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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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 $3 I cant complain too much about the lack of information. Two of the collar insignia and one of t
  5. I agree the 711th DUI is really awesome. Theater made Persian command pins are some of my favorite and come in some interesting varieties. I have two versions of it, one that was painted and one that was carved out of a piece of silver and possibly gold plated. It has been a while since I have seen an enamel one like yours, they don't pop up often.
  6. I think I had that issue once, I had never noticed it but late last year eBay refunded me 5$ that they had taken by mistake because they were charging more state tax then they should have been.
  7. One Idea that came to my mind is that you have never actually said that there was a name in the jacket, maybe the pants were the only thing that belonged to the individual but when he died a friend in the same unit took them and kept wearing them. If they were in the same unit they could have had similar service histories meaning similarly decorated jackets and that the jacket could still be original. I have an airforce group where 6 pieces (2 shirts, 2 jackets, 2 pants) were all named to the same guy, the only other thing that I found in that army surplus store was a pair of trousers in the e
  8. There are a lot of variations of CBI enamel pins, many of them sell for around $30-40 I would have to see the type of pin on the back of it to know for sure where it was made. I believe that I have seen that exact type at least once before and my guess is that it is Indian made. Indian made pins tend to be the more common ones so I would say yours would probably be around $40 since it is pretty nice with no damage to the enamel. If the pin on the back is the Chinese made version I think that would make it more rare and valuable but only in the 50-60 range. I could be wrong but I have been watc
  9. That is a very interesting one, I have never seen any of those makers marks and it is kind of unusual to find a horizontal pinback that is not theater made. Very cool find.
  10. That is really cool, it would be neat to have a working set. I cant imagine it would be comfortable to dive in tho.
  11. I agree, that looks like the older style Warrant officer rank that was used during WW2. Very cool helmet.
  12. It would seem to stand for "Army Air Forces Training Detachment".
  13. Wow, that is quite the nice group, thanks for sharing!
  14. I am fairly sure that I have an example of a 4 pocket jacket from an airmen where the patch is sewn in nearly the exact same way, although I believe that is on a sergeant's uniform. I think there is merit to the argument that such a high ranking officer who clearly cared so much about appearance would have had a better job done sewing it on, but I think it is not enough to determine that the uniform is no good based on that fact alone. Hopefully researching the name is fruitful and you can find a picture with the vet wearing it which would show if it had been altered or not.
  15. I agree, I believe it is 4 collar discs. I have seen that a few times before where an enlisted man mimics how an officer would wear their collar insignia and have two US on top and 2 crossed rifles on bottom. Given how well dressed up the rest of the uniform is that is my bet of how he wore it. Also great uniform, my grandpa was under GHQ in Japan during the occupation.
  16. I still think that is an amazing piece, thanks for sharing it again.
  17. I love the engraving on both medals, they are really eye catching. Nice piece from a WV vet.
  18. Also by coincidence I found this training book in an antique store after getting the pin and thought the Camp Crowder connection was neat and worth sharing. The book was named to an individual from E company of the 801st signal regiment which I believe was a training regiment.
  19. I spotted this insignia on eBay while searching through junk enamel pins and thought it was a neat one. It appears to be an enamel version of the Camp Crowder patch that has been discussed previously on this forum and ASMIC, although I could find no information on there being an enamel insignia for the signal corps instructors at the camp. The pin has a simple C catch on the back and is unmarked which makes me wonder if it was made by a local jeweler in Missouri. During the course of my research it occurred to me that this could be a "sweetheart pin" but being roughly around the s
  20. I just got the Pin in the mail today and I thought I would share a better picture of it because it is more beautiful in person then in the seller's pictures where it appears dark. I am thrilled to add this one to my collection as a good example of a locally made CBI insignia. Thanks again Allen for helping me with information about this pin.
  21. I agree that insignia seems to match what little of the details we can see of the insignia and what is known about the vet. Good detective work.
  22. Thank you so much for confirming that for me! I have seen them on the forum before and tried doing the appropriate research on ASMIC but that is not a fair substitute for experience or seeing one in person. I'm excited to see it in person, it was wildly misidentified on eBay and I nearly had a heart attack when I found it on a very broad search of pins on eBay. I'm not sure I can accurately appreciate how rare it is until I have gone my collecting career without finding another come out of the woodwork but I am pretty confident it is the rarest of my growing DUI collection.
  23. If these pictures are not detailed enough to make a judgement on I will likely have the pin in hand in about a week and can provide better pictures then.
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