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  1. I am assuming this was a rack in your own shop.
  2. James, In normal times if I'd known you were coming out this way, I'd of said let me know when you are in Omaha. I've spent the last 20 years here. A lot of people are surprised to learn there is a Naval museum in the middle of the country in Omaha. I lived here for at least 5 years before I discovered it. Not all of the minesweepers are on the bottom of the ocean. The USS Inaugural is a shipwreck under a bridge in St. Louis. It was a museum ship until it got swept up in a flood. I believe it is still there. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Inaugural_(AM-242) The USS Hazard was also tormented by the floods of the Missouri back in 2012. Fortunately the museum volunteers rushed in and lashed her properly so she could ride out the rising waters that overflowed the banks. The attached photos were taken after the waters receded and much of the sand cleared away.
  3. Real with legitimate wear and tear.
  4. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/04/us/world-war-ii-women-codebreakers-nebraska-avenue/index.html Includes a video interview with the veteran.
  5. Field maintenance... 708th Mnt. Bn, 8th ID, Reforger 1981.
  6. More Winter fun in Germany. The only good thing you could say about the MOP Gear was that it added an extra layer of warmth.
  7. Here's a photo you never see in the recruiting brochures. Exercise Capstone I, Germany, 1980. So cold....
  8. Authentic as in made in Vietnam sometime in the last 15 years. Tourist bait.
  9. A lot of Anglo Americans come to Hawaii and mistake many of the residents for "Japanese". (I saw it myself even in the 1990's.) The island population is a mixture of native Hawaiian, Chinese, Filipino, Samoan as well as Japanese. The author may have just made a faulty assumption when looking at the workforce.
  10. Interesting. I wonder if that classification system was maintained throughout the war.
  11. Very impressive. I am old enough to remember when you could still find wooden models on the shelf along with the early plastic ones. I think I even owned a wooden B-47 kit that I never even attempted. I could not imagine getting this level of detail out of the blocks of wood that they provided.
  12. Field modification. It looks like reflective tape on top of some kind of metal crimp. Not common nor standard.
  13. Oh, I bet someone's career ended over that one. For all the modern emphasis on weapons security and accountability I remember a time when I was a Senior in ROTC at Penn State. We were operating a firing range for our underclassmen. We were supposed to borrow a Deuce and a Half from the local reserve unit, draw weapons and ride out the range which was on state land. Everybody was loaded up and signed for an M-16, but the truck, an official Army Vehicle would not start. So we piled everyone into the civilian cars that we had available, mine being a bright orange Chevy Vega. The weapons? Locked in the trunk of my car! I don't even want to think about how many regulations this must have violated, or even better what would have occurred if we'd been pulled over with a trunk full of fully automatic weapons!
  14. I agree. Fine examples of Vietnamese made reproductions from the 1990's to mid-2000s. To be fair, if the seller collected these for his own, he may very well have thought they were good. When these came out there were not many reliable references out there to tell people good from bad. Some collectors were given bad information from the start, thinking the fakes were the real deal and then buying more of the same. I have seen more than one collection like that and it is a sad thing to see. If you go on eBay, you will see the same bidders buying hundreds of dollars with questionable vendors over and over until they finally realize their error. Many of these folks leave the hobby completely.
  15. The backing material is odd, but as stated it is a modern reproduction.
  16. It looks to be either ERDL or the later RDF pattern. The brown does not look right for BDU, nor does the pattern.
  17. Not sure I agree with you, Ron. I had a set of gold pattern Tiger's and there was a lot more yellowish brown to them. Nice shirt though.
  18. A somewhat military story ... I got out of the Army while my wife was still in the USAF. When I would drive down to meet here at Hickam AFB for lunch, the Security Police would see the blue sticker on the car and salute. Being an Air Force dependent at the time, the first couple of times I didn't feel obliged to to return the salute. But I kept my hair short, and I suppose I still had that military bearing. After a bit I noticed less than friendly looks from the Security Police as I passed by. It seems they felt they were not being acknowledged, which in military protocol is a no-go. So at some point, I got back in the habit of snapping off my best practiced salute in return. It was a lot easier than trying to explain that I was a civilian at that point. Oddly, it did the trick! No more dirty looks when driving on base. Conversely, months later, I was back in the Army Reserve, and I had business at the map depot on base. Walking from my car in my BDU's with a shiny pair of captain's bars on my hat, I walked within four feet of a USAF Senior Master Sergeant without a bit of recognition! I started to say something and then just realized he'd right it off as some Army quirk.
  19. The A-4 Skyhawk went into service in 1956. The squadron did not receive them until 1958. That might be later than when this patch looks to have been made based on its construction. The the squadron apparently flew variations of the A-1 Skyraider variations in 1951, and this maybe the aircraft on the patch. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_VA-155_(U.S._Navy)
  20. I don't think so. I was in the Boy Scouts from the mid-1960's to the mid-1970's. The Official Boy Scout (OBS) gear was different from GI issue, mostly lighter. It may have been made by some of the same manufacturers, but it was distinctly different. But as I recall, we thought the military stuff was "cooler" when when we could get it.
  21. Well.. it is theater made... in the last 15 years. So much for the clever wording about not being able to vouch for age.
  22. We had an extended thread awhile ago about how many of our members were outfitted with GI Surplus for their Boy Scout camping gear. I tried finding it, but we had a number of members who went weekend camping with surplus canteens, packs, hats and fatigues, and event tents. Aside from that, I had a neighbor who's father had apparently been in the Pacific. I never had a chance to talk to him about it, but one day his son decided to play superhero and ran around the outside the house with a cape that was actually a Japanese silk good luck flag Dad had brought back.
  23. The Japanese were pretty impoverished at that time. I am sure they made (and did) a lot of things they did not like in exchange for US dollars. It's and interesting point though. I once traded emails with a Pakistani embroidery shop that turned out some of them most intricate and complex Third Reich reproductions you could imagine. Think of bullion embroidered flags for high Party officials. I asked them if they had made any Vietnam reproductions. He replied he had no idea... customers sent him designs and specifications, and he just made what they ordered. As for the Nazi stuff, they could care less what it represented, swastika or note.
  24. I would also guess USN and it looks Japanese made as well... probably late 1940's to early 1950's.
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