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  1. Forgot to mention that the 3-1 stands for 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, which belongs to the 1st Marine Division. This unit served in Vietnam from January 1966 to May 1971 before relocating to Camp Pendleton California. So they could be war time or just post war. Do you know the Marine that owned them? Hope that helps - Jeff
  2. Well, they appear to be Japanese made so I would guess mid 60’s to 70’s. So yes Vietnam era. They are good looking tabs. Semper Fi - Jeff
  3. Agreed, I still believe they are 100% original. They just have not been cut and had the cheese cloth applied. They went for $214 each which after looking at sold auctions appears to be much cheaper than they usually go for.
  4. They just appear to have never had the white cheese cloth applied to the backs like the majority you see. Just my opinion.
  5. I think they are good. They look very much like real examples that I have seen and owned. Semper Fi - Jeff
  6. Now that would make sense seeing that both patches look to be 60's vintage. The smaller one is probably US made where the large on is Japanese made. Both are really nice original patches. Semper Fi! - Jeff
  7. It is not the 4th MAW, it is a training squadron patch. I have the same patch that came with a Marine that was in VT-2. I am not 100% , but I think it is VT-2, 4th flight from the early 60s. Perhaps someone else may know more. Semper Fi - Jeff
  8. OK, finally got around to posting the HMR©263. Came off a leather jacket. A bit tattered but hard to find. - Jeff
  9. Here is a picture of the diamond I spoke about. Came off a very beat up jacket.
  10. Yes, I have seen reference to a green diamond being worn on the khaki coat and white on the green and blue coat. I just cannot remember where I saw it. I will look. I do have one green on khaki diamond that has a finished edge and appears to have been removed from a coat, I will try to find it and take a picture. The white on green is very common as all Marines had the green uniform issued, however far fewer had the time, money or interest in purchasing the blue and khaki uniforms. Semper Fi - Jeff
  11. Awesome patch, by the way. I have an HMR©-263 off a jacket. I will post it when I get back from the weekend. - Jeff
  12. Yes the 3 squadrons were made reconnaissance squadrons in I believe 1958 and they lasted only one year before reverting back to HMR (L) designation. Not sure why the C composite squadron letter was used, I assume since they could perform multiple functions?
  13. Mules book states it is from 1962, just before they changed to VMFA. His book is not always correct to vintage but I think in this case it probably is. I dont see any reason that this patch cant be from the early 60s.
  14. Honestly, I am not a big fan of the Machine Gun Battalion. Yes, on the multi-piece variations is can almost be impossible to tell if all vintage materials are used. Just does not give me a warm and fuzzy. Sorry, just my opinion. Semper Fi! - Jeff
  15. Cool, so the raised hallmarks are not an indicator of a re-stamp?
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