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Bill K

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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. Here are some of the trimmed ones...
  2. These were manufactured in generic form and trimmed to the appropriate shape by the end user. Please see 4 different examples of these untrimmed SSI below These are not all from the same series i.e. head, bonnet design and colors, but hopefully it gives you the idea about this type of patch. I'll dig through my files and pull out some of the trimmed shapes later. Bill
  3. I have to disagree guys. This patch is for the 3rd Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. The Marines left the 2nd Division in July 1919. After the division returned home, the Marine Regiments were replaced by the 1st Infantry Regiment (square) and the 20th Infantry Regiment (diamond). This style indian /star was used by the 2nd Division at Fort Sam Houston. The colored backgrounds lasted until 1925. It also would appear the coat has chevrons on both sleeves which was not WWI regulation. Prior to WWI chevrons were on both sleeves, during the war only right sleeve, and post
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Also possibly for the 45th Division. The 179th and 279th Infantry both had Raider units.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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
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