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  1. Great top! Hopefully your friend will be able to give you some pointers that will help us ID him. You could also try inspecting his other uniforms when you get the chance and look for clues which he might (or might not) have written on the inside such as his initials and what not. Where is the store located? Looking up people with that last name who live in the area might also be of some help.
  2. Very nice grouping - I'm glad you found a name to go with it. It looks like one of his first assignments was with the 172nd Infantry Brigade in Alaska before he went on to serve with the Army Special Operations Command and the Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command, both of which are headquartered at Fort Bragg. The ACU patch is for the Army Medical Command, which is headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, but it is possible that he may have been stationed somewhere else while falling under these commands. It is my understanding that while the Rigger Badge has been around since the
  3. Just stumbled upon the post you mentioned, it's on page 10 of the "ARVN Ranger Advisor 1965" thread.
  4. Very informative thread, I'm enjoying it a lot. I have always been fascinated by the wear of foreign badges on Army uniforms, and especially on early contract BDUs. Vietnamese and German jump wings seem to have been a fairly common sight, but the most interesting badge I've seen so far is probably the Vietnamese Tanker Badge. Also I've come across a couple of tops which had foreign badges originally sewn on them, then removed when the practice was discontinued, leaving a rather distinctive rectangular mark where the fabric had not faded above the name tape. I know it has been said that the wea
  5. Great tops! I believe that the story behind the Air Force/3rd AD shirt is that the owner was an Army AH-64 pilot during Desert Storm who was later selected for an inter-service transfer to the USAF Special Operations Command and served in both Iraq and Afghanistan during the GWOT.
  6. I recently came across a couple of interesting JCSE baseball caps and was wondering if they would have been uniform items or just unofficial memorabilia. Does anybody know anything about them?
  7. Terrific find! He must have worn that top at some point between 2004 and 2007, right when he was serving with the 7th SFG and before switching to ACUs. Definitely a keeper.
  8. The black-bordered Ranger tab has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I have seen it before on a couple of legit BDU tops, including a 101st one, but I'm not sure what's the story behind it (and I would love to know!). I have found a Riley who was an Ordinance Corps Lieutenant in the late 1960s and will be PM'ing you whatever information I could come up with. Great groupings - the BDUs are especially nice, but then again I may be a little biased lol
  9. Close-up of the CMB shirt's left sleeve: Close-up of the pin holes on the EFMB shirts' collar:
  10. I know this is an old topic, but I have recently acquired two BDU tops which belonged to the same veteran (small world isn't it?) and thought I would share. The shirt with the CMB on it must date back to when he was stationed in Vicenza with the 173rd Abn Bde, as you can still see where that unit's patch and characteristic smaller US Flag insignia were worn on its left sleeve. I believe he kept wearing both shirts as a Warrant Officer Candidate at Fort Rucker, as they both have pin holes on the collar which appear to match the WOC rank insignia.
  11. Could the 61st Company mentioned on the pennant be the 61st Aviation/Assault Helicopter Company?
  12. They sure did, at least at some point: Possibly USACAPOC?
  13. SETAF and 173rd Airborne Bde are often seen together so that's definitely a possibility. I've been doing some Googling and I might have found a possible match, sending you an article via PM.
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