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FriarChuck

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  1. Circa 2012 Operation Enduring Freedom NATO ISAF patch in USAF spice brown. Made in Afghanistan (probably by Kyrgyz, but I cannot remember who ran the Bagram AB embroidery shop). Wore this on our ACUs until the Afghan portion of OEF was declared complete at the end of 2014. I participated in the last combat mission of Afghan OEF, took off New Years Eve 2014, landed on 1 Jan 2015. When we landed we were told to remove our ISAF patches since the “war was over.” Then took off a day later to support of Operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel. Lol. Friar
  2. You could maybe reach out to the Association of Old Crows. They are the military’s (mostly Air Force) EW society. The C3-CM patch has an EC-130, a RC-135 and an EF-111 I believe, so it’s probably from the early 90s. Might be some kind of EW staff patch. Neat patches. I’m an EW pilot myself, having flown the EC-130 and RC-135.
  3. Beautiful coat. Absolutely love the Austrian Knot tank on the sleeves. Wish the Army would go back to those on mess dress. Single loop looks hokey compared to the masterpiece above. Friar
  4. My Mom used clear thread to sew all of my boy scout merit badges and patches on. Looked a lot better than trying to color match thread. I’ll have to look at my BDUs but sewing through the pocket on the breast patches was not uncommon. A lot of guys had them sewed down. I have a few other patches from seamstresses with clear thread so I would not discount it out of hand. Friar
  5. And I think the Mexican Border Service medal is actually the Army Mexican Service medal. It would have the same lightening of the middle blue stripe and it looks like it has small stripes on either end. Also, I dont think he would qualify for the Mexican Border Service Medal because from what I can tell he was active duty and that medal was for Activated National Guardsman
  6. Also, my guess at the mysterious second row middle medal would be the Philippine Campaign medal. It would be the correct order of precedence (i.e. before Cuban Pacification). And other black and white photos of the medal show it where the blue looks lighter than the red. Call of Duty page 283 has a good picture of this inversion phenomena. Friar
  7. The early article seemed to be from the WWII period and this I would guess that the Nation Defense medal referenced is the America Defense Service medal and would not be on that prewar photo. Hope this helps. Friar
  8. Thats one of the best patch designs ive ever seen. Echo the above statement. Love it!
  9. USAF Ground Observer Corps Insignia. It was a civilian auxiliary program that enlisted people all over the US to man Observation posts to look for enemy aircraft. It operated from 1950-59 I believe. Members would man look out posts and call in suspicious air activity. It was the predecessor to Early Warning Radar. There are other types of wings for different members of the corps and award bars like marksmanship badges for hours on alert. There are some interesting articles online about the program. https://www.google.com/amp/s/timeline.com/amp/p/beb9d0957e92
  10. Very cool visor and jacket. This is nit picky but at least according to modern regulations the bottom ribbon row should be reversed. Philippine PUC, then Liberation Medal, then UN Korea medal. I used this Navy order of precedence but its matches others Ive seen. https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/support/uniforms/uniformregulations/Pages/AwardsOrderofPrecedence.aspx
  11. Thanks for the reply decwriter. I saw that as well. The AFHRA fact pages are notoriously incomplete so I hoping I could find another source. Or I figured a wing or group that the 76 MAS was attached to might have received one.
  12. Hoping to find a document like this Air Force Pamphlet on the Korean War Battles Honors for Vietnam. If anything hopefully, someone finds this Korean War AFP 900-1-2 as useful as I did for research. https://books.google.com/books?id=1_9HAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&dq=6127th+air+terminal+group&source=bl&ots=atfh1kAPp5&sig=ACfU3U3N2Sfr7MP2Tb8VNuF_4jMxwSGQqg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjR64bd0uDoAhUZbs0KHaL6ANY4ChDoATAAegQICBAB#v=onepage&q&f=false
  13. I found this 3/8th PUC with my Marine Grandfathers 1/2 ribbons. It also has the Blue stars that were originally authorized for Navy PUCs. No pics of him wearing it though. Hope this helps.
  14. Thanks Paul! I appreciate the response. If you don’t mind could you explain what you mean by 9M and 22M in relation to the shield?
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