Now and then we get the opportunity to do something small that goes a lot further than we anticipate in the way of good. Last week, a customer and friend of mine, Bob Mehl, a veteran of World War II in the 82nd Airborne Division, a famous outfit to say the least, came by and in the course of conversation he mentioned to me that he was looking for some rank stripes that he had never sown on his "Ike" uniform jacket and after misplaced. I don`t know why he could have misplaced them, it`s only been 68 years ago! The Ike jacket was a short waist legnth service uniform top popularized by General Dwight Eisenhower late in the war., hence the name " Ike". Bob wanted to complete his uniform, which still fit him, by the way, and said he had difficulty finding his particular style of rank patch , T-5 corporal . I mentioned I collect WW2 unifoms and equipment and would look at what I had. That night I went into my stash of stuff, did not find a loose set of his type, but when I went into the closet to look at some "Class A" jackets I have , sure enough, I found it. I called Bob and told him to come by the next day , that I had his stripes. The following pics are his reaction to the gift. I don`t normally like to put me up on this blog, but I`m proud to stand and be photographed with Bob, one of less than a million veterans of WWII left out of 16 million plus. Also, note Bob`s original jacket, still looks great! God Bless the USA!