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#1 rd12

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:25 AM

I've been working on this purchase since April and it finally all came together.  These were waiting in the mail when I got home from work last night.  I've scrounged for years to find decent 158th patches and I just doubled my collection!  I will post some better photos this weekend.

 

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:28 AM

Very nice collection - amazing how many variations there were.

 

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:29 AM

Killer group some very nice examples of is Iconic insignia.Thanks for posting them its always great to see quality pieces.Scotty

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:29 AM

Great outfit and great patches...Congrats.



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 09:40 AM

You did very well.That's an outstanding assortment of 158th variations that you have assembled.I just recently picked up a couple of the US made ones and I was happy to get them!



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Posted 05 June 2014 - 10:55 AM

Very nice indeed!  I'm impressed.

 

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 03:22 PM

Great stuff Bob, so much diversity between them all

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Posted 05 June 2014 - 04:47 PM

Those are awesome. funny I was just reading an old Trading Post magazine today and these were in a featured article



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:00 AM

Those are awesome. funny I was just reading an old Trading Post magazine today and these were in a featured article

 

Are you referring to the Article in the Oct-Dec 2003 issue?



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:03 AM

Thanks for the comments!  Here are some better pictures with the backs included.  I've also thrown in some of my others. 



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:13 AM

Cotton & Silk

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:14 AM

Felt

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:15 AM

Cotton & Felt

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:18 AM

Felt & ?? (stiff cotton?)

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:19 AM

Felt & Silk

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:20 AM

Both Felt

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:21 AM

Both Felt?  I think the Rayon on the label refers to the thread & backing - but I could be wrong.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:24 AM

Felt.  The first is the type that was issued to the 158th in Texas.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:27 AM

This was cut from a Vet's scrapbook ( not by me! ).  He collected patches from all his VFW buddies and put them in this book, his son then cut out all the patches and sold them individually.  It give's 158th vet name and where he served - I  have not researched yet.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:29 AM

These are both from late 1950's - 1960's when the 158th was an AZNG Infantry unit - prior to it becoming an MP unit.  After the change the snake lost its red tongue for a white one.

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 07:35 AM

The patches above were made in various locations - US, Panama, Australia, Philippines, and Japan.  There is an interesting history to the evolution, approval, and procurement of the patch - in most cases soldiers had patches made locally as they moved through the Pacific theater and then on Occupation duty in Japan.  I will edit my posts above as I have more time to research and identify properly.

 

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 08:25 AM

Wow.That's the best collection of Bushmasters that I've ever seen.Thanks for posting a back view of the patches.I love seeing both sides :love: I'm amazed at the variety of variation for such a simple design!

I like them all,but if I had to pick a favorite I would go with that silk one in the bottom of post # 15.That named one is great too.Thanks for the info on the tongue color.The few I have look like the bottom one in post # 20.If possible,can you please state in which country each one was made?I would be interested to know. :)



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 11:29 AM

With regards to the color of the tongue;  My Dad was in the AZNG in the 1960's and was a SGT in the 158th ( which is where one of my red-tongue patches came from ).  Anyways, he is the one who told me that when the unit was reorganized into the 258th MP Brigade it was given a redesigned SSI.  The tongue became white and the head is shaped different.  Here is a very late 1960's or 1970's merrowed-edge 258th MP patch for comparison.

 

 

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Posted 07 June 2014 - 01:04 PM

 

Are you referring to the Article in the Oct-Dec 2003 issue?

 

the very same.



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Posted 07 June 2014 - 05:51 PM

Scan 257.jpeg This is one of my favorite patches. I believe I had the largest collection in the US of 158th RCT BUSHMASTERS. I have been selling my collection off as some may know; but have  what I believe to be the much harder to get Black,Red, Orange and yes Green versions that I thought the forum members would enjoy. Check out the bullion version it is killer!




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