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#251 vforvictory1945

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 05:45 PM

Does anyone know the origins of these USS belt buckles?  All pictures come from the Worthpoint archives.  I'm not sure if they are Navajo artisan made and what era but they are really cool.  I'd love to find one to wear.  Thanks, Ryan

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Posted 17 December 2019 - 04:17 PM

My mistake as I didn't read the Ebay listing info on Worthpoint very well.  The buckles above are Navajo Silversmith made using Indian War USS hat insignia.

 

Scout Buckle Here are two great collectibles in one... An Indian War-era U.S.S. hat insignia from the U.S. Indian Scouts is mounted to a sterling-front belt buckle made be the well-known B-K Silversmiths of Phoenix, Arizona. The buckle is sterling silver in front and nickel silver on the back

 

Pretty cool buckles.  I was thinking these were theater made but this info puts that idea to rest.



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Posted 02 January 2020 - 02:49 PM

Happy New Year 2020!  Here is a great looking Fort Mills PI buckle for Ralph H. Keller from 1941.

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Posted 06 January 2020 - 09:13 PM

Nice Ebay score!



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Posted 09 January 2020 - 06:30 AM

Post 1 of 4:  The following four posts are to show an engraved WWI Meat Can Mess Kit being used at Fort Mills in 1942. I don't collect engraved mess kits but this one is neat in that it is dated after Pearl Harbor and all four panels are engraved  This recently sold on ebay. In retrospect, I wish I would have bid more for it although my wife was happy it found a home somewhere else :dry: Congrats to whoever acquired it! .  Bottom of Pan: 1942 59th CAC BTRY C Fort Mills PI Ralph D. Swiger, Clarksburg W. Va. Station C

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 06:32 AM

Post 2 of 4: Inside of Pan -- In Memory of Mother  (The engraving looks like similar to what one might get as a tattoo.)

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 06:36 AM

Post 3 of 4: Top of Lid -- Ralph D. Swiger, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 59th CAC Btry C  (engraved over initials R.D.S.)

 

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Posted 09 January 2020 - 06:37 AM

Post 4 of 4: Female Warrior "Philippines"

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 11:45 AM

One I picked up on Ebay a week or so ago.  I really like Seabees buckles and the top slider is pretty unique.  It reminds me of that Cubi Point dozer Seabees buckle another forum member posted last year.  

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 11:48 AM

Here are a few more DC Swofford pics.  I was only able to find a late Vietnam era Cruise Book online.  My best guess is he served from the early 50's - early 70's in the USN as a Seabee.  I'm thinking the buckle dates back to the mid 50's.

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Posted 18 January 2020 - 12:46 PM

One I picked up on Ebay a week or so ago.  I really like Seabees buckles and the top slider is pretty unique.  It reminds me of that Cubi Point dozer Seabees buckle another forum member posted last year.  

 

Beautiful PI SEABEE buckle, you can be certain that he wore this proudly with his greens.



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Posted 20 January 2020 - 10:48 AM

I know y'all were watching this one on ebay. Pretty sweet who ever got it. 

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Posted 20 January 2020 - 04:13 PM

@vforvictory1945 -- It's cool that you found info and pictures on Dwight Swofford.  Thanks for sharing.

 

@easterneagle87 -- :D I was the winner of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Airborne 1965-1970 buckle. Apologies if you were runner up.  I don't like spending as much as I did but that's how it goes.  Note the the engraver forgot to engrave the period after the S in U.S.  This is the first dated 1970 buckle in my collection.

BTW - I just finished reading "From Here To Eternity" by James Jones. Great book!!!  I wish I h ad read it years ago.  Although the story takes place in Hawaii in 1941, there are a number of mentions of the PI, but no mention of engraved belt buckles.



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Posted 25 January 2020 - 02:03 PM

Someone had a TDE .44 Auto Mag engraved...

