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Everything posted by Ray42

  1. That is a very interesting one, I have never seen any of those makers marks and it is kind of unusual to find a horizontal pinback that is not theater made. Very cool find.
  2. That is really cool, it would be neat to have a working set. I cant imagine it would be comfortable to dive in tho.
  3. I agree, that looks like the older style Warrant officer rank that was used during WW2. Very cool helmet.
  4. It would seem to stand for "Army Air Forces Training Detachment".
  5. Wow, that is quite the nice group, thanks for sharing!
  6. I am fairly sure that I have an example of a 4 pocket jacket from an airmen where the patch is sewn in nearly the exact same way, although I believe that is on a sergeant's uniform. I think there is merit to the argument that such a high ranking officer who clearly cared so much about appearance would have had a better job done sewing it on, but I think it is not enough to determine that the uniform is no good based on that fact alone. Hopefully researching the name is fruitful and you can find a picture with the vet wearing it which would show if it had been altered or not.
  7. I agree, I believe it is 4 collar discs. I have seen that a few times before where an enlisted man mimics how an officer would wear their collar insignia and have two US on top and 2 crossed rifles on bottom. Given how well dressed up the rest of the uniform is that is my bet of how he wore it. Also great uniform, my grandpa was under GHQ in Japan during the occupation.
  8. I still think that is an amazing piece, thanks for sharing it again.
  9. I love the engraving on both medals, they are really eye catching. Nice piece from a WV vet.
  10. Also by coincidence I found this training book in an antique store after getting the pin and thought the Camp Crowder connection was neat and worth sharing. The book was named to an individual from E company of the 801st signal regiment which I believe was a training regiment.
  11. I spotted this insignia on eBay while searching through junk enamel pins and thought it was a neat one. It appears to be an enamel version of the Camp Crowder patch that has been discussed previously on this forum and ASMIC, although I could find no information on there being an enamel insignia for the signal corps instructors at the camp. The pin has a simple C catch on the back and is unmarked which makes me wonder if it was made by a local jeweler in Missouri. During the course of my research it occurred to me that this could be a "sweetheart pin" but being roughly around the size of an DUI and of a design of a patch that was worn by individuals stationed at the camp I feel pretty confident that this was intended to be a DUI. If anyone has any additional info or an opinion on this pin or has seen one before please let me know! thanks for looking.
  12. I just got the Pin in the mail today and I thought I would share a better picture of it because it is more beautiful in person then in the seller's pictures where it appears dark. I am thrilled to add this one to my collection as a good example of a locally made CBI insignia. Thanks again Allen for helping me with information about this pin.
  13. I agree that insignia seems to match what little of the details we can see of the insignia and what is known about the vet. Good detective work.
  14. Thank you so much for confirming that for me! I have seen them on the forum before and tried doing the appropriate research on ASMIC but that is not a fair substitute for experience or seeing one in person. I'm excited to see it in person, it was wildly misidentified on eBay and I nearly had a heart attack when I found it on a very broad search of pins on eBay. I'm not sure I can accurately appreciate how rare it is until I have gone my collecting career without finding another come out of the woodwork but I am pretty confident it is the rarest of my growing DUI collection.
  15. If these pictures are not detailed enough to make a judgement on I will likely have the pin in hand in about a week and can provide better pictures then.
  16. Hello, I am wondering if I can get a second opinion on this unmarked 725th Railway Battalion DUI that I just purchased. I do not have it in hand yet but the seller provided some good photos that lead me to think it is the real deal, but I am not an expert and would like the opinion of someone more qualified then myself. Thank you for the help.
  17. Thanks for commenting and sharing your opinion! I think it makes sense because since it is a private purchase blouse there is no reason that it should show that a division patch and sergeant rank removed. Especially since Jos*eph All*en never was a Sargent and only earned the rank of Corporal at the end of the war. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as easy to research using the censes records as it is with the Marine Muster rolls. Not sure if there is anyway be 100% sure they were cousins so this will likely remain a martial mystery. Also the timeline lines up well that the 1st Division vet came back to the states in late 1943 and worked training new recruits so his dress blues would have been free for his cousin just coming back from Japan to borrow at the end of the war. Also a possible connection is that the 3rd Division veteran was an electrical engineer in the 3rd Engineer Bn, yet he has a radioman striker on his cuff. The other Allen in the 1st Division was a signalman however, so I think he got creative with one of his cousin's strikers since the signal striker kind of looks like electricity.
  18. Those look really good, I have some demilled rifle actions that I have used to make display rifles but have never considered doing that with a cut revolver.
  19. I have some that are 2.5 and 5 gallons. You can fit just about anything in a 5 gallon Ziploc bag.
  20. I have never had any damage, I just like to be cautious. On stuff I think might be fragile and feel there is a risk of moths I put them in a garment bag and place one or two mothballs in with it and then store it in a part of my apartment that I do not use so the fumes are not a problem.
  21. I use the freezer technique also, especially when I get a very gross uniform. A lot of times I put them in big plastic bags so that water doesn't form on them that badly, but to tell you the truth I have never noticed any damage to anything even without a bag. I personally would not try it on a uniform that has a lot of metal pins, bullion patches, or something delicate like a silk patch. I feel like if enough water formed on it and it froze that could be bad in those cases and I just do not think it is worth the risk for them. This post does remind me that I placed a uniform in my freezer in March before I went on spring break and never got back to it because of the virus, I am sure it is probably still ok sitting in there.
  22. Sorry, if you want a patch evaluated we really need to see the photos of the actual patch, not one that looks like it on eBay. Im not sure what trouble you are having with sizing because I thought those issues were eliminated when the site was updated.
  23. The stiches seem to line up pretty closely to this Gloucester tab which is why I think that is what had originally been there, too bad there isn't a name in it for a better ID.
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