|Date/Report Number ..09-29-015-982 RK Item: Rock's Best 1969 Vietnam Era Red Cross Helios Hidden Map Cuff Honoring Medics email@example.com|
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A "POUCH" MADE FROM A RED CROSS PATCH
RED CROSS PATCH WITH OIL PAPER MAP
LEATHER STRAP MATCHING THOSE USED IN VIETNAM
LABOR, STRAP, MAP, BADGES
RESTORED HELIOS RED CROSS WATCH 1969
RED AIRPLANE SECONDS HAND
CRYSTAL IS A 9 FACET VINTAGE IN MINT CONDITION
DIAL FINISH AFTER BEING UNDER NORMAL LIGHTING.
RESTORED THIS DIAL ONLY IN AREAS WHERE REQUIRED SO NOT TRULYRESTORED. SO THIS WILL NOT EFFECT THE VALUE AS LONG AS THE RESTORATION IS EXACT. NOTE THE LOOK OF DIAL, THE RED CROSS CONTINUED TO PEEL UNDER LIGHT; THE 24 HR TIME AND EDGES OF THE DIAL WERE BUCKLING-THE RED CROSS WAS DAMAGED. IN FACT IT WAS INCREASED IN VALUE. THE "RED CROSS" DIALS ON HELBROS, HELIOS, AND A FEW OTHER BRANDS, WERE OFFERED DIRECT DURING WWI AND WWII. BUT THEY WERE NEVER MILITARY ISSUE.
DURING THE VIETNAM WAR ONLY SEVERAL HUNDRED WERE MADE. ROCK HAD A HELBROS RED CROSS W/24HR AUTOMATIC HE PURCHASED IN A JEWELRY STORE IN NORTHERN CALI --OFF BEALE AIR FORCE BASE.
"I CANNOT RECALL WHERE IT WENT.... IT WAS PRETTY COOL, BUT THAT YUBA CITY/MARYSVILLE CALI BEALE AIR FORCE BASE? WHILE HOME OF THE SR71 BLACK BIRD AND B-52D'S, IT WAS HOT AND BLEAK; LIKE OPENING THE DOOR TO A PIZZA OVEN 24/7, I MADE A RAPID DECISION TO *TDY S.E.A. AND LOST THE WATCH ALONG THE WAY. I RECALL LOOKING ALL OVER FOR IT, I WISH I HAD HER NOW. I ALSO RECALL THAT YUBA CITY/MARYSVILLE WERE VOTED THE WORSE CITIES IN THE USA "!" *TEMPORARY DUTY SOUTH EAST ASIA
MAKING SURE THE CUFF WIDTH AND THE OPPOSING ITEMS FIT PERFECT
THOUGH THIS STRAP IS NEW LEATHER, TO GET IT WERE IT IS AND CONITION AND EMBED THE NATURAL PRODUCTS THAT MAKE IT ABLE TO WITHSTANDS SWIMMING, DESERT USE, IT TOOK 7 HOURS. THE PRODUCTS USED WILL REMAIN FOR A LONG TIME. JUST A DAMP CLOTH TO CLEAN WHEN IF YOU WORE/WHERE IT ON A 4 WHEELER IN THE DIRT OR SAND. IT WAS ACTUALLY WORKED 7 HOURS BEFORE MOUNTING PATCHES, ET ALWATCH WHO INVESTS IN NEW TO MAKE OLD????? WE DO.
EVEN AFTER TREARNG THIS STRAP,IT NEEDS NEATS FOOT
THE MAP IS OILED PAPER AND FITS UNDER RED CROSS BADGE
ADDITIONALLY THIS RED CROSS PATCH
JUST THE STRAP WORK IS 7 HOURS
TOOK AN HOUR TO ADD THE MARINE CONDUCT MEDAL
TWO BUCKLE STRAPS ARE GREAT?
look AT THE NEAR 5O year old leather STRAP
RED 24 HOUR MILITARY TIME
NOTE DIAL WITH NEW ILLUMINATION
When W.W.I began in Europe in June of 1914, the American Red Cross was a small organization that had yet to fully develope identity or programs. On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war against Germany and the Red Cross as an organization began a period of extraordinary growth. By the time the war ended in November 1918, the Red Cross had transformed itself almost overnight into the large and important organization it is today.
Camp Service (established in 1917). Field directors and their assistants provided supplementary supplies, such as clothing and comfort items, and recreational and welfare services, everything from movies and refreshments to communications and financial aid to military personnel. At home, Camp Service operated in 400 military camps, hospitals and other installations. It maintained 250 buildings of its own, including convalescent houses, nurses' houses, headquarters, warehouses, and garages. Overseas the Camp Service operated in 25 countries providing services to American and Allied servicemen. Through its Camp Service, the Red Cross helped practically every solider, sailor, and marine in the service of the United States.
