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David F

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    WWII US Navy (aviation maintenance), WWII US Army (70th Infantry Division), (Coast Artillery Corps)
  1. It may sound selfish, but as a graduate of the Field Artillery Master Gunner Course (Class 001-09) as well as having proudly served in the role, I am glad that the Army has decided to officially recognize my fellow Mike Golfs with this skill badge. I will most certainly be submitting the required documents to HRC. Now, if they would only reverse the restriction on "Enlisted" Field Artillerymen to be awarded with the Additional Skill Identifier of 5U for completion of the USAF Joint Firepower [Planner] Course. At the time of my retirement (2017), only "Commissioned" Officers of the Field Artillery were allowed to have the identifier annotated into their records. In fact, the eMILPO web portal drop-box for adding ASIs didn't even list 5U as a selectable option if you were logged into an Enlisted Service Member's records.
  2. Tim, that is some really great info. While it may look awkward by current standards, it apparently was the order of its day [pre-1948]! David
  3. Ah-ha! I found some more info to my question on stars! [i wish I could have found this earlier today ]: SECNAVINST 1650.1G N09B13 7 January 2002 SECNAV INSTRUCTION 1650.1G From: Secretary of the Navy To: All Ships and Stations Subj: NAVY AND MARINE CORPS AWARDS MANUAL 122. ATTACHMENTS TO BE WORN ON RIBBONS AND MEDALS 1. Stars. All stars will be worn with two points (rays) pointing down. The larger size (5/16 inch for naval military decorations and 3/16 inch for unit, campaign and service awards, with the exception of the Navy "E" Ribbon) is worn on the suspension ribbon of the large medal and service ribbon or ribbon bar to denote subsequent awards received. The smaller size (1/8 inch) is worn on miniature medals. For personal naval military decorations, gold stars are used for the 2nd through the 5th, 7th through 10th, 12th and so forth. Silver stars are used in lieu of multiples of five gold stars; i.e. the 6th, 11th, etc. For unit, campaign and service awards, with the exception of the Navy "E" Ribbon, bronze and silver stars are used similarly. David
  4. 67Rally, thank's for the help. I have verified the ship's Muster Rolls for his assignment, and have used the USS San Francisco Memorial Foundation website for the ship's participations, and credits earned. I was sort of feeling the same idea about the CAR as you have preliminarily posted. I look forwad to your final advice. I am definitely unsure on the APCM. Are each of the participated actions represented by a star on the APCM? If so, does the US Navy use the same bronze (1) and silver (5) star system as the US Army? David
  5. I am seeking advice on how the US Navy recognizes surface combat in its individual awards. The person centered on my question was a Sea1c on board the USS San Francisco (CA-38) during WWII, from 4 April 1942 until sometime in 1946. He participated in 15 of the ship's 17 combat actions to include the period in which the ship earned the Presidential Unit Citation. Would the Sailor in question wear any stars on either their Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, or on their retroactively earned Combat Action Ribbon? If they are worn; what type are they, and how would this be done? 15 actions is a heck of a lot! Thanks, David
  6. I used to be a Sea Scout! We had a 65' mine tender and would sail it about the sacramento river and San Francisco Bay. :-) Dave
  7. Ugh, pogs! I am certain that AAFES lies about why they use them. AAFES is well suspected of taking Soldiers' money. Rounding out the totals to a 5 cents range is just another way to squeeze a few more pennies out of each sale. A buddy of mine tried to use his at the AAFES when we returned to the States and the person at the register said "We don't honor those." Great, thanks AAFES! Dave
  8. The first time I saw one, I loudly made fun of the guy wearing it and called him a Big red One wannabe. He scurried off in shame! Dave
  9. More words on 2-3 ADA, 1st Inf Div Mech (Hvy): Our baqttalion only had the M-7 Bayonet. Although we had them, none were issued out and all were retained by the supply sections during the deployment. Name tapes were quite a mix. We were each issued qty. (4) bevo style tan/spice US Army and qty (2) tan/spice ink stamped nametags. There was a shortage since some were mis-spelled and others were just outright not stamped. We (the BN S-4[supply officer] section and me as the clerk) had to obtain localy made embroidered tags to make up the name shortages. This led to almost every Soldier in the Battalion having 2 uniforms with a mixture of woven "US Army" with an embroidered "name" combination and 2 uniforms with a woven and an ink-stamp combination. Add to this, some soldiers decided on their own to have green name tags sewn on rather than the Army supplied/paid for ones. All shirts were gathered up by the Battery supply rooms with name tags and 1st Div patch enclosed into a specified pocket. The uniforms were then turned in to the Central Issue Facility (CIF) for bulk sewing. Rank was not sewn on by the Army and had to be done out-of pocket expense to the Soldier. A medic friend of mine had tan backed cloth rank (which I never knew existed). I asked him where he got it from and he said "Oh, I made it. I soaked some green backed rank in bleach for a moment and then rinsed it out!" What a cheater! :-P MOPP suits were a mixture of all green and BDU print. MOPP suits were donned as the first elements of INF/AR crossed the berm and were kept on until after the cease fire went into effect. I said before that tan boots were in limited availabilty during the cease-fire period. What our BN Commander made us do is that any Soldier who needed boots (for a replacement purpose only) had to personally come to the BN S-4 tent and have them personally inspected by the BN S-4 Officer to ensure a true need. If the S-4 agreed that the boots were indeed unserviceable, the Soldier's replacement pair would then be allowed to requested from 701st. Tri-color desert pattern: look for a rather fascinating article by the "Quartermaster Journal" [the US Army QMC professional magazine]. It details how the choco-chips were "unintentionaly" made to blend into the American southwest. The tri-color was meant as a means to correct the bad decision/developing/procurement. The research was completed and the info was "shelved" for use at a later time. The time then came when Op Des Shield started. I first saw the tric-color as replacment uniforms for fair wear and tear purposes as we were in Saudi Arabia packing for the return home. I was only able to draw werable bits and pieces from 701st and nothing complete. Due to this mix-match problem, no-one was allowed to wear it. It aided to my overall problem in that there was only garbage sizes on replacement choco-chips as well. I failed in my mission and was forced to return with only odds and ends of both patterns and had to pass the bad news and acquired uniform items to the individual Batetry Supply Sergeants. Dave
  10. Some more notes on my personal observations: 1st Inf had tan desert boots in the supply lines. But, I only remember seeing them after the cease-fire and only by the rear-echelon 701st Main Support Battalion (MSB). The jerks cleaned hose and were pimping them while they left almost zero stock to issue to anyone else. I was issued a pair of desert tan boots and one US flag (reverse style) approximately 3 hours before boarding the airplane home. Before that, none in 2-3 ADA had a flag patch. with everyone's sewing kits in their baggage, no one wore the flag home. We received "sundry" boxes from the cooks that were to be distributed by the 1SGs. Among the items in it were 6 pr of phony Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses. They had a matte black finish and were very cheap. I say cheap, but they were worth their weight in gold and many a sad soldier found out that they had linked up with the 1SG a few minutes too late! Dave
  11. Tyler, Looks real sharp. I was in 2-3 ADA (Vulcan/Stinger), 1st Inf Div Mech (Hvy) from 1988-1994. Here are some notes from my foxhole (2-3 ADA specific so do not generalize amongst the entire division population): 1. Although issued frag vest covers, we never actually wore them. 2. Items like the butt pack were not standard issue but were used by the odd individual (like myself). Mine was nylon. 3. Leather boots were just as common as jungles. In fact most guys I knew brought only the leather ones since they brought the boots they thought least personally valuable. (jungles had to purchased at MCSS). 4. The large first aid kit was not issued. I had one but I remember that I was the only one to have it (private purchase). 5. Boonie hats were disallowed for wear until the return of the Division to Saudi for return preparations. 6. While the pistol belt worn was issued in the majority quantity, I remember mine was the metal std and bar style. 7. A mixture of desert nametags/rank/speacialty insignias was hugely common. A "squared away" guy might sew all green backed items on but the majority of Joes had desert name tapes with green backed sew on rank. Keep up the great job! PM me and I will mail you out some Iraqi insignia (have tons of it) for your collection. Dave
  12. kklinejr, So, is the the reunion scheduled to be in Columbus? Dave
  13. navrocky, you just missed out on a great opportunity. Two weekends back I attended the Indianapolis airshow where I met 10 of the survivors as they were signing this book. I went to their tent to purchase the book towards the end of the day which proved to be a wise idea. There was no line and I was able to spend a fair bit of time talking with each of them. There was the local operated PV-2 Harpoon flying and on display which was nice to see. AMM3c James Jarvis was looking over at it and was telling me about the PV-1 Ventura that found them. He said that he was colorblind and thus excluded from sea service. The Navy lifted the policy as it needed more men to go to sea. He was asked to go since he was familiar with the Curtiss SC-1 and the ship needed men who fit that bill. It was his first trip out. Dave
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