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  1. I believe that is an officer's serial number since it starts with O. There isn't a way I know of to identify an officer by their serial number. I would be interested to see if anyone else has one however. Nice knife however!
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    Glider wings

    Thank you for confirming. Hopefully thats not too much of a loss at 40$. I really only needed something to serve as a placeholder on a uniform until I can locate a reasonably priced glider pin identical to the one the vetrain had anyway.
  3. Depends where you are from and what "region of goodwill that falls under. They do it in Iowa where I am a lot, but not quite the selection that eastern eagle seems to get. I only found one item in my travels through Illinois and Indiana last year, however so they don't seem to do it in those areas. That being said I did find one great uniform a week ago in Indianapolis that I think was being sold as an antique rather then a costume. I will post a picture once I have it ready for display.
  4. Ray42

    Glider wings

    Hopefully this one is better, it lost a little detail, but my main concern is that it appears the pin extends over the edge of the pin.
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    Glider wings

    Sorry about that, I always seem to have that problem when I email a photo to myself from my phone, Ill try again.
  6. I am wondering if this glider wing looks good to people. I know its the "flat version" however the pin looks longer then the others I have seen online and not being an expert I thought I should ask people who know more then me if it looked ok or had been replaced. Thanks!
  7. I knew that was true for infantry units at least, I was not sure about artillery since they would seem to require more specialized training. Good to know it is possible.
  8. I think the 680th was glider field artillery, so it seems a little odd he would have jump wings and a parachute patch instead of the glider alternative. That's still pretty neat tho. Edit: I think the reason Kurt mentioned the 507th is that the title mistakenly says 507th KIA group.
  9. Very nice group, I especilly like the plastic ones. The only ones I think I have never encountered before and you might have trouble finding are some in the last picture but I think they are mostly Cavalry insignia. A very low cosgt way to do it might be type in keywords such as "Cavalry distinctive insignia" into ebay, odds are there would be a similar one labeled for sell.
  10. Ok, your's doesn't seem that far off from the m21, m21 normally have a .5625" hole mine had a hole of .625". The chamffing around the edge seems weird, I guess BB was just really bad at doing that. My guess is that it was a real HE that was converted to a practice one.
  11. Interesting, what is the size of the hole? I also have a BB grenade that may have been a practice grenade, however the hole is larger then the standard practice grenade hole. It would be interesting if this practice grenade also had a non-standard sized hole.
  12. That's a really nice group, are the M1 D's original guns, origional CMP M1D's that had reproduction extras like scope and rings added, or fantisy guns?
  13. It is the 242nd Coast Artillery and according to ASMIC that is a pre WW2 version, apparently many of the pre war manufactured ones had poorly designed lions that were almost indistinguishable as such.
  14. Very nice, I've been trying to get one from that seller but haven't been able to yet because it seems like every week they sell for more then the week before. Really cool that those helmets survived although its too bad they weren't stored better.
  15. I like the DI, personally I think its ww2, although maybe it could be the Occupational period. ASMIC lists Gemco making this design for the 501st Airborne Regiment durring the war in a plastic model. They also list it made by Meyer and Emblem Supply Co. in enamel post war but don't list Gemco as making it post war.
  16. Wow that is an amazing find and would make for a really cool restoration project. I beleive that one of these is on display at West Point, they had a fascinating display on early multishot and breech loading prototypes the last time I was there.
  17. I agree it is nice to see another, especilly since they are different variations. I have only found one other set of examples online, which seemed to be enamel also, so yours might be the rarer type.
  18. Actually looking at them ours might be slightly different varieties are yours enamel or painted? I was also able to sort of get the markings and am posting those in case anyone in the future viewing this post is interested.
  19. I was just lucky enough to find a matching pair of these also. They are probably my favorite DUI find so far, but I wanted to mention that mine are marked, and assuming yours are the same they probably are also. If you look at the upper portion of the metal used to hold the pin on it should be marked SAF, unfortunately this was far too tiny for me to get a picture of with my camera as I had lighting issues just capturing the general pin.
  20. Honestly 27 might not be a high enough number to make it impossible to solve. If nothing else I would search for obituaries from the 27 results of A-8962 and see if you can find the obituary of an individual with that name from that unit. Frequently families put such information on their loved one's obituary but it may take a while and there is no guarantee it will work. However if it is important enough to put the effort into, and this case it might be, it could work. I recently did this with a 13th Airborne's uniform and got lucky with this method so it can happen.
  21. Sorry this is a late reply, but I feel like it would be great to get a free resource out there especially for DI's that havn't been covered yet. Unfortunatly most of my DI's don't fall into these categories and given that between the two of you there are 24000 pieces already accounted for it might be unlikely that I could offer anything new but I have a few intresting variations that might be worth sharing. Id be happy to help in any small collection could and wanted to show that there was some interest in the site being made.
  22. Good find, makes sense now why I couldn't find a Hunt using the A-8962 code. I wonder if that is the guy, or if since both that and the jacket's laundry number and names are crossed out both belonged to different people and were reissued to a third guy.
  23. That is a nice find, lots of character to the jacket. I really like the felt backing because it makes the CIB stand out. I could not find anything searching the laundry number (which looks like A-8962 in stencil but A-8961 hand written?) Given that his laundry number starts with A (I think) then Hunt would probably be part of his first name I would guess short for Hunter. I could also be completely wrong and should be ignored in that case but I hope it helps
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