WW2 USAAF Mini Set
Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:39 AM
A AAF mini set. Please, I need some opinions.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:40 AM
Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:34 AM
Posted 01 May 2008 - 11:56 AM
I've got mini's for a WWII CBI pilot - got them straight from the family and the pretty much look like yours.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:16 PM
Interesting question, F.S. I knew that minis existed before WWII but my instinct was that they were suspended for the duration...evidently not. One-half size miniature decorations (except the Medal of Honor) and service medals were authorized throughout WWII (AR 600-35, eds. 1941 and 1944) and "Miniatures of the decorations, service medals, and ribbons are worn attached to a bar or chain on the left lapel of military or civilian evening clothes." (AR 600-40, ed. 1944). As a practical matter, there probably weren't many occasions for wearing minis during the War but there's the rule.
...I've always thought the mini's were a post-WWII item...
Posted 01 May 2008 - 06:30 PM
As a practical matter, there probably weren't many occasions for wearing minis during the War but there's the rule.
I would imagine the only people wearing minis during the war were the brass in Washington making the rounds of the DC social network that never stopped, even for war.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 08:01 PM
Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:11 PM
Posted 02 May 2008 - 02:24 PM
Probably 1950s/60s and worn by a former service member on a civilian Tux at dress affairs. No need to show the "other stuff".
Posted 02 May 2008 - 04:34 PM
General release of the WWII service medals commenced in mid-1947 with the American Defense Service Medal and the WWII Victory Medal, followed in mid-1948 by the campaign medals for Asiatic-Pacific, EAME, and American Theaters and the Occupation Medal. By the time these medals were available, many veterans evidently did not care....
...only the ribbons for the WWII campaign medals (European-African-Middle Eastern, Asiatic-Pacific, American) were available during the war and that the full sized medals were not actually produced until either 1946 or 1947, long after most veterans had been discharged...
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