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  1. Did you see the threads I linked on my post. Member Dan_the_hun84 states that this exact type of ribbon is found on his grandfather's Ike. And to say that this is baseless guessing is quite false. My second post was meant to outline possible reasons as to why they were worn, it may read a bit weirdly, but the points still stand. The first point was supposed the be the earlier "mixup" statement I made before. The truth is, part of it is guessing as to why they are found on WW2 uniforms, but there is no doubt they were worn by WW2 vets coming home. I myself have 2-3 jackets in my own collection with the ribbon that I have no doubt are original. It is not actually that uncommon either. And yes some of my theories may not check out 100%--but they are theories--and in the end the fact is still that the ribbon was worn by WW2 veterans on their uniforms. I would say that most likely there is a mix of reasons. Keep in mind WW2 vets were not exactly worried by conforming perfectly to all the uniform regulations. Ribbons out of place, missing ribbons, non-authorized ribbons, all sorts of things are seen, so it is not weird to me at all that this ribbon is worn. Hunt
  2. What part of the statement? Or all of it? I guess first off I've seen it said on the forum multiple times. But second of all I have multiple uniforms with the ribbon the ribbon bar that have no evidence of previous WW1 service. In fact some were born AFTER the occupation post-WW1 ended making it literally impossible for them to have been awarded. Logically, why would they have it? There are a few logical possibilities i have seen: 1. Like I said they were simply given the WW1 occupation ribbon when they asked for an "occupation ribbon" to denote their service during the Post-WW2 occupation, and whether they knew that it was the incorrect ribbon or not, they wore it anyway because they were going home (keep in mind you only see it on WW2 uniforms from soldiers who have a discharge date of pre 1947). 2. Because of the amount of soldiers entitled to receive an "occupation ribbon" and without enough manufactured to hand out to the millions of service members being discharged, they instead handed out the WW1 occupation ribbon as a sort of placeholder. 3. Before the actual WW2 occupation ribbon was established, the WW1 occupation ribbon was handed out for recognition of occupation service. 4. the vet added on the occupation ribbon on their own accord without knowing it was actually the WW1 instead of WW2 (this only applies in cases where it is obviously post war added)/ Here are some threads from the forum: I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that this ribbon is original and vet worn by Soldiers coming home from WW2 who served in some capacity in the post WW2 occupation. Hunt
  3. I think you may be right. I really need to check my monitor display colors 😳
  4. They are commonly seen on WW2 era uniforms belonging to service members going home. When they were given their "occupation ribbon" it was common for there to be a mixup with whoever was issuing it to them and thus you commonly see them on WW2 uniforms. The soldiers usually didn't care that much, which is why you see them. Hunt
  5. Is that a spot of blue on the top of helmet? Also OD3 Chin Straps on such a late manufactured helmet!? Interesting for sure! Nice lid, love the late war scheluters.
  6. Welcome to the forum! Lots of good info here. You may want to post your request for information on George Company, 330th Infantry, 83rd Infantry Division in the "INDIVIDUAL AND UNIT RESEARCH" Section: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/forum/88-individual-and-unit-research/ you'll probably be more likely to recieve the info you are looking for there! Hunt
  7. One more thing to add on here, tank in front looks to be an Air Force ranking. So it’s at least post 1947 used right there. I’m guessing it was used some time mid 50s now with the second look. Especially with the 1953 dates liner. Liner is 50s produced using a WW2 mold, pretty common for CAPAC as they used the old firestone mold I’m pretty sure. Still all in all a nice helmet. WW2 manufactured shell, 50s liner, 50s used. There is always a possibility the shell at least was issued in WW2 but nothing is definite. Might have sat in storage until the 50s. Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Maybe frame it in a tight enough frame it lines up and stays in place so the edges lineup. Hunt
  9. What are you looking to get info on? Looks like an honest WW2 manufactured shell painted for post war use during the Korean war. You can tell by the black painted rank on front, dead giveaway of a Korean War era used helmet. Liner looks to be 50's manufactured, what does the inside of the shell look like? Might be a married set. Hunt
  10. Adobe is lifting support for flash at the end of 2020 Im pretty sure. Could be cool to look into fireworks. It would definitely change the game on posting picture son the forum. Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Looks great! I was worried that it would mess up the patina, but it seems like it turned out nicely! Nice job, glad it worked! Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I misread your previous post. Didn’t see the “stars” after 5/8th inch. Thought you were referring to army ribbons. My apologies. Hunt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks for the suggestions so far everyone! Check this out! 22 gallon Ziploc bag!? https://www.homedepot.com/p/Ziploc-22-Gal-XXL-Big-Bags-696508/100496222 Anyways doing some more research on my own I found this study: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1506691?seq=1 Not sure if I'm interested in spending $48 dollars on it, but if anyone does let me know! From the abstract it seems like as long as there is no liquid water contact to the articles, freezing them should be safe for the most part. Except for linen, which did see damage. This study actually seems pretty interesting, I wish i could read the rest of it as it seems like the study would answer most of my questions. Oh well. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1179/bac.1993.19.1-2.006 this study also states that multiple freeze/thaw cycles on wool textiles caused no significant damage. Now I guess I'll just have to test things out and get some bigger plastic bags. It seems like there really isn't much more than 48 hours of freezing with an 8 hour thaw followed by another 48 hour freezing period to eradicate pests. Anyways, now that it seems like freezing is an effective treatment to get rid of pests, I will ask do you do it on all of the uniforms made from animal materials in your collection or just the ones that have been clearly moth eaten? And how do you know what to freeze and what is okay? Also any idea if plastic storage bins--the type you can get at any department store--are moth safe or not? I have quite a few wool uniforms in plastic bins like that that are kept in dark places but I always figured they were probably okay because they were sealed for the most part. They aren't air tight but not sure if a moth could get in there. Hunt
  14. https://www.rubylane.com/blog/categories/jewelry/verdigris-green-gunk-how-to-clean-it-from-your-jewelry/#:~:text=Soak the piece in straight,not be soaked in vinegar. https://nogemunturned.wordpress.com/2015/11/04/safely-remove-verdigris-from-vintage-costume-jewelry/ Here are some articles to look into. Looks like you should be pretty careful with these. I would recommend not going to far on it, Verdigris can threaten the integrity of the metal, as well as affect the metal plating. Basically if you take it all off you may find that you have a little divot where the verdigris is. Maybe a soft toothbrush with a vinegar and salt solution on the bristles with light circular moth scrubbing should help to clean some stuff off. I am about 99% sure there may be a noticeable difference in terms of the patina on the newly cleaned area opposed to everywhere else. A little bit of light scrubbing may end up yielding good enough results, while only removing some of the verdigris and leaving most of the patina in tact. Let me know how it goes! Hunt
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