WWII Veterans Flag Case

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Project by NavyChief posted 10-02-2020 12:41 AM 642 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this flag case this past spring for the family of a WWII Veteran who was killed in action in France in 1944. The Cooney family of Cresson, Pennsylvania owned Cooney Brothers Coal for many years and I am proud to say that several of my Uncles and Great Uncles were Dragline and other types of equipment operators for them. When I learned the oldest Brother Thomas, was killed in Action in 1944 near Vologne, France, I wanted to do something to remember and pay tribute to that. The box itself is made of Walnut. I then inlaid the base and uprights with Coal and then epoxied it in. I then obtained his awards and uniform devices, mounted them and inserted them into the lower frame. The flag is a full 9.5×5 Casket flag, which I had flown at Arlington. I then carefully wrapped it around a form and inserted it into the top and folded the rest in behind it. I then delivered it to the family and presented it to the remaining family members.

-- Eric, New Philadelphia, Ohio

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#1 posted 10-02-2020 04:56 AM

Nice case Chief. Excellent sentiment, bless him, you, and all for their service.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 10-02-2020 05:02 AM

Fantastic way to display your medals. Great job!!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#3 posted 10-02-2020 09:17 AM


Very nice tribute. Nice work on the case too. One of a kind.

-- Petey

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#4 posted 10-02-2020 11:30 AM

normally a flag case is just that and always a tribute, however this one is so much more.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 10-02-2020 01:22 PM

Awesome job and beautiful tribute.

-- RKWoods

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#6 posted 10-02-2020 05:16 PM

Really excellent.

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#7 posted 10-02-2020 05:51 PM

Real nice, I have to make my son one, he served in the Army poor kid. My father made one for me when I left the Navy, so hopefully it will be a tradition. I like the way you did it with the flag and metals so I am going to copy it minus the coal. lol

-- John in Florida

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#8 posted 10-08-2020 05:02 AM

Very nice work and congrats on the DT3! Great idea using the coal to tie the family business into the case. Good job from a fellow Chief.

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