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  1. I remember there being a fourth digit after the 239 that seems to have been accidentally deleted whenever they updated it to say “sold”...
  2. I’m well aware, and I usually try to give the benefit of the doubt to unusual stuff from the period, but this isn’t a cuff striker, or even on a spot where any insignia was worn at all at the time. For there to be an association with non-regulation insignia, there should be SOME evidence of the practice, e.g. Americal vets wearing the MarDiv patch on their cuff. This is just so random, it probably has no significance.
  3. There is no reason an Army patch would be on a naval uniform; the only thing even remotely close would be the wear of Marine SSI by corpsmen. This is probably just an addition for a Halloween or school play costume.
  4. This is a bucket list level jacket, especially with that tab. Thanks so much for sharing it. Would you mind posting a close up of his ribbon rack?
  5. Completely forgot about that, most of the photos I'd seen had always been of them were on larger ships in the full khakis or the dark chief's shirt.
  6. Basically all enlisted rates below CPO, as officers and CPOs were usually in their own uniforms and letting the lower ranted guys get dirty. Im sure a few CPOs might have worn them occasionally, but it wasnt the norm. The blue dyed caps were supposed to help camouflage when topside on the ship, since the normal white tends to stand out, but its arguable how effective that was. It ended up just being a personal style choice.
  7. Theoretically, would you be saying all that if it were a documented helmet worn by a member of VVAW?
  8. Please don't. It's more interesting as is, rather than another plain old stripped down shell.
  9. One of my local auctioneers has been selling some of the less historic flags from this collection. The provenance kept by the original collector was definitely less than ideal... sometimes its just a few words written on the hoist saying it was flying over NYC City Hall during WWII or something like that, but its usually just a number written on a tag tied to it. At some point there was a box of paperwork, but I believe most of those were accession notes from embassies for the international flags. Nobody tried to match up the individual papers to the flags being sold.
  10. I believe it all started at the Long Island or the San Antonio news site (I haven't double checked the published dates), and was then basically copied and pasted onto the FOX site. The writers at these larger outlets don't knave the resources to double check things, their jobs are just to churn out content and assume the smaller stations did their homework. Unfortunately, nobody really did. It would have taken someone at news companies with knowledge of PH engravings to point out the flaw so quickly visible to our small circle of collectors, but this forum is a relatively small group of de
  11. We were talking about this lid at the Bay State show on Sunday. The scuttlebutt is that it came out of a yard sale in Springfield, the picker asked about militaria and it made its way out of the house.
  12. Just to note, per his census entry, he lived on Primrose Street in Haverhill. Its just up the hill from Lafayette Square, which used to be the old French Canadian section of the city. Perhaps thats where he felt most comfortable, amongst all the people from his old neck of the woods, considering the pattern of migration of Canadians down through Maine and into Haverhill and the rest of the Merrimack Valley.
  13. I have one in my collection although technically my example belonged to a DOW who passed a couple days after he was wounded. I suppose he was taken back to the field hospital and the helmet was returned to his other items, and shipped home with his personal effects after he died since he was an officer.
  14. This one had been on craigslist in Burlington, VT a while back, and originally came with wings and a gold star pin. I had emailed the seller, but never heard anything back. Also some Pacific paperwork, but that might've belonged to a different relative.
  15. You dont start regularly seeing the Victory Medal on discharges until September / October 1945. Also, the Navy Good Conduct was supposed to be last in precedence on a ribbon bar, until mid December 1945. Those details, plus the lack of a Ruptured Duck, suggests he wore this sometime before December and didnt wear it again, at least not on the trip home... probably switching to the blues at that point.
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