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  1. Great photos. Who doesn't like looking at jeeps? Your very first photo, however, looks like a unit maintenance shop. Believe me, I've seen many of them. That photo of the crated jeeps with the company markings is really unique. I did not realize they would go to that much effort during wartime.
  2. Thank you. A sad warning, and a note that even experienced collectors can get fooled sometimes.
  3. Okay, don't choke on this one.... but it is an example of selling when the market is hot. This was a book written by Bob Kerry when he was a protestor against the Vietnam War. I picked it up at a used book store for about $10. Despite the subject, the book included photos of a number of veterans wearing remnants of their uniforms and insignia. Flash forward... during his presidential campaign, his fans were buying these up either out of loyalty or speculation. It grieves me to let go of any book on my shelf, but I gave into temptation when I saw
  4. I had a complete set of Mike Martin's books on the ARVN Airborne, ARVN Rangers and the Vietnamese Marine Corps. I bought them when they came out and thought they were overpriced at $35, but they did offer some unique photos. These have been going for crazy prices lately as there seems to be a new generation of Vietnam era collectors out there scrambling for every resource they can find. I was motivated by the fear that if I were gone my kids would donate them to the local Friends of the Library book sale.
  5. "Special Forces of the United States Army by Ian Sutherland. I remember when this was a highly sought after title going for a few hundred bucks. The market must’ve died down as I found several from $60 to $250 or so." If you can find it for $60, that is a bargain. While it has photos of various team and PRU patches, it also has an excellent narrative history of the US Army Special Forces up to 1982. As far as being a reference book for patches, it was unfortunately infiltrated by about a dozen or so fake patches who were provided by the vendor that was selling them.
  6. Yes, it was still in the common vocabulary, helped somewhat by the introduction of 12 inch GI Joe figures from Hasbro in 1964. In this case, it may have been a derogatory term, similar in sense to "tin soldier", or "mindless running dog stooge of the Capitalist Warmongers."
  7. When I click on the NYT story link, it tells me I need to subscribe to read more. Can someone copy some of the content to here please? Thank you.
  8. The irony of my story with Aberdeen is the US Army in its infinite wisdom took me with a political science degree and commissioned me as a Vehicle Maintenance Officer! I spent at least 6 months there. Oddly, I only returned to the Museum once or twice, and didn't take a single photo! I suppose I was just too cool for school at that point, and was more focused on learning the ins and outs of US vehicles. Opportunity lost, forever. Lesson learned... never pass up the chance to explore what is right in front of you!
  9. Looking back, the tanks were already well on their way to being damaged by outdoor storage. The collection has been dispersed, some of it at Ft. Lee, some to Ft. Benning, and some to Fort Bliss. In some ways none of these will live up to the variety that was once at APG. I've looked in recent years for photos on line that could better represent the past collection, and just happened across these slide shows on Youtube. Since these photos were taken by a steadier hand with a better camera, I will yield this thread to them. If anyone has any photo
  10. Now and then we have inquires about the former US Army Ordnance Museum that used to be at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. I was fortunate enough to visit there when I was a teenager. Somehow I convinced my parents that it would make a great family outing, and they brought my sister and brother along as well. For a young model maker, it was literally a "field of dreams". I did my best to photograph everything that was there. However, the flaw in what I thought was going to be a once in a life time trip was I only brought a limited amount of film.
  11. I would bet it is a college ROTC Ranger unit. ROTC Rangers took extra training and participated in exercises to hone their small unit leadership skills. While Pershing Rifles drilled in the gym and parade ground, the Rangers were out sneaking around in the woods. They typically wore black berets with non-standard flashes. Those who excelled in the program were considered for few cherished spots for either Ranger School (yes, the full course) or Airborne School. Attached is a photo from 1977 of a Penn State ROTC Ranger in a map reading exercise
  12. National Education Association https://www.nea.org/ I had a hard time finding a large image to match it. https://www.appleawards.com/product/nea-shield-pin/ I should recognize it... my wife is a teacher!
  13. There were assignments where soldiers were not to wear either their name or US Army tape. However, I am sure wearing a US CIB and jump wings was pretty much a give away.
  14. There is a class of collectors who make more money in a week than you or I would in a year. They would actually lose money if they stopped long enough to research something like this. They see what they want, buy it, and move on. Sometimes, as in this case, they may not even care if it is vintage...just that it is cool and comes with a story.
  15. I agree. The yellow ARVN Ranger patch was recently made. Computer generated embroidery and what looks like artificial aging (staining). Sorry.
  16. I am just in awe and envy every time I look at these.
  17. I believe our member m1a2u2 has received a sufficient amount of advice on this particular item. I daresay most if not all of the collectors on this Forum have made their share of mistakes, especially when moving into a new area of interest. As there is really not much more to add, this thread is now closed.
  18. Just to tie this in with other threads, the recently sewn patches have barely left an impression into the shirt. Notice how the two original patches have left a footprint from having been pressed into the fabric.
  19. As noted, too good to be true. Looks like a display item from a surplus store that wants to sell patches. I don't know where you are finding these items, but I would stop doing business with them. They are trying to steal your money.
  20. Hanoi movie studio wardrobe... circa 1995.
  21. All of these patches have been recently added, especially that SP/4 rank which looks like it has never been sewn before. As far as the subdued 101st, as well researched as ASMIC is, it does have some occasional errors, especially when relying on third party information.
  22. The large white number is probably from basic training.
  23. m1a2u2: I am sorry I am late to the conversation. As you have noted, this uniform shows the classic signs of tampering. What I've picked up so far from members like spike and others who have pointed out details to look for: -appear to be some ghost stitch lines showing where previous patches were removed. -puckering is insufficient on some of the patches (I think?) -threads are all the same color. The Airborne tab is a good example. There was one there before, but it has been replaced. It looks like there may have been
  24. Martin, I agree with your call for skepticism, but I disagree with you on one point. Many of the surviving Vietnam era jungle jackets that you see, especially the fully badged one, never went to the field. What veterans have told me is that they kept one, maybe two, jackets at their base camp for formations, award ceremonies and off post time. These uniforms are typically in fairly good condition. They may even have been pressed, laundered or starched. There are exceptions. Some vets may have squirreled away a jacket they wore in a particular
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