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    WW2 US Navy Bullion CPO ratings, liberty cuffs, WW2 USMC insignia and distinguishing marks, WW2 Civil Defense and Civil Air Patrol insignia
  1. I love the info shared on this thread. Thanks everyone. I was fortunate enough to find a Type 1 this year for my collection. Even though Type 1 is the most common, they are still difficult to find.
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    Bill Wise

    So sorry to hear this. I was introduced to Bill shortly after I started collecting many years ago and he was always very friendly and available to help with my questions. He will be missed. RIP.
  3. That's a lot of right shoulder aviation rates navyman. As a rate collector, you've got to love those. The aviation quartermaster and rigger rates are just amazing and not that easy to find. Thanks for sharing.
  4. GEMSCO was also known as the General Embroidery and Military Supply Company at one time.
  5. Does anyone have any knowledge or reference regarding whether or not the General Merchandising Company(gemsco) purchased the American Insignia Company(amico)? I seem to recall seeing a mention of this taking place right after WW2 ended, but am unable to find any sort of support or verification. Thank you for any info.
  6. Very nice Radioman. I love the grey rates and they are not easy to find in bullion.
  7. John W. Connor, a member of the GHQ 1st Raider Company(8245th Army Unit) wrote a book "Let Slip the Dogs of War" about the 8245th. He shows the 8245th Raider tab on both the front and back covers of the book. It is not like the one mortaydc60 shows above. Rather, it is like the Raider tabs that have been for sale on ebay recently with the lettering spread clear across the tab.
  8. Thanks everyone for the photos. Been there many times and always a great experience.
  9. Thank you so much for the photos. Not quite like being there, but very much enjoyable.
  10. Very nice collection and very unusual. Really like seeing US Navy related insignia. Thanks for sharing Salvage Sailor.
  11. The rate collection is amazing. Thank you for posting.
  12. 3rd Armored Division, 1961(Germany). We are out on winter maneuvers, cold and snow. We would usually eat dinner about 6-8pm unless we were on the move. It is about midnight and we are not planning to move for 4-5 hours, but still no dinner. An OCS 2nd Lt was leading the chow trucks to our location but got lost and could not locate us. He was radioed additional directions more than once, but apparently could not read a map? Eventually, someone was sent to find the chow trucks and guide them back to our location. We ate at about 2am. HQ was not happy. This was not the first incident with this 2nd Lt and he eventually lost his commission and was discharged from the Army. I am in no way anti OCS officers. A couple of the best platoon leaders and/or company commanders I had were in fact OCS grads. I am not sure how this particular individual managed to graduate from OCS.
  13. Love the bullion ruptured duck. Very seldom seen. Thanks for posting.
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