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UWG-0784-WPN WWII Era "Mae West" B-4 Life Preserver Belonging to Ned L. Broyles

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Item #28661

US Navy Captain Ned L. Broyles was with the Landing Force Air Support Control Unit 1 (LFASCU-1) and took part in the battles of Okinawa and Iwo Jima alongside the US Marine Corps. Primarily, Ned was an air controller and directed planes from nearby aircraft carriers to bombing targets. Additionally, he was also responsible for setting up the airfield on Iwo Jima under mortar fire by the Japanese. Captain Broyles was awarded the distinguished flying cross during WWII for "extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Pacific Area from 1 October 1943 to 25 December 1943."


This grouping contains Captain Broyles' life preserver, a photograph of him wearing it, and a short note from the retired Captain explaining his ownership of the preserver. This "Mae West" B-4 inflatable life vest is dated May 31, 1943. Stamped "Property-USN" and "ATC" on front. It has been repaired and resealed at the strap connection points. The CO2 canisters are sealed and in unused/functional condition.

Ned is 105 years old and currently living in Florida. He has two videos of his war stories on Youtube that can be accessed at the links below

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