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  1. Photos of tigerstripe on display form in my office.
  2. Update on my Col. Coady items. Back in March of this year I was able to purchase the Col Coady tigerstripe flightsuit, flight helmet and related flightgear and patches from Badash5946. Thank you Badash5946 for the opportunity to acquire these items.
  3. Thank you Woodymyster - that's what it is, the national Chinese Order of the Cloud and Banner, 7th Award with Rosette. Veteran's family asked if I could help ID some of the USAF Officer's ribbons. 3 war vet - WWII Pacific (possibly CBI), Korea and Vietnam. Again thanks for the assist.,
  4. Please see attached ribbon rack. Belonged to USAF officer who was a 3 war vet - WWII Pacific and Army of Occupation, Korea and Vietnam. Was also a Reservist as evidenced by his Armed Forces Reserve Medal (6th row down). The ribbon I am trying to identify is the third ribbon on the sixth row down. It's red, yellow and white stripes with a round "sun" or not sure what its called, added to the center of the ribbon. Not sure if its a foreign award or a state (U.S.) award. Would appreciate any assistance in identifying this ribbon. Thank you.
  5. Dave - the print is "The Fighter Pilot" by the late Maxie McCaffrey. It was commissioned by Republic Aviation and presented to the Red River Valley Pilots Association (River Rats) in 1973. The inscription reads: "The Fighter Pilot - Dedicated to the Fighter Pilots who flew in Southeast Asia 1964 - 1973 Their mission was to fly, and fight and they didn't forget it!" The River Rats made smaller prints available and I had my copy autographed by Brig. Gen. Steve Ritchie, USAF's top Vietnam Mig Ace (5X) when he came to the air base I was working at, as a luncheon speaker, back in 1999.
  6. Franco - The SRU-21 vest is the first version wit the snaps, not velcro pocket closures. Never had a holster sewn to it. Its complete with RT-10 radio, first aid kit, water blader, compass etc. Just picked up another first version SRU21 vest with an extra radio pocket on front for a RT-10 type radio, not the longer pocket that came in later for the PRC-90 radio.
  7. Franco - the BA-18 is date from 1964, The F-1B automatic rip cord puller was used along with the newer FF-1 "lolipop" rip cord puller. I reviewed a lot of F-105 crew photos and saw both types used. Mine was missing the red hook so I used a hook off of an old PCU-21 lowering device set as I have not located the red hook. If you know a source for that part, please advise. Parachute rip cord handle again, standard type, not the "blast handle" that your's has but both were used. Gloves atre the grey B-3A. Nav bag is from an F-105/F-4 pilot and has the kneeboard, flashlight, check lists. Pistol belt has rigger made loops added for 38 ammo though its hard to see in pic. 2nd pattern jungle boots.
  8. Hi Franco - yes, thats my composite F-105 pilot from alte 1967/early 68 (before the bombing halt). Still need to add F-105 patches. Hoping to to locate an original K-2B from an THUD Driver some day.
  9. Hi Dale - see attached pic. It was a large iron-on transfer, from the late 1960/early 70s. I applied it to a piece of plexiglass then had it matted and framed.
  10. Finally, I was able to buy from the ebay dealer, a named parachute bag when then Maj Coady was assigned to the 66th Fighter Weapons Sq at nellis AFB, NV between his Nam tours. I also was able to purchase a named CSU-3 g-suit, 72 dated nomex gloves, a set of F-16 check lists, a period survival knife and a set of "shower curtain" escape and evade maps for SEA (not shown).
  11. The other flightsuit I have is a 1981 dated CWU-27 with full colonel eagles on shoulders, Fighter Weapons School graduate patch on left sleve,TAC patch on front. Right patch was removed, just have a black leatheette backing. Difficult to ID what that paych may have been based on shape and going against a list of Col Coady's assignments after 1981. All patches and rank use theis backing. The suit came out of the estate sale but from a different dealer. Leather name block was also missing but was ablew to have a dupicate made based on pics from ebay sales.
  12. I am posting pics of the other items I acquired from Col Coady's estate. He origionally was an Air Defense Pilot flying the F-102 with the 82nd FIS in the early 1960s. Flightsuit patches and rank insignia are origional as I received this item. Missing his leather name block.
  13. I am posting pics of the other items I acquired from Col Coady's estate. He origionally was an Air Defense Pilot flying the F-102 with the 82nd FIS in the early 1960s. Flightsuit patches and rank insignia are origional as I received this item. Missing his leather name block.
