Since I posted my friend Steve's foot locker find, I thought you all might like to see what I found in my own back yard.
You would have to see my store... more of a museum than anything else:
(that's me covered in blood a few rows down; we had an attempted robbery some time back... it's all better now)
So my Mother tells me while I was absent one Saturday about two years ago... " a woman came by today, saw all the military stuff in here and said she had some from her father who was in WW1". Huh?? WW1? did you get her phone number (my Mother is notorious for NOT getting any info when it's most crucial...) "oh yes" she replied, "I did!" upon which she handed me a # scribbled on a piece of note paper. So I'm thinking this woman must already have a foot in the grave but, not so. In fact she's the same age of my own mom: 77. Come to find out, her dad was a late bloomer. Indeed, he married the switchboard operator in the dept. store for which he worked. He mustered in late in the game and married even later; thus a daughter still surviving quite well thank you! She just wanted the "stuff" to go to someone who would appreciate it. And, I fit the bill. This man served in some of the bloodiest engagements of WW1. And he marked on a map, where each one took place where he was involved. One was with the Ulan Regiment at the Meuse Argonne offensive... I guess that's where he got the Luger. His daughter said that he took the little Mauser manufactured "floubert" pistol from the palm of a German POW. I'm sure he was just thinking of some plinking while'st passing time in camp. :-) The luger is regimentally marked on the front strap. This was a great find and goes to show that there are still things to be discovered out there!
And a pic of a WW1 parent's child ..... still with us thank you.