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#1 manayunkman

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 03:28 PM

I'm trying to put a group back together and need to know the time period of this patch.

 

It's embroidered on twill and only has VFMA-323 on the bottom.

 

I couldn't find this particular variation anywhere on line.

 

Thank you for looking.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 03:30 PM

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 04:13 PM

The squadron was re-designated as VMFA-323 in July of 1964-not sure the exact date of the patch but it has to be from after that date.

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 04:17 PM

Thanks Mark



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 07:16 PM

I'm a little confused. 

 

I read that the squadron was designated a USMC Attack Squadron in 1952 and came back from serving in Korea in 1953.



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Posted 10 April 2019 - 09:27 PM

I see the same designation on Wikipedia. My question is if it was renamed vmfa in 64 would that be an American made patch?

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Posted 10 April 2019 - 09:57 PM

It must be early 60s before they starting using "Death Rattlers" on the patch.

 

It looks to me like it was made overseas Phillipines?



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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:20 AM

The Korean war designation of Attack would be VMA, this is what they were from '52-56. The VMFA or Fighter-Attack designation was used when they flew the F-4's, so this patch is definitely from post-'64 usage.

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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:40 AM

My amature mistake Mark.

 

Thanks for clearing it up.



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Posted 11 April 2019 - 09:41 AM

I wonder when "Death Rattlers" was incorporated into the patch?



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 08:23 AM

This Marine retired in 1965 after 6 years. 

 

This might be a very early and rare version of this patch?

 

Interesting how uneven the embroidery is.



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Posted 15 April 2019 - 03:58 PM

Part of our team found these during an estate clean out.

 

We put a lot of effort in trying to find things and not throw them away.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 03 June 2019 - 11:23 AM

The designation VMFA started in 1964.




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