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  1. Seller is correct, this predates Silver Eagles. It's pictured in "Dancing Rotors" by Harry E. (Ned) Gilliand and was in use 1956. IH
  2. One other note on finding the patch with other Army Aviation or Air Force patches. The Liason mission was originated during WWII as artillery spotting and moving personnel into short fields. This is where grasshopper comes in. After the war the USAAF became the US Air Force and many pilots stayed in the USAF and others went into the US Army where an aviation program of it's own was initiated. Since liason pilots were in both branches of the military it is not at all uncommon to find it in groupings attributed to individuals of both organizations. The span of time these pilots remained in their
  3. It was shown on one of the Liason Pilot sites as a blazer patch. The "Cub" at the top was the nickname of the L-4A/B aircraft and the "Grasshopper" was a nickname also associated and included on other Liason unit patches. The patch appears in groupings of ex-liason pilots of various units. A search for liason pilot on this site will brig up numerous articles on the subject showing the patch. IH
  4. The one with the bear in it is the Liaison Pilots Reunion Association. IH
  5. That site has a lot of really good information on it but there are gaps occasionally, probably because a soldier hasn't found the site to submit anything they know or the written information available doesn't contain a unit that was deployed. There is a patch for the 517th TC Det that appears to be a companion to the 90th patch. Information gathered from a different source puts the 517th in Illeshein/Hanau in 1961. The patch appears to be German made as do the 90th patches but perhaps from a different source as the manufacturing differences can be detected. This is also a variation of the 90th
  6. The Silver Spur 17th Cav patches were the draw. IH
  7. Second one is a reproduction of recent manufacture. IH
  8. I am not very well educated about SSI so this one is beyond my bounds. I have tried looking at the available on line information and can't match it to anything. There is a red thread crossing through the eye of the eagle on this patch. Is there any significance or is it just some error? IH
  9. I'm pretty confident that the aircraft represents an H-34. Units in Germany in the late 50's and 60' had tail boom stripes. A green stripe on an H-34 might be something that can be tracked down. The basic patch is also likely to be a depiction of a DI which is above company level like a Battalion or Group. There was a 90th Transportation Det (CHFM) attached to the 36th Transportation Company in Hanau Germany in @ 1957. I just found some photos of the 36th Trans Co in Germany http://www.usarmygermany.com/sont.htm that shows the green stripe on their H-34s. They were under the 54th Trans Batta
  10. The 90th flew in Germany with CH-37s, no CH-34s. Prior to 1961 at Fort Knox they had CH-37s. They were disbanded in 1969 when the first CH-54's of the 295th Avn Co arrived in Germany. It could be the patch was made in Germany and represents a preliminary design. The background design could be something from a unit DI, perhaps a commanding battalion. The green stripe on the tail means something, but I have not seen it before. IH
  11. That design belongs as a companion piece to a bevo type weave patch for the 135th Aviation Company when it was a fixed wing unit flying the Caribou. The two pieces are illustrated in Ralph Young's second book about US Army in Vietnam 1963-1966 on page 144. The scan is of pieces from my collection. IH
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