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  1. This is an old clip from Huell's great show "California's Gold", where he explores Fort MacArthur and its coast artillery positions, and talks to seasoned citizens who were present during the "Battle of Los Angeles". At the end of the segment they fire up a vintage WWII searchlight and light up a blimp. https://blogs.chapman.edu/huell-howser-archives/2004/05/01/la-air-raid-californias-gold-6005-2/
  2. Anyone familiar with LRS units circa 1990? I'm referring to the absence of jump wings on the coat.
  3. Anyway - when I originally saw this, the CIB as well as the airborne tab over the SSI intrigued me; on a hunch I suspected F Company, 51st Infantry, a LRS detachment. Sure enough, it was, as I found the vet's name online as an F/51 Desert Storm veteran from Pennsylvania (hence the Bloody Bucket). The only thing is - as pointed out, there are no airborne wings on the coat. Apparently it wasn't mandatory circa 1990 for LRS, but the guy was a Staff Sergeant at the time. Perhaps he chose not wear them(?) I also saw reference to him possibly serving with the 2d Ranger Bn. Thoughts?
  4. Yes, Desert Storm. What originally caught my eye is that the 207th MI Brigade was not airborne, although the SSI has an airborne tab...
  5. Yes, the 207th MI Bde as the combat patch.. It's dated '92. There are some other clues.
  6. I picked this up recently and thought I'd post it because I had a question about it. Also, although I figured out which specific unit it is, I thought others might try guessing what it is, where the vet was, etc., for the heck of it. What do you think? Left SSI (not shown) is the Bloody Bucket.
  7. I'm stumped as to what unit this is. Creature is possibly a "wyvern" or a dragon.
  8. The one on the left has the original design for division artillery; the one on the left (I think) is 3d Brigade, (raised in early 60s).
  9. 2d Cavalry Brigade had a blue horse's head and black bend. Many of your interesting examples are head-scratchers although some can be identified and were worn by units. Some probably are fantasy pieces. In the 20s--30's, most of the 1st Cav DI's were not approved by TIOH but were worn.
  10. The 1st and 2nd Cavalry Brigade designs from the 1920s--early 30s had red and blue horse's heads, respectively. They were different units than the later ROAD brigades. This apparently is Vietnam era(?)
  11. Yes I've finished both and I would say that "An Army at Dawn" is his best.
  12. It bears repeating that yellow or cream colors came out as very dark in a lot of the old silver-emulsion photographs of the time.
  13. I know, I just don't get why they did it to the 1st Cavalry and not a higher-numbered reg't like the 14th; I mean the 1st (along with the 2nd) should be sacred. They were the First and Second Dragoons!
  14. I never understood why the grand old 1st Cavalry was re-designated and then inactivated, only to later be reactivated and broken up under CARS, as opposed to unbroken service as an actual regiment, e.g., the 2nd and 3rd Cavalry Regiments. It seems rather unjust; I mean, it was the 1st Cavalry, FFS.
  15. My copy says "probably worn in the late 70s"; it also states the orange is above. So I guess the 76th Inf Det reversed colors at one point. That is, if the example is legit. As to the black berets - what I meant is that the combination of that flash and a black beret would have pointed to the late 60's or early 70s, if it isn't humped up.
  16. Here's the 76th Infantry Det (Pathfinder) of the California National Guard (this apparently was from the 60s-70s; if so, it would likely have been on a black beret):
  17. But the 17th Cav flash is red over white; it would be easier to to merely color in the bottom (white) portion blue. Are you certain the 128th QM isn't red over blue? Doyler: yes, that's the other thing; it's slightly more orange in the photo, but...still clearly reddish-orange. It seems that the 173rd flashes and ovals are red. By the way, this flash is glued on, but that's not unheard of.
  18. OK gents, thanks for the responses. The seller answered, and stated "We found a reference of it in Barry Stein's The US Army Patch Book, page 78A Plate 78 Identified as 173d Abn. BDE. HHC #1 The second type has a white border around it." I don't know what edition of Stein's book he has, however. Does anyone have Stein's book handy?
  19. I'm going to assume that this the 173d HQ flash; however there wasn't any flash associated with their oval, in their first incarnation (1963-1971). Seller described it as a "Type 1" although when I asked what the source was, I got no reply.
  20. I picked this beret up recently - I presumed it was 173d Airborne's HQ flash, although the TIOH approved flash (2000) has a white border. Flash appears to be of three-piece construction: there's a backing of unknown material, and the blue and red are halves. 173d was using these colors on jump ovals (without the border) in the Vietnam era, so I thought it might be from the their pathfinders since it's on a black beret. I also wonder if some other unit appropriated these colors in the 70s after 173d was inactivated. Then again, maybe it's put together. I still wonder about the flash
  21. Is anyone familiar with this particular HHC 173d Airborne flash? I can't find anything about this type:
  22. Excellent find; thanks for that. 10th Company wound up in 187th Airborne I think(?).
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