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  1. ALS is Aircrew Life Support as it was our responsibility to inspect and maintain the googles. I remember inspecting them at Rhein Main AB Germany 88-92. Never dealt with them again after I left Germany.
  2. Correct me if I'm in error here. But this is the way we do it in the USAF, and as far as I know the same criteria flows over to other