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    Hi, My name is Bill Keller and my primary interest is US Army shoulder and pocket patches. My brother and I wrote the 3 US Army shoulder patch books from Schiffer books. My brother wrote Emblems of Honor:Armor/Cavalry and we recently collaborated again on Emblems of Honor: Airborne. We're currently preparing our next book about US Army Infantry related insignia.

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  1. Bill K

    Bill Wise

    This is such sad news, our condolences to Linda and the family. He was a good friend and a contributor to our books. In addition to his tremendous knowledge of patches he was a lot of fun to hang out with and just shoot the breeze. Bill & Kurt
  2. Hi, I'd welcome any insight into these... they measure approx. 2 5/8" across. The base material is a fine wool. Are they good, bad or association? Thanks, Bill
  3. Also possibly for the 45th Division. The 179th and 279th Infantry both had Raider units.
  4. It appears it might be for a sort of priority ordering system. From the usarmygermany.com website: "(Source: STARS & STRIPES, July 16, 1959) The 181st Trans Bn delivers technical services maintenance orders from warehouses primarily in the Mannheim area to direct support units anywhere in southern Germany between the French and Czech borders. This mission is part of Project MASS - 7th Army's logistics system that was implemented in July 1956. When MASS orders are placed with a storage depot, warehouse personnel "flash" a message to the Operations Room of the 181st. Then, a driver of the subordinate 41st, 51st or 342nd Trans Co receives a route order and he is on his way. When the driver is transporting regular orders, he is limited to driving only during daylight hours. However, when driving "Blue Streak" orders (priorty items), the driver rolls around the clock. Three daily air routes deliver Blue Streak items. Vehicles of the 181st travel on average about 250,000 miles a month." This is one example I could find; there were others if you search it. Bill
  5. I first saw an all blue 2nd Army in the 1989 to 1991 time frame. I remember this because the seller moved to Florida soon after. It was made just like a WW2 patch because IMHO it was. My buddy grabbed it for like $4. Not much of a fakers profit motive there. I've also had a 36th Corps that was all gold thread that I pulled off a kids play smock. It was covered in other US made fully embroidered WW2 patches. Not a jacket or shirt mind you, but a play smock, the kind that Mom's would put on little kids in the 1940's and 50's.
  6. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Original-WWII-US-Soldier-Wearing-Rare-45th-Infantry-Shoulder-Patch/293134852752 Neat photo of one of the High School swastika patches being worn.
  7. Here's the patch skewed, angled & superimposed on the photo. I've seen other versions of this patch with larger wings like the version this doughboy is wearing. It also looks like that's an Ordnance disc he's wearing.
  8. I think what you're looking at is a version of this patch, Aircraft Armaments Section. They operated under the Ordnance Corps but worked closely with the Air Service. Bill
  9. If the star does not appear to be re-applied, then what you have is a real 1920's 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment SSI. The Marines were gone from the Division by July of 1919. The colored patches were used up to about 1925. Bill
  10. I found it, it's the coat of arms of the current 13th Aviation Regiment. Next question, from when? The 13th Combat Aviation Bn was active from 1964 to 1972 in Vietnam. It seems there was a 13th Attack Helicopter Bn active in the mid 1980's in Germany. I couldn't find when the current 13th Aviation Regiment was activated. Does anyone know if the 1980's 13th AHB and the current 13th Aviation Regiment share a lineage? The current unit and the Vietnam era unit do share the same DI (which is slightly different than the COA), but with different mottos.
  11. Mort, Your "Korea" & "352 C/R" is the 352nd Communication Reconnaissance Company. Great patch not Cav or Eng, but early ASA. Bill
  12. Here's four that were mixed in with some US insignia I picked up recently. These are Japanese made Australian "new" 1945 style patches. I believe they depict (top to bottom, left to right) 1st Australian Armored Brigade Reece Squadron, Canteens Service, Australia Corps of Signals (which I think is upside down here) and Postal Service. As one would expect, the silk embroidery is pretty much the same as what you see for US insignia. Does anyone else have any other examples to share? Bill
  13. Most likely. Sawicki has 1st Bn (of the 150th FA, the parent unit) reorganized and redesignated the 150th FA Bn and assigned to the 38th Division 1 March 1942. The QM tag looks WWII to me, but someone else may know more on the subject.
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