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#26 SgtMaddoxUSMC

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 07:02 PM

Look Brig!  A 1stSgt!



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Posted 10 January 2015 - 08:10 PM

I saw that, and believe it may be missing paint, not a raised diamond. That's the first place the paint chips on these, center between the stripes and rockers, on the crease


Edited by Brig, 10 January 2015 - 08:11 PM.


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Posted 10 January 2015 - 08:26 PM

Thanks for posting the information on these chevrons.  I acquired this lot today and was totally stumped until I read this topic in the forum. 

 

Judy H.

Welcome to the Forum jm. Could you do us a favor and post a close up of the rank at the very far right?



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Posted 10 January 2015 - 09:11 PM

Here are two more photos of the device on the far right.  It does have the raised diamond.

 

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Posted 10 January 2015 - 09:23 PM

Now I really wonder if there is a SgtMaj floating around somewhere!



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Posted 11 January 2015 - 07:02 AM

Well I'll be



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Posted 28 October 2015 - 04:56 PM

Here's what I have together so far:
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Posted 28 October 2015 - 04:58 PM

The PFC and lower MSgt are both Army but I am seriously considering painting the PFC red just to fill that spot.  I know altering pieces is frowned upon but who knows when I'l ever see another PFC for sale.



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Posted 08 November 2015 - 08:11 AM

Chevrons picked up over the past couple of months, completes my fullsize collection unless a 1stSgt fullsize is floating around out there. PFC and Cpl came mixed in with a bunch of Army and AAF pins, and have to thank Maddox for the Sgt chevron. Cpl is an extra

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Posted 08 November 2015 - 09:15 AM

Awesome!  Glad to finally see a PFC!  Now I just hope another surfaces!  And I'm sure your 1stSgt is out there somewhere.  



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 09:40 AM

I have been wondering, we refer to the smaller size chevrons as collar insignia but does anyone have any photographic evidence of them being worn as so?  Or that that just the general consensus?



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Posted 11 November 2015 - 12:52 PM

I think more or less they are referred to as collar size...doesn't mean they weren't worn on the covers. 



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Posted 28 November 2015 - 10:36 AM

Updated shot of my collection...definitely hangs much more level now that the PFC and SGT have been added to the left side. Thanks to Maddox for the Sgt addition

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 11:54 AM

Look's awesome bro!  Hope I can find a PFC sometime so I can finish my large set (unless that 1stSgt ever pops up...)



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 05:52 AM

Now I really wonder if there is a SgtMaj floating around somewhere!


It is not likely that a Sergeant Major chevron for this set was ever produced. Sergeant Major for Army and Marines came back in 1958 and I think these were out of style by then.

Of course, once you say it does not exist one will pop up somewhere!

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 06:00 AM

You are correct in that the SgtMaj rank did not exist for either branch at this time (3 chevrons, 3 rockers and a star in the center) so I would agree that there are none of these chevrons for that rank.  The Marine Corps did not have a First Sergeant rank at that time either, but the Army did so I assume the small 1stSgt piece that I have came out of the same mold used for the Army's 1stSgt chevron.  Marines actually readopted SgtMaj and 1stSgt at the end of 1954 and Korea ended in July '53 so given the year and half gap between the war ending and the ranks being reestablished, it is unlikely that any SgtMaj chevrons are out there but like you said, you never know for sure!



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 07:26 AM

I'm of the belief that the 1stSgt you have is an odd fluke. Possibly the Koreans at that shop didn't pay attention to the fact the Marines had none, thus more likely to find a red painted one in an Army group?



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 12:31 PM

I think that is a safe assumption.  We'll have to keep our eyes open.  Still surprised that we haven't seen any more small ones and that the first one I come across is a 1stSgt.  Have you ever seen any other than your MSgt and my 1stSgt?



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 01:11 PM

I've seen a small sized SSgt in the past



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Posted 29 November 2015 - 03:07 PM

I have small Corporal, Staff Sergeant and Master Sergeant. Notice that the SSG is smaller than the other two.

I'll post a picture

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Posted 29 November 2015 - 04:14 PM

Maybe they came in three sizes??



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Posted 02 September 2017 - 10:20 AM

Here is a shot of my collection (minus doubles).  Found that large 1stSgt, Brig!  Now I just gotta hunt for all those smalls.

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 10:59 AM

Close up of the large 1stSgt and MSgt

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:35 PM

Nice find. I'm falling behind

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Posted 02 September 2017 - 02:45 PM

Interesting that there seems to be so few PFC and Sgt ranks... You would think those lower ranks would be much more common than the higher ones, but it seems like there are many SSgt. TSgt and MSgt (as well as Cpl) chevrons..  I probably have at least 4 or 5 of each of those in the large size.  I wonder where all those PFCs and Sgts went!




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