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  1. A guy who served with 6/68th Armor (that's the unit below) confirmed that the pic was taken in the early 80s. I guess Reserve units did indeed get away with this for a while.
  2. I have a 2003 issue of the "Chosin Few" newsletter (army chapter) where this was discussed; several veterans had called into question the newsletter displaying the X Corps SSI blue-side up, as they claimed the Korean War usage was the other way 'round, aka "sunny side up". The newsletter agreed after printing a photo of General Almond wearing the SSI that way in the field, and of his personal aircraft painted with the same thing. Their conclusion was that this white-side up manner may have been started by Almond.
  3. I'm speaking of red, as opposed to maroon. Also, certain units at Ft Campbell wore red berets. Anyway, there's also this (below), the recollections of MG Becton, on his time as CG of the 1st Cavalry Division:
  4. I picked this up (the red beret above), hoping that perhaps it's an army beret from the 70s; the beret does have two vents on the left side, so it's likely from that time. Red berets were worn by certain army units, chief among them artillery units such as those at Ft Sill, Oklahoma. The seller found this one at a Tulsa, Oklahoma flea market. I initially presumed that this may be from ROTC/JROTC or a military school however they seem to have their own flashes. I wonder if an army unit may have adopted this 5th SFG flash since it was discontinued in 1970.
  5. I have my own theory, but what do you chaps think of this one:
  6. While re-researching my father's side of the family, I discovered something I hadn't ever noticed before: at least three people had served with the CSA, all in the 3rd Regiment, Missouri Cavalry. I was aware of all the forebears and distant relatives that were in the Union army, but had no idea about these Confederates. What is surprising to me is that they are all brothers of my great, great grandfather who I know to be in a Union cavalry unit. These three were sort of hiding in plain sight, and I never noticed them. Anyway I guess Missouri really was divided, even among families.
  7. Apparently there was a Marine sergeant on board (received NC by the way).
  8. It's the 31st Infantry colors, yes - the enlarged photo shows the sealion on the blue shield. As to the 555th FAB guidon, someone pointed out that it's not PQMD issue (HQ above cannons, wrong font) however I posited hat since the 555th was stood up in Korea in 1949 as a new unit, it's likely theater made. That display is actually in the USS Pueblo; I guess the Norks thought the guidon was a navy swallowtail. There are some red/yellow pennants below it.
  9. The only source I know of is a PBS program that visited the DPRK museum. I actually hope it's NOT true. Speaking of the DPRK museum, there's also this infantry regimental flag: http://oldflagswanted.tripod.com/dpt.htm Don't know what the deal is with that one.
  10. My point was that the USMHI article was making the case that no US unit lost its colors in the Korean War. Since that's not true, they may very well be wrong about other units e.g., the 1st Cav. The USMHI article is dated 1988; new things have emerged since then, with the advent of the internet, such as the revelation about the 31st colors.
  11. The 31st Infantry association states that their colors were lost at Chosin. There is photo evidence of the flag being in a Chinese military museum, and it is in fact a PQMD flag of the right type. The USAMHI article is incorrect.
  12. Regarding that patch, the remarks etc.: they aren't due to just this one disaster at Unsan; there were a series of routs, "chaotic withdrawals", "disorganized retreats" or whatever one may call it, involving the 1st Cav that had taken place at the hands of the NK's through the summer of 1950. This is all detailed in South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu, which is the official army history. It happened, and unfortunately I don't think the army ever learned from it.
  13. I'm sure the 8th Cavalry's colors were indeed captured; there's a US cavalry regimental flag in a Chinese war museum along with two other flags that were known to be lost (555th FAB guidon and 31st Infantry colors). It's got to be the 8th's unless the 5th or the 7th somehow lost theirs, which I don't think they did.
  14. I'm interested in buying a book about these men; I'd like to hear recommendations so I may narrow it down. Bear Flag and Bay State, California Sabers, and Their Horses Climbed Trees are the ones that I'm aware of. From what research I did via Amazon, Bear Flag and Bay State stood out, if I recall correctly.
  15. I'm currently re-reading Shots Fired in Anger by Colonel John B. George. The book is about George's time as a lieutenant in H/132nd Infantry on Guadalcanal and, later, in CBI as part of "Merrills Marauders". The story is written from the standpoint of a weapons enthusiast, and was published by the NRA. Before the war George, as a member of the National Guard, was a competition shooter who took part in numerous shooting matches, including Camp Perry. After being mobilized he describes the unpreparedness of the regiment and the scant training they received. He brings his scoped Winchester Mode
  16. Good stuff - thanks for posting. Coats with 3rd Cav Div patches are hard to find. Was the Sam Browne original to the uniform?
  17. Regarding my remarks above - is this book inaccurate? I recently saw remarks by a Force veteran who said that some of the books about the unit are overblown, inaccurate, etc. Is this one of them?
  18. I just received The Devil's Brigade by Robert H. Adelman and George H. Walton, about the First Special Service Force. It's well-written, as the authors apparently have a writer's background, and the book's style sort of reminds me of that of The Thousand Mile War by Garfield which also was written around the same time.
  19. Oh disregard - the other one is for US Army SOCOM....
  20. What is the difference between this DUI, and the more commonly-seen "Sine Pari" SOCOM DUI? Is this for the HQ element?
  21. Here's a mundane example of one of the lightweight shirts that were worn in-theater; I think these were private purchase(?). The sleeves are straight, no cuffs or buttons. This one's locally-made name tape was green but the crummy dye washed out:
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