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  1. Your SSI was from a civilian guard who worked at a depot, plant or some sort of facility that came under control of the Engineer Corps. Civilian guards who worked at military, government, depots and/or defense related production plants were assigned as Auxiliary Military Police and placed under military control. Auxiliary MPs did not wear military uniforms or military insignia. Zone of the interior is the part of the theater of war not included in the theater of operations. In other words, away from the combat zone in a secure area. I hope this clarifies things?
  2. Hi Denise and welcome to the forum. I can help you a little bit. NYPE would be New York Port of Embarkation. I can't find anything on BABT?? 5AU-Port HDQDT is 5th Army Unit - Port Headquarters. New York Port of Embarkation, Brooklyn, Kings County, New York (listed in the National Register on September 23, 1983 as the United States Army Military Ocean Terminal) This complex of huge storage warehouses (designed by renowned architect Cass Gilbert), built in the last years of World War I, was the headquarters of the New York Port of Embarkation (NYPE) in World War II. During th
  3. I agree with Wake1941. It is most likely a trimmed WWI vintage brassard. WWI MP brassards were 2.5 in. wide. I have never seen anything like this used as a SSI.
  4. WOW, what an incredible group! What an incredible story! Thank you for sharing.
  5. World War I Nerd - I have not seen any regulations specific to buttons. I just assumed that all Federal insignia of any kind (including buttons) was unauthorized for Home Guard units. Since most HG units were equipped from supplies in local National Guard Armories, their uniforms often had state seal buttons. Most larger communities purchased buttons and insignia specific to their unit. The idea was to separate HG and State Guard units from any affiliation with Federal or State Government to prevent their being called into Federal service. Again, the primary function of these guard units
  6. Beast - by regulation they shouldn't be wearing Federal buttons.
  7. Home Guard were very often issued obsolete uniforms and accoutrements - what ever was available in local armories.
  8. Waterbury CN. City Guard (Home Guard) wearing badge
  9. thank you WWI Nerd - Coming from you, that's quite a compliment!
  10. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/319605-guarding-the-home-front-in-ww1-cincinnati-home-guard-medal/ Photo of Cincinnati Home Guard wearing badges
  11. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/318944-military-police-badges/ WWI Nerd - check out the above there are at least four Home Guard badges posted and I have several photos of Home Guard wearing badges in my collection. It is important to remember that Home Guard in WWI was basically to support local police and provide security during times of emergencies. Home Guard during WWII was for national defense.
  12. WWI NERD - I think he is Home Guard. The badge and being armed only with a club is a very good indication.
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