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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. OK, finally got around to posting the HMR©263. Came off a leather jacket. A bit tattered but hard to find. - Jeff
  4. Here is a picture of the diamond I spoke about. Came off a very beat up jacket.
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. Cool, so the raised hallmarks are not an indicator of a re-stamp?
  11. Yes, it only opens about 80 degrees. What else do you need a picture of?
  12. Thank you gentlemen for the information, much appreciated. Semper Fi - Jeff
  13. Just came across this in a patch box. I have seen this a couple times but I do not know what it is? Also, does anyone know the approx worth?
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