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  1. Another Philippine made belt buckle with the patch design showed up on ebay in the past week. 1946 Drecon
  2. Someone had a TDE .44 Auto Mag engraved... This is the gun that Clint Eastwood used in the 1983 Movie Dirty Harry: Sudden Impact
  3. @vforvictory1945 -- It's cool that you found info and pictures on Dwight Swofford. Thanks for sharing. @easterneagle87 -- I was the winner of the U.S. Army 5th Special Forces Airborne 1965-1970 buckle. Apologies if you were runner up. I don't like spending as much as I did but that's how it goes. Note the the engraver forgot to engrave the period after the S in U.S. This is the first dated 1970 buckle in my collection. BTW - I just finished reading "From Here To Eternity" by James Jones. Great book!!! I wish I h ad read it years ago. Although the story takes place in Hawaii in 1941, there are a number of mentions of the PI, but no mention of engraved belt buckles.
  4. Post 4 of 4: Female Warrior "Philippines"
  5. Post 3 of 4: Top of Lid -- Ralph D. Swiger, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 59th CAC Btry C (engraved over initials R.D.S.)
  6. Post 2 of 4: Inside of Pan -- In Memory of Mother (The engraving looks like similar to what one might get as a tattoo.)
  7. Post 1 of 4: The following four posts are to show an engraved WWI Meat Can Mess Kit being used at Fort Mills in 1942. I don't collect engraved mess kits but this one is neat in that it is dated after Pearl Harbor and all four panels are engraved This recently sold on ebay. In retrospect, I wish I would have bid more for it although my wife was happy it found a home somewhere else Congrats to whoever acquired it! . Bottom of Pan: 1942 59th CAC BTRY C Fort Mills PI Ralph D. Swiger, Clarksburg W. Va. Station C
  8. Happy New Year 2020! Here is a great looking Fort Mills PI buckle for Ralph H. Keller from 1941.
  9. I know of 4 designs. I too would like to know more about these. The 1945 Navy version is by far the most common.
  10. Here's a USAF buckle with a nude lady on it. The "F" is kind of funny looking with the lower horizontal bar looking like a faucet...perhaps the engraver meant it to look like something else....
  11. Oops - I meant to say 1994 not 194. Fun facts: "MANILA – (UPDATED) Filipino women have the smallest natural breasts in the world, according to a study published in the Journal of Female Health Sciences. The study compared the mean breast volume and cup size of nearly 400,000 women aged 28 to 30 years old from 108 countries. It found that women from the United States have the largest cup size compared to females from other nations, while Filipinas have the smallest. It added: “A typical Caucasian woman born in the USA has a breast volume of 1,668 ml and the highest quartile of Caucasian US women has a mean breast volume as high as 2,986 ml. In the Philippines, the mean breast volume is only 111 ml and even the highest quartile of Filipino women has a mean breast volume of only 179 ml.” https://news.abs-cbn.com/life/07/07/16/study-ph-women-have-smallest-breasts-in-the-world (2016) The original scientific article can be read in detail at https://www.sciencedatabaseonline.org/ADB1/Scientific%20Article%20JOFHS.pdf So one might argue that the person who had this buckle made was actually very perceptive.
  12. MDS308's quote is from the 194 movie Forrest Gump -- I admit to having had to Google search where the quote came from. The more I think about this buckle, I think this sailor or marine was probably a little homesick (even it he was just trying to be funny). Imagine being in the Philippines --San Miguel beer aplenty -- and lamenting about what one is missing back home in Texas.
  13. Here is a neat -- but no longer politically correct -- civilian clothes liberty buckle. Everything's bigger in Texas. The buckle is something like 5" x 4". Lone Star Beer And Big Tit Women No Place But Texas
  14. Hi Ryan, I think it's possible that this US Army Air Corp buckle for Herbert W. Lawrence was made in the Philippines. The style and technique is similar but then again it's not exactly the same. Some websites say that the 7th Bombardment Group (Heavy) served from the South Pacific at the start of WWII before eventually ending up in India. However, the following official Air Force History doesn't confirm that the air echelon actually flew out of the Philippines. It does say that the ground echelon was on its way to the Philippines but was diverted to Java after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. So maybe the buckle was made in Java or India. It's the only buckle I've seen like it so far which makes it a mystery buckle until more examples of a similarly manufactured buckle turn up or until Herbert Lawrence's war record itself helps narrow down the time period when this was made. "The group was on its way to the Philippines when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 Dec 1941. The ground echelon, on board ship, was diverted to Australia and later sent to Java. Six of the group’s B-17’s, which had left the US on 6 Dec, reached Hawaii during the enemy attack but were able to land safely. Later in Dec the remainder of the air echelon flew B-17’s from the US to Java. From 14 Jan to I Mar 1942, during the Japanese drive through the Philippines and Nether- lands East Indies, the group operated from Java, being awarded a DUC for its action against enemy aircraft, ground installa- tions, warships, and transports. Moved to India in Mar 1942 and as- signed to Tenth AF. Resumed combat with B-17’s and LB-30’s; converted to B-24’s late in 1942. Operations were di- rected primarily against the Japanese in Burma, with attacks on airfields, fuel and supply dumps, locomotive works, railways, bridges, docks, warehouses, shipping, and other targets. Also bombed oil refineries and railways in Thailand, hit power plants in China, attacked enemy shipping in the Andaman Sea, and ferried gasoline over the Hump to China. Received second DUC for damaging the enemy’s line of supply in southeast Asia with an attack against rail lines and bridges in Thailand on 19 Mar 1945. Returned to the US in Dec 1945. lnactivated on 6 Jan 1946." p43-44 from "AIR FORCE COMBAT UNITS OF WORLD WAR II" https://media.defense.gov/2010/Sep/21/2001330256/-1/-1/0/AFD-100921-044.pdf Here are a list of stations listed in the cited document above... Ft Douglas, Utah, 7 Sep 1940 - 13 Nov 1941 Brisbane, Australia, 22 Dec 1941 - Feb 1942 Karachi, India, 12 Mar 1942 Dum-Dum, India, 30 May 1942 Ka- rachi, India, 9 Sep 1942 Pandaveswar, India, 12 Dec 1942 Kurmitola, India, 17 Jan 1944 Pandaveswar, India, 6 Oct 1944 Tezpur, India, 7 Jun 1945 Dudhkundi, India, 31 Oct - 7 Dec 1945 Camp Kilmer, NJ, 5-6 Jan 1946 Ft Worth AAFld, Tex, I Oct 1946 - 16 Jun 1952 Any experts or others who want to speculate on this buckle? Here another theater made mystery buckle but this one I don't think was made in the Philippines. It's for the 7th Calvary which was stationed in Australia before being sent to New Guinea in January of 1944.
  15. @vintageproductions - Thank you for posting the "Rape Pillage Plunder Burn" Viking boat buckle. This is one of those buckles which I imagine officers might not have (officially) appreciated seeing someone wear while on duty! @skir - Cool buckle. Thanks for sharing. The (VR-8) Shield & Anchor with wings is neat. @vforvictory1945 -- Hey Ryan, if your talking about the unique font of "Bob McIntire", here are some earlier buckles using it... 1945 Jack R. Kirk 1946 Geza Bela Fliezar 1945 James C. Hanks
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