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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.
  15. Thanks for your insight. The vets family are practical people and would probably be glad to put the uniforms up for sale if there was significant collectors value. I guess the point I was trying to get at was -is there significant collectors value to uniforms belonging to a USMC Iwo vet, making it worthwhile to pursue researching their value further? I assumed they would be quite valuable, but I am surprised at how often I am mistaken in my opinions as to what is valuable, and what is not. Thanks again for your input
  16. BTW, I am not looking to get these uniforms for myself, as I dont collect USMC stuff, however, it seems as if from what I see on these boards that there is a lot of interest in Iwo Jima related items among USMC collectors.
  17. I guess what I am trying to determine is, do such uniforms have any significant collectors value which would make it worth their while to hang on to them and sell them to a reputable militaria dealer instead of donating them to the costume department?
  18. Fellow collectors- I live next door to a USMC Iwo Jima vet who is well into his 90s. I am in regular contact with his adult children who help keep up his house and yard. I was shown his WW2 medals , which are mounted in a shadow box display, and are to be left to the oldest grandson. When I Asked what was to become of the vets uniforms, I was told they were going to be donated to the costume department of the theatre group from the local college. I volunteered that I thought these uniforms might have some value to USMC WW2 collectors, and should not be donated to a college theatre prop dep
  19. Are you talking about "The Regulars"? Yes, I am very muck looking forward to reading that after watching a Youtube video of Dr. Coffman talking about the book. There are also some good memoirs available online by old soldiers recounting their time serving in Hawaii and the Philippines in the 30's.
  20. Ive looked carefully for any evidence of patch ghosting or a name, and found nothing, unfortunately
  21. The yellow ribbon is for the American Defense Service medal. Maybe he served in PI sometime during/after Sept 39, but rotated back to the States before 12/7/41 or maybe the ribbon bar was added on later? Unfortunately, theres probably no way to ever know for sure...
  22. Thanks, I always get the Hawaiian Department and division mixed up. The DUIs on the Manila jacket are 51st inf regt, which I dont believe was ever in the Philippine Islands
  23. I have 2 prewar uniforms from the Panama Canal Zone, both have original collar discs and DUIs, but neither has the red and yellow shoulder patch...
  24. Here are some of my favorites from one of my main areas of interest: US Army Uniforms from the interwar period. Enlisted pattern khaki service coats from 1st Coastal Artillery Regt (Panama Canal Zone); Enlisted pattern khaki service coat with crudely made Philippine Department patch and 31st Infantry Regt DUIs (Philippine Islands and China); Enlisted pattern khaki service coat with Hawaiian Department removable "no-sew" patch and early type collar discs; Officers pattern M1926 khaki service coat. Has tailor's label from "Ning's, Manila PI." Unknown whether the insignia on the c
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