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  1. The missing tongue is explained on the Eagle Patch Corner as being a factory error. It probably doesnt add much to the uniform besides being an error and an oddity. And you are right Patches, that is the second time that the green and yellow ranks have tripped me up on dating an item. I would definitely see if anything has been added or removed from the uniform. It could make sense as a reserve unit having been replaced with the 101st, however I would say that since everything else looks right for a pacific veteran of the 37th it might be worth getting to the bottom of and restoring to ho
  2. That is what I thought, and I definatly would agree with the 37th patch looking Japanese made the way it is woven in the center like that. Definatly a keeper, esspecilly if it is named. I wonder why he wouldnt have a CIB, surely with assult credit he should have had one.
  3. My guess would be 50's. In the early 1950's the 101st had it's airborne status removed and was a training unit. Whenever I see a 101st patch or helmet decal without the tab I think that it is a safe bet that it is from that era. Still it looks like a nice uniform to a WW2 vet, does his pacific ribbon have assult credit on it?
  4. Well now we know to track the most expensive hemlets on ebay until this pops up. lol That would have been a real find if you had got it.
  5. That is pretty cool, it looks like it was designed so that the wearer could have a head set on under them.
  6. Ok thanks for confirming, I think I will end up returning the shirt since it is clearly not the one pictured and two of the best parts of the uniform are not authentic ww2. Thank you guys for helping me get to the bottom of this weird occurance.
  7. I beleive that one is for the 103rd Engineer Battalion. This is probably just a common case of multiple units using the same motto.
  8. Thank you for replying, I just found from the forum that the 782nd had a similear tab in a very confusingly similear color, do you believe that this is really the oval that I have? And out of curiosity what makes you doubt the airborne tab? I appreciate all information I receive because I am trying to educate myself the best I can on airborne material and on that related note is Heroes in Our Midst still recommended? I was about to get it but held off due to unfortunate events. Honestly the price is what hangs me up also, because if he had wanted to fake a 464th artillery uniform then he
  9. I remember seeing this one, it was nice the majority of the liner seems to be there but torn. It looks really good with the chinstrap positioned over the 3 holes in front like that. Glad to see it found a good home, I personally couldn't tell if it was paint or a transfer when I first saw it.
  10. Unfortunatly I do not have a black light at my appartment I left it at home when I went back to school so I might have to get another one just to check this. And I agree the tab is very funky, although maybe not wrong? It looks very similear to the tabs found above these 17th Airborne patches on eBay and topkickmilitaria, so maybe they went together although I am far from certain of that. This is a pretty weird incedent, but at least some of the people weighing in seem to like it which makes me feel better about it. I am almost tempted to message the seller to see if he had two of the sa
  11. I agree that the first could be a different plane, but the second does look a lot like a P-47D that has the bubble canopy and detachable fuel tanks.
  12. Interestingly the airborne tab is larger then most I have seen, however looking through other 17th airborne uniforms I have seen it paired with the 17th before so maybe they are an original pair? Any opinions on the parts are welcome.
  13. The 2nd lt pin appears to have a patent number that might be Pat 2066960?
  14. I recently purchased a 17th Airborne officers shirt off ebay knowing that it was likely nameless and probably only worth the sum of its parts, however I figured it was only 30 dollars and it was the last airborne division that I did not have an example of so I decided to go ahead and get it. I got it today after some wierdness from the seller including the pictures of the shirt seeming to dissapear from ebay and shipping seeming to take longer then it should. The weirdness continued when I opened the package and discovered that the shirt had lost the infantry collar insignia and gained an
  15. I was not able to find them on asmic but just wanted to say they are really nice patches. It seems to me that the second one could be for a repair unit that worked on P-47 given that it depicts a blacksmith sending one into the sky after presumably working on it.
  16. While my initial reaction is that it is nice that the school has a medal that to any casual observer appears to have been awarded to their namesake, my worry is that the medal is likely not going to remain in the possession of the school forever, and this story essentially manufactures a fake pedigree for the next time it comes up on the market.
  17. Yes, that is the label in the vest. That is very interesting could it be very late war or is it definitely post war? According to the Iowa bonus claim that I have found the aviator left active service in October 1945 meaning that if it could be late war it could be original to the uniform.
  18. That is very intresting, many uniforms have pants and other articles on the same hanger with them so I assummed they belonged to the same guy. Here is the tag, if it is ww1 could it have been reissued or should I look for a WW1 era Chief Petty Officer jacket that may have had the hanger switched with this one? The pants seem to have been made of a similar material.
  19. I think you could be right, the patch's construction is definitly different from the ones that I have been able to find on the internet to compare it to. It appears to be constrected of a field of threads that lay over the top of the patch rather then the closely embroidered patches I have seen. And sure I will take pictures next time because it is pretty cool, I might turn this into a page for the uniforms I find at this shop because there are still a lot of attractive bullion navy and army uniforms and other great ww2 and Vietnam pieces to pick up.
  20. I just checked where I got my information and realized you are right, at some point it had stopped refering to it as the 196th and refered to it as the 98th division and I failed to catch that. I am still pretty happy with the coat as a vietnam era uniform because it wasnt that expensive so there isn't really any loss and I still think its a great piece. Thanks for correcting me and helping me get the history of the coat correct.
  21. Thanks, there is a chance that the navy pilot's flight helmet may be one of the 4 or 5 that are in the shop. However, the best find in my mind is the shop itself because it is probably the closest I will ever come to finding a surplus store that is like the ones that I have heard existed in the "good days" of collecting decades ago. Plus there are around a hundred ike jackets hanging from the ceiling which is quite a sight. Thanks for the opinion, that could make more sense of why it would be a combat patch and possibly makes it cooler for my collection since I do not have as much Vietna
  22. Finally, I found this great 1949 dated Air Force uniform with a very nice 5th air force bullion patch. There is a laundry number in the pants that came with it but I have not been able to identify the owner yet and doubt I will, never the less it is a nice early air force uniform.
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