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  1. Has anyone noticed the old-style Naval Investigative Service ( from before they became known as Naval Criminal Investigative Service, or NCIS) badges which have been popping up recently on badge trading/selling websites? From the pictures they look authentic, but I am very suspicious that they are being offered for around $150 - $200 range, which seems very cheap for a real NIS badge. Also seems odd that so many have showed up in the past 12 months or so -I would think such badges would be extremely rare. Finally, I would think the government would keep pretty tight control and accountability
  2. I would like to begin the process of cataloguing my collection, mainly so that as the years go by I can preserve all the knowledge I’ve acquired about the different odds and ends (uniforms, medals, and insignia) I’ve accumulated in some kind of orderly fashion. Anyone have any advice or examples to share of how to do this? Thanks for any input
  3. Medal collectors: Please offer any opinions as to how old this restrike of a USMC 2nd Nicaraguan Campaign medal is. The broach is marked LI GI. Thanks very much.
  4. Thanks everyone for the recommendations
  5. Over the years I’ve read a decent amount of first-hand accounts by American and German Veterans of their experiences as ordinary soldiers during the Second World War. I have never found a single first-hand account by a Japanese veteran of WWII. Is anyone aware of any books like this? Thanks
  6. Thanks for reposting for the 75th anniversary and keeping alive the memory of a young life cut short far away from his home
  7. Back during Desert Shield, I remember watching TV as a kid and seeing USAF general officers wearing chocolate chip camo 8-point covers with their rank sewn on. I dont recall ever seeing USAF wearing such headgear in the woodland pattern. Was this a unique uniform modification just for general officers? I had always thought the 8-point covers were strictly a USMC and Navy thing...
  8. Scratch that. Just the USMC pistol expert badge suspended by the expert rifleman bar.
  9. Unusual that the China Marine group includes Army type sharpshooter badges. Also looks like the Marine expert rifleman bar is suspending a pistol expert medal, and vice-versa for the Marine pistol expert bar...
  10. Any opinions on the origin of this one? Obviously not an original issue. The distinctive extra-thick planchet indicates Studley restrike. Any other opinions? Thanks eBay auction # 303337774755
  11. Incredible. That uniform after nearly a century still looks inspection-ready. Thanks so much for sharing
  12. According to an obituary I found online of the original owner, he graduated West Point class of 1933, and thereafter served in the Coast Artillery in Virginia, Texas, and Corregidor PI prior to the outbreak of WW II. From what I can tell, the the uniform and insignia appear consistent with the original owners service history
  13. Eyelets for Sam Brown belt hooks. Any indication this coat was tailored in the PI?
  14. Just added this one to the collection. 91st Coast Artillery Regiment (Philippine Scouts) 1st Lieutenant's uniform, circa 1930s. Information from the seller about the original owner is that he served in the Philippine Islands in 1935 - 1936. US and branch insignia on lapels are early type clutch-back. Lieutenant's bars and DUIs are pinback. No QM tag, tailor's label, or any markings other than original owners initials. Eyelets at waist indicate there were once belt hooks for a Sam Browne belt.
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