Memorial Shadow Box

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Project by Chulawanna posted 03-09-2010 08:12 PM 2983 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these two boxes for the Daughters of an Army/Air Force vet. They were given to them by the local Vets at his funeral. Their father was very proud of his service to our great country and they wanted them to have a piece of that history.

The patches and the Ruptured Duck Pins (Honorable Discharge) are all WWII era items. It took me longer to locate these then it did to build the box. The flags were flown over Vandenberg, AFB….his last duty station.

It was truly an honor to build these boxes!

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 02:00 AM

I like your shadow boxes. Just so you know, the rank insignia is upside down in the box. The rocker goes down. Looks good though. One of these days I need to make a shadow box

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 02:46 AM

Very nice job. His daughters can be very proud of their father’s service and very nice work!

-- Jerry L. Martin

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 02:58 AM

I put the Rank Insignia the exact way it was on his uniform. The plates in the middle of these boxes have pictures of him in uniform, so I figured that 3 different pictures couldn’t be wrong.

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 04:54 AM

You said he was airforce and army, correct? If so, the pictures may be airforce. Their’s are placed in that manner, but the one you have in the box is an army SSgt and it is upside down.

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 06:17 AM

Sir I meant no disrespect to you or the memory of the Soldier/Airman that this shadowbox honors. JBoss is correct, the Air Force, Navy, and Coast Guard all turn their insignia upside down from the Army and Marines.

JBoss and I were able to identify this insignia as Army due to the coloring and the way the chevrons and rockers are shaped. The Air Force has sharp, straight angles, while the Army and Marines use curved lines.

Again, thank you for sharing and excellent craftsmanship.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 06:20 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 07:50 PM

From a former vet, you did a great job and a great service to the family and memory of this Veteran. May God Rest his soul.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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