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Allan H.

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  1. Here' a thread that i did years ago on the only 93rd Division uniform that i ever owned. Allan
  2. All of the American glider pilots flew as co-pilots and were paired with a British GP. They were awarded British GP wings for their service. I do not recall them receiving Air Medals, for Operation Ladbroke, but now that the award cards are available, it is possible that they may have been. I'll look. In general, glider pilots that took part in the Normandy, Netherlands, Varsity, and other combat operations did receive an Air Medal for their participation. I know that glider supply missions and glider extract missions typically did not earn their pilots an award. Enlisted soldiers
  3. Let's see if we can answer your questions. It was quite possible to find soldiers who wore two campaign stars affixed to their glider badges. These soldiers would have belonged to glider units in the 82nd Airborne and the stars would have signified landings in Normandy and landings as part of Operation Market-Garden. 101st glider troopers arrived in Normandy via sea. As was mentioned previously, the US didn't use gliders for glider assaults in Sicily or in Italy. Again, the glider troopers went into battle via landing craft in those campaigns. While there was no mention of the addi
  4. I believe that the enameled pin is from Panama based on the flag motifs on each side. Allan
  5. If you are looking for a complete WWII medal box for a Type 1 Navy Purple Heart, the box should be purple in color with a purple velvet removable pad. The pad will have a small silk loop at the top which allows the pad to be removed from the box with relative ease. The inside of the lid is lined with white silk. The medal was typically pinned to the pad and then the pad and medal were wrapped with white tissue paper. The ribbon bar should be 1/2" and the back side of the ribbon bracket (where the pin is) should be STERLING marked. The lapel pin will be slipped between two slots on a piece of w
  6. Way to ruin the story with facts Bruce. 😄 I always appreciate your sharing info on Leathernecks. It makes these posts more interesting. Allan
  7. With the blue headdress, I think this is 1930's patch and star sewn on a piece of blue felt. Allan
  8. WOW! Can you give us any information as to WHAT you think is fake and WHY you think it is fake? That might help us to give you a better evaluation. With nothing to go on, here is my take- I'll start with Ed Hicks. The guy has been dealing in militaria since i was a kid and I am 55 now. I've NEVER had anyone give me any sense that Ed has knowingly sold them a fake. Let's go ahead and move forward and evaluate the A-2. The jacket has seen a lot of wear and the insignia is all consistent with what I would expect to see. I like the name tag, the leather CBI patch and the squadron patch
  9. It is quite possible that he had that amount of time in theater. Remember, overseas bars could be earned from December 1941 through 1946! He could have picked up one or two during the occupation period. I think the uniform is just fine. Allan
  10. Google is SO hard to use.... Entered "29th Engineer Battalion- found this- https://history.army.mil/html/forcestruc/lineages/branches/eng/0029enbn.htm Short answer- NO. 29TH ENGINEER BATTALION (WAYFINDERS) Constituted 18 May 1917 in the National Army as the 29th Engineer Regiment Organized September 1917 – November 1918 at various stations as the 29th Engineers (2d Battalion redesignated 1 December 1918 as the 1st Battalion, 74th Engineers -- hereafter separate lineage) Demobilized 13 July – 2 September 1919 at Camp Upton, New York, and Camp Humphr
  11. I am in full agreement that this medal has a replacement drape, and thus a replacement brooch. Also, I do not believe that this medal is all that old. Early issues were numbered for army contracts, or Navy and Marine issues which would have been made by the US Mint and would have had a satin finish. As this pendant has neither, we can say that it is not a pre-WWII, or early WWII manufactured piece. Open catch brooches are most often encountered with early campaign medals. To me, this brooch looks more like something that has come off of a competition medal or some other non-military source.
  12. The medal pendants look to be US made except for the Vietnam Campaign, which appears to be in-country made. The ribbons on all look like they are VN made. A really cool looking bar! Allan
  13. The chevrons are actually POST Korean war as the "atomic army" small chevrons were phased out as being rather unpopular. The German made 7th Army patch would have still been worn well into the 1950's. As a kid, one of my friends had his dad's Ike jacket with bullion 7th Army and the infamous "Seven Steps to Hell" tab underneath. His dad's Ike had the early "Specialist 4" chevrons made in AG44 shade of green. Great looking Ike and proper for the period. Allan
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