Hey Mortaydc60, I appreciate the compliment, but I'm no "expert" and always trying to learn about the patches I collect. I think the problem is that the photos posted by the OP don't clearly illustrate the edge we are talking about. It is my opinion that these patches may have only been used by one or more manufacturers and may have not been an industry-wide standard during the 1950s as opposed to the standard merrowed edge that was adopted in the late 1960s and is still used today. I have narrowed this type of edge down to at least 1955 based on my own research of various squadrons from that era. For everyone's benefit the edge we are discussing is better illustrated by this VA-15 patch used during their 1955 World cruise aboard the USS Midway. The edge I am referring to is clearly seen at the 12 O'clock position in the photo. However, if you look at the 10 O'clock position, the same patch appears to have the modern type merrowed edge you believe the VMF-323 patch has. This is caused by some slight twisting along the outer edges of the patch that causes the outer edge of stitching to move to the flat-stitched reverse side of the patch edge.
I don't think the WW2 version of the patch was part of the discussion since the OP said it was Post war, but wondering if it was KW era. I think we all agree that the WW2 version was decal. The post WW2 version was US embroidered with no unit designation (not including patches made overseas) but pretty much identical to the decal WW2 version except for the angle of the snake's positioning relative to the corsair silhouette. During the KW, the squadron was designated VMA-323. I have a version of the early VMF-323 embroidered patch that had yellow paint applied by the veteran with the new unit designation and "Death Rattlers" painted in the same manner of the later patches. Post Korean War in 1956, the unit was re-designated VMF-323 and remained so until 1963 when it became VMFA-323. That's why I believe the OP's patch is from the 1956-1962 era , but I think it may be earlier than Mule Holmberg's actual reference of 1962. Maybe the OP can state how he obtained the patches, but I know they were sold on eBay and included a KW era VF-74 Bedevilers patch, the VS-24 patch, and the VMF-323 patch. If they came from the same person, it would also be likely that he served from the KW throughout late 1950s into the early 1960s, but that's pure speculation on my part without having any other info. I do know that the patch does NOT glow under UV light and I think it's minty condition lead a number of people to believe it was a reunion piece or of more modern manufacture. I'm not trying to throw darts here, just trying to learn and share with the group. Hope this helps the discussion. Jeffro
Edited by Jeffro, 23 May 2019 - 08:15 PM.