My dad was career Army, as was I. Dad was a Coast Artilleryman on Guadalcanal; Vietnam was my war. I served in the 2/19th FA in the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), 1970-71. My highlight was the time I worked with the outstanding troopers of 2/7th Inf (Garryowen).
In the early 1950's my dad was stationed at the Presidio of SF, and I bought a shoebox of Army patches at the thrift shop...adding to a small collection of patches I had from cereal boxes (patches were cereal prizes at that time). 50 years later I got out that shoebox and started organizing a collection. I joined ASMIC, and look forward to each issue of the "Trading Post." I especially like Army shoulder patches that were WORN by soldiers - the more thread hanging off the patch, the better.
In that shoebox were 3 patches worn, I believe, by a soldier assigned to the 1st Provisional Tank Group in the CBI theater. Researching the 1PTG is how I stumbled onto this Militaria Forum.
I look forward to learning more on this forum.