"Mustangs" and HBTs
Posted 22 May 2010 - 05:14 AM
I was recently told by a member of the "Old Corps" (1952-62) about a practice I'd never heard of. He said,
"When I was in, enlisted ranks were stenciled on the sleeves of our utility (dungaree) uniforms. Lieutenants and Captains who were former enlisted, often wore their old utility jackets with a patch sewed over the enlisted chevrons. That way, the troops knew they had been there, so to speak, and they were respected more than others."
Of course I'm aware of the practice of stenciling rank on the sleeves, but this is the first time I've heard of the "patching over" of the ranks by officers. Makes sense to me, as HBTs were prized by the old salts, and worn into the 1960's. However, I have never seen a set of dungarees with this method used.
If any members have pics of this in practice, or better yet, actual examples in your collections, please post!
Posted 22 May 2010 - 05:17 AM
Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:00 AM
OOPS!! Wrong Forum, mods, can you please move to the appropriate area?
I want to leave this here for now. I think this is a Ranks and Rates appropriate discussion. If it doesn't get any hits, I'll move it to Uniforms in a few days.
Posted 22 May 2010 - 09:19 AM
Curious to see what turns up, I've never, ever heard of this!
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