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#1 JimD

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 10:30 AM

Can anyone tell me what this is?

Came with a group of CB insignia. 

It is "OB".

Thanks.

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 10:39 AM

Ordnance Battalion distinguishing mark. Usually without the border. Authorized for about a year, 1943-1944.



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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:28 AM

Photos of African American Ordnance Battalion uniform from my collection - He has the OB mark upside down on his sleeve, seems deliberate and I'm sure it meant something to him.

 

I also have his whites around here somewhere with the OB sewn on correctly

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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:38 AM

Thanks for the quick replies. Seems like a somewhat rare rate.    

I was going to put it in my $5 box at the next militaria show here in Arizona in November but I think I'll keep it.

Jim



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Posted 08 October 2018 - 11:54 AM

Thanks for the quick replies. Seems like a somewhat rare rate.    
I was going to put it in my $5 box at the next militaria show here in Arizona in November but I think I'll keep it.
Jim


What you have is a Distinguishing Mark, Rather than a Rating Badge. OB Rating Badges are quite uncommon (I don't think I have one) as they were never authorized. The OB Distinguishing Marks are pretty common as loose patches, however (far less common on uniforms). I think I have a small pile of loose patches somewhere.

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 08:41 AM

In the tidbits of useless information department....

 

The mid 1970s transition to the "new" USN one for all uniform marked the end of the 'distinguishing mark' for enlisted sailors.  The April 1973 issue of ALL HANDS had a Q & A article about the new uniform, and one item mentioned that the use of distinguishing marks will be going away. It was noted as not being suitable for a coat and tie uniform. 

 

I would wonder if a timeline connection could be made between the creation of a lot of the breast pin on qualification insignia and the 'ribbon only' awards to take the place of the distinguishing marks.. Probably those decisions were in the works or close to approval when the USN changed back to the current uniform in 1980sh.. No sense re-inventing the wheel again.



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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:35 PM

Im loving this uniform! He was a Seaman First Class. Amphibious Forces. Gunners Mate Striker. Assigned to Ordenance Battalion. His job was to transfer ordenance from depots to Amphibious ships. This is an amazing uniform

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Posted 10 October 2018 - 03:47 PM

Thanks Steve,

 

I just wish I could ID him in the bootcamp photo to put a face to his name.  Anyone with access to fold 3 care to look up his duty stations?




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