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  1. 1986 would be very late but it's worth pointing out that the Air Force and (I think) the Navy continued to wear OD green even after the Army and Marines went to the BDU around 1981 - 82. I don't think I've ever seen an OD green M65 with a nylon zipper. My OD green M65, issued to me when I went to basic training in 1980 had a brass zipper as did my first BDU field jackets issued to me in 1986 when I came back onto active duty. I don't think I ever saw a nylon zipper field jacket until the late 80's or early 90's. My recollection is that the BDU field jacket lagged be
  2. SA would be "Sturmabteilung", AKA Brownshirts, correct? Ernst Roehm's group?
  3. If this officer served in WWII and Vietnam then he was long retired by the time Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia, so that had to have been added later. Even if he was an 18 year old private at the very end of WWII in the ETO that would be a birth date of no later than mid 1927 which means he would have hit 60 (mandatory retirement) in 1987. The Czech Republic wasn't formed until the early to mid 90's. And of course, 60th anniversary of the end of WWII was 2005 when this officer would have been no younger than 78.
  4. Martinjmpr

    505th beret

    ^^^ Yup, what he said. First thing I always did when I got a new beret: Cut out the liner (if it had one - as I said they started issuing unlined berets in the 90s), wet it down with HOT water, shake off the excess, and shape it on my head. I'd also take an old razor and shave it. Looks better and fits better. As a side note, Hollywood almost never gets berets right. Most of the ones you see on movies/TV look like crap. It's not that hard: You wet it down, shave it, then put it on the head with the flash and crest centered above the left eye. Then with the l
  5. Martinjmpr

    505th beret

    Deleted comment. At first I thought the beret had had the liner cut out but looking closely it appears to be an unlined beret. That would make it period-correct for a 2003 soldier.
  6. Man, that's a soup sandwich of a uniform. Not only are the wings and CIB not centered on each other, but the way they're sewn on leaves no room for a US Army tape which should be over the left breast pocket. So I'm going to go out on a limb here and say this was something put together, maybe by a veteran or maybe as a costume or something. No way would a real soldier wear something like that if there was anybody in their Chain of Command around. WRT name tapes, there are two ways they can be sewn on a uniform with slanted pockets. the "official" way is to have th
  7. My late father was born in the Canal Zone in 1937 and his earliest memories are of Navy ships passing through the canal, anti-aircraft emplacements, blackouts, barrage balloons and anti-submarine patrols. WRT the Overseas bars, nowadays a soldier has to serve in a designated 'combat zone' to be entitled to wear them but isn't it true that in WWII it was just "overseas duty" that rated an overseas bar, IOW, service outside CONUS? So it's possible this officer spent 3 years in the CZ and that is what the 6 OSBs signify?
  8. Not sure as I'm not an expert on these. I had thought the first two jungle jacket patterns had the exposed buttons but maybe it was only the first pattern. Either way, my point is that this design of jacket dates to very early in the VN war, circa 1964 - 66. So figure the odds that a jacket this old would have survived intact for 55+ years with patches that literally look like they were put on yesterday. Is it impossible? No, but it's not likely either.
  9. M1A2U2: See my other post regarding stuff like this. I.e., "if it looks too good to be true it probably is." This shirt, IMO, is just silly. It looks like a patch catalog threw up all over it. A Spec 7 with 2 awards of the CIB, Thai wings AND jungle expert? And why would an infantry /SF NCO even be a Spec 7 instead of a SFC? Then there's the fact that you have what appears to be a well used shirt with what appear to be brand new patches on them - that stands out like a sore thumb. Take a look at some old photos and you can see that any patch or na
  10. Besides the specifics, I would add this: Because this stuff is all over the place, a healthy dose of skepticism is necessary if you actually want to collect "the real deal." What that means is: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Take the uniform in question. 2nd pattern jungle jackets date to the early part of the VN war. Ditto for full color patches. These were FIELD uniforms, worn in dirty and dangerous areas far, far away from laundromats and dry cleaners. So if the uniform looks like the patches are brand new, unwrinkled, unstain
  11. Three color "coffee stain" DCU's didn't come into widespread use until after Desert Storm. The first uniform looks like it has a lot of theater-made insignia and patches on it, which would have been typical for an advisor or someone who did a rotation in Kuwait after Desert Storm and before OIF. The big "Elvis collar" of the first uniform tells me it's probably an older DCU, the later ones had smaller collars. After Desert Storm in 1991, the US maintained a presence in Kuwait that continues to this day. Units rotated in and out of Kuwait for various training and security missi
  12. I am in no way an expert but the whole jacket looks very disjointed to me. Someone who pays money (it's not a lot, but it's money) to have an insignia embroidered strikes me as someone who is very meticulous about his appearance. So the embroidered wings on the wrong side seem a little bit inconsistent with the sloppiness with which the US Air Force tape is sewn on - notice that it angles up from the pocket in contrast to the other examples shown, which are sharply aligned with the pocket. The USAF tape appears to be sewn on with khaki colored thread, as is the rank insignia on
  13. I'm pretty sure the CIB is never authorized on USAF uniforms. AFAIK some Army badges are authorized on USAF uniforms but I don't think the CIB is one of them. The direct-embroidered Senior Parachutist badge on the wrong side is problematic but I notice that both the CIB and the USAF tape are sewed on in a very sloppy fashion. Now, having said all that, have I seen non-regulation stuff in the field? Sure, enough that I wouldn't necessarily say that is 100% put together. I mean, the "farther you are from the flagpole" - that is, the further you are away from a garr
  14. Yes, I'm pretty sure that was his jeep. I see the name of a PFC on the windshield but no other names, so I'm guessing the name on the windshield was the name of the driver.
  15. Thought I'd share another item from my father's military service. This is the disc that was carried on Border Patrol jeeps when Dad was in the 11th ACR from 1960 - 63. It was given to my dad as a going away gift when he left Germany. What's cool about this is that I also have a picture of my Dad with the disc. See the attached photo, taken at the Rhornbach border camp some time in 1960 or 61. Unfortuntately there's not enough detail in the photo to know if this is the same disc but from the irregular shapes of
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