USN/USMC Parachutist Wing Question...
Posted 06 April 2013 - 07:28 AM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 11:19 AM
Posted 16 March 2014 - 06:01 PM
Bumped into this thread looking to date these before listing them. Lots of great information! Thought I would add a picture of the HH marked SER. 678 Para-Wings.
Edited by TRR, 16 March 2014 - 06:01 PM.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:35 AM
I think we owe some kudos to Bob Hudson for the post amount the re-introduction of the gold USMC parachute badge in the 1950's. For me, that sort of answers the question as to when these wings with the clutch fasteners would have started to appear. I tend to believe that these three digit numbers were used into the 1960's, and as I said periously, I've seen them on Assman made insignia. I have also encountered insignia with both a three digit code as well as a number letter code, so I would say that the USMC three digit codes were in use as the same time as the manufacturer's number letter code used by the army.
I think that the three digit HH wing posted by Erik (TRR) and the OEC (Officers' Equipment Co) wing posted by Wharf are both from the late 1950's wings, though I think that they could have been issued well into the Vietnam era and possibly beyond that. Collectors should remember that the army was still procuring issued insignia and badges executed in sterling silver well into the 1960's.
As an aside, while deployed to Saudi Arabia in 1990-91, I awarded "Operator-S" bars to my soldiers who were operating specialty fuel handling equipment- 100 and 350 gpm pumps, filter seperators, and other eqipment. These bars are worn on the driver badge. Every single bar that we procured was Sterling silver marked (in raised lettering). I tell this story to illustrate that sterling silver insignia didn't simply disappear overnight in the post WWII era.
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