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  1. No, he later changed the description to say he did not know. I think he made a typo in his first version of the description. Yes it piqued my interest too. Navy divers did some interesting things in the 1970s and there might be a good story behind it.
  2. I recently picked up a small NMCM group to the man on the citation. I can't find anything about him though. The group includes the document, medal, ribbon, lapel pin and a diving officer pin (probably a big clue). I thought the Navy collectors might have an insight.....
  3. Although they are typically lumped in to the "scribble eye" category, I believe the 101st is actually what Mark Bando would call a "Type 14". I say this because of the distinct straight line under the eye. I believe these can be wartime, but just my opinion. I do think the tab is mis matched. As Allan says, the 82nd is a tough call and it may be impossible to determine wartime vs post war.
  4. Nice group! I have purchased a number of groups that were is displays like this one. I typically remove the items from the frames as it just isn't feasible to store such items in my collection. The medals are relatively modern reissues, and probably go with the 1987 dated BSM document. The best piece in there is the 10th MTN ski pin. Nice catch!
  5. It could theoretically be a replacement for a WWI recipient too. I would look at the whole list and see what/who you end up with.
  6. That looks like nicely done, and legitimate private engraving to me. The DSC recipient lists are online, so it should be a pretty simple process of elimination to get the owner. I would start with WWII recipients.
  7. Kadet

    Fake A-2

    Here you go https://www.ebay.com/itm/A-2-jacket-CBI-grouping-27th-Troop-Carrier-Squadron/114415150863?_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20160727114228%26meid%3Db70653b2025b462fa947344f677abd4a%26pid%3D100290%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D324300246398%26itm%3D114415150863%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2060778&_trksid=p2060778.c100290.m3507
  8. I thought this picture was very interesting and wanted to share. It shows the red/white glider overseas cap patch often attributed to the First Airborne Task Force in use by 1LT Anthony Vetrano. Vetrano served in the 907th GFAB, 101st Airborne Division and spent time as a POW. There is sometimes debate about the wartime use of this patch....but here it is. Vetrano had no association with the 1st ABTF that I'm aware of. The red color makes sense for a GFAB though.
  9. I'm no expert...but I really like this example and think it is original. It has the right "look"
  10. That marking is actually for an Ensign. The star means line officer...
  11. I once owned an M42 jacket named to an airborne medic who had been officially awarded a CIB. He was a medic all the way through the war, and the CIB was entered on his discharge document. Here is another somewhat humorous example that I have in one of my OSS groups. Note the list of OSS recipients includes members of the CAC and FA...and even a Sailor! The OSS also struggled with the correct name of the award...but things were like that in the OSS. They were definitely awarded to non infantrymen...but not always properly.
  12. I think the elbow reinforcing material is non standard, at least from my experience. I believe the jacket would have belonged to a member of either the 82nd or 101st. Given the number of overseas stripes, I would say the 82nd is more likely (101st members typically ended the war with no more than four). The way the reinforcing is stitched can also be an indicator of the division.
  13. The wire cutter is actually a blasting cap crimping tool...
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