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  1. Very cool grouping. Can you post a full picture of his portrait and the crew portrait please. Friar
  2. Here’s a better write up on the unit from the Institute of Heraldry. https://tioh.army.mil/Catalog/HeraldryMulti.aspx?CategoryId=8184&grp=2&menu=Uniformed Services
  3. It’s the crest of what at one point was the 10th infantry regiment. It’s now the 210 Armor Regiment. It’s was a New York National Guard unit. So my guess would be a service or attendance medal for that unit. https://www.heraldry-wiki.com/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=210th_Armor_Regiment,_New_York_Army_National_Guard Friar
  4. There are two shoulder cords I believe. treasure hunter was curious about the red white and blue one that he found in the pocket but everyone’s been asking to see the red white and black one. Hopefully that helps clear things up. Friar
  5. Here is some info on it from the Army. Some of the other info that a google search commonly pulls is erroneous. The Wikipedia article is decent though. https://veteranmedals.army.mil/awardg&d.nsf/%24%24OpenDominoDocument.xsp?documentId=348BAA35A99AD6078525772A0042F15E&action=editDocument
  6. You are welcome. The official name is the Honorable Service Lapel Button or Lapel Pin.
  7. It is the World War Two Honorable Discharge Pin. More commonly called the “Ruptured Duck.” It was also commonly found as diamond shaped cloth patch on the uniform, which allowed soldiers to legally keep wearing their uniforms after they were discharged. Friar
  8. The patch area looks like it has the remnants of the emblem of the 33rd Bombardment Squadron. They flew B-25s, 26s and 24s in the Pacific I believe. I did my primary flight training with their successor unit, the 33rd Flying Training squadron. Attached is an image I got off of google from Flying Tiger Antiques. Might help with research. Friar
  9. The upper one is a basic US Army Global War on Terror Army Bar. It’s upside down. The owner was stationed in Korea. From top down and left to right you have an Army Overseas Service ribbon, Army Training Ribbon, Korean Defense Service Medal, GWOT Service Medal, and National Defense Service Medal. The other two are Soviet or Russian bars. They all look real to me. Friar
  10. Here’s an example of a patch I was issued back in 2011 with clear thread holding the Velcro. Think it was made by Mardon company in Tucson which closed a few years back but used to provide flight suit name tags for much of the Air Force. I can dig thru my patches to find more examples if you’d like. But certain companies or tailors definitely used clear thread at certain points. Hope this helps. Happy to answer any more questions.
  11. That’s certainly a possibility. I know the Air Force moved pilots around to various ground jobs when they felt they had too many a couple times in the nineties. Or he could have had a medical issue that precluded continuing flying. Neat piece. It’s cool to see items from my era (albeit the extreme early end of it) in people’s collections. Friar
  12. Hour glass symbol on the canopy could be for the 7th Infantry Division...or a geometric scribble... Friar
  13. Finally pulled out my old BDUs. The patches on the pockets were sewn through. Pictures below. I think you have the genuine article. Though I do find the combination of a Lt Col with basic pilot wings odd. Most likely just never updated his badges. Friar
  14. Upper right looks like a Boy Scout patch. That fluer-de-Lis is in the middle is exactly like the Scout Emblem.
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. Thats one of the best patch designs ive ever seen. Echo the above statement. Love it!
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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