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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 Arizona until September 1916 when he was detailed to the Aviation Section for flying training at Rockwell Field, San Diego, Calif. Stratemeyer became a first lieutenant in June 1916. He became commanding officer of the Air Service Flying and Technical Schools at Kelly Field, Texas in May 1917. He became a captain in August 1917 and later commanding officer of Chanute Field, Ill. Stratemeyer was promoted to major in August 1918. With official transfer to the Air Corps from the Infantry in 1920 he went to Luke Field, Hawaii as commanding officer of the 10th Air Park. He returned to West Point in August 1924 as instructor in tactics. He graduated from the Air Corps Tactical School at Langley Field, Va., in June 1930 and from the Command and General Staff School at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., in 1932. He remained at Leavenworth as an instructor for the next four years. Stratemeyer was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 1936 and assigned to command the 7th Bomb Group at Hamilton Field, Calif. He graduated from the Army War College in 1939 and went to the office of the Chief of Air Corps as head of the Training and Operations Division, with promotion to colonel in March 1940. A year later Stratemeyer became executive officer to General H.H. Arnold, the chief of the Air Corps, and in August he was promoted to brigadier general. General Stratemeyer commanded the Southeast Air Corps Training Center at Maxwell Field, Ala., for five months and returned to Washington in June 1942 as chief of Air Staff for General Arnold. He had been promoted to major general in February 1942. General Stratemeyer went to the China-Burma-India Theater in mid-1943, becoming commanding general of the India-Burma Sector and air adviser to the commanding general of the China-Burma-India Theater. Stratemeyer was promoted to lieutenant general in May 1945 and from April 1944 until March 1946 was commander of the Army Air Forces in the China Theater with headquarters at Chungking. After the war General Stratemeyer commanded the Air Defense Command at Mitchel Field, N.Y., and the Continental Air Command which was organized there in November 1948. At both positions, Stratemeyer tried to improve America's warning system. He went to Tokyo in April 1949 as commanding general of Far East Air Forces, which he led through the first year of the Korean War. His units responded rapidly to the North Koreans' invasion of the South and provided South Korea and MacArthur with the vital air arm. General Stratemeyer had a serious heart attack in Tokyo in May 1951 and was confined to the Air Force hospital at nearby Tachikawa. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters; Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal with oak leaf cluster; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with five service stars; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with service star; World War I Victory Medal; World War II Victory Medal; American Campaign Medal with service star; National Defense Service Medal; Korean Service Medal with four service stars; Mexican Border Service Medal; Ho-Tu Medal of Chinese Air Force; Tashou Cloud Banner (Chinese); British Order of Companion of the Bath Chinese Special; Chinese Pilot's Badge; Polish Order of Polonia Restituta Commander's Cross; Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Degree of Knight Commander; Yugoslavian pilot's badge.
  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 uniform a class "A" the blue tie was worn under the jacket The combinations were variously titled: "Shorts Cotton Summer Service,. or Shorts Walking Summer Service." The Jungle (Service) Jacket was phased out in 1965. Damn, I missed it by one year! The shorts and knee socks were finally phased out of the inventory in 1976. I would like to see a better photo of his shorts to see if they are poss civilian cut with the silver tighteners on the side. It does look like he is wearing the blue belt but that silver tab throws me! Note the Airman it looks like he is just passing? No silver flight cap braid or rank insignia and no chevrons? At Wiesbaden we had an A/1C busted to E-1, he would have looked like that standing formation. Hope that helps. Lance
  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 Permanent Air Force Uniform Board (PAFUB) recommended 15 January 1960 that brim decorations include " the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and Majors as a prestige factor..." "...and added moral incentive in anticipation of possible loss of flying status as well as fewer promotions for many majors." The Field Grade decoration would consist of two clouds and lighting bots on each side of the brim for field officers and three for General Officers. Theses decorations went into effect for Lt. Col.s but the majors would have to wait until the year 2000. At the same time it was decreed that the Chief Of Staff would have the Farts and Darts included around the hat brim. Now there was no precedent for these decorations in the US military. Whoa, you point to "Bug out Doug" and his flamboyant hat and you would be correct except his hat was of HIS design and was actually presented to him after he was retired and became the "Marshal of the Philippines!" There are some back stories that President (former captain of artillery) Truman mentioned to his staff and confidants about the "unauthorized" and blatant disregard for military regulation of "that dammed hat!" The CoS encirclement of the sweat band embroidery was first authorized by CoS General Hoyt Vandenberg.
  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, sorry guys. Still trying to get volume 3 "fatigue Uniforms" but Schiffer's doesn't think there would be much of a market. I disagree and think it would be the best of the three for the market. Dave Shultz and I are looking at self publishing. Will, let you know when it happens. Marry Christmas and a healthy (important to us old guys) New Year.
  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 1956. In 1957, it replaced the one and two-piece HBTs as the issued utility uniform for enlisted male personnel. At this point, the one-piece coveralls became an alternate issue utility uniform and a specialty uniform obtained through organizational issue. This is also further validated by period photos of basic trainees at Lackland AFB between 1956 and late 1959. However, within a few years a decision was made to convert to the QM Shade OG 107 (olive drab) cotton sateen fatigues being worn by the U.S. Army since 1952. In July 1959, the new OG 107 cotton sateen fatigues replaced the sage green fatigues as the issued utility uniform. The sage green fatigues remained in the inventory until July 1969 when they were phased out along with the HBTs.
  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 problem was traction. The purpose behind this was experience of trying to walk in the mud of SEA. With the older Goodyear welt the boots had a rather smooth sole. Take a couple of steps and you had ten pounds of red clay on your foot! Leather boots began to be issued (date unk, my pair is dated 1981) with a sole pattern that looked like the tread on WW2 tires! They had V shaped cuts in the sole that was supposed to push mud away from the center when you put your weight down. This was actually a return to a 1944 pattern. They called it the Panama sole because this was where it was first tested. Give credit to the designer Sergeant Raymond Dobie. When the AF later introduced the Panama sole it was not well received but the 1st issue of the actual Jungle boot had been fielded as an optional footwear. The Panama sole also was flat and could slip on flat or wet surfaces so it was back to the drawing board. The AF, alway shying away from anything that looks like "combat" after all you can't spit shine a canvas upper! The AF also wanted to solve another problem with full top boots. If you tie the lace to tight at the ankle it can cause discomfort. The answer was the "notch" boot (late 1970s into the 1980s) that was developed to attempt to alleviate the lace preassure on the front of the ankle. The sole was changed from the Panama sole. The “fix” was an attempt at a waffle or zigzag pattern. This pattern was not as aggressive as a Vibram style lug sole type which which was issued in the Jungle Boot (1970) which had its own problems. There in a nutshell is the story of the Boot Combat. Now this would have been in Chapter 15 of Into the Blue Volume 3, fatigues to the ABU IF Schiffer would print it. They declined as sales for volume 2 was slow. I tried to convince them that this was an entirely different subject but... If you can email Schiffer's and ask when volume 3 will be out it would certainly help. Lt.Col. Shulz has sugested we cut it into two volumes WW2 USAAF to the last issue BEFORE thw Woodland. Then the next volume would be camoflauge. A thought. Thanks guys who have purchased 1 and 2. Hope they helped.
  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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