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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. Thanks for sharing and thanks for serving.
  2. Great find, and there's a good chance it has Confederate usage as well. Did you get any family history with it?
  3. Interesting story, and a great example of why you should never "fix" uniforms unless you're 100% sure. Same goes for switching out parts on firearms to make them "correct". Lots of good collectibles have been ruined by well-meaning collectors.
  4. Interesting story, and a great example of why you should never "fix" uniforms unless you're 100% sure. Same goes for switching out parts on firearms to make them "correct". Lots of good collectibles have been ruined by well-meaning collectors.
  5. Does anyone have a period photo of this patch being worn in Korea? I haven't been able to locate any online, just a ton of photos showing the regulation patch.
  6. 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.
  7. 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?
  8. The upper one is WW2-era, possibly used into the 1950s, and the lower one is modern.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. Thanks for the additional information - very helpful!
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
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