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  1. Make that Camp MABRY. Not to be missed. ***** Correction made... thanks! GWB123 ******
  2. About 20 years ago, several of the beach defense bunkers and OP towers from 1942 were still to be seen along the beaches in Delaware. Last time I was there I think I saw two towers and no sign of bunkers. WHY raze them? They were not bothering anyone as the land was public property. I asked a park ranger and she said "Oh, because we got Fedral government money to improve SAFETY." They were closed up, so which safety was served?
  3. Actually, if it is red and WHITE, it is a GUIDON for a Company-sized unit, i.e. HHC of a 30th Eng Gp. However, it may be BUFF and red, which is teh color scheme used for SUPPORT units, so maybe it is for HQ of the 30th Inf/Armd Div DISCOM (Div Spt Comd). Also, especially when it gets down to "funny" units, the regs have changed at least once since WWII/KW. So training and branch-immaterial outfits have wandered around a bit before settling down in the last 25-30 years. BTW Cav guidons are split red over white not because of BOS colors. They were first adopted, in this scheme, well before the Civil War (maybe before the Mex War) and the colors were meant for VISIBILTY (through dust and atmospherics), one color light one dark. IIRC that scheme was copied from the British SOP. Pre-1855, "Cavalry" consisted of three RA Regts: the 1st and 2nd DRAGOONs, BOSC ORANGE); and 3rd MOUNTED RIFLES (BOSC GREEN). In 1855 a fourth was activated -- the 1st CAVALRY (BOSC golden yellow); in 1861 all four were designated "Cavalry" and the new (1855) 1st became the 4th. By 1861, all four were using golden yellow.
  4. Are those packing cans the BRITISH style? Maybe their contents were made in the UK for U.S. use, with the the cans being painted OD instead of the usual British brown... And, the original Hawkins were made using standard commercial one PINT cans, while the U.S. M-7 was twice as big, one QUART. IIRC the filler was also different/improved. There were some M-7 or was it M-7A1 mines in RVN, as I observed in an ARVN LLDB/CIDG storage bunker.
  5. Make that the 100th Inf Bn (Sep), precursor to the 442nd RCT. The Bn went overseas and served as an attachment to the 34th, and th RCT formed AFTER it.
  6. Re Post #1255: The person on the left looks like Paul H. Nelson, a fine fellow who I worked with at the Pentagon. He was from Kenosha WI and after DIA, was assigned to the agency that monitored/enforced the arms reduction agreements (I cannot recall its name). Unfortunately, he died in a skiing accident around 1990.
  7. I know not about the Battle Group period, but the "CSC" came in during the VN era. It took the Mortar, Anti-Armor, and Scout Platoons under a new Co HQ that was separate from HQ Co. Later they grew Anti-Air Platoons and some (in Mech Inf only maybe) got Pioneer Platoons. Whether BG or Bn, this unit only had ONE BG/Bn, so they may not have felt the need to put such a number on the guidon. The Company designation is also obviously added on by local means.
  8. As long as Stilwell commanded the CBI, he insisted HIS patch be worn on everybody's LEFT sleeve, with any subsidiary unit's on the RIGHT sleeve. When Stilwell left, this practice began dying off, but going-home Class A jackets often had the CBI on the left and 10th or 14th AF or Ledo Road patch on the right.
  9. The collar insignia (for officers) go with the Canadian Parachute Corps cap badge. It is a hand with a dagger issuing from a cloud, with EX COELIS motto (From the Skies)...still/again used in recent years. Other than that, this is an interesting picture. When and where was it taken and is the name of the subject known? THe CPC was a "War Service Only" (WSO) unit, with no pre-war existence, no immediate existence after the war. Before going overseas Canadians in the Force wore their PARENT (non-WSO) regimental badges -- but by that time they were wearing US clothing (even officers). Was this taken perhaps back home in Canada, AFTER the Force was broken up and maybe post-VE Day?
