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  1. Thanks for posting that Brig, definitely not the same as mine. I don't hold out much hope for the disk being a wartime disk either. Seems like a lot of work for a faker to go to with the domed shape when a flat planchet is so much more typical. I'm leaning more towards post-WWI, pre-WWII veterans parade fodder. Like so many of these, probably made for a WWI commemorative event in the 1920's and 30's. s/f Robert
  2. Thanks Brig. I've seen distressed emblems but they usually reveal a bronze base metal - I have never owned a WWI cover emblem made of steel-colored metal so this is a first for me. It's always been brown metal. The disk pin has a pointy end, not clipped wire. s/f Robert
  3. I have two emblems that I'd like some help with. The first is a raw steel colored piece with traces of gold finish on the obverse. Built like a regular one (strong seated post, can't bend the wings with your hand), but not made from bronze or brass. Recent publications dismiss these as reproductions, but this one came in a very large WWI senior NCO group and everything else was legit. Thought? The second is likely a repro. It has a significantly domed appearance, but appears die struck to me with almost an Army-Navy style bird on the obverse. I'd love it if it was real, but h
  4. I am not certain what to call the various components of what I think is a WWII T-7 paratrooper parachute. If someone who understands these things could identify the components for me, I'd appreciate it. This one was used up until 1950, but hopefully the nomenclature remained the same. It has a flight bag that holds the complete rig, a main camouflage parachute with lines, a white small parachute attached to the top of the main chute, a packboard and harness of some type, and a smaller pack panel with what looks like a static line attached. regards, Robert
  5. Beast, I also couldn't find any references to Whittemore in Ancestry that listed a middle initial either, and I don't think he had one. Great pictures of the headstones! Sydney H. is buried in the same cemetery as my Dad, it appears. s/f Robert
  6. Ancestry has a Sydney Hooker Whetstone who joined the 17th Company 1/5 on 1 October, from a training company in France. Looks like he was sick on 1 November 1918 and discharged the next August. Lots of other pre-AEF training and movement pieces. Not much field time, but a great added bonus: he was from my hometown in Colorado. regards, Robert
  7. Kevin, I am grateful for the time you took to dig up possibilities, and will post what I find from these excellent leads. I will also purchase that book to add to my library. Regards, Robert
  8. Thank you very much for that lead; I'll get the book. I don't know how I missed it! Anything with a decent roster of the 5th Marines at any stage of the war, but particularly 1918-1919, would be very useful - thanks again for sounding off. s/f Robert
  9. Austin, thanks for that information. Brian, this style cap and it's construction is pure Marine. I also just got one of the browner toned Marine covers with one button USMC, and one army and I know this did happen. I have a WWI Marine officers blouse cut from army cloth, with army buttons, but Marine style pockets, cuff scallops, and other features. regards, Robert
  10. Here's the second set of initials; they are AWP. Neat scarlet and gold sweatband tie too. regards, Robert
  11. I have a WWI 5th Marines bell cap and uniform that I'm trying to identify. It has his company and initials written on the inside of the sweatband, and there is a second set of initials on the outside of the sweatband. The Marine buttons have been period replaced with what I believe are US Army buttons of some type. A collecting friend, Gary Mohrlang, told me these were on it when he got the uniform set in a Colorado Goodwill store and he thought they were engineer, but I don't know. I do know this gabardine-type cover have turned up in other 5th Marine groups I've found, and I
  12. One way to date the pre-Vietnam versions is the paint. From 1955 to the first few years in the 60's, Marine EGAs and buttons for the service unform were a dark shade of brown. The collar ranged from a real dark / near back to a distinctive chocolate brown. Most of these got painted or emnued black when we switched from brown to black, but you still see the brown devices in officer and enlisted / screback and clutchback versions from time to time. s/f Robert
  13. Eric, thanks for checking that out for me. If that's the date of the photo, he definitely missed it - bummer since he was with them the whole war. What luck that a 73rd veteran could provide names to the photo! This unnamed blouse and cover went off Ebay in March and I missed it. Really neat blouse I'd love to track down! s/f Robert
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