 

This is the gun that Clint Eastwood used in the 1983 Movie Dirty Harry: Sudden Impact

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 07:40 PM

Here's one I recently picked up on Ebay.  My guess is the guy may have been a Longhorn Cattle Rancher back in Oregon and was and Anti-Aircraft Army guy post WWII.  Any help identifying the insignia on the left or the cattle brands would be cool.  For me, this is the first Philippines made belt buckle I've seen with western motif on it. 

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Posted 02 February 2020 - 09:28 PM

Here's one I recently picked up on Ebay.  My guess is the guy may have been a Longhorn Cattle Rancher back in Oregon and was and Anti-Aircraft Army guy post WWII.  Any help identifying the insignia on the left or the cattle brands would be cool.  For me, this is the first Philippines made belt buckle I've seen with western motif on it. 

 

The short lived US Army Forces Western Pacific was established June 7, 1945, with HQ at Manila.

 

The United States Army Forces, Western Pacific was established on 7 June 1945, with Headquarters at Manila, Philippine Islands, with the mission of providing a unified command and administration, training and support of American forces in the Western Pacific area, units originaly placed under the control of the Western Pacific Headquarters included Army Service Commands I,C, and O (Formerly South Pacific Base Command), 14th Anti Aircraft Command, Military Police Command, Replacement Command, Engineer Construction Command, and the Contruction Corps of the Philipines. On 15 October 1945, the area controlled by the Headquarters was extended to include the territory under the control of 10th Army, (mostly in the Ryukyus), and 20 days later all elements of the Philippine Army assigned to U.S. Army Forces Pacific were assigned to the Western Pacific Headquarters. On 1 January 1947, the Headquarters was redesignated as the Philippine-Ryukyus Command and moved it's Headquarters the following year to Fort McKinley in Luzon. The shoulder Patch worn by U.S. Army Forces, Western Pacific was approved on 25 August 1945 and the basic design is taken from the shoulder patch worn by the Army Service Forces, The five stars represent the Southern Cross suggestive of the area where the Command was first operational, and the Yellow flash signifies the prompt accomplishment of all missions.

 

The patch ceased to be worn when the unit was redesignated as the Phililppine-Ryukyus Command in 1947.

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Posted 03 February 2020 - 09:05 AM

@salvage sailor - Thanks for the insignia id and history on the US Army Forces Western Pacific.  It's much appreciated!  



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Posted 09 February 2020 - 10:55 AM

Here's a cool M43 jacket with some nice WWII or late 1940's Philippines art.  The United States Army Forces Western Pacific patch is shown here like on the last belt buckle posted.  This jacket is owned by a European collector (nice piece!).

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 10:59 AM

Met up with a picker friend and fellow collector at the Sacramento Antique St Fair yesterday. He had picked up this buckle and I finally was able to bring it home.

 

Aviation Boatswain's Mate

 

A nice addition to the "pile". Although I'm gathering a few of these,  I always forget how small they are.   

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 10:02 AM

If anyone on the USMF owns this buckle I'd really like to see a better picture(s).  These pics came from Worthpoint.  The Anti-Aircraft Gun design is really unique.  Thanks, Ryan

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 07:56 PM

This buckle is pretty interesting.  It came up on a random search using Sangley Point keywords.

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 09:19 PM

Two more.

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 10:04 PM

Whafmaster - You have a really nice collection with really clean buckles.  These two are great!



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Posted 19 February 2020 - 12:30 AM

Here's another two I added today,

 

(1) Engineman, unfinished as ther is a block at the bottom to carve a name into.

 

(2) Gas Turbine Service Techincian, for: GSM1 A.B. POWELL, USS HARRY W. HILL DD-986 

 

Probably 1980's manufacture. 

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Posted 20 February 2020 - 10:09 PM

US Naval Station at Sangley Point, PI circa 1960 with earliest shot I've been able to find to date with someone wearing a Philippines Made GI buckle (LIFE Magazine Photo Archives)

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