My father-in-law purchased a box of old dolls at an auction for me to research and resell recently, and in that box was a variety of different things, including this wooden duck.
Immediately, I think... this duck's head looks like the seagulls from Finding Nemo.
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But there is obviously more to this duck than it looking like a seagull.
It's solid wood (I'm not sure what kind), and there is an inscription on the bottom.
Finally, I search only for Earle Vossen Eugene Oregon. The only thing I can find for this gentleman in Oregon is a Find-A-Grave listing.
Turns out, the only Earle Vossen in Oregon happens to have been a Major in the US Army in World War II.
Note: I won't take the picture of his stone and put it here out of respect... but the Find-A-Grave listing has a picture of it.
I've decided to list it on eBay, but made sure to share this little duck's backstory in the listing as well so that someone else can appreciate it's history as much as I do.
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