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Collect Call: WWII Military Items

Second-Lieutenant

Mike McMahon's father, Edmond T. McMahon was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. His experiences helped inspire Mr. McMahon to immerse himself in military history.

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Flight-nurse

Mary K. Hickey, Mike McMahon's aunt, is pictured in the U.S. Army Air Corps flight nurse uniform she wore in 1944. She also provided inspiration for Mr. McMahon.

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Semper-Fi

Mr. McMahon's vast collection includes the three Marine Corps uniforms in the center: combat, dress blue, and green service.

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A Japanese sergeant's uniform circa World War II.

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Extra-extra

An original copy of the Toledo Blade printed at the end of World War II is part of Mr. McMahon's collection in his Old West End home.

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Wide-array-of-items

Mr. McMahon's mini-museum is vast and well-organized. It includes cavalry uniforms seen in the rear of this photo.

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Mr. McMahon in the midst of his collection.

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Canadian-uniforms

A World War II Royal Canadian Air Force pilot uniform, left, and a Royal Canadian chaplain uniform.

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Allies

Mr. McMahon includes items from Britain in his collection.

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Decked-out

Mr. McMahon recently dressed up in a 1944 Irish Guards uniform and his giflriend wore his aunt's flight nurse uniform.

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Troopers

Paratrooper uniforms.

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Flyboys

A U.S. naval aviator uniform.

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The-small-stuff

Many detailed items are included in the collection and they flesh out its historical accuracy.

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Tribute

A U.S. Marine Corps uniform with a picture of Bill Plant, Ms. Plant's father.

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Send-in-the-cavalry

Mr. McMahon's mini museum isn't devoted to just World War II and it includes a dress helmet from the U.S. Army cavalry, circa 1881.

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