On Sept. 29, Sohn & Associates will offer at public auction the complete liquidation of the Charlie Dukes Museum of Militaria.
The auction will feature approx. 9,000 military patches including Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine, NASA, ROTC, NAZI, British, German, Japanese (contemporary) and more. Plus other rare collectibles including Nazi funeral sash, WW I US gas mask, WW II German Binoculars, Bronze Nazi desk eagle by Reno, Eva Braun dressing mirror, WPA wooden sign, several uniforms, medals, books, flags and more.
Charlie Dukes is not just your average collector. On Thanksgiving Day in 1944, he was wounded and captured by the Germans. Later, at the end of the war, he was forced to escape from a Russian detention camp. Mr. Dukes chronicles his story in the book Good Morning, But the Nightmares Never End. In addition to his museum, Charlie spent time carrying his message to students as a “living link to history.”
“I want to tell them the story they don’t read in the history books,” he said. “And I want them to know what the price of freedom is so they can appreciate it.”
This auction should be of interest to WW II history lovers and collectors of militaria and affords a great chance to own a piece of history previously owned by a courageous “Survivor.”