your mouse pointer over that text and click your mouse's left button, your browser will retrieve the full story to which the headline refers and you can read it in your local computer right in your home.
 
2013-05-01 11:23:03 PM  
There was a cartoon of a roomful of people at a party, and everybody except one guy is wearing a WWII bomber jacket.  The guy without the jacket is saying, "I was a bomber pilot in WWII..."
 
2013-05-01 11:26:56 PM  

Billy Bathsalt: There was a cartoon of a roomful of people at a party, and everybody except one guy is wearing a WWII bomber jacket.  The guy without the jacket is saying, "I was a bomber pilot in WWII..."


Joke:  How can you tell who the pilot in the room is?

Punchline:  He'll tell you.

If you have Air Force in your blood you get it.
 
2013-05-01 11:40:28 PM  
So you don't have to put something on the Internet to immortalize it.

Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill.  I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me.  I gave it away for a reason!


You could just throw it away.  People give stuff to Goodwill so that disabled people can keep busy and make money with the stuff.  That happened here so what's the problem?
 
2013-05-01 11:52:22 PM  
My Dad flew B26 Marauders in WWII. When i bought my plane , he gave me a set of his wings and they are stuck in the instrument  panel and are on the preflight  checklist.
.They give me pause every single time.
 
2013-05-02 12:24:13 AM  

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: [www.history.com image 475x240]

"If this is a real World War 2 bomber jacket, it could be worth big bucks. But I'm not even gonna make an offer until I have a buddy of mine check it out."

/First thing I thought of
//Damn you, History channel


More like "This jacket in pristine condition is worth $525, however there is a slim market for it and the condition its in I will offer you $17 bucks".
 
2013-05-02 12:48:37 AM  

berylman: It could be that he was donating it to Goodwill because he really didn't want it anymore.  And then some schmuck brings it back to him all herolike...


Then he could have just hung up phone and that would have been the end of it. If bad memories were associated with it he probably would have destroyed it. Maybe the wife donated it for auction.

/ya never know until you ask
 
2013-05-02 12:52:43 AM  

AverageAmericanGuy: So he gave a jacket back to the guy who dropped it off to Goodwill in the first place? WTF?


Pays to read the article sometimes.

He thinks his wife, a meticulous housekeeper, must have donated it to a charity organization in Cincinnati about 1950.

Not mentioned to what organization or how it got to the Goodwill.
 
2013-05-02 12:58:16 AM  

Mock26: Somaticasual: Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill. I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me. I gave it away for a reason!

Seconded. This would be an entirely different story, if say he sold it to a pawn shop instead. But no, unless the guy desperately needed a tax refund value I imagine it was given away for a reason. That guy coming back to give it back might be reminding the guy of a deeply painful chapter of his life..

Know how I know both of you did not read the farking article?


Manfred J. Hattan: Somaticasual: Marshall Willenholly: I donate all kinds of crap to Goodwill. I'd be annoyed if somebody figured out where it came from and then gave it back to me. I gave it away for a reason!

Seconded. This would be an entirely different story, if say he sold it to a pawn shop instead. But no, unless the guy desperately needed a tax refund value I imagine it was given away for a reason. That guy coming back to give it back might be reminding the guy of a deeply painful chapter of his life..

Just so you know, the text of the headline has what used to be called a "hyperlink.". If you hover your mouse pointer over that text and click your mouse's left button, your browser will retrieve the full story to which the headline refers and you can read it in your local computer right in your home.


No kidding.

[twofacepalms.jpg]
 
2013-05-02 01:19:36 AM  
neofonz, i think that's scrooge mcduck on your ww2 jacket.
 
2013-05-02 01:30:14 AM  

RugNug: This is farking awesome!


See what you did there, I did.
 
2013-05-02 01:47:18 AM  
Probably doesn't smell like the whore anymore, so he is safe.
 
2013-05-02 01:49:47 AM  
Now he only has $3 in his pocket.
 
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