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Old 07-15-2011, 01:30 PM   #1
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Name of WAF collector, membership level and known as on the WAF: Bill Stump, Lifetime Member and was also known as W.C. Stump on this forum. He had been a member of the WAF since 06 April 2001. He passed away on 26 August 2004.

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Collecting interests: Orders, badges, medals and decorations of the Third Reich

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Old 07-17-2011, 11:11 PM   #2
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I never met Bill in person. But as a newbie collector and member of this
forum, I had several conversations with him via PM. He always seemed
willing to answer my question and give me advice. He was a credit to
this forum and to our hobby. Thank you Bill.
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:28 AM   #3
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I can only echo that. Bill, by all accounts an advanced collector, always had time to help his fellow collectors regardless of their status in the hobby. If you were willing to listen he was more than happy to talk.
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RIP Bill......
Old 07-19-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Thumbs up RIP Bill......

......I had the pleasure of speaking with W.C. one night by telephone. We spoke for nearly an hour. He was a great guy IMO, and strived heartily to share his wealth of information here on the Forum.

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Old 10-09-2011, 06:52 AM   #5
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I spoke to Bill at length a number of times-mostly regarding legal issues. He was a man of contrasts-a long time collector, knowelgable, who was deep down-a very sad man. He had lived through some real tragedies.
He seemed to court controversy and had a bit of an ego. He loved edged weapons and had collected TR since the early 1950s.
Some collectors liked him and others despised him.
I still have no clue what happened between 2002-2004 but I do know that some of the older imperial/OMSA collectors loathed him.
I suspect he did not mind going on. One of the last things he said to me was that he hoped he'd see his son again.
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Old 10-09-2011, 01:27 PM   #6
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I met Bill at the last SOS he attended and he authenticated some kriegsmarine badges for me. He took the time to go over these thoroughly as I told him I was new to badge collecting . His knowledge about badges was a revelation to me.
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Trip to Germany with Bill
Old 10-10-2011, 01:19 AM   #7
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When I moved to Kentucky I met Bill. We became good friends. In the early 70's Bill, Darrell Raney and myself had a great trip to Germany. We visited all the "Old TR Haunts" in Munich & Berlin. We picked a lot of great stuff on that trip ! I Miss him very much.
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Old 10-10-2011, 03:37 AM   #8
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I enjoy reading his comments especially the one about Luft. diamond pilot badge.
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Old 10-10-2011, 08:31 AM   #9
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Another picture of this collector, I believe.
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Old 10-19-2011, 02:53 PM   #10
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Post #9 is John Pepera, an advanced collector who is still counted among us.
I knew Bill Stump for nearly 40 years - a unique individual to say the least! He is missed....
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Old 10-19-2011, 03:19 PM   #11
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My mistake, now this should be Bill Stump.
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Old 10-20-2011, 12:59 PM   #12
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Chen, do you have all of us collectors on your datebase!?
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Old 11-08-2011, 11:07 PM   #13
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Funny...No answer.....admission of guilt ...possibly...,but i bet he does...!
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:24 PM   #14
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Didn't he have at one time a large grouping of von Ribbentrops' items?
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Old 12-14-2011, 06:46 PM   #15
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Quote:
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Didn't he have at one time a large grouping of von Ribbentrops' items?
If you're referring to Bill Stump Yes he did.
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