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    Anything USAF, Air Police, SP and SF. Also firearms and instruction thereof.

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  1. Hi, looked him up and found that he graduated from WP in 1915. None of his service indicates that he was intimately involved with P-38s so it must be special to him and once again: Who is going to tell him to take it off? Lieutenant General George Edward Stratemeyer was World War II chief of Air Staff and Far East Air Forces commander during the first year of the Korean War. Stratemeyer was born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1890. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in June 1915 as a second lieutenant of Infantry. He served with the 7th and 34th Infantry divisions in Texas and
  2. As to the P-38, Dave and I found, and Johnny Schlund (USAFFLAGOFFICERS.com) that when you are a General nobody points out to you that what you are wearing is unauthorized!!! So he's wearing it because he can. As for the khaki short uniform, entered the inventory in 1956. You can find the AUTHORIZED Jungle Jacket, short sleeve shirt, Pith helmet and knee length khaki stockings (that are authorized tan shade 505) with blk low quarters on page 86 of Into the Blue, volume 1. Authorized headgear was the blue service cap, flight cap or pith helmet. As you can see to make the unifo
  3. Yes they are real. I found a 50's period Ridgeway with the same metal SSgt chevron as well as an A/1c chevron. I asked Fernando curator of the Lackland Museum and he verified that they were used in the 50's. He also has helped me find a lot of odd ball stuff that was used authorized or not. There are a lot of photos out there with things that few recognize do to the rarity or short period of use. Lt.Col. Dave Shultz and I found numerous such items while researching the book Into The Blue. I love these oddball items! Best, Lance
  4. Cookie: On page 212 of Into the Blue vol 1 it explains the evolution of the irrevently named "Farts and Darts." It is easy to see why the army and navy embellishment was call scrambled eggs due to the yellow color. When we separated from the army we did not have brim decoration. The army and navy added theirs and decided to decorate the Field and General Officer grade service caps. There was some positive aspects to this as it appeared to aid in the retention of Field Grade officers. The Air Force proposed a brim decoration in 1960 for Field Grade ranks of major and Lt. Col.s. The 5th Pe
  5. I am glad that SOMEONE is interested in teach about our military history. The following is an example of too much seen today. This really happened: Theodore " Dutch " J. Van Kirk was the navigator on the "Enola Gay" when it dropped the bomb at Hiroshima, Japan, and was the last surviving member of the crew. Passed away in 2014. Dutch was asked to speak at a grammar school recently. The young teacher introduced him by saying the speaker was a veteran of World War Eleven (as in WWII). Dutch stood up and walked out of the school without saying a word. End of story. GOD HELP US
  6. Ed, if you have a chance to look at my book: Into the Blue on pages 205/206 there are photos of the comparative sizes of male and female officer's cap pieces. The interesting thing not usually pointed out is that the size of the female cap eagle is the same as the enlisted eagle with the surrounding circle missing. This is one of the reasons that the USAFUB (Uniform Board) felt that a smaller EM device was not needed. Also, as to attachment there are female devices with 2, 3 clutches and one with a jeweler's. The caption below is incorrect as it should be under the fourth photo. Opps, sor
  7. The only Fatigue shirt (AKA jacket) to have covered buttons was the Sage green issue. As seen in Bluehawk's photo above. I tried to upload a photo of a complete set of Sage Greens from Ridgeway Sage Green cap down to Sage Green trousers. The file is too big or it won't take the Tiff format. It will be in Into the Blue vol 3 when I get it printed. The sage green fatigues had a relatively short life span, although the shirt underwent one pattern change. It appears from studying QM labels of numerous shirts, trousers and field jackets, the sage green fatigue uniform began mass production in
  8. It's been a fight to publish volume three. Right now it looks like our best chance is to self-publish through Amazon. Unfortunately the product will not be the glossy large table top type finish but it will be the 11X8'1/2 soft cover like MSgt Chris Arnold's Peacekeepers series. It will still contain all of the info on the fatigues. Then we will look at the years of camouflage now up to the USAF adoption of the Army’s OCP uniform. Thanks guys, I will try to get it out as soon as I can. It’s a complicated process. Lance
  9. In my research I didn't find any brown boots being issued to ground personnel however, there is a great shot of the inside of of the F-86 cockpit and the pilot was wearing beautiful brown boots. I don't think it mattered in combat. I found a pair of AF issue steel toed boots which were black and I have a pair of steel toed brogans issued to a trainee at Shepherd AFB. Neither of them had a cap toe. I should have mentioned that the welt (tread) on the brogans and boots of the 50 - 60's was a Goodyear smooth sole. The military attempted to solve several problems with leather boots. The first
  10. I would imaging by the the mid 50's he would have received black boots. A friend of mine enlisted right out of High School (1961) and received brogans for basic and the cap toed blk boots for AP School. In 1964 we received the cap toed brogans and then I received the blk boots for AP School the only difference was they did not have the cap toe.
  11. In my book Into the Blue I related a story my uncle told me. In 1949 basic he was given a pair of brown brogans and a bottle of blk dye. "Her kid strip 'em down and dye 'em black." The new accoutrement color for the USAF was black. At least he didn't have to scrape them smooth. The advantage of big feet?
  12. Lee, you are right and I can't imagine going through MC boot camp at 30! We did have a USAF Lt.Col. retired who joined the Sheriff's department at 47 and he had to do all of the required PT that the young kids did. He passed!
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