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Ed Rooney

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  1. It still could be a wartime patch, made a little later. I would continue to seek opinions from experts, which I am not.
  2. Also, let me throw this out there.... There is a difference in color between subdued unit patches intended for wear on the BDU vs the ACU. Since the BDU and ACU were both authorized for serveral years, the soldier might have been given the ACU version. I have some of both and the ACU patch has more grey to it.
  3. I’ve been advised (to my disappointment) on this site that there were no leather patches during the AVG period. Stuff was painted directly on the jackets, and photo evidence I have found backs that up.
  4. He could have added the jump wings later, as airborne qualification used to be required in 160th. Many people went to Jump school after selection to SOAR.
  5. I was at Lackland in 1989 and BDUs were 100% nametapes with blue lettering. Aircrew nametags weren’t a thing. My recollection was that it started just after ODS and lasted until the late 90’s. They did not want to sew nametapes on desert BDUs.
  6. The jump wings are definitely off center. I think they were moved from way left to a little too far right. Back when I was a private it was $1 per patch for sewing and it wasn’t a big deal, but it was probably closer to $4 or $5 when this troop was in. Sewing would have been about $40 for this shirt. That’s good beer money. This is “close enough”, since the soldier would have been in a flight suit about 95% of the time. He’s probably angry he had to sew on the senior wings. I never bothered with mine.
  7. He wore AF wings on an Army uniform in the first season.
  8. Every recent flight suit I have seen has that new nomex/Kevlar mix, I think to reduce static. I have one with this new fabric. The old 100% nomex stuff was staticy as hell, and probably sparked more than one fire.
  9. I think he is an aerial gunner. He has no officer rank on his shirt collar, cap or epaulets. Bombardiers were typically officers.
  10. When I was in basic training in 1987, prior to running the bayonet assault course, the Drill Sergeant said that anyone who scores above a certain number would be awarded the “Expert Bayonet Badge”, ie, a bayonet tab dangling from the expert badge. I was one of 5 or 6 from my platoon, but, alas, no piece of paper, bayonet tab or notation in my 2-1 was ever made, so I’m not sure if it was a real thing or Drill Sgt B.S.
  11. Unlike most other services with a dozen or so aviation related badges, The Army only has 3 - Aviator, Flight Surgeon and Aviation (previously called the aircraft crewman badge) badges. Army astronauts who have not previously been awarded an Army aviation badge are awarded the Army Aviation Badge, and the astronaut device is added after a qualifying space flight. I’ve never seen an Army Aviation Astronaut badge, and I think it has only been awarded once or twice.
  12. I went to basic training at Fort Knox in 1987 and recall seeing a lot of 2nd Armored patches above the chest pocket of people who were yelling at me.
  13. Jose, thank you for the clarification and the historical perspective. To recap, There were no period AVG leather patches, therefore this one is a later, possibly 1980’s “souvenir” patch.
  14. ...crossed ‘sabers’ with the m26 tank.
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