  10. FA Bns and the HHB of Divarty each had two L-planes, normally eight per Div. Non-Divisional FA, Bns and Gps, also GENERALLY had the same allotment -- BUT when their units were far back from the battlelines, they were often siphoned off for "air taxi" jobs on behalf of Corps or comm zone. Most of their pilots were NCOs, but FOs and LTs were included; IIRC the senior L-pilot in a Div was a CPT.
  11. The 555th did not exist after 1948, so it would be incorrect to link this photo with that unit. The 555th was ATTACHED to the 82nd in the post-WWII era, UNTIL is was inactivated and its men reassigned, within the 82nd. Most of them went en masse into the 3rd Bn, 505th. Others moved into the AAA/AT Bn and service units. By the time of V-J Day, Sep 45, the 555th had about 1,000 troops, with Companies A through D, plus a provisional weapons (.50MG, Mortars and RR) Co and provisional service company. This was possible because the obstacles for blacks going Airborne had been largely removed in late 1944, and jump school was graduating dozens of blacks in most classes.
  12. The article highlights the ignorance of both the author and apparently the SF people cited. 1. "Det A' was a COVER name, for a properly constituted and activated unit that was OFFICIALLY the 39th SFOD. That number fell between the Alaska National Guard Dets (36th-38th) and the USAR Hawaii one (40th-45th). The 39th, as a proper TO&E UNIT rather than a provisional TDA entity, was constituted 27 Aug 1965, activated in Berlin 1 Sep 65, and inactivated there 1 Oct 1984 (per CMH website on unit lineages). It later was activated in KOREA, 16 Oct 2005, as the TO&E part of USSFK. 2. "Flag"? Is it actually a GUIDON? The 39th should not have had a Regimental/Battalion FLAG, whether green or blue. 3. SF guidons prior to about 1980 were teal blue with golden yellow markings; the rifle green with silver gray came later. 4. And what use would a "clandestine" unit have for a flag? "Clandestine" is stronger than "covert", the former implying ILLEGAL activity. 5. An important task for the 39th was testing the alertness and readiness of US, West German and other NATO units. A friend who served there told me that each member had two wall lockers filled with "funny" uniforms and gear -- West German and East German (army and border guards), British and French, and USAF. He was decked and almost shot by Greek sentries once, because the "costumers" in Berlin sent him on a mission with incorrect insignia. He had better results in Denmark, taking a catnap in the cockpit of a jet fighter before waking up and exfiltrating.
  13. Back in the Olden Days, I used tissue paper, such as used inside gift clothing boxes, OR Really Cheap toilet paper. To to get them to shape -- such as for draped over a tank turret or jeep, I lightly wet them, with either spray starch or water. Once dried, I would paint them. Swastikas were too hard to paint, so I cut them from decals meant for aircraft markings. The stars for American flags were similarly cut from tiny flags sold for decorating cakes/craft projects.
  14. Military bands have long badged up with all types of unauthorized, repurposed and off-the-wall trimmings. Same for drill teams, honor guards, etc. The lyre inside a wreath has since about 1900 been a stock item -- military and civilian -- including use by hundreds of high school bands. IIRC the West Point "Hellcats" band has long used it, inter alia. The latterday authorization by TIOH of the "branch" insignia is just admin tidying up, recognizing an existing item, probably when someone pointed that for inventory/budget means it needed legitimization. Army bands are by TO&E AG branch units, as are the individual musician personnel, and officers are AG members. Musicians also have worn officer clothing: Glenn Miller's USAAF band wore OFFICER Shade 51 pinks and greens on stage and probably before and after shows. IIRC I once saw pix of a WAC band in the ETO, 1945, likewise attired -- cannot be sure, but IIRC the officers wore pink skirts, but the enlisted had Shade 51 local-made Ike jackets. These photos were with an album of 82nd/508thPIR/FAA subjects, Berlin and maybe Frankfurt (508 as USAFET guard).
  15. This was an annual FTX in the Everglades, hosted by the 3rd Bn (FLorida) of the 11th. I designed this patch and those of following years, when the name was rendered as GATOR. Last one was IIRC 1988, which I attended, or maybe one more in 1989. There were also souvenir T-shirts and ball caps with the logos.
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