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  1. Very nice piece. My guess is this was owned by a sailor who served aboard the SSR configuration and wanted a keepsake. Or it may be from the postwar wardroom of Raton. I do know of a postwar replica of a WW sub's battleflag that was kept aboard the sub during the 50's. If yours is small it likely is a personal piece.
  2. Nice badge. Especially with the riveted stars. A silver star represents 5 successful patrols, a gold just one. Most of these badges are WW2 vintage but some date to the Korean War- I think at least 2 subs had patrols designated as " successful " and eligible for the combat badge during the conflict.
  3. Awesome group. As to the question regarding the Gold Dolphins- for some reason they often come in enlisted groupings. A few things come to mind- they were sent home as sweetheart items, or perhaps because enlisteds had no "regulation" dolphins at the time they bought these as symbols of their service; not to wear but as keepsakes. I recently read where some enlisted sub sailors had silver badges made for their work uniforms in Australia. Have not seen any but that's what I read. I will say Gold Dolphins are sometime seen sweated to enlisted buckles and sweetheart items. In recent years much has been written about Lagarto. About ten years ago I bought a packet of professional 8 X 10s showing a number of officers on the deck of a sub. It looked to me that the packet was given out at commissioning but the name of the sub was not shown. One of the officers looked familiar and I was able to identify him as Latta and subsequent digging showed the photos were from Lagarto. Apparently Manitowoc gave these photo packets to plankowners,
  4. Very nice find. These Salvage Unit models surface on Ebay sometimes but are rare relative to some of the other subs.. Almost all follow a pattern which likely originated at PNSY, with most but not all named to a particular submarine. As to your model it may have belonged to someone in the salvage operation, which was large and heavily publicized at the time. It's unclear to me if most of these models for other subs were launch keepsakes- some subs seem more common than others, which might mean they were sent home as sailors served on a particular boat. Squalus items typically command high prices- with pieces removed during its recovery and restoration being highly prized. I should add that there are subtle differences in these models, which might suggest they were made at different times or by different shops at the Yard.
  5. This is an excellent post. Thanks to Tim and Josh for their work. Jones' book is not the last word on badges but I will say he came pretty close to listing most of the types collectors will likely encounter. By the way, he's a very nice guy and graciously helps other collectors.
  6. Some of the Vanguard badges show evidence of black paint (not tarnish) in the low relief. Presumably this was for contrast. My collecting experience has been that Vanguard combat badges are rarer than the H-Hs.
  7. Loads of repos on ebay. Best to stick to examples that are on uniforms or show evidence of having been on a uniform. Glue residue, from scrapbook examples, also good.
  8. Engraved submarine combat badges are rare. Even more so when they were done by a jeweler, which this one seems to be be. It makes me wonder about the circumstances behind this engraving. My initial thought was that this badge was part of a larger group formally awarded to the crew of the Charr after an especially meritorious mission. In researching Charr's history I found that the recipient( a plankowner) was aboard when the submarine escorted a badly damaged Dutch submarine back to Australia. I'm speculating of course but it wouldn't surprise me if the Dutch crew had these pins engraved and presented them in thanks to the crew of Charr. The Fremantle connection to the subs is interesting, as a large number of USN submarine items from Perth are beautifully engraved, either by a local jeweler or a skilled person aboard a tender.
  9. Blackinton-made for retailers like Pasquale SF. The gutter is so the star studs won't snag. Occasionally you'll see one the sailor has customized by lowering the relief. Sometime back I posted pics of one on a Pasquale storecard, and a frame from an awards ceremony on deck showing a Petty Officer holding his up for the camera.
  10. You might want to get the patrol reports for Mingo on CD. There's an Ebay seller who sells all the war patrol reports of all US subs on several discs. He might be willing to make you one for just Mingo. You may also be able to get crew lists for each patrol from DC.
  11. Realize this is an old post but wanted to say what a great grouping it is. Very rare for a number of reasons. Few bronze stars were awarded to EMs on subs. Few genuine Dodger's certificates have survived (plenty of fake blank ones sold on Ebay as authentic). Hard to find the combat cards along with the pin (the cards are more rare than the pins). Almost never see complete medal groups for EMs on subs, generally see officer's. I have two groupings from Crevalle, one of which shows the same crew shot that you have, and a pic of the battleflag with different guys holding it but taken at the same location as yours. One of my groupings relates to the silver star awarded to EM Yeager for saving the boat and shows him receiving his medal from Merrill Comstock. The other to the Crevalle's visit to Pitcairn Island and commissioning. There is a really good book on Crevalle and its mission to recover Japanese "Z" war plans and rescue some 40 refugees. Aptly titled The Rescue.
  12. Wish I could find one of those. I found some Purples once that the experts here educated me on. Artifacts from the Airborne Division are highly sought after by some Vietnamese-Americans. Also, a US advisor wrote a great book on the Division called Angels in Red Hats, which includes a small uniform section. If you are curious about that stamped tag you might could use something like photoshop to do a negative that might make it more readable. Great find.
  13. The diversity in Confederate uniforms is far greater than those worn by the Union. Material shortages in the Confederacy are responsible. Some uniforms were imported from England, some made in the South and made under contract to the government, some made by women who considered it their patriotic duty to contribute sewing to the Cause. The buttons on this jacket appear to be Confederate locals, that is made "locally" in small shops. Sometimes Confederate uniforms carry prewar Southern buttons made in the North, and these are readily identified by higher quality diework and often backmarks. I admire any collector who has the confidence to collect textiles and especially Confederate uniforms. There are I think textile labs utilized by cautious collectors to verify the authenticity of flags and uniforms. It's not unusual for some sellers to fake a uniform by taking a postwar reunion coat and making it "genuine" by replacing the postwar buttons with wartime ones. Enlisted jackets are more rare than officers. This seems not to make sense, until you remember that a sizable portion of enlisted wore nothing that could be called a formal uniform...and then after the War wore their jackets home and then wore them out. The poverty in the South postwar almost guaranteed that only a small number of enlisted uniforms survived. I suspect that perhaps only a few hundred enlisted Confederate jackets are still around, including those in museums, and that may be too high a number. These homespun uniforms are, for me at least, the ultimate relics from that War.
  14. Also, the "African-American" may be a New Guinea native used as a guide. Just a thought.
  15. That's an excellent uniform. The photograph of 338 had me puzzled. The individual weapons, the meatball flags, the uniforms....I wonder if that isn't a squad of Alamo Scouts, an army unit that did recon in the area 338 boat operated. Since the scouts used PTs for infiltration, it may be that those men were in fact Scouts who used the 338 boat for some missions. Could be wrong and likely am but it's possible that whoever captioned the photo for the book was working from something written on the back of the pic and just assumed it was a "crew" picture.
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