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  1. 32 minutes ago, McChizzle said:

    I agree that is the background trimming you are referring to, but I don't believe that's the one MAJ McKinney is wearing due to the white or silver color in the oval.  It could just be the lighting the is fooling me.

    Looks the same to me.   I don't know what else it could be, since McKinney is wearing an Infantry School SSI with airborne tab.

  2. 30 minutes ago, McChizzle said:

    MPage, do you think the background trimming in question is all blue?  It looks blue and white (maybe blue and silver) to me.  When I try and draw the background trimming, I think it looks like this..  If I am correct, I cannot find that design anywhere.  Thus, I am probably wrong.



    It's here, top center (and top left):   http://www.military-insignia.us/Pages/SpecOpsInsignia/ParachuteWingOvals/Ovals-Misc.html

  3. On 1/23/2018 at 5:39 AM, seanmc1114 said:

    Here is a good shot of the blue unassigned oval being worn on a black beret along with the yellow on black AIRBORNE tab as frequently seen during the Vietnam era. There is a thread on this oval on this forum that suggests it was worn in this manner by jump qualified infantrymen assigned to a non-airborne unit: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/285898-unknown-airborne-oval/


    We can't see what SSI this soldier is wearing but note he is wearing the Training Centers DUI suggesting he is possibly assigned as cadre with a basic training or AIT unit.





  4. A Captain Dan McKinney sometime in the mid-sh 70s wearing the Maroon Beret, no Flash as we see, but rather a Oval, looks like the Generic Infantry one. I think this is at Ft Benning, cause he seems to be wearing the Infantry School patch with AIRBORNE Tab.



    Yes that is the Airborne Department, US Army Infantry School oval.



  5. There's a fly in the Ointment there with WWII Infantry Divisional Reconnaissance Troops and or Separate Reconnaissance Cavalry Squadrons, and Armored Divisional Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadrons, in that these units did contain Infantryman in their TOE, 745 Rifleman, whether these guys got CIB's I don''t know.


    I had a PDF of their MOS TOE's but can't find it no more.


    I'm reading a book by a man who served in a mortar platoon in the 91st Cavalry Reconnaissance Squadron in WWII and he stated that they were not eligible for the CIB, even though they often were used as infantry.


  6. I've been having some trouble selling uniforms at my asking prices lately. I'm surprised at some that sell and others sit. I was watching this for awhile, but just am not focusing on Marine aviators at the moment.


    By the way - it looks 100% correct, I see the small bronze stars instead of the gold stars frequently.





    Yeah I'm glad to hear that, about the stars.


    One SFC Laurence Young, Drill Sergeant Fort Dix New Jersey 1975-77, as we see the 1968 Nylon U.S. ARMY and ribbed NAME tapes could be worn by seniors NCOs into the 70s, and not just by trainees, though by the late 70s it had that "Trainee" stigma right? I know it did in early 1980. Young by the way was a Son Tay Raider.


    Good stuff.


  8. I'd like to recommend this book, "Remembered Prisoners of a Forgotten War" - it's about the horrific ordeal that US Korean War POW's went through, and deals with how they tried to adjust after the war, particularly in light of negative publicity. The book also sheds light on some misconceptions that exist. Interesting book and a sobering read.




  9. Does anyone know what the Navy regs were in the 50s - early 60s, regarding star appurtenances on the AM? I have this on a uniform that dates to the early 60s, but this Marine officer has the smaller bronze stars on his AM. I'm pretty sure this uniform wasn't humped up.



  10. I've been re-reading three memoirs lately, and while these works also include other campaigns, they all have a lot about Guadalcanal. The first is Shots Fired in Anger by Col John George, who was at the time a lieutenant with a weapons company in the 132nd Infantry of the Americal Division. George was a rifle marksman who won many awards at Camp Perry; the book (which in fact was re-printed by the NRA) has some observations about the equipment and weapons on both sides, with nice line drawings. But it is a personal memoir and is well-written. He also writes a little about his time in Burma with Merrill's Marauders. George was very observant and this book is a good document, most of which was written while the events were fresh in his mind. Very little action, if that's what you're looking for. Highly recommended to militaria types.


    Another is Combat Officer by Charles Walker. Walker also was a lieutenant and captain with a weapons company and rifle company in the 164th Infantry of the Americal Div., and has a tell-it-like-it-is attitude. He comes across as a very competent officer. It covers Guadalcanal, Bougainville and the Philippines. This book is probably the most readable of the three.


    The third is Across the Dark Islands by Brigadier General Floyd Radike who has an even more overall critical attitude than Walker. Radike was a junior officer with the 161st Infantry of the 25th Division and gives an unvarnished view of things. The book spans the 'Canal and also the Philippines.


    Walker and Radike both repeatedly excoriate certain officers; Walker in particular singles out West Pointers.


    Anyway, I recommend all three.

  11. What brings you to the conclusion that the FWTS is from Bosnia? I've done some research (five minutes googling) and I'm not convinced that FWTS patches were authorised for service in Bosnia.


    I'm happy to stand corrected on this matter. The Persian Gulf War would seem more likely for the wearing of the 1st AD patch.


    An article stated that the veteran joined the NG, and later on active duty from May 92 to June 99. During that time, he served with the 25th Infantry Division as well as the 1st Armored Division. During his service with the 1st AD, he completed a tour in Bosnia in 1997. Later in Iraq he was with an engineer battalion but I don't think it was with the 1st AD. I also saw a recent photo of him (as colonel) and he didn't have Desert Storm ribbons.


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