Canteen Service (1917). The Red Cross provided food and snacks as well as leisure articles, to troops primarily when they were in transit at railroad stations and ports of embarkation and debarkation. By the end of the war, 55,000 canteen workers operated 700 canteens in the United States that served nearly 40 million refreshments. Overseas, the American Red Cross operated 130 canteens in France alone that served some 15 million American and Allied soldiers.
Home Service (1917). Provided aid to the families of service personnel. This included financial assistance, communication between troops and home, and information and guidance regarding such things as government programs and military regulations. By the end of the war, the Red Cross estimated that 50,000 volunteers in 3,620 chapters serving 10,000 American communities had assisted 500,000 dependent families.
Production Corps (1917). Responsible for the production of garments, surgical dressings and other medical supplies, comfort kits, and additional items for the benefit of American and Allied soldiers and sailors and destitute civilians in war-torn countries. Eight million volunteers, with help from Junior Red Cross members, produced over 372 million relief articles during the war years with a value of nearly $94 million. For additional information, see American Red Cross Production Corps.
Nursing Service (1909). Already established as an important branch of the Red Cross before the war, the Nursing Service greatly expanded with the coming of hostilities. Its principal task became to provide trained nurses for the U.S. Army and Navy. The Service enrolled 23,822 Red Cross nurses during the war. Of these, 19,931 were assigned to active duty with the Army, Navy, U.S. Public Health Service, and the Red Cross overseas. The Red Cross also enrolled and trained nurses' aides to help make up for the shortage of nurses on the homefront due to the war effort. Both Red Cross nurses and nurses' aides were also enlisted in the battle against the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918.
Hospital Service (1916). The Red Cross recruited almost 24,000 nurses and well over 2,000 nurse's aides, physicians, and dietitians to meet the military's needs. It also secured trained medical and psychiatric social workers to help veterans make the readjustment back to civilian life that many found difficult to do.
Hospital and Recreation Corps (1918). This Corps began at the Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. where women volunteers acted as hostesses and provided recreational services to patients, most of whom were war veterans. The women wore gray dresses and veils as uniforms and the soldiers affectionately called them "the gray ladies," the name by which they became officially known after World War II. During World War I, the service quickly spread beyond Walter Reed to both military and civilian hospitals.
Motor Service (1917). The Red Cross Motor Service provided transportation support to canteens, military hospitals, and camps, and was involved in the campaign against the Spanish influenza outbreak of 1918. The Service consisted almost entirely of women volunteers, most of whom used their own cars. Many enrolled in auto mechanics classes in order to be able to make repair
RED CROSS HELBROS
The American Red Cross involvement in World War II preceded the entrance of the United States into the conflict. When hostilities began in Europe in 1939, the Red Cross became the chief provider of relief supplies for the civilian victims of conflict distributed by the Geneva-based International Red Cross Committee. In February 1941, the Red Cross responded to a request by the U.S. government to begin a Blood Donor Service to produce lifesaving plasma for the armed forces in anticipation of America's entry into the war. After the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the Red Cross quickly mobilized a volunteer and staff force to fulfill the mandates of its 1905 congressional charter requiring that the organization "furnish volunteer aid to the sick and wounded of armies in time of war" and to "act in matters of voluntary relief and in accord with the military and naval authorities as a medium of communication between the people of the United States of America and their Army and Navy."
At home, millions of volunteers provided comfort and aid to members of the armed forces and their families, served in hospitals suffering from severe shortages of medical staff, produced emergency supplies for war victims, collected scrap, ran victory gardens, and maintained training programs in home nutrition, first aid, and water safety. Overseas, Red Cross workers served as field directors providing compassionate support for the troops they accompanied, operated clubs and clubmobiles for the armed forces, and were attached to military hospitals, hospital ships, and hospital trains.
ABOVE BEFORE ROCK REMOVED THE ONE
At the peak of Red Cross wartime activity in 1945, 7.5 million volunteers along with 39,000 paid staff provided service to the military. Throughout the war years, the Red Cross served 16 million military personnel, including one million combat casualties. By the time World War II ended in September 1945, the American public had contributed over $784 million in support of the American Red Cross. Nearly every family in America contained a member who had either served as a Red Cross volunteer, made contributions of money or blood, or was a recipient of Red Cross services.
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BIG RED ONE IN VIETNAM
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ANOTHER ONE OF MY PIECES
WONDERFUL CUFF WWII ERA OFFER
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