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  1. I understand "Stars and Gripes" was a comedy/ variety show that performed as part of the USO during the war. Do you think this tag could be related to that show or group of performers? btw- Thanks for the replies.
  2. His dog tags were also in there. Along with this strange one...
  3. Any thoughts on this piece? Came from a small box of a Vets keepsakes.
  4. Only took me a little more than 2 years to find the photo of Dink, lol. I found a luggage tag that belonged to Teresa as well.
  5. I'm having an ongoing debate on another forum about whether or not the US military ever issued pocket knives to soldiers during the Civil War. I say no, they were all private purchases even though most soldiers carried one. Since I've stated that, I have been told about and shown a U.S. Navy marked rope knife from that era. So I guess that makes me wrong. My question is, outside of the U.S. Navy rope knives, were there any other folding knives issued during the Civil War?
  6. Is That What This Pin Represents? I've never seen this background logo before so unsure if it's a "V for Victory" pin from some obscure company. It has the Irons & Russell Company (I inside a diamond) makers mark and sterling on the back. It has a locking C clasp. Sorry but having trouble getting my photos small enough to post so I only have one. I have 2 sterling pins with the V and 1 10k gold one without the V. I found another without the V in sterling here- http://www.ebay.com/itm/RARE-IRONS-RUSSELL-ART-DECO-STERLING-SILVER-COBALT-BLUE-ENAMEL-ROUND-PIN-/131559738517?hash=item1ea1924c95%
  7. This would have been a pinback button for a child. There were club fundraisers/drives and such that children participated in during the war in order to help with the war effort, be it at school or what have you. I believe the real object was the development of a sense of patriotic duty in young boys and girls. That being said I can't put a date to it with the photo shown. Is there any wording on the back or on the rim/edge of the pinback? There are some really nice (and rare) badges posted here. I'd like to thank everyone for posting them. I guess I should check back in a little more often
  8. Hopefully she'll get back to me someday, lol. I did manage to find out a little more information on my own as to the number of men who served from that fraternity during WW2. It was 1800, so there were at least that many examples at one time. http://denver.ao.org/about.php "In 1946, we saw the first departure from presenting the award to an individual and recognized Alpha Omega's 1800 Service Men who had served in World War II."
  9. I agree, it should be a pretty limited number that were presented. It has no numbers on it. The back is plain and flat. I received an email reply from them yesterday. She stated that it didn't come with a ribbon. I'm still not convinced however because the awards they hand out nowadays are not the same animal as this one is. I directed her to this thread in my original message, but she still asked for a photo of it, which I sent to her just this morning. I'm waiting for a reply. Here is a copy of her message- Hello, This is an unusual request but I would like to help. The Achievement Me
  10. Thanks. I don't really know if it came with a ribbon or not. I haven't been able to find another one for comparison. I have written an email to the fraternal organization requesting any information they could provide, as to numbers of awards that were presented and whether or not it had a ribbon attachment. I'm hoping they at least reply back to me, one way or the other.
  11. Ugly as heck but they were headed for the dumpster so I had to save them. Found these little notes attached to the bottom of them. I think this is the best part about them.
  12. I've seen a few different ID badges posted on here in my lurkings. I found this one over the weekend at an estate sale for $1. It's an Owens-Corning Fiberglass plant badge. Owens Corning began operation of a U.S. Government plant in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania as a textile plant for Navy Board manufacture in late 1943; the Company's highest wartime employment was 6,390 people. Owens Corning purchased the plant in 1946. Besides being a piece of homefront war effort history, it's also a piece of early fiberglas history as fiberglas was only patented in 1936. I like the fact that it was a woman fact
  13. Has anybody ever seen another example of this medal? I do know that it is a WW2 era awarded piece. I know what it represents. In 1946: the award was presented to “The Alpha Omega Servicemen of WWII” I just have not and cannot find another example anywhere. I'd like to know what the ribbon looked like. I've been searching for a couple years now. It measures 1.5 inches in diameter. Here is more info on the Alpha Omega acheivement medal - http://www.ao.org/about-us/ao-awards/achievement-medal-recipients and here is the medal-
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