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Gordon Hoxie

Well to start my full name is Gordon David Hoxie. I go by David. My brother’s full name is Glenn Daniel Hoxie, he goes by Danny. Our father’s full name is Gordon Densmore Hoxie, he used Gordon. Dad enlisted in the summer of 1942 when he was a junior in high school. He was the youngest of three sons, no sisters. At the time of his enlistment his two older brothers, Leon and Dowel, were already in the Army Air Force.

Uncle Leon was part of the ground support personnel for A-24 dive bombers, the AAF version of the Navy SBD. He was on Nickols Field, Philippines the day of the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. We were always told that he fought as infantry on Bataan. He survived the death march, but died of beri beri in Zero Ward of the Cabanatuan Prison Camp. His childhood friend, Charles Buchanan, wore his shoes home. Uncle Leon told him he considered it a loan.

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Materials:

  • One pair monkey socks with red heel
  • Polyester fiberfill for stuffing
  • Red knitting yarn
  • Black and white embroidery floss (optional)

Sock Monkey Instructions:

Head, Body and Legs
IMPORTANT: Turn Sock #1 inside out before proceeding!

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When you are trying to cook for a hungry group of folks in the great outdoors, the last thing you need is to be missing utensils, not have enough burners to cook with, or have cold food. To keep everything warm, you need food warmers, and yes they come included with outdoor camp kitchens. Everyone may not get back at the same time, and it’s always a challenge to have all your food finish cooking at the same time.

We recommend that you make it easy on yourself and get one of these high quality camp kitchens that are genuine military surplus. You can bet that the military has figured out how to feed hungry troops. You can take advantage of the planning they put into the design of these outdoor camp kitchens to satisfy the appetite of your clients.

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Researching the Internet and consulting with some our customers who are reenactors, we found a wealth of information on this subject. There is way too much to post here but this is a sampling of what others are doing. If you know of a great resource that would benefit others, please feel free to send it to us.

Reenactor.net’s World War II Section contains articles, videos of mock battles, a list of reenacting organizations, a living history forum and much more. This website has sections for all historical reenactments from ancient times to the present.

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These boots were developed by the military for cold weather and extreme cold weather conditions. Mickey Mouse Boots are the best cold weather boot in the world, ideal for hunting, ice fishing, snowmobiling,  working construction and in the oil fields. They keep your feet warm all day long. It is recommended that you wear them with one pair of wool socks with the top of the sock folded over the top of the boot to avoid chafing.

Designed for Cold Weather
The Mickey Mouse boot has two layers of thick wool insulation that wick moisture along with an insulating air bladder made of two layers of rubber. The exterior of the boot is waterproof, made of heavy rubber. There is an air valve in the boot that should be kept closed during normal use. When flying at high altitudes the valve should be opened to allow pressure equalizations.

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