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Ray42

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  1. Next I will show my pair of 81st Cavalry Recon pins, these are featured in the ASMIC quality collection article and can probably be considered rare pieces. I have learned from tredhed2, who is a great help, that there are three different variants of this pin, two enamel versions made in Germany and one type that was painted in North Africa. I have both of the two German made versions which gives a good opportunity to see the differences between the two versions which are the color of the metal used as well as the color of the red and green enamel.
  2. Next is another signal corps pin that is one of my favorites, this one is for Camp Crowder which was a huge training center for signalmen in Missouri. Due to the simple hook and pin backing and lack of hallmark I think it may have been made by a local jeweler in Missouri but unfortunately without finding one in a vet's possession I do not think it is possible to say with certainty where it was made. This is the only example I have ever seen (this should be taken with a grain of salt since I have only been collecting these for a little over a year) with neither ASMIC, the forum, or the interne
  3. Ill start the specifics off with a pretty interesting Japanese made pin. This is for the 3186th Signal Service Battalion from the occupation era to Korean war and the unique thing about it is that it has a very cool double prong pinback which I have never seen or heard of before on a pin. I think it is a really cool and unique system of attachment which is why the pin is among my favorites.
  4. Thanks, more detailed entries will follow soon. And it was a pleasure trying to help with your thread, I really enjoyed seeing your ROB grouping and the theater made 711th railway pin.
  5. Thanks you very much. This is getting more attention then I expected so I think I will start highlighting some of the cooler pins.
  6. Very nice, still a fan of the ship detachment uniform I talked to you about on Facebook when you posted there but it is impossible to not be a fan of any of those uniforms. Hope you find some great stuff while you are at school.
  7. Thanks, I would love to see your collection. There doesn't seem to be much DI traffic on the forum besides people getting identifications for pins that they have found but I would love to see more discussion on them in the future. And thanks, I really like those ones also and couldn't believe my luck when I found the hand carved one at an antique store for a good price, it is exactly the type of one of a kind theater made stuff that I wish I found more of. That one I think is carved in silver and gold plated on the front, the other I think was made in Egypt and is silver and paint
  8. Thanks, I got that one because I loved that it had CBI embroidered on it like that. Personally I think I might like the KMAG patches a little bit more, I think they are rarer and despite being well worn while the CBI is pretty minty they do show some nice craftsmanship, even if it may have been too big of a design for the maker to condense well.
  9. Sure the first one is an Italian made Mediterranean Allied Air Force pin, my guess is that due to it's very small size it may have been used on the collars of officers shirts but I cannot say for sure it is just a guess. It would be too small to really be worn on a jacket like a normal DI but since the 2nd Corps ones came as a matched pair I think they are still intended to be DI and not sweetheart pins. There is also a 5th Army miniature pin that I have seen but I do not think it is a coincidence that I have only seen the miniature insignia for units higher then the division level who could h
  10. I finally came across the Egyptian made AF DI that I was talking about, it was the 57th FG. I added a link to one that FlyingTiger has for sale and if you follow the link you will se that the pinbacks used are very similar to both of our pins. Hope you find it interesting. http://www.flyingtigerantiques.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=fta&Product_Code=afib20057fg&Category_Code=03AF
  11. I know there doesn't always seems to be a lot of interest in DI but if members are interested I will show better views of some of the most interesting examples, such as a Japanese made double pronged pinback DI, which might not appear as interesting at first glance in the display.
  12. I thought it would be a neat idea to show my DI collection after 1 year of focusing mainly on that field of collecting, the one year mark was really back in June when I had to renew my ASMIC membership but due to COVID a large portion of my collection had been left at school so this is a little late. I am focusing on WW2 era pins. especially theater made examples. I am very happy with my collection so far which has 170 examples in it, including three that are units or variations I have never seen before, 9 or 10 that are featured in the "quality DI collection" article of ASMIC's "Best of the
  13. Glad I could help put a name to the uniform, it is pretty nice by the way good job.
  14. I do not believe that the duffle and Jacket are connected, the S5449 is a traceable laundry number however when I searched it I did not find anyone with the last name Scarpine.
