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  1. Wow, this is an authentic 315th patch? Fantastic! My grandfather few C-47s in the 315th from February through June of '44, including towing gliders during Operation Thursday. He didn't have one of these patches in his mementos, however, and I would love to see a real one. Great piece!?
  2. Hello! This is a return to an older topic but I was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to request prints that were published in Yank Magazine? Would I need to contact the National Archives or what? Thanks in advance for any help!
  3. It is with a heavy heart that I learned of Gary's passing and the shock has yet to wear off. As an utter and complete beginner to the world of edged weapons and militaria in general, I wrote to Gary with what were likely some of the most laughable and basic questions he could've imagined. However, he responded with great patience and kindness, all the while sharing his immense knowledge in an approachable way, a trait that continued over the course of what became a correspondence. Over the year and half that I had the privilege of knowing him, Gary proved himself to be what you all know him as
  4. Nice collection, Sean! (I really like the riveted stars too. Was riveting them uncommon?) And I love the variation between makers and even within; it's a collector's dream and nightmare! Thanks very much for the extreme close-up TIm. I can really get a feeling for the texture as well as the attachments. Were these welded on? I have heard that later on they were electroplated. I never knew anything about these badges until now. Thank you guys for opening my eyes to these! I think I'll be setting aside a little more in my collector's budget...
  5. Thank you very much for your help Tim B! That pretty much tells me everything I wanted to know. You are most helpful!
  6. A few more pictures. The shoulders of the pin arm are squared and the hallmark looks ok to me based on the few things I've seen. But I can't tell if it's sterling and not marked, marked under a pin post, or if it's electroplate post-war.
  7. Hello guys! I am very new to collecting USN badges and so I am asking for some help to determine if this N.S. Meyer submarine patrol badge is WWII authentic or a reproduction. Doing some research, it seems there are a lot of repros out there but I haven't found a list of what to look out for. Any help would be most appreciated. Thanks!
  8. Thanks again SKIP! I appreciate that very much. These questions are from a very random and basically pointless question that arose when I saw a M4 for sale on my local classified page. It was listed as a WWII M4 but was actually a Camillus from the 1953 contract with a very beat up black leather handle. (I specifically asked the seller if it was rubber and he said it wasn't.) It was being offered in a wide PWH scabbard ('68 or '69 manufacture) with several sets of numbers painted on it. When I pointed out this was made in '53 he said a friend's uncle carried it in Vietnam. Aside from all the o
  9. Thanks for the great information SKIP! Truly a treasure trove of historical options. What a fun day indeed!! If only to have one - EACH!- of those now... Do you happen to know if any of those guys carried the M4 for their carbines? Or would that have been pointless with so many newer and arguably better bayonets and knives available? And thanks for the picture of Captain Bacon as well, Charlie. Do you happen to know when that photo was taken?
  10. Hey guys, I hope I'm not too late to this party. I had some general questions about the use of the M4 bayonet during Vietnam. I had heard that the M1 and M2 carbines, and therefore potentially their M4s, were still in limited use by some elements of the American military during the early years of the our involvement and I was curious if anyone has anything they can share with me about this? This discussion has made clear that the ARVN were carrying them but were Americans? And if so, does anyone know if they were the rubber or leather handled versions? Thanks!
  11. Hello all. This is my first post and, as an utter newbie in the field of militaria, I hope my ignorance isn't too obvious. I am very interested in Western Cutlery's WWII knives and I was wondering if anyone here knows of a timeline for their guard and pommel variations? I understand that the orange Bakelite was used during wartime but is there any consensus as to when? I have seen a Shark knife with a brass guard and plastic pommel as well as the ones on this thread that have aluminum pommels and steel guards or both being made of Bakelite. I know brass was only used in some knives pre- or
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