Uncle John was born, lived and worked in the woods of central Oregon and Washington, he and my father logged as young men, they occasionally hauled one log loads to the mill. When World War II called, John went to Africa and then Europe with the 3rd Calvary. He spent time chasing Rommel around the Sahara and ended up in Italy fighting Nazi's. He and his recon company was ambushed outside a little village and John managed to hold off 50 caliber machine gun fire, by returning fire from a mounted 50 caliber until his buddies could escape. He took 3 shots before he was knocked off the back of the Jeep. For this he received the Bronze Star for Bravery in the face of the enemy. He used to say the scary part was when he was in the hospital, in Italy, during the air raids, because they would have to leave him behind on the fifth floor.
Go to "Photos of the Collection" to see some of Uncle Johns treasures.