  14. Thomas Joseph Coady AWARDS AND CITATIONS Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force over Southeast Asia on 30 September 1972. On that date, while escorting fighter-bombers en route to targets near Kep, North Vietnam, Major Coady, an F-105G Pilot, repeatedly engaged the enemy anti-aircraft defenses which opposed the strike force. After attacking and destroying one of the surface-to-air missile sites which guarded the approach to the target, Major Coady's aircraft was severely damaged by a missile from a second site in the area. Realizing the importance of eliminating this threat to the American forces, Major Coady, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, flew his damaged aircraft in a devastating counter attack which destroyed the site and cleared the path for the strike aircraft. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Coady has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. General Orders: Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Special Orders GB-0394 (March 28, 1973) Action Date: September 30, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major ------------------------------------- Silver Star Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an opposing armed force in Southeast Asia on 26 December 1972. On that date, while leading a large force of escort aircraft in support of high altitude bomber strikes against Hanoi, North Vietnam, Major Coady attacked and destroyed key hostile surface to air missile sites which opposed the bomber force. His decisive combat leadership and courageous attacks in the face of heavy anti-aircraft, missile and artillery fire, significantly enhanced the effectiveness of an important American air operation. By his gallantry and devotion to duty, Major Coady has reflected great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. General Orders: Headquarters, Pacific Air Forces, Special Orders GB-0683 Action Date: December 26, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major ------------------------------------------ Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Captain Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105 Pilot in Southeast Asia on 12 May 1968. On that date, flying as lead in a flight of two F-105s, Captain Coady was targeted against a portion of a new road being constructed by the North Vietnamese. Despite the presence of automatic weapons, and position of the target road on the side of a steep hill, Captain Coady delivered his ordnance precisely on target, destroying a bulldozer and cutting the road where a detour was impossible and repair difficult. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Captain Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: May 12, 1968 Service: Air Force Rank: Captain ------------------------------------------------ Distinguished Flying Cross Awarded for actions during the Vietnam WarThe President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an Electronic Warfare Officer on 16 April 1972. On that date, Major Coady, with complete disregard for his own personal safety, seriously degraded the surface-to-air missile capability surrounding a heavy defended target in Southeast Asia. His aggressive actions were directly responsible for the safe return of all friendly forces and the successful completion of the assigned mission. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: April 16, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major ------------------------------------------------------- Distinguished Flying CrossAwarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105G Aircraft Commander near the Kep Railroad Yards, North Vietnam, on 24 August 1972. On that date, Major Coady repeatedly engaged enemy radar threats, despite extreme hazards of enemy aircraft, heavy anti-aircraft artillery and overlapping coverage of numerous surface to air missiles. As a result of his efforts, enemy air defense capabilities were seriously degraded, thereby increasing the survivability of subsequent strike forces. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: August 24, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major --------------------------------------------- Distinguished Flying CrossAwarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Third Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fourth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight in Southeast Asia on 2 September 1972. On that date, Major Coady succeeded in neutralizing the formidable array of hostile air defenses including anti-aircraft artillery, surface-to-air missiles and hostile interceptors while in support of a strike force attacking a strategic target in the vicinity of Hanoi, North Vietnam. Despite great risk to his own aircraft, Major Coady continued to engage all opposing hostile air defenses in the target area until the strike force had completed its mission and all aircraft had safely exited the target area. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: September 2, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major -------------------------------------------- Distinguished Flying CrossAwarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Fourth Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Fifth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross with Combat "V" to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for heroism while participating in aerial flight as an F-105G Pilot over Southeast Asia on 29 September 1972. On that date, while suppressing hostile air defenses in support of air strikes near Phuc Yen Airfield, North Vietnam, Major Coady repeatedly attacked the dense concentration of surface-to-air missile sites which guarded the approaches to the airfield. Major Coady's aggressive and courageous attacks on these positions, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft missile and artillery fire, significantly reduced the threat to the strike force as they completed their mission. The outstanding heroism and selfless devotion to duty displayed by Major Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: September 29, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major ----------------------------------------- Distinguished Flying CrossAwarded for actions during the Vietnam War The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting a Silver Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Sixth Award of the Distinguished Flying Cross to Major Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight as an F-105G Pilot in Southeast Asia on 27 December 1972. On that date, Major Coady repeatedly engaged hostile air defense positions which opposed the bomber force. His aggressive and courageous attacks against surface-to-air missile sites, in the face of heavy anti-aircraft missile and artillery fire, enabled the strike forces to reach their targets, successfully complete their mission, and safely withdraw. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Major Coady reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: December 27, 1972 Service: Air Force Rank: Major ----------------------------------------- Legion of MeritThe President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, 20 July 1942, takes pleasure in presenting the Legion of Merit to Colonel Thomas Joseph Coady, United States Air Force, for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Advanced Programs Coordinator and Special Assistant to the Director, Joint Doctrine Center, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, from 20 April 1987 to 31 July 1988. Through outstanding professional competence and expertise, his involvement in the Joint Surveillance/Target Attack Radar System Operational Utility Evaluation has ensured that commanders in chief and Service interests will be served and that joint inter-operability of our military services will be enhanced. As a talented conceptualizer and organizer, he was a key participant in developing the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Doctrine Master Plan, which will provide a framework for future improved warfighting effectiveness. His tenacious efforts toward enhancing advanced joint interdiction concepts and systems will have far-reaching benefits to future military readiness. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Coady culminate a distinguished career in the service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Action Date: September 20, 1984 - September 30, 1985 Service: Air Force Rank: Colonel
  15. Vietnam Air Losses, compiled by Chis Hobson (Midland Publishing, 2001), p,233 - 29 July 1972 F-105G 62-4443 17th WWS, 388 TFW, USAF, Korat Maj T. J. Coady (survived) Maj H.F. Murphy (survived) About 10 minutes later, as the srtike force was retiring from the target and heading out to sea, one of the Iron Hand F-105Gs engaged a MIG. As the Thunderchief performed a split-S maneouver it fired a Sidewinder missile at the MIG but the missile exploded prematurely and damaged the F-105's starboard wing. Maj Coady managed to coax his badly damaged aircraft ut over the Gulf of Tonkin and set course for Da Nang. The crew ejected about five miles offshore from DaNang and were soon picked up by US Marine Corps helicopters.
  16. Sorry - I don't own the tiger stripe. I posted (on page 1) a photo of it from the ebay auction some years ago.
  17. Thanks much RED CROWN for sharing pics of your Col Coady grouping. It was one of three that the dealer had put up on ebay. After the auctions, I was able to buy much o fwhat was left, the patches (pictures posted), Col Coady's orange air defense flight suit when he was a captain, named flight bag, 2 pairs of flight gloves, named CSU-3 g-suit, F-16 check lists, a post-Vietnam CWU-27 flight suit with colonel's eagles and a set of the "shower curtain" platic escape of evade maps for SEA.
  18. Thanks Nguoi Tien Su - I went back to my files and founs some others that I am posting to include Col Coady's Tigerstripe flight suit. The pic you posted with flight helment, I believe that helmet was his when he flew his first tour as the visor is painted in the squadron's colors. Take care, Flakbait.
  19. Hi gpd129 - send me a private message from the Forum. Flakbait
  20. Hi gpd129 - I had heard that your Uncle, Col. Coady, had passed away in February of this year. A great combat piilot . May he rest in peace. As far as I know, back in 2008, your uncle's personal belongs to include his military flight gear, patches, models, plaques, etc were put out as part of an estate sale. One dealer acquired most of the flight gear and patches and placed the items for sale on ebay. In 2009 I contacted the dealer to ask what he had left as I missed the sales and I bought all the patches he had left, which I have posted pics of here on the US Militaria Forum. I also got some flight gear, a g-suit, gloves and parachute bag marked with his name and unit. I didn't get every thing - such as his 357th TFS F-105 patch and the 17th Wild Weasel Sq patches. Before you start hunting for patches, e-mail me if you can and I will send a copy of Col Coady's military biography which would list all the units he was assigned, the dates etc. This will help you in ID patches you may want. The other patches are the Vietnam Era mission patches - the 100, 200 and 250 Mission patches -there was two 250 Mission F-105 patches that the dealer acquired but I was too late in bidding. Repros would be cheaper but you will need to look them over carefully to see that they look right, not some poor knockoff. Original patches are available and very, very expensive. Also the better repros can be passed off as originals by shady dealers. Flakbait.
  21. Some time back I acquired a CWU-27 nomex flightsuit that had belonged to a USAF fighter pilot. IT has a 1980 contact date in the label. What was unique is that all the patches and rank have a black leatherette backing. The material was cut a little larger than the patch to give it a black edgingh and was sew to the patch and then sewn to the flight suit. The only velcro is for the name/wing block. I have attached a picture of the left shoulder which has a USAF Fighter School Graduate patch, plus the colonel's rank (encased in clear plastic) also has the leatherette backing. I had come across this before with some US Air Force Europe (USAFE) patches. Does anyone know if this practice was Air Force wide at one time or limited to USAFE? Thank you.
  22. Some time back I acquired a CWU-27 nomex flightsuit that had belonged to a USAF fighter pilot. IT has a 1980 contact date in the label. What was unique is that all the patches and rank have a black leatherette backing. The material was cut a little larger than the patch to give it a black edgingh and was sew to the patch and then sewn to the flight suit. The only velcro is for the name/wing block. I have attached a picture of the left shoulder which has a USAF Fighter School Graduate patch, plus the colonel's rank (encased in clear plastic) also has the leatherette backing. I had come across this before with some US Air Force Europe (USAFE) patches. Does anyone know if this practice was Air Force wide at one time or limited to USAFE? Thank you.
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