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  1. That is a really great ww1 era USPHS uniform. Is it named? If it is you can find a list of all the officers during that time and possibly find out what their assignments were.
  2. That is a pretty neat patch jacket with some decent patches. I have always thought patch jackets were kind of cool, and have never been lucky enough to find one in the wild.
  3. Well the year is over now so I thought this should be bumped to see if anyone has any other good patch finds from last year? Here are 2 more that I ended up with late in the year as well as better pictures of two that I did not have in person yet.
  4. Nice, I like the ship detachment marine uniform. Is it named and do you know what ship he served on?
  5. I wasn't really a patch collector at the beginning of the year but thanks to a great forum member I think I have caught the bug. Here are some of the rarer and more attractive patches that I have added to my collection in 2020. One of the neat ones is the constabulary patch which is an uncommon version that looks like the 16th constabulary and only has one zag in the lightning bolt. I enjoyed seeing everyone else's patches and hopefully 2021 is just as good patch wise.
  6. Wow, you had a great year also. Once again I love the Constabulary patch. With the OP's permission I would like to post some of my best finds of 2020, I just do not want to hijack the thread for that if they do not like the idea.
  7. 2020 was a really great year for you, I love the 88th tabs and the constabulary patch. I was thinking that it would be cool to have a "best patch finds of 2020" thread for everyone to post there patches in like there had been for other years but it looks like you beat me to it.
  8. Thanks, I am still excited to have one because it is something I saw on the forum and thought was really cool. And that is funny that you have the opposite combination, maybe they were swapped for each other. I feel like I have seen a few other examples that have both of these divisions so I think that quite a few individuals got transferred.
  9. Thanks for offering to help, I will have to check again once I get back to my apartment after my winter break. If my memory is correct there was no laundry number but there was a name in the pants that came with it. There is no guarantee that they are original to each other but it is at least a potential lead, I had no luck researching the name myself.
  10. Could be the 71st Infantry regiment? It is hard to tell in black and white what color the DI was but the design looks the same as the 71st.
  11. Here is a Korean era 61st Field Artillery DUI. It is silk and bullion on a khaki look for use on a shirt. I think it might be one of the less common 1st Cavalry DUI to see on a theater made loop.
  12. I saw that one, good grab!
  13. I think I was finally able to identify the officer who owned these insignia, and to my surprise and somewhat disappointment he was not a West Virginian after all. I found a 2nd Lt. Ric*hard Hold*en from NY who served in Company D of the 105th Infantry in 1940. The ribbon bar seems to corroborate this because it has the proper campaign credits for the 105th and lacks the Philippines Liberation ribbon. The only apparent problems with this ID is that after a brutal banzai attack on Saipan Wikipedia says that there was only one surviving officer from 1st BN, so either he was transferred out of D
  14. Thanks, I have not seen a DUI that used the Japanese quilted silk construction before and liked the way they used bullion to accent it. I think it is interesting they only used a diagonal stitching on the smaller DUI as apposed to the X design found on the larger quilted patches. Unfortunately, the uniform only had one of them and there was no evidence it had a second, but I can't imagine these would have been cheap for a soldier to have made to only wear on his khaki shirt.
  15. Well since the Rest Camp DI ended up not being what I thought it was here is a great 61st artillery DI on a khaki shoulder loop that I found on a uniform at an antique store this morning. Honestly I think this could be the best bullion DI in my collection so far, the Japanese construction is very detailed. It is worth noting that this is the Korean War version of the DI because it has the oozlefitch added to the top left of the design. I may end up posting the rest of this uniform elsewhere on the forum later as I try researching it because the SSI on the shoulder might be Japanese made as wel
  16. That could be a possibility, maybe it was just a coincidence it is the right size to be a DI. If it were a souvenir then I wonder if there are more out there. Be great if I could find another that is IDed.
  17. Huh, thanks for pointing that out, I had not noticed that and you are right when I added British to my search I got a lot more results and it does seem to be a British camp. I'm still not 100% sure it is a british regimental crest however because from what little I know about them it is extremely different then the normal heraldry you see in a british design, plus most of those have loops to fasten them to to the uniform. I guess I should find some British insignia collectors to see what they think. I am a little surprised you didn't comment on the theory for the possi
  18. Thank you tredhed, I will have to read that article because it sounds interesting. What makes you say it could be UK? The construction seems consistent with an Italian made pin and I think there might be a broader equivalent in the British Army for regimental crests but they look very different from their American counterpart and I could not imagine one being this colorful.
  19. Thank you Bill, I realized the first one is upside down. I tried fixing it before I posted it but it seems to have not worked. And you are right the ETO patch was part of that group that sold on Ebay, I wouldn't say it was necessarily cheap but I am pleased with the price because also included was this great 573rd AAA pin, normally they have some paint loss but this one is just about perfect. Besides those two there were some other German made pins but nothing really special. And thanks, there is a chance someone could post next that the Rest Camp isn't an DUI but so far it passes
  20. Up next is a unique painted ETO- strategic Communications patch type DI. I have no idea how the pin was made but it seems to be rather crude with the pinback set into the back of the pin as apposed to afixed onto it. The paint job is pretty good however and luckily it is still in pretty good condition. This is the type of theater made DI that I love finding and given previous reactions to some of my theater made DI I thought it would be a good one to share.
  21. Next is another rare pin that is listed in the ASMIC catalog as being for the 114th Signal Bn, I think this is actually the wrong classification and I think it is actually for the 114th Signal Radio Intelligence Company (or later the Signal Service Company). This Company was a small unit that monitored enemy radio activity to track troop movements, and they were the unit tasked with monitoring enemy communications in the Arden forest before and during the Battle of the Bulge. I read one account from a Vet where he said that the unit detected the German activity and build up and reported it but
  22. Now it is time to show some of the rarer pieces I have found. Up first is one that was difficult to put an ID to and is uncatalogued but I believe is a rare DI for the staff of 55 Rest Camp. From what I can find the 55 Rest Camp was a camp in Venice Italy operated during the war so that enlisted air crews could recover from the stress of aerial combat. The location was at the "Excelsior" hotel in Venice which is depicted in the bottom half of the pin. Skiing became a popular past-time in the post-war era and from some reading I have done it was a pastime engaged in by soldiers on leave. The in
  23. Hi guys, it has been a few months so I thought I would share some of the more interesting finds I made in the last 2 months which do not turn up that often. First group the noteworthy inclusions are the two Railway Operating Battalion DI on the top row and the two armored DI on the bottom, the best is probably the 78th Recon Group DI. This is not the painted version seen in the "Best of the Best" ASMIC article but I believe the enamel version is still a rare piece from a not too frequently seen unit from the 78th Div. In the second post the notable pieces are the 3 engineer DI whi
  24. I read on another topic that the 17th AB are not really Italian, they are German and just look the same. I think that was really the only explanation I think that was given.
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