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  1. Thanks to all who looked and commented. Jay
  2. Mike, Thanks and glad you liked the disc. I have enjoyed seeing examples in your collection. Regards, Jay
  3. I have been enjoying some recent postings of ID discs so am posting my one example. Private Cyrus A. Chates of Westford was a 18-year-old farmer when he enlisted in Co. I, 6th Vermont Volunteer Infantry on September 9, 1861. He was mustered in on October 15 and appears on the company muster rolls through June-July 1862, when he was admitted to Satterlee U.S.A. General Hospital in West Philadelphia, PA. He died of typhoid fever on August 31, 1862 and was buried in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia. At the time of his death, his "Clothing, Etc." included the following: Knapsacks: 1 Blanket: 2 Uniform Coat: 2 Shirts: 3 Bootees, prs.: 1 Stockings, prs.: 2 Money: $3.12 His father received the cash and presumably this WAR OF 1861 ID disc.
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  5. Hi all, This chenille patch came with two original 1930s USN honorable discharge certificates to Radioman 1c Theodore James Russell. He served on several ships and at NAS Pensacola between 1927 and 1935. His service record is included below. The flying goose? suggests a long range observation or patrol unit? Anyone recognize it? Thanks, Jay
  6. According to Paul Braddock's book on dog tags, tags with both the service number and the social security number date from between March 1968 and July 1969. Blank looks like a WW II USN/USMC tag.
  7. US Naval Radio Station, Tarlac, Philippines jacket patch. Philippine made, probably in the 1970s. Station was active from 1970 to 1989. Anyone know what NPO stood for? Thanks, Jay
  8. First, thanks to all who contributed to this discussion about a very interesting wing badge. The first time I saw this lever-style catch it was on a 13th Field Artillery distinctive unit insignia. In the mid-1990s I found my first unmarked wing badge with this same catch at the MAX show. I showed it to the late J. Duncan Campbell at the old ASMIC show at Ft. Belvoir, VA. He said “You found it. This is the new wing adopted in 1919.” Below is an image of a distinctive unit insignia of the 101st Medical Regiment, 26th Division, Massachusetts National Guard. The unit was reorganized on 21 March 1923 from the World War I era 101st Sanitary Train. It has the same lever-style catch and is marked in raised letters “ROBBINS CO / ATTLEBORO”. Obviously, it cannot date from before the unit was reorganized in 1923 but I believe it dates from the mid-1920s. The short pin is another characteristic of 1920s DIs. Pin back examples of the 101st Medical DI by Robbins are not uncommon but this is the only example with the lever-style catch that I have found. In several decades of looking, I have only seen this lever-style catch on the unmarked wings and on a handful of Robbins Co. DIs. Jay
  9. Here is the hand painted, Chinese-made leather 14th Air Force SSI that came with the 16th Pursuit Jacket patch.
  10. An unused Chinese-made layered leather 16th Pursuit (Fighter) Squadron jacket patch. The Chinese inscription roughly translates as "The Great Wall in the Sky." It was found with a well used Chinese-made leather 14th Air Force shoulder sleeve insignia.
  11. A well worn hand painted leather jacket patch for the 1346th Army Air Force Base Unit. The 1346th was stationed at Kurmitola Airfield, India and flew supplies over the Hump into southeast China. It is attributed to Captain Earl A. Martin, a pilot who died in the crash of his C-54D (42-72604) at Luliang, China on 24 June 1945. His body was not recovered and he is memorialized at the National Cemetery of the Pacific.
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