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#201 KurtA

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 01:24 PM

Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King arriving at his headquarters for the Potsdam Conference - July 15, 1945. Those rank boards he is wearing would have to be among the rarest of rare, I would think.

 

Interesting that there are no "scrambled eggs" on the visor of his hat. I could understand if the  hat badge and chinstrap were black, but they're the bright normal finish.



#202 Justin B.

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 01:45 PM

Interesting that in the previous two photos all of the officers are wearing gold chin straps on their combination covers, rather than black.

 

You had to have a gold chinstrap for blues and whites and could also wear it with khakis and grays, so the black chinstrap was an extra purchase that never really caught on.

 

 

 

Interesting that there are no "scrambled eggs" on the visor of his hat. I could understand if the  hat badge and chinstrap were black, but they're the bright normal finish.

 

If King had got his way, gold chinstraps and scrambled eggs would have been worn on dress uniforms only, but he had to back down and they became optional for working uniforms.



#203 sjw83071

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Posted 22 October 2019 - 02:53 PM

King's garrison cap

 

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#204 Justin B.

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 06:59 AM

One Hospital Corps officer in gray, one in khaki, NAS New Orleans, 1945.

 

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#205 seanmc1114

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Posted 23 October 2019 - 11:58 AM

Commander John H. Balch, USNR during World War II. During World War I, he was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism in action at Vierzy, France on 19 July 1918 and at Somme-Py, France on 5 October 1918. He served with the Third Battalion, Sixth Regiment Marines.

 

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#206 Justin B.

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 08:29 AM

A smattering of grays, including Admiral Mitscher, in the ComEighthFlt staff, 1946.

 

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#207 Justin B.

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Posted 24 October 2019 - 07:13 PM

A bit of a surprise, Adm. Leahy in grays and King in blues at the Quebec Conference, August 1943. RN admirals in whites, RCN in blues.

 

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