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    19th - 20th Century U.S. Militaria
  1. I parted with this one a while ago; but it was a good one with the bullion patch, sewn-on rank, and regulation officers label.
  2. Thanks for sharing! That is fabulous stuff! As a late 90s veteran of 1-9 FA, it is great to see these!
  3. This was a bring-back by one of my grandfathers. The pistol isn't really that interesting to me but I think the tag is neat. Maybe LTCs could type and sign their own! I saw an earlier thread that featured lots item tags and paperwork but couldn't find it now that I've gotten my act together to upload a picture.
  4. You can get the ribbons and devices (OLC and stars) new. They won’t exactly match the others, but they’ll be a good placeholder. Here is one place among many where you can find them: http://www.medalsofamerica.com/SubCategory--Army-Medals-and-Ribbons--m-594?gclid=CMmmkOOQt8MCFQoFaQod5awA-A The 4-place bars are harder to find than they used to be but here is one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Quadruple-4-Place-Ribbon-Bar-Holder-Mount-Clutchback-/301359786614 Buy the ribbons and slide them on the bar in the correct order (WWII Victory, Army of Occupation, NDSM, KSM) then poke in the devices and you’ll be good to go for less than $20.
  5. I didn't see that anyone had posted this yet, so I wanted to give you guys the link to the new AR 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia) just released today: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/r670_1.pdf Here is the accompanying DA PAM: http://www.apd.army.mil/pdffiles/p670_1.pdf I found the section in the DA PAM regarding branch insignia to be interesting. See page 183 for the insignia for the "Logistics" branch.
  6. Wouldn't Alaska Command get the American Campaign medal like the guys in the Aleutians Campaign?
  7. FA_MAJ

    1930s USN Officer

    Thanks very much for the replies! Very illuminating!
  8. I'm an Army guy, so I'm way out of my depth here and am turning to the USN experts out there. This photo is of my buddy's granddad. It is Captain Richard Henry Woodfin, USN. USNA Class of 1938. Any guesses about when this photo was taken? Looks like perhaps he was an Ensign. He was at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, so there is some speculation that it was his first duty station after graduation and that the photo was taken there. Does that make sense with the uniform? When did that headgear stop being worn? Looking forward to the replies!
  9. Being present at Pearl Harbor I believe.
  10. The U.S. Army register dated 1 Jan 1963 lists three Leers. Your best bets look like Boyd Wagner Leer or James Monroe Leer. Too bad we don't know the branch since one guy is infantry and the other is armor. General Staff is not a branch but indicative of an assignment. For instance, an infantry Major assigned to division staff as the Assistant G-3 would wear the GSC insignia rather than infantry insignia. Anyway, maybe some research on both names will yield something. Sorry that the image isn't more crisp.
  11. Ghost - Unfortunately, I don't have any pics of him in this jacket but the rank on the shoulders is consistent with his rank when he was with the 97th at Fort Leonard Wood. Capa - good point about the reversability. I think I'll go for it.
  12. I'm really torn about this. I have my grandfather's M41 field jacket. It has the ghost of a 97th Division patch on the left sleeve (from when he commanded the 922d FA Bn). It was hard to capture in the pics but is clear in person. I have some of this old patches but none quite match the shape of the ghost. Would you search out a patch to match the shape and stitch it on or would you just leave it alone? I suspect that the 97th was the last patch that he wore on this jacket. He was stripped out of the 97th while they were still stateside and sent overseas to command the 660th FA - and in all of the pictures I have of him during that time he wore an M43 jacket with the VII Corp patch. So, restore the M41 or leave as is?
  13. I checked my g-grandad's 12th Infantry stuff. Sorry, but I found nothing about Vestal. I thought some of the papers were neat (if mundane) and attached these examples. Hope the images are legible!
  14. Great point about yellow being the armor branch color. You are totally correct. I should have said not to confuse the yellow branch color with CAV. It is armor. Even when worn with crossed sabres. Additionally, you'll see crossed sabres sometimes on the infantry and artillery soldiers assigned to the unit. In my own FA battalion, the fire support officers assigned to the CAV squadron would wear crossed cannons to the FA events like St. Barbara's Day ball, DIVARTY dining in, etc. but would don the crossed sabres for events with the CAV squadron.
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