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  1. That price is a song for an original Distinguished Badge, engraved and of the era. Phenomenal badges... Williby was also a China Marine
  2. This one's a punch in the gut during an already rough 2020. I have long held that collectors of named items better be willing to put the time and effort into researching them, otherwise they are not really custodians of history, but tourists. And something worth doing is worth doing right-it's not enough to gather a few interesting snippets-not when there's a story to tell. And there's always a story to tell. Bob loved finding and telling those stories. Not only did he have many historically exciting items, but he spent the time and effort to not only discover the stories, but to
  3. Love these unofficial medals...Barrier one is tough to find
  4. Well, there's only three reference books on EGAs...one is decades old, the other two were all heavily contributed to by several forum members...so I think you've come to the right place
  5. Definite put-together...evidence is stacked against it. The Marine didn't muster in until 43, the dates are later than I'd expect to see on an Iceland used overcoat, and the patch is not the style associated with 1st Provisional Brigade
  6. We still use the exact same pattern Is there a number on the back of the wing? If so, I'd place it circa Vietnam. If not, I'd place it at post-Vietnam. 3 digit numbers were manufacturer contract numbers that went into effect in the 50s. Patina/finish of this puts it a earliest the 60s
  7. It would depend on the glass used...plenty of corner cutters out there, if you don't know who installed the skylight I'd look into the glass
  8. Hell...Peter Pace wore P37 H&H Imperial collar birds in his official portrait...of course he was the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the time... He also wore H&H dress collars...which I would bet were 50s/60s stock by the luster. I've heard he's an EGA collector, but how extensively I don't know
  9. Depends. These days, one would absolutely be expected to go out overnight if a uniform item changed and purchase it. However there's also a transition period, where you're allowed to wear out your items for a period so you're not just throwing out good stuff, and so that the supply chain has the time to catch the service up. These days it's usually a 1-3 year period, depending on the item in question. If you look at official portraits from the 60s and 70s, it's fairly common to see higher ranking officers still wearing their WWII era emblems. However, the only collector
  10. How did I miss these?!? Phenomenal...just phenomenal Dirk!
  11. This pattern Gemsco cover is accepted as post-WWII/Korea Collar emblems are going to be dependent on hallmarks...could also be Korea
  12. This day never gets any easier... LCpl Nicolas Morrison Sgt John Huling Cpl Carlos Gilorozco Sgt Jesse Bathaser LCpl Osbrany Montes De Oca Cpl Stephen Sockalosky LCpl Joshua Scott LCpl Jason Frye Pvt Lewis Calapini LCpl Jon Hicks
  13. I use blackout curtains to cover the windows, and LED lights to reduce UV exposure
  14. Is it possible it's an old movie prop, taken off a costume? Studios use real insignia and awards all the time...not hard for some studio in California in the era to walk into a tailor shop and have these slapped together
  15. Sadly, one of our younger MOH recipients from the war in Afghanistan has died of cancer at the age of 41. SSG Ronald Shurer was awarded the MOH in 2018 for his actions as a Special Forces Medic in 2008. After leaving the military, he served as a Special Agent in the Secret Service https://www.foxnews.com/us/medal-of-honor-recipient-afghanistan-has-died-41-cancer
  16. Welcome aboard. I, too, am interested in the Marines in the Korea War. It is an often overlooked part of our history
  17. If you want to bait him that's your business, but I told have time for a crusade
  18. I've flagged him for selling counterfeits several times...nothing ever happens
  19. 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....
  20. 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.
  21. Stabilizing pin appears to have also been intentionally removed
  22. Very interesting that he's still wearing the Army style qual badge after WWII
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