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  1. Such posters are still relatively common in the NATO environment--- Today they tend to concentrate on rank insignia rather than uniforms, but I saw a lot of them from various countries while I was stationed at NATO.
  2. Back in the 70s and 80s, red doglegs were issued in addition to the normal ones-- They were, as someone else said, used for medical alerts (maybe other things as well, but I never saw other uses.. The majority of them I saw in my clinic were for Penicillin Allergy.
  3. Also never saw these in Alaska 75-78 and 83-86.
  4. During WW2, The Army Air Corps had a air base on the Galapagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador--- Maybe that's the connection.
  5. During WW2, The Army Air Corps had a air base on the Galapagos Islands, which are part of Ecuador--- Maybe that's the connection.
  6. I was taught in flight surgeon school that this style earpiece disrupted the hearing protection of the helmet less than other styles-- it really fits under the ear cups better than other styles.
  7. Might be the old quadrangle at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas.
  8. I'm not sure of the dates, but the lining (bump protection) may give you a clue-- by the late 1980s, we were retrofitting most SPH-4s with thermoplastic liners rather than the solid styrofoam cushion shown on this one. This was done at local level, and individually fitted to the wearer. From this and the NVG mounting tape, I would assume early 1980s.
  9. Technically, the OLCs should have been the same size on a single medal, but people make mistakes.
  10. I've seen similar situations, in joint operations, where uniforms have been labelled as "Navy Rank Equivalent" or "Coast Guard Rank Equivalent"-- to help them in situations in which the majority of troops aren't familiar with your service's rank insignia.
  11. Agree.... I have found Poyer's book most useful with my M1911-M1911A1 collection. It's a very good place to start.
  12. Not necessarily-- Colt produced type 4 magazines in two-tone (but without the lanyard ring) up until mid 1940, for both military and civilian production. I would think it very possible that one of these magazines could have shipped with a 1941-production Colt 1911-A1.
  13. I am not familiar with USN regs, but other services' wings can be authorized for some people not assigned to that service in select situations (e.g. exchange programs). I was formally awarded USAF Flight Surgeon wings, even though I was Army and only with the USAF for training (1 year program)-- somewhere, I have the formal USAF documentation which stated they were legal for me.
  14. And an AF Expert Marksman ribbon (third in next to bottom row)??
  15. Just for info, they don't really represent a tank tread, but an entire WWI tank, such as the early British models.
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