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#1 Brig

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:32 PM

Here's a thread I'm reviving after our oops...post-Korea USMC metal screwback chevrons. Feel free to add. First, a single Sergeant chevron I found for a buck at a local flea market...

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:33 PM

and a pair of Gunny ranks I got from the Raleigh show in September for ten bucks

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Posted 18 February 2008 - 02:34 PM

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Posted 14 April 2008 - 06:10 PM

Brig,
Is this what you are looking for? Mine don't have the clutchbacks like your's. When were these type chevrons abolished?
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Posted 09 May 2008 - 09:32 AM

This is a set of the early metal chevrons shown on a HBT Utility Cover from the 1953 - 56 time frame.

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Posted 01 July 2008 - 07:11 AM

here're a few more I just got in. A single Corporal Chevron and two pairs of Sergeant Chevrons

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Posted 16 August 2008 - 09:49 AM

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Posted 01 September 2008 - 01:59 PM

pair of 1st Sgt chevrons on card, missing one roller...

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Posted 26 March 2009 - 02:15 PM

thought I'd finally scored a matching pair of 1st Sgt/MSgt chevrons off card for the case...however when they arrived, they weren't matched. I would have sent them back for a refund, but I noticed the back of one is marked "App'd 354". Until now I hadn't seen any marks whatsoever on the backs of these. An interesting varient

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Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:34 PM

couple more...

Gunny wide chevrons but clutchback instead of screw, these clutched versions seem to be scarcer than the roller ones...

also, a roller style 1st Sgt with diamond. I thought these metal chevrons were void of anything in the center, is this a later-type/transitional 1stSgt, or are all the ones without the diamonds actually just Master Sgt chevrons?

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Posted 23 May 2010 - 12:13 PM

matched par of Master Sergeant ranks

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:02 AM

Hello

Here are the items I have.

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:04 AM

Master Sergeant
one screwback, one clutchback

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:05 AM

clutch detail

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Posted 24 May 2010 - 01:07 AM

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 11:29 AM

Would like to nail down the periods used on these. We know they're the first type of metal enlisted rank authorized in the US military. Does anyone have an actual begin/end date for their usage?

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Posted 10 January 2013 - 10:35 PM

Would like to nail down the periods used on these. We know they're the first type of metal enlisted rank authorized in the US military. Does anyone have an actual begin/end date for their usage?



I imagine the date the stoped being used was when the new EM ranks with the crossed rifles came out, 1961 or something? I think these is another topic that talks about the dates on both types, can't remember :o .

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:17 AM

Hello Everyone,

Marines wore these type of wide chevrons without crossed rifles from about 1954 until about 1959. The new rank structure was announced in October 1958 with implementation starting in January 1959. Some time after January 1959 Marines began wearing the new chevrons with the crossed rifles. The Army also wore these wide chevrons in the 1950's and maybe into the 1960's. Hope this help.

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:24 AM

I also think the screwbacks were used first and much more heavily, with clutchbacks being implemented transitionally, briefly, prior to the new ranks. We see much less clutchback versions out there

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:29 AM

Also...anyone know the regs for wear? Currently they have to be 1/2" from the sides and bisecting the point of the collar...similar then?

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Hello Everyone,

Marines wore these type of wide chevrons without crossed rifles from about 1954 until about 1959. The new rank structure was announced in October 1958 with implementation starting in January 1959. Some time after January 1959 Marines began wearing the new chevrons with the crossed rifles. The Army also wore these wide chevrons in the 1950's and maybe into the 1960's. Hope this help.

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Do you know on what uniform items Marine Black collar ranks were worn on by the Army in the 50s? we've all seen those enameled Gold on Black metal ranks being worn now and again in the Army of the 50s to mid 60s, seen on a variety of caps, on the front of M1 helmet liners, but the these Black Marine types? I could see these early Marine types being worn by Soldiers in South Vietnam in the 65-68 period, but not in state side units or in places other than South Vietnam or Thailand, here in places other than Southeast Asia the standard was the full color Gold on Army Green sleeve rank patches. As we know the Army adopted the Black EM rank pins the Marine Corps first originated/used in 1968-69, first in South Vietnam then Army wide, so I can see why some GIs might have aquired these 50s Marine types to wear before the Army had their own "Subdued" types manufactured.

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:06 PM

I found small stash of them at a local thrift store this week. The large 1st sergeant pair is screwback and the smaller 1st Sgt and Sgt. Major are clutchback.

 

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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:46 PM

Nice catch Bob!  Those 1stSgts don't pop up too often...  took me awhile to get mine, and the wide SgtMaj is even harder.  I was lucky to get one but need to find its mate still (:



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:54 PM

Nice catch Bob!  Those 1stSgts don't pop up too often...  took me awhile to get mine, and the wide SgtMaj is even harder.  I was lucky to get one but need to find its mate still (:

 

What's the deal with the narrower ones with clutch backs? 



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Posted 15 January 2015 - 06:59 PM

As the wide ones were only briefly used, likely he was a 1stSgt when they transitioned to the thinner, modern style rank




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