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  1. I believe they are all occupation era theater made pieces. 


    The first one with the tree is the 8th Coast artillery, the one with the lion and the dragon is third field artillery, and the black and red one is the 48th AAA BN. A really easy way to find these is just type "theater made DUI" in eBay. These are all fairly common so just searching on eBay will eventually give you a ID from one someone else is selling. 

  2. The arrowhead would definitely be for Normandy because the 90th only saw action from Normandy on. I believe that Bill the Patch is right that there were elements of the 90th that had assault credit for Normandy, however just because he has an arrowhead does not necessarily mean that he was in a unit that actually had assault credit. My great-Uncle was with the 343rd FA and the ribbon bar of his has an arrowhead for Normandy even though the 343rd came ashore D+2 and I think assault credit was only for D and D+1. It is still really cool to see however because you know without a doubt that means he was at Normandy. 

  3. 2 hours ago, AustinO said:

    You see this type of marking on the fire direction towers on battleships noting number of actions, planes shot down etc.  I suspect the guy who wore the liner was in 5 naval shore bombardments/invasions and the occupation of Japan.


    In fact heres a photo of similar markings on a Mk37 Gun Director:


    Thanks, that makes a lot of sense. I figured there might be a good explanation for why that was.

  4. You can still get good deals if you get lucky.  I purchased my blue sky carbine 3 years ago at a gun shop for somewhere between 350-400, I cant really remember exactly. It came with a reproduction paratrooper stock I add if I ever want to remove the original one, 200 rounds of 30 carbine ammo, 4 original marked magazines (one is the 30 round for the M2 which I think is real but not 100% sure), and one repro mag.  I once added up the value of all the extras and figured that I really only paid around $50 for the gun.  The import mark on that one was so hidden I didn't even realize it was an import until about a year ago, but it is an amazing plinker.

  5. I feel like the bars and slashes are backwards, if that really is Mt. Fuji then why is there a bar representing overseas wartime service instead a slash for peacetime service. Another odd thing to me is that it features a mix of navy and army insignia. I would love to know if another member has an explanation to that but it looks like a great helmet with some great artwork if it is original, too bad it doesn't seem to be named. 

  6. They are not that uncommon, I think one of my M1 Garand and M1 carbine were imported by them. Generally these import marks are seen as hurting the value of the gun, and nearly makes some unshootable from what I have heard. I got lucky my carbine has one of the original ribbed barrels from ww2 and when the importers mark was stamped in the ribbing it was so light that it is nearly impossible to notice.

  7. Yeah that is much better shape then you normally find, a lot of times at least one blade will be filed down some or the wood will be messed up and markings faded. Since it has the shield in the wood I agree it is an early war knife before they started just stamping them. Nice find!

  8. That is a great one, I remember when you found that and first posted it because I had just seen one sell for pretty big money on eBay. That was certainly a great find.  I have found some kind of unique variants as low BINs but the only "Best of the Best" ASMIC pin that would be on the same level of rarity that I found out of the woodwork ended up a little bit of a bidding war. I hope one day I come across a low BIN like these but the neat thing is that you never know what will pop up next.

  9. This really rare DI recently sold on eBay, unfortunately I got sniped while I was in class and did not win it but I thought it was worth sharing this really rare insignia with the forum. The normal 252nd Artillery DI is an embroidered cloth example but occasionally very delicate decaled pins such as this can be found for the unit. There are a couple of theories for the existence of these such as that only a small subsection of the unit had them made. When ASMIC published the "Best of the Best" issue this DI was excluded because one of the rules for the issue was that only pins that "a collector had a reasonable chance to acquire" were considered, and apparently this DI was just too rare. I'm disappointed these got away because I do not know when another opportunity to find a matched pair of these DI will come up but it goes to show that there are still some really great things to find on eBay. 

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  10. 1 hour ago, USMarineCorps said:

    Was at Goodwill yesterday because I needed something for cheap, and saw a Korean War US Navy Jumper with ribbons (KW service and China service) and musicians rating for about 10 bucks (including the "scarf" thing and the pants). First time I found military stuff at the GW. Nevertheless, I didn't pick it up because I didn't need it.

    Wow, its pretty rare to find them with any ribbons left on. Sounds like a pretty nice find. I checked a few days ago and only found two modern army dress pants but its about time to start hunting!

  11. Personally I do not know about the 90th Division insignia but I am skeptical of it because the shell and liner do not show similar amounts of wear. The shell is pretty beat yet the insignia also does not seem to match the wear on the rest of the helmets. I am not an expert and you should get another opinion but at best these parts are original and got paired together, but I think more likely they are reproductions. 

  12. Thank you. I agree the search is part of what I like most about collecting DI.  I feel like with patches it is really hard to locate new rare patches but comparatively easy to find rare DI for reasonable prices.  The only really great one that I have found in person is the hand carved Persian Gulf DI, but there are a surprising number of really great ones on eBay that go misidentified and overlooked. This 725th ROB pin which is one of the best in my collection was found on eBay under the trains category. Several of my new discoveries such as the Camp Crowder DI also came from eBay for as little as .99$. eBay is really great hunting grounds if you know what you are looking for.


    It would be great to see what you have picked up sometime if you ever want to share it. 

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  13. Additionally, the majority of my collection is pre-ww2, ww2, or occupation era. However, this next pin is an exception and one of two Vietnam era "Beer cans" that I have in my collection. This pin is for the 313rd Military Intelligence Battalion which is part of the 82nd airborne and deployed with them during Vietnam. This type of pin is known as a "beer can" because they are locally made and very thin, it is often said that they were made from melting down aluminum cans similar to the pot metal pins of Germany after ww2. I generally avoid these types of pins because they are heavily faked, however the circumstances of how I found this one leads me to believe that it is real. 

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