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    Collecting USN & USCG - Hard shoulder boards for Commanders, Lt Commanders, and Warrant Officers.
    Collecting USN & USCG PO1/CPO Rates.
    My wantlist of PO1/CPO (any color) : Airship Rigger (1944-1948), Aviation Carpenter's Mate(1921-1941), Aviation General Utility (1926-58), Aviation Pilot(1942-1948), Aviation Quartermaster, Aviation Rigger, Chemical Warfare Specialist "CW" USCG, Dog and Horse Handler "D" USCG, Explosive Ordnance Device Spec.(2006-present), Gun Capt. w/Fouled Anchor(1902-1904) , Harbor Sonar USCG, Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist/Investigator w/Justice Scales USCG, Mass Comm Spec.(Earth Globe and Sparks), Master-at-Arms (star without badge), , Public Relations USCG, Sailmaker (1885-1939), Shore Establishment USCG, Spec: B, C, D, H, I, K, , O, P, Q, , U, V, W, Spec. Warfare Operator, WWII Cook/Steward (C underlined), Tanker Loading Spec."Z" USCG, Transportation "TR" USCG

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  1. TK - What an incredible collection.
  2. Jay, Nice find. I am still trying to get a PO1 Turret Capt that fits my budget
  3. When I have contacted EBay sellers , prior to bidding on an item, to inquire as to why they are charging $6 or more for postage to ship a Petty Officer rating badge I get a variety of responses most of which include: "...the time and materials it takes to package the item." "The time and gas I spend traveling to the post office." "The time I have to wait in line at the post office". "EBay fees have gone up." "Insurance and tracking fees have gone up". Yada, yada, yada. In many cases I feel the bottom line with auctions is there are sellers who want to assure their profits by charging more for S&H.
  4. RC, Mostly Older rates with a few current or only recently disestablished or absorbed . Here is my wantlist: Thanks. Auggie My wantlist is as follows PO1 (any color): Airship Rigger (1944-1948), Aviation Carpenter's Mate(1921-1941), Aviation General Utility (1926-58), Aviation Pilot(1942-1948), Aviation Quartermaster, Aviation Rigger, Buglemaster, Construction Battalion (CB), Diver (2006-present), Explosive Ordnance Device Spec.(2006-present), Fire Control Tech. (1946-55), Gun Capt., Mailman (M in circle), Mass Comm Spec.(Earth Globe and Sparks), Master-at-Arms (star without badge), Motor Mach. Mate (M.O. w/prop), Photographer (box camera 1921-1942), Photographer's Mate (1942-1948 box camera) Radarman (sparks w/arrow), Sailmaker (1885-1939), Spec: A, B, C, D, E, H, I, K, M, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Spec. Warfare Operator, Steward (1963-1975 book,quill,key) Teleman (1948-1956), Turret Capt.(1903-1948), Underwater Mech., Weapons Tech (1987-1994)
  5. Will be in San Diego, Cal. for a few days in January. Any tips on where to look for Navy PO1 rates in the SD area? Thanks Auggie
  6. I was hoping Santa would leave me a gray PO1 or CPO. I guess I'll have to be "nicer" in 2014.
  7. Here is some further gray uniform info posted several years ago on the USMF. Good read. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33036-study-usn-officer-gray-uniform/
  8. Another shade of gray??? I saw this listing on EBay :1944 USN PARACHUTE RIGGER CHIEF PETTY OFFICER'S RATING BADGE - "ERNIE KING" GRAY. Ernie King Is Adm. Ernest King of WWII fame. My question is how did he get a uniform color named after him? Here is the listing. http://www.ebay.com/itm/1944-USN-PARACHUTE-RIGGER-CHIEF-PETTY-OFFICER-039-S-RATING-BADGE-034-ERNIE-KING-034-GRAY-/261350288101?&_trksid=p2056016.l4276 Auggie
  9. Rusty, What incredible photos many of which I had not previously seen. Thank you for paying tribute to those brave men and women. Auggie
  10. David It looks as if you and I may be the only ones with much interest in PO1s
  11. Jason Will you please share some stories about some of your acquisitions are you were putting the set together? AWESOME collection!!! Auggie
  12. David and Navyman, Thanks for the info. I took a closer look at the back of the rates and found the older ones (WWII era) have stitched on chevrons. I actually had some duplicates I was going to sell/trade that proved to be older than some I was keeping and displaying so I changed over to the older rates. It would be interesting to learn more about the evolution of materials, how the chevrons were applied, and the rear marking used by the Mfgs.
  13. Please recommend any WWII US Navy novels (aka fiction) which you have enjoyed. I read The Caine Mutiny, Winds of War, and War and Remembrance. Thanks Auggie
  14. Is there a way to judge the time period of USN rates by the material used? I recently acquired a huge lot of PO1 rates which is a major theme of my collection. There are several different types of material used. Some of the winter rates are felt, some are two different types of heavier cloth. Some are obvious because dates from the 1940s or Liona or NYEC are stitched on the back. Some of the summer rates have tiny anchors stitched on the reverse. Some of the summer rates are heavy cloth others are the thinner more recent poplin. Any help or reference is appreciated. Thanks Auggie
  15. Jay, Awesome collection. How many years did it take you to find them all? Any interesting stories about how you located or obtained any of the pieces?
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