  15. I am glad you brought this patch up because I had been thinking of asking for your opinion on it and if you had ever seen one before. I cant believe it would be anything other then a 725th Railway battalion patch but the description made me laugh a little. I think he just made a mistake somehow, I bought a unique possibly hand made DUI from him that was "German made plastic" for a unit that never left the United States and was disbanded after the war. Kind of hard to have a german made pin for a stateside unit while we are at war with them so mistakes do happen. My concerns were about th
  16. That is cool, it looks like my painted DUI might have been made by the same manufacturer, just mine could either be an earlier version or was not finished and painted instead of being enameled. Yours might have also been made in Egypt like mine also, unless the use of that style of pin was more widespread then that country. I will look for the Air Corps DUI that had been made in Egypt that lead me to believe that type of pin construction was Egyptian. I also looked it up and the 711th was operating in Iran out of a city called Khorramahahr, so maybe that one was made somewhere in what is
  17. I am glad you like them, here are pictures of the backs plus some better up close ones of the two. What does the back on your Persian gulf command look like? is it the same as the 711th Railway? I had actually misspoke a little earlier it is not the way the front is painted that makes me think the painted pin is Egyptian made but rather it is the structure of the pin on the back. I have seen several rare early painted DUI for air corps squadrons that were made while the units were stationed in Egypt and they have the exact same pin structure which almost resembles the Italian pin back but
  18. That is pretty amazing, congratulations. it is always nice when eBay pans out well and you get more information then you expected. It would be interesting if any additional items pop up from him.
  19. It is certainly better then nothing and I am pretty pleased with it especially compared to my track record with navy jumpers... but now that I am looking at my written records on him I think I either wrote the wrong brother's name down in my notes or bought the wrong brother's uniform. I will have to double check Ancestry to clear that up.
  20. Here are the pictures of the uniform, it isn't eye candy but has some neat history there even if he wasn't on the ship long. I also included a picture of the post-it note that used to track his transfers, I could not find any records of him on Ancestry after being transferred to the hospital and Naval District so I assume he either left the service or stayed there for the rest of the war or something similar. Thank you, this is actually the first pair of ww2 era dog tags that I have been lucky enough to add to my collection so I am happy to have found them to add a name to the group
  21. I love finding local groups also, I have some great stuff from truly remarkable vets from units such as the 10th mt div, 11th Airborne Div, a B-17 copilot who flew fairly early in the war, and a Marine who served as a gunner on the Enterprise from Indiana and Iowa where I have been for school. West Virginia items just seem impossible to find by comparison, never find them in the wild and never seem to find them for sale on places like Ebay. And sure I can post the jumper and "Donald duck" hat that came with it but they are both blank, not even the hat has the US Navy ribbon on it
  22. Sorry I missed that you had asked me, but I agree with Doyler and my guess is that the pair came from a middle eastern country with a British connection since they have British style pins. Persia, India/Pakastan, Egypt? It is really anyone's guess unless you had a vet to say where they got it. I included pictures of the two that I have. I thought that the painted one was Egyptian made because it was very similar to another pin I found that had been made in Egypt.
  23. After spending the summer in West Virginia due to COVID searching for anything named to a WW2 vet from the state I finally found a group I am pretty happy with just a few days before I had to leave to go back to school. The group was hidden in a cup at a community yard sale which I nearly overlooked, but luckily I noticed one of the ribbon bars on a second pass and realized that everything must have belonged to the same officer. Sadly the seller had no further information on the Vet, but for only $3 I cant complain too much about the lack of information. Two of the collar insignia and one of t
  24. I agree the 711th DUI is really awesome. Theater made Persian command pins are some of my favorite and come in some interesting varieties. I have two versions of it, one that was painted and one that was carved out of a piece of silver and possibly gold plated. It has been a while since I have seen an enamel one like yours, they don't pop up often.
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