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  1. I was thinking 1st Nic...but seems a bit too light for red
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Wooden frames and screws...not the prettiest, but gets the job one
  6. Brig

    Walther P-38

    Photo is better than the pistol!
  7. Brig

    Walther P-38

    I can, and have
  8. It depends on the item and the price, I don't have a one size fits all answer
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Ammo Tech, I take it? Prior service, or Marine reservist? I know there're a lot of reserve units in PA
  12. 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
  13. Either can be correct, markings are more pertinent to ensure wartime produced pieces
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. For service uniforms such as the khakis, yes. Dress blue uniforms had gold for enlisted, as well as silver & gold for officers
  17. 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
  18. Start small and digitally... Muster Rolls on Ancestry are a good starting place
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. I agree, likely early Bannermans. Those still sell for 85-100 though as they are nice fillers compared to the modern crap
  23. I think it might be an old fake. Some early fakes were much better than today's swill and still had the open beak. Is that lower anchor fluke still attached to the globe?
  24. During WWII, so either type would be correct on WWII uniforms
  25. EGAs on home front aren't the best indicator of age as jewelry firms often were behind the times in patterns. That said, the emblem is very WWI-esque, but I would estimate the links around WWII
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