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  1. He floods the market with crap...tons of fake USMC shako insignias, and still clears hundreds on them...no one has stopped and asked how he has so many rare insignias over and over and over and over and....
  2. The cold weathers are supposed to be higher calorie, and maybe they were back then, but they certainly aren't now. They're comparable to regular MREs, just dehydrated. This perplexed both us and the Brits in the arctic since, yes, caloric intake in such an environment is supposed to be as high as 9000 calories a day, and we were lucky if we were getting half that. On average, we each lost 15-20 pounds in 5 weeks. On the rare occasion we did get to eat in the chow hall, Marines were dissolving butter in their coffee for extra calories.
  3. Stabilizing pin appears to have also been intentionally removed
  4. Very interesting that he's still wearing the Army style qual badge after WWII
  5. I was thinking 1st Nic...but seems a bit too light for red
  6. Our forum has begun a large upgrade today, which is affecting our photo services. They should resolve in the next day or two Detailed service records can be obtained by submitting a Standard Form 180 (SF-180) to the National Archives (NARA) in Saint Louis. This can take several months, and I image that estimate is extended due to all the COVID-19 stuff going on at the moment.
  7. Oh, it's been up top there since yesterday...under the banner on the main page. I'd post a screenshot, but you know, image posting is down.
  8. Discussed here... http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/341431-anyone-else-unable-to-upload-photos-forum-server-upgrade/&do=findComment&comment=2743969 See the Announcements Forum. USMF is undergoing a large maintenance over the next couple days, and intermittent issues are to be expected until complete. You can expect the forum to go down for at least a day here shortly
  9. Wooden frames and screws...not the prettiest, but gets the job one
  10. Brig

    Walther P-38

    Photo is better than the pistol!
  11. Brig

    Walther P-38

    I can, and have
  12. It depends on the item and the price, I don't have a one size fits all answer
  13. EGA in post 4 is a sweetheart broach sold for wives/girlfriends during WWII EGA in post 5 is a 1930s officer EGA for the dress mess shoulder epaulettes
  14. I agree, looks like a casting with European pin to me. Doesn't mean it's not a foreign-made piece, but definitely not US produced (unless its a US-produced fake of a German made piece, which would be a bit unusual). I'll let one of the SF gurus pass judgement on authenticity
  15. Ammo Tech, I take it? Prior service, or Marine reservist? I know there're a lot of reserve units in PA
  16. Most manufacturers made insignia well after the war, and some well before. It comes down to the specific marks used during the era. Best bet is to check our hallmarks subforum and post any rank here for review
  17. Either can be correct, markings are more pertinent to ensure wartime produced pieces
  18. It's brass, it's still in my closet. Both the one I bought new at the PX, and the old one they issued me that was dated 1985 on the package. The one from the 80s was more of a sea foam green, though, and not from sun fading
  19. If true, this sounds like unit self-imposed nonsense. When I was with 2/6, the regiment had its only policy on the twists when wearing this. That is, there are two loops that go over the button, one to the front, one to the rear. The twists in the front corresponded to the battalion, and in the rear to the regiment. So the front loop we put on, twisted twice, and the back loop 6 times. The loops weren't big enough for 6 in the rear without bunching up on itself. Wasn't in any published regs anywhere, it was just something 6th Marines decided to do. Don't know what 5th was doing
  20. For service uniforms such as the khakis, yes. Dress blue uniforms had gold for enlisted, as well as silver & gold for officers
  21. Very neat, and not unlikely at all. I once found a WWII US helmet on Camp Lejeune in the woods, only 20 or 30 feet from the road that had been lost for decades, despite the area being routinely used as a training area. Stuff has a funny way of turning up Great find, I have always appreciated the true history that accompanies relics rather than the mint, unissued stuff that never left the warehouse
  22. Start small and digitally... Muster Rolls on Ancestry are a good starting place
  23. They do...for reenactors. Many are. As stated, slow to move and not worth a lot individually. Some rates are rarer and worth a fair amount. Can't speak on which, though, I just recall seeing a few labeled in the past as tough to find. Diver rates, I think, are sought after
  24. Those are not "Force Recon Wings", they are Navy/Marine Corps Parachutist Wings. In WWII, they were parachute rigger wings but some Paramarines wore them instead of the Army's "lead sleds". Due to this out of reg use, in 1963 they were designated as Navy/Marine Corps parachute insignia, essentially an upgrade to the basic parachutist badge for personnel that have completed a minimum of five additional static-line or P3 jumps, to include: (1) combat equipment day jump, two (2) combat equipment night jumps, and employ at least two (2) different types of military aircraft The Marine Corps has never recognized combat jump stars
  25. What a super, super group. I love Marines who served in the European theater, such an interesting and often forgotten chapter of Corps history. It's rare I get excited over a uniform...but this is definitely one of those times! Phenomenal, and would make an incredible in-depth research project
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