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  1. Yeah, the eagle is post 1940. For before that, it would be looking the other way. Hadn’t noticed that. I knew the WW1 chevron was worn on whites, I wasn’t sure it there was a chevron on white backing fabric, or if they simply used the one for the blues on both uniforms. Either way, the crow is post 1940.
  2. The service stripes just doesn’t look right. It is NOT right for whites. It doesn’t look like a legit service stripe. And, it is not on correctly. As for the WW1 chevron, I don’t know for sure what the Navy did for whites. They may have used the one for blues, as there were not that many issued and they were very short lived.
  3. Neither the WW1service chevron, nor the single service stripes are for white uniforms. They appear to have been added on. What ever is being used as a service stripes, along with being the wrong color, is much too long. The top edge should line up with the trailing edge of the rating badge, with the other end 2 inches above the cuff. It should be 7 inches in length, blue wool felt on white backing fabric.
  4. I do not claim to be an expert. But in 50+ years of researching and collecting USN enlisted material culture, I’ve never seen anything like this. Things to remember. The denim jumper came into use around 1893. Very restricted in use. It was based on the white jumper, but with a shawl collar. It was longer than the example shown. They also had 3 pockets, one breast pocket and 2 patch pockets on the skirt there were also no neck closures. around 1926, the USN adopted the blue chambray dungaree shirt. At that time, the denim jumper was converted into a jacket by opening I fully down the front and adding detachable metal buttons. This jacket was dropped in the early 1950s additionally, the USN did not wear Insignia on dungaree uniforms until the 1956 regulations, and then only for Petty Officers. Yes, there are existing photos of hand painted crows on WW2 dungaree shirts, but they were not regulation and the Navy did not provide them. until 1975, the USCG stuck pretty close to USN regs, with some insignia details differing. I do not believe this item is USN/USCG. Possibly not US
  5. The 26 is just a number applied to account for the helmet.
  6. No. CG wore same as us. I’ve never seen, nor heard of this garment in US service. Don’t think it is US Military
  7. The sleeve insignia is not USN.
  8. The thing to remember, is that the guys in the beach, wearing these helmets, came from the ship that the wounded are being sent. They are assigned to that ships Shore Party, to sort casualties based on ships capabilities, types of wounds and how many wounded they can Take aboard. Not all ships were Hospital Ships, but any ship that could, did receive casualties. this should NOT, be confused with medical units assigned to operate ashore in support of a landing.
  9. “Hospital Division”
  10. I hated wearing whites. They were not comfortable. They got filthy, just putting them on. After a few hours, really nasty. I could not imagine riding on a train home, for a couple of days, in the same set of whites. Generally, by the end of summer, all your whites were trash. We tossed them and replaced them. the other thing, by the time the majority were being demobilized, they were getting into “Blues Season” anyway.
  11. The eagle is definitely post 1893. Prior to that , (1866-1893), the wings were straight out. From 1846-1865, the wings pointed down.
  12. Sorry, missed a step there! Yes, the Span Am cutter. The lanyard is pre WW1. The long ends on his cap ribbon bow and how his neckerchief are tied all point to Span Am. This, again brings into question that rating badge.
  13. If it was the USRC Woodbury, it would have USRC on his cap ribbon, not USS. So, I think it’s safe to say, DD-309
  14. It is USS Woodbury. He has USS on his cap ribbon. I believe he is a Seaman (Branch mark on his shoulder), attending a service school of some sort. Schools also used the recruit PO Badge, and he was assigned as a temporary PO at school. The lanyard was required of ALL Sailors below CPO. It WAS a knife lanyard, but the Sailors locker key was carried on it.
  15. I went to Boot Camp in a January 1973. We were still wearing them sewn to the blue utility shirts (dress uniforms were not worn at that time, graduation only). I still found them in trash cans as I cleaned ships berthing compartments for the next year or so. Maybe deleted by a note in ‘74-‘75?
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