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  1. The wear of pinks and greens by enlisted personnel might seem absurd at first, but IMO there might be more historical basis in that than it seems. I remember reading in a book concerning the adoption of dress greens in the 1950's, that there was an interim plan for enlisted personnel to be issued officer's pinks and greens (or at the very least the jacket) until supplies ran out. Needless to say, it didn't happen. But at a vintage store, I also found a late 1940's comic book on military rules/etiquette/insignia, and within, enlisted soldiers were often illustrated wearing officer-style jackets with the small 1948 chevrons. I've seen the same thing on one or two recruiting posters from the era as well. So, in a way, I guess you could view the planned adoption of pinks and greens by enlisted personnel as a continuation of what was supposed to happen during the 1950's. But that's just my two cents.
  2. Love this thread! Here are my officer Ikes. First Army officer, WWII or postwar pre-1950. Has slightly more scalloped pocket flaps and an orange lining. 1st Lt. of the Japan Logistical Commandm 1950-53. He was an infantryman with the 80th ID during WWII; note the holes for ribbons and a CIB. Custom tailored M1950 style Ike from a Lt. Charles P. Rogers, 69th ID, 1954-56. Has a zipper, high quality lining, and peaked lapels.
  3. Very nice. Love how he even added service coat buttons!
  4. Awesome jacket! I've never seen the AG hashmark on an Ike before, especially on that of a Specialist.
  5. Beautiful jacket! I'm a fan of the less-famous units myself.
  6. Yep, the extra thread from sewing the patch was left untrimmed on the inside. Seen it very often on WWII jackets.
  7. It's an OD patch. It also has the long "tail" of extra thread on the inside, like I've seen on a lot of legitimately applied patches.
  8. Thanks for the feedback guys. Not exact, but close, here's a late 1940's photo of a soldier using a shirt as a jacket. https://scontent.fyyz1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/fr/cp0/e15/q65/19642234_10155776375695649_9013904102584716991_n.jpg?efg=eyJpIjoidCJ9&oh=db2129982640ad025d2d8cc9b954db51&oe=5A1EA5D7
  9. The picker I work with found this at a rag mill - a USMC khaki Vandegrift,worn by a Master Sergeant of the Second Army. I couldn't believe it when he sent me the photos - but I picked it up, looked it over, and it appears to be legitimate. The sewing appears authentic and there are even traces of collar discs going over the holes for the EGAs. Besides, if this was a fake, wouldn't the faker have put a SSI like 101st Airborne instead of the extremely common and mundane Second Army? Judging from the chevrons, I'd say this was worn in the late 1940's. I am aware that tan worsted Ikes became an optional item for officers in 1946 or so, but I've never seen an enlisted example - maybe that's why this Sergeant had to "make do" with a Vandegrift! Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? I couldn't find any other examples online.
  10. Being a postwar collector, this is an excellent resource for me. Thanks for posting it!
  11. I picked up this SP7 HBT shirt (size 40R) at Show of Shows. It has the Ryukyus Command SSI, but there's evidence of a 1st Cavalry patch being there before that.
  12. Thought I'd chime in as size is a topic I'm quite interested in - I like to try my uniforms on from time to time; so I only buy what fits me. And that way, I don't accumulate stuff as quickly because my size is slightly less common! For the record, I'm 5'8, 190 lbs, 40R chest with a 34 waist. Not much by today's standards, but I surely would've been big for WW2. I find it's much easier to find WW2 Army uniforms in size 39-40, whereas most WW2 Navy jumpers are a 36 or thereabouts. I have dozens of service coats and Ike jackets that fit me; whereas I only have around four Navy jumpers that do. (CPO jackets are very common in my size; but that's probably because most Chiefs were older and thus bigger). WWII USMC stuff is worse, my size is the largest one that wasn't custom made (6-M) and I can't seem to find that size anywhere. Did bigger guys just end up in the Army? Feels that way.
  13. For those of you who know me, you know I love the look of visor caps. A few months back, I got one of my "holy grails" - the elusive 1947 enlisted visor cap - in my huge size! It came with a heavily stained khaki cover. Luckily, I bought an OD cover a long time ago (don't know why, but I'm happy I did), so I was able to use it. They seem to be much less common than WWII caps - in fact, I had already found WWII officer's AND enlisted visors in this rare size long before finding this postwar one. Unfortunately, after sifting through dozens of photos online, it seems this cap basically disappears after the Korean War (save for MP's), with the garrison cap taking its place. What happened? Did it stop being issued altogether? I did read somewhere that it was not issued during Korea for cost and convenience reasons, but does that mean that they never began issuing it again after the war ended? The photos I've seen of it being worn are usually portraits of soldiers taken during basic training just before and during Korea. Photos of other soldiers wearing it all seem to be pre-1951. If anyone has photos of this cap being worn, I'd love it if you posted them here - especially if you find pictures of them being worn post 1953!
  14. The Armor patch is sewn on with exactly the same thread as the other patches, and looks like it's been there for a while. As for the ribbons and wings, yeah, maybe they were pinned on at some point but weren't there originally?
  15. Love this thread! Thought I'd post this here as it's somewhat appropriate. My friend found this shirt at the vintage store a while back; I recently came into possession of it. What's strange is that the Armored patch is on the chest despite it being a khaki shirt! I thought this practice was usually reserved for fatigue shirts. Has anyone else see something like this done? It should be noted that the patches appear to be all original to the shirt - no traces of prior insignia being removed. An even weirder thing is that there were KW ribbons and late 50's jump wings in the pocket, and they show clear traces of being worn above the right pocket. (The ribbons had two silver campaign stars that fell off, but they were the type where the stars were linked together). I put the ribbons back but I left the jump wings at my friend's house...Is this even legit? I can almost live with the Airborne/Cavalry patch combo, but being a Korean War vet in the late 50's-early 60's (note the AG chevrons) and never going past PFC, while also being Airborne qualified and wearing awards on the completely wrong side? It doesn't make any sense...
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