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  1. This looks Asian. My wife's cousin lives in Taiwan, and has travelled throughout the region. I'll see if he knows anything.
  2. This looks Asian. My wife's cousin lives in Taiwan, and has travelled throughout the region. I'll see if he knows anything.
  3. It's interesting that he had two victory medals with one clasp each, rather than two clasps on medal.
  4. I've noticed a patern with these people. They always go for special forces, and are always highly decorated. Who would bat an eye at a sergeant with a CIB, a couple recent campaign medals, maybe a PH, and a GCM?
  5. Two things made me instantly question this quy's record. First, a Marine with a SEAL trident? He must have made quite the impression on a SEAL team to be given one of those. Second, that is a LOT of shiny on his salad bar, too much shiny. Even the saltiest, most grizzled of Sergeant Majors don't have THAT many stars on their ribbons - pretty much every award that could have multiple awards has the maximum number that can be displayed. It's almost comical, like a 10-year-old put it together. This guy must have just been simply the bestest at everything.
  6. Having worn a uniform with a "choker" collar, I can tell you they aren't that uncomfortable. You eventually get used to it.
  7. I'm not surprised people turn to surplus stores for fashion ideas. You can find great stuff for amazing prices. I turned a USN SDB jacket into a Starfleet uniform for a convention. To keep it from being mistaken as an ACTUAL uniform, I replaced the rank stripes with a division color, added shoulderboard loops and handmade shoulderboards. The jacket cost me about $20. 9mm still sitting on a USN officer's dress white uniform that I got for $5 - it was missing some buttons,which were easily replaced. I'm still not sure what I want to do with it.
  8. Been there. It doesn't list order of precedence, not completely. I need to know where three WWI Victory medal sits in order of precedence. It's for a graphic novel a friend and I are working on.
  9. A rain cover wouldn't fit that tightly, and would typically cover the cap badge. There appears to be stiching of some kind about an inch from the seam between the rest of the cap and the mystery layer.
  10. That's pretty cool tradition, likely an evolution of sailors adorning their attire with trinkets collectedon their voyages. U.S. Navy ships were not decommissioned after a cruise, but this could be a variation on that tradition, with a sailor either fashioning this or commissioning it to celebrate the end of his contract.
  11. There are a couple other threads about boots like these. The general consensus is that this pattern is, in fact, from WWI. http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=114164 http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/115593-wwi-us-navy-boots/
  12. Not necessarily. Original adversus reproduction is a hotly debated topic among reenactors. If you are trying to recreate the uniform as it appeared in WWII, reproduction would be best. If you want it to look vintage, go original.
  13. Very nice. I see a LOT of ENS and LT sets on Ebay. Not many CDR or CAPT. I wonder why?
  14. U.S. Navy Officer's frock coat, in near-perfect condition. Now if only it fit . . U.S. Navy Officer's Frock Coat, Circa 1920 https://imgur.com/gallery/j8AfInY
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