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George A. Petersen

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George A. Petersen is one of the most experienced military collector-dealers in the hobby & business of historical military collectibles. His expertise spans the periods of WWI, WW2, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, up to the current day.

He has over fifty (50) years of experience as a collector; he has spent his entire life in the hobby of military collectibles. His personal interest is in German Historical Aviation, and at one time had the largest private collection of Luftwaffe uniforms, badges, medals and medal groupings, flags and standard, and insignia in the world.

Born in 1945, he served in the US Army 1964-1967 as a Spec 4 with a 111 B Light Weapons MOS. He was a member of "B" Company, 3rd Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), The US Army's Honor Guard, in Washington, D.C. (Fort Meyer, VA) and with the 765th Security Platoon in Vung Tau Airfield, Republic of Vietnam, December 1965-December 1966, as an Operations and Security Specialist.

Pocket Patch of the 765th Security Platoon, at Vung Tau Army Airfield worn 1965-66 era by George Petersen. Sometime after 1967, this patch was replaced by one of another design.

After military service, he worked for Replica Models, Inc., Unique Imports, etc., in the 1960's-1970's, as a specialist in military material. He has been involved with military collectors in the Washington, D.C. area for thirty (35) years, since 1969, and he formed NCHS, Inc., in 1979.

George Petersen's NCHS, Inc., has had a retail military collector's store in the Washington, D.C. suburbs of Alexandria/Springfield, Virginia, for the past 40 years. He is well-known in government, military, and private circles. Mr. Petersen has appeared in numerous newspaper and magazine articles in the USA and overseas.

Mr. Petersen has helped many museums with consulting services and with obtaining historical military material both for museums in the USA and internationally.

Some of the museums include:
The Smithsonian Institution: The National Air and Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The Navy Museum (Washington, D.C.)
The Naval Aviation Museum (Pensacola, FL)
The USAF Museum (Wright-Patterson AFB, OH)
The 82nd Airborne Museum (Fort Bragg, NC)
Central Armed Forces Museum (Moscow, Russian Republic)
Artillery Museum (St. Petersburg, Russian Republic)

Central Armed Forces Museum (Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam), and many others

As part of the Smithsonian Institution's, National Museum of American History, The Price of Freedom, American's At War exhibit, which opened on Veteran's Day 2004, George Petersen helped with this exhibit by providing assorted uniforms and insignia for display, including the same type uniform as he wore in Vietnam in 1965-66.

He also provided the uniforms and equipment as used in the figures of the infantrymen, wounded soldiers, and helicopter crewmen in the display in the Vietnam section

PetersenG Uniform on display at the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of American History

George Petersen has contributed photographs and information to many military collectors' reference books and magazines, both US and foreign, for the past 35 years.

He has especially been active in the Bender Publishing (San Jose, California) series of books on US and WW2 German subjects.

Courtesy, "The Military Advisor", Bender Publications, San Jose, CA. George Petersen has helped on a consulting basis and supplied military material for numerous movies such as:

"The Hunt for Red October,"
"Gardens of Stone,"
"Born on the Fourth of July,"
"Red Dawn,"
"The Thin Red Line."

Consultant for various magazines from around the world. Picture shows George Petersen on the cover of Combat Magazine, firing a WW2 German Paratrooper FG42.

George Petersen shown here at the German Cemetery in Tunisia, outside of Tunis, taken in 1974. George Petersen has traveled the world looking at various battle-sites and doing consulting with various government agencies, collectors, film and theatres, all over the world.

He has more than 40 years experience in the international historical/militaria field. Attention Vietnam Vets & Collectors!

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George Petersen has co-authored a book with Roger James Bender, and has helped write/contributed photographs for over one hundred (100) military reference books.

A frequent contributor to the well-known Bender Publishing Company (San Jose, CA) series on WW2 German military material, he has collaborated on countless articles dealing with military material, both in the USA and internationally. He has reprinted a series of US WW2 Quartermaster manuals and Aircraft Pilot Training manuals.

Mr. Petersen was a WW2 re-enactor from 1976 to 1991, playing both U.S. Infantry and German paratrooper.

He is a member of numerous military organizations such as the American Legion, VFW, Vietnam Veterans of America, American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC), Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA), American Association of Military Uniform Collectors (AAMUC), Chute N' Dagger, Air Force Association, EAA, plus numerous others.

Mr. Petersen travels the world consulting and doing historical military research.