My username "Uncle Dudley" comes from my Uncle's nickname. He was a D-Day veteran of the 2nd Inf Div.
I became interested in WWI, WWII, and Korean war history as a boy, growing up with war veterans and hearing their stories. At around 12 or 13 years old I was "drafted" by the local American Legion Post to be the bugler for military funerals, when the Post bugler couldn't play any more. My Grandfather, 1 great uncle, 3 uncles, 1 aunt, my Dad and many cousins were war veterans who belong to the Post. Since I played the trumpet in school, I guess I was a natural choice, with all the relatives already Legion members. As we gathered for the funeral ceremony, I would listen to the stories of the veterans, which peaked my interest in Military History. We would meet at the "War Relic Museum" that the Legion Post had next to the Legion Post Club and Hall. As we waited I would browse the war trophies brought back by the veterans and displayed in the museum. Asking the old vets about the items always led to more stories and information, which increased my interest.
My Dad was an Armorer with the 4th Fighter Interceptor Sqdn in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean War. We always had guns around and enjoyed shooting and hunting sports as I grew up. Dad was available when a firearm wouldn't work, and could usually figure out what was wrong and help the situation.
So I became interested in weapons, mostly WWII, and started a small collection.
Here are the 2 gems of my collection, both made in 1942, in a case made by me from a WWII/Korean War Mine Detector case.
M1928A1 TSMG (Savage)