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  1. I have a patch identical to the ROTC one that has a blue background. If I remember correctly it was for a specific schools ROTC in Colorado although I do not remember which one. My guess would be that the read background could signify the ROTC program of a different school.
  2. I also saw that group, is the 5th Army Italian made and the 1st marine division theater made? I couldn't tell from the photos.
  3. This really rare DI recently sold on eBay, unfortunately I got sniped while I was in class and did not win it but I thought it was worth sharing this really rare insignia with the forum. The normal 252nd Artillery DI is an embroidered cloth example but occasionally very delicate decaled pins such as this can be found for the unit. There are a couple of theories for the existence of these such as that only a small subsection of the unit had them made. When ASMIC published the "Best of the Best" issue this DI was excluded because one of the rules for the issue was that only pins that "a collecto
  4. Wow, its pretty rare to find them with any ribbons left on. Sounds like a pretty nice find. I checked a few days ago and only found two modern army dress pants but its about time to start hunting!
  5. Personally I do not know about the 90th Division insignia but I am skeptical of it because the shell and liner do not show similar amounts of wear. The shell is pretty beat yet the insignia also does not seem to match the wear on the rest of the helmets. I am not an expert and you should get another opinion but at best these parts are original and got paired together, but I think more likely they are reproductions.
  6. That patch is for the 2nd Marine division. I have seen a couple of other army uniforms that have a cuff patch like that when the Vet had previous service with the marines on Guadalcanal. It looks like a cool jacket and a nice addition. I am sure another member will be able to tell you more.
  7. Thank you. I agree the search is part of what I like most about collecting DI. I feel like with patches it is really hard to locate new rare patches but comparatively easy to find rare DI for reasonable prices. The only really great one that I have found in person is the hand carved Persian Gulf DI, but there are a surprising number of really great ones on eBay that go misidentified and overlooked. This 725th ROB pin which is one of the best in my collection was found on eBay under the trains category. Several of my new discoveries such as the Camp Crowder DI also came from eBay for as littl
  8. Those are not really Unit crests, they are leadership tabs with a bullion representation of the Korean Peninsula and say Korea on them. Here is a thread on the tabs. There have been several others written if you search for them.
  9. Additionally, the majority of my collection is pre-ww2, ww2, or occupation era. However, this next pin is an exception and one of two Vietnam era "Beer cans" that I have in my collection. This pin is for the 313rd Military Intelligence Battalion which is part of the 82nd airborne and deployed with them during Vietnam. This type of pin is known as a "beer can" because they are locally made and very thin, it is often said that they were made from melting down aluminum cans similar to the pot metal pins of Germany after ww2. I generally avoid these types of pins because they are heavily faked, ho
  10. Also I wanted to add that all of the Patch type DI are theater made and the only examples that are clutch back are also theater made or are modified examples where the original backing was damaged or lost and clutch back posts were added so it could still be used.
  11. Thanks! The next interesting pin that I thought would be cool to show is my 300th infantry regiment. This one is interesting because normally when I encounter a plastic DI it is either German made or made by Whitehead and Hoag, a few are Gemsco but this one is something else entirely. It is somewhat crudely made and fragile but appears to be the usual woven cloth insignia for this unit encased in plastic with a safety pin on the back. The 300th was a detached regiment that never went overseas and from what I have seen were a demonstration unit and may have aided in training other u
  12. I have time for one more post before I have to get some work done for school, so I think it would be fitting to share what is probably my rarest DI and one that I am most proud to have in my collection: the University Training Command Florence. This DI and identical SSI patch that went with it were used by personnel of College education programs in Italy. These programs were provided to service members preparing to demobilize and return to the US and designed to give them college level courses in a variety of subjects. This program existed from July to November 1945. I have only seen two of
  13. Hearing that, and the overall interest from everyone has made sharing my collection worth it so thank you. I am glad you enjoy the theater made pins, they are harder to find for sure but are much more rewarding to view then a plain jane American made version, even for the same unit. I do not really have any but there are also some stunning early American made DI made by firms like BB&B in enameled bronze.
  14. It is not a problem hope it was useful, I have found that despite how cool many of them are they are often overlooked in favor of other items such as patches. Also I tried DMing you about the group but it said you could not receive messages.
  15. That was almost instant, thank you tredhed2, you really are a wealth of information on the subject which I suspect is not a coincidence given the picture you use. Hope you enjoyed what you saw of my collection and have a good day.
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Thanks you very much. This is getting more attention then I expected so I think I will start highlighting some of the cooler pins.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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
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