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James Newberry wrote at 2012-04-05 19:40:14
The battleship Olympia still exists. It's parked in Philadelphia Pa. and is open to the public. If the person with the Olympia hat is still interested I can get them in touch with the people who operate it.

cpace wrote at 2014-04-09 02:20:27
I was searching for USS Olympia memorabilia, as I just found out my late grandfather sailed on this ship between 1918 and 1921.  He was actually a member of the Honor Guard, who carried the "unknown soldier" off of the USS Olympia, to Arlington.  I recently found a photo of my grandfather, wearing a navy hat, like the one in your photo.  Are you interested in selling this, by chance?

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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