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  1. Here are three images out of a book titled, "BERET INSIGNIA OF THE U.S. ARMY" by William A. Hudspeath. Two are identified to the LRRP Platoon, Troop E (Airborne), 17th Cavalry (173rd Airborne Brigade). The third is unknown. Your flash is probably another unknown and as for age and manufacture I don't know as it looks like there is a black something stiffener maybe glued to the inside backing of your piece. Others will be able to tell you if this is a real SVN made piece or a copy and/or fantasy piece.
  2. These three pieces came out of a local estate sale and I was able to identify the owner based on the officer's pay data card pictured below. There is supposedly a box of medals that I heard about and since this pilot is the recipient of a Silver Star I am going to try and get them. His obituary reads: Pebble Beach - Willard Clark Fonda, fondly known as "Bill", passed away peacefully on February 18, at the age of 91 with his beloved family holding vigil. Born in Seattle, WA on June 14, 1920, he was a proud father, grandfather, great-grandfather and loving husband
  3. Could they have something to do with ROTC as I found this photo of an older sterling pin back AFROTC flight wing that has the same shape as those blue enameled lettered airfield wings.
  4. I didn't bid either because I didn't trust this piece based on the above mentioned observations and my prior experience with all of the fake British made US paratrooper wings that have come out of the UK over the years.
  5. This is a Middle Eastern paratrooper wing most likely Egyptian.
  6. I actually have a WW2 Indian made US Glider Pilot wing in my collection (see photo). I guess it could be possible that someone in the CBI Theater copied a British made US Glider Pilot wing which would mean that a glider pilot in Europe would have had to transfer over to the CBI Theater sometime after VE Day.
  7. On another thread (Post #13) are photographs of a very similar WW2 British made Glider Pilot wing that looks to be die stamped (see link and photos). This one looks genuine and is similar to the one that just sold on eBay except besides it not being cast it has a slightly different pin back assembly where the pin is thicker pin, the catch is slightly different and the soldered on tube looks smaller.
  8. This glider pilot wing sold on eBay recently for $427.86 (see link & photos below). The photographs aren't in sharp focus but it looks just like the one in the website Aviation Wings and Badges of the World Wars (see link & photos below). The one in this website is in sharp focus and unless I am mistaken you can tell that it is a cast piece. I collect mostly paratrooper wings and I would never touch a WW2 British made cast US paratrooper wing as I don't believe they were ever made in this fashion as in my opinion they were all die stamped. So my question is did the British during
  9. I don't collect these but based on what looks like genuine wear I believe it is authentic. I think I've seen that hallmark before on one of those Asian made silver boatswain mate whistles. I think I used to own one but I can't seem to find any pictures of it right now.
  10. I purchased this patch at an insignia show in Northern California back in the early 1980s. The seller didn't have any information concerning the patch which as I recall was something like 10 dollars. It looks unfinished and the facing material feels like silk but it could be nylon. You have what looks like a hand embroidered Seal on the left edge of an USMC EGA. The black vertical embroidery in front of the seal could be a sloppy outline of Vietnam. It measures between 4 to 4 3/8 inches in diameter. I've never come across another and was wondering if anyone has ever come across anything
  11. It would appear that another one of these UNPFK SSIs that there is some disagreement about whether or not it is an original piece has just sold on eBay for $315.00. So now it is six years later since this thread was posted I'm wondering what the current consensus is concerning the authenticity of this UNPFK SSI? https://www.ebay.com/itm/Korean-War-1950s-1960s-US-ARMY-PATCH-UNPFK-8240th-AU-Special-Forces-ORIGINAL-/193817620046?nordt=true&nma=true&si=v8Z%2BBUc1l8dGtU94tlusKS5KTdg%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
  12. Yes an original USS Benewah APB-35 barracks ship that supported the Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam. One just sold recently on eBay for 57 dollars.
  13. Sorry but I don't recall where I copied the photographs from.
  14. The only 82nd Abn Div novelty patch I could find had to do with Grenada and a few more 101st Abn Div novelty type patches from the Vietnam War.
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