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    US military uniforms, insignia, and field gear, especially World War I, World War II, & Vietnam. I collect older Virginia Military Institute items: insignia, uniforms, cadet sabers, documents, and groupings belonging to VMI alumni. Also interested in Virginia-related items such as Virginia Reserve Militia uniforms and insignia, or just any items of Virginia interest.

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  1. It's almost certainly 100% wool - I'm not aware of any other material being used in service coats during World War 2. I think it's the elastique weave that's throwing you - that weave has some "give" to it and looks and feels very similar to polyester double-knit.
  2. I just picked up this Silver Star Medal, but can't identify the maker. I don't see a hallmark or number anywhere. I searched the forum and all the Silver Stars with full wrap brooches also had ball-type catches. Can anyone identify the maker or time period?
  3. The upper one is WW2-era, possibly used into the 1950s, and the lower one is modern.
  4. I recently picked up this ball cap with an unknown velcro patch on the front. The seller said he got it from a private security contractor who served in Afghanistan but he didn't remember the company. I've tried searching the motto with no luck. Can anyone identify this?
  5. I would call this a World War I-era mug, possibly even a little earlier. Most of the ones you see have sides that are more straight, Like this one: I have a mug that was dug from the trashpit at Ft. Huachuca - it has the large QMC marking like yours. Later ceramic mugs had smaller contract markings. Sometime in World War 2 you started to see white glass mugs that just have the manufacturer's name pressed into the bottom.
  6. Thanks for the additional information - very helpful!
  7. All right, I was able to get some additional uniform items from the seller and found from markings in another coat that the officer was named Louis F. Lafferty. I was able to locate him in the 1965 USNR Register, but that just raises some more questions. If I'm interpreting this correctly, in 1965 Rafferty's current rank was LT, with a date of rank of 5 July 1951. His Pay Entry Base Date was 12 November 1942. Maybe some of the Navy veterans or historians can help me understand this. Isn't 14 years a long time to be a lieutenant? He doesn't appear in any of the wart
  8. Thanks - I didn't realize there was a separate register for reservists. That explains why i couldn't find Charles Q in the regular register.
  9. Thanks for the research assistance, Old Crow! It may not definitively answer the question of whose uniform it is, but it's more pieces of the puzzle. I looked in the 1944 Register of Warrant and Commissioned Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and found one additional lead. There was a Lt (jg) William Joseph Lafferty listed, but he was born in 1902 and there's no indication he was an aviator. There were a handful of other Laffertys who could be positively eliminated because they were pay clerks or machinists. Charles Q. wasn't in the registry at all. I'll try o
  10. I picked up this lieutenant's aviation working green uniform today. It has a really nice bullion wing sewn on the chest but the ribbons have been removed. There's also an aviation green cap with Lieutenant (jg) insignia and a combination cap cover. If I can ID the original owner I may try to restore the uniform with the correct decorations. The only clue to his identity is the name "Lafferty" inked inside the trousers. So far I've located two candidates but any help would be appreciated. I found an obituary for a Charles Q. Lafferty who died in Venice, F
  11. I think it depended on how they were sourced. Troops issued tiger suits through official supply channels would receive US sizes. Troops that traded for them with Vietnamese troops, purchased them at markets, etc. would have access to Asian sizes (if they fit). I imagine most tiger suits worn by US troops in Vietnam were obtained unofficially.
  12. And if there's ever a gun buyback in your area you can turn a profit!
  13. You were mowing the lawn while a flea market was open? Just kidding - great finds!
  14. Can't tell you how many times I've seen antique knives and bayonets that some flea market seller decided to sharpen up before they sold them.
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