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#1 itshistory

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:41 AM

When the Army began expanding it's fledgling Aviation Branch, it was frequently Division Artillery Aviation that existed. Here are some of the unit patches.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:45 AM

When new units were formed they were attached to the Transportation Corps. Called many things they were frequently Transportation Companies with identifiers such as helicopter company, light helicopter company, medium and heavy companies and simply Aviation Company. Some samples from my collection.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:46 AM

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:47 AM

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:48 AM

These early examples can be a challenge to find.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:08 AM

These are fantastic patches, I have never seen the Artillery Spotting patches.  So, what is the yellow patch, bulldog with 36 above the rotor?  This is often confused by people for a Marine helicopter patch.  Thanks - Jeff



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:15 AM

These are fantastic patches, I have never seen the Artillery Spotting patches.  So, what is the yellow patch, bulldog with 36 above the rotor?  This is often confused by people for a Marine helicopter patch.  Thanks - Jeff

 

That patch is for the 36th Transportation Company formed at Fort Sill in 1957. Later moved to Hanau, Germany.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:30 AM

Nice patches of the early years, a rich and varied lot.



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:37 AM

Amazing collection. As already stated, there are some I have never seen before. Thank you for sharing your collection

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:01 AM

These early examples can be a challenge to find.

 

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I agree.Nicely done



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 10:54 AM

Thanks all.

 

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:00 PM

Is your 54th with the hummingbird 'textured'? I have one that is alot more '3d' than '2d', if that makes sense. One of my favorite patches! This one good looking collection you got there! It has taken me afew years to get 2 thirds of what you have here!



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Posted 17 July 2017 - 07:13 PM

The patches in #1 are unreal!



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Posted 18 July 2017 - 03:57 AM

Is your 54th with the hummingbird 'textured'? I have one that is alot more '3d' than '2d', if that makes sense. One of my favorite patches! This one good looking collection you got there! It has taken me afew years to get 2 thirds of what you have here!

 

This 54th leans more to 3D. The blue is the "background" and everything else is thicker giving the image of depth.

 

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 09:36 AM

I have a few of your TC company patches, but really like your KW div arty avn patches more. They are really tough to find;  have a few of them, too. 

 

Thanks for sharing all of them with us and remind collectors of the vast number of patches that are available to add to their collections. 



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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:38 AM

Here are a few from my collection from the early days, not in order as Chris has his, some repeats, I left a bunch out but tried to throw out some for the pictures that are seldom seen. There are some rare birds here...... Jeff Williams

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 08:56 AM

Nice assembly. There's a couple I've been hunting for. Keeps the hobby interesting.

 

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 01:27 PM

Some sweet pieces there.I agree with IH,it's always great to see what others have(and what we're missing  :lol:)



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:01 PM

Wow! itshistory & jwilliamsfnp you both have some outstanding aviation patches. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see some close-ups, especially of the Korean War patches. Here's a few of mine. The first one is for the 103rd Division from the 1950's The second is the 71st Aviation Co. It was stationed in Panama from Oct 62 to Oct 66 and supported the 193rd Light Infantry Brigade. It was deactivated in Panama in 1966.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:17 PM

This thread just got special

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:32 PM

Wow! itshistory & jwilliamsfnp you both have some outstanding aviation patches. I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to see some close-ups, especially of the Korean War patches. Here's a few of mine. The first one is for the 103rd Division from the 1950's The second is the 71st Aviation Co. It was stationed in Panama from Oct 62 to Oct 66 and supported the 193rd Light Infantry Brigade. It was deactivated in Panama in 1966.

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I agree - closeups please of the KW and the 1st AD Avn Co have never a real one 



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:51 PM

This thread just got special

I'd say, I'd also say that these are rare examples, not something seen often, like that 103rd Infantry Division Aviation Detachment pocket patch Bill K posted, his Panama based unit too.



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Posted 21 July 2017 - 10:28 PM

I also agree let's see some close ups of them KW pieces. I'd like to see the 24th piece with what looks like a duck superimposed over the taro leaf.

Bill, your 103rd Division is really a neat and definitely uncommon piece. Here's one from the 103rd during the interwar years. Authorized October 14, 1922. A little under 13 years it was rescinded on June 18, 1935.

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Posted 22 July 2017 - 04:58 AM

It's best if the owner is requested, shots in the dark about "KW" patches is a little ambiguous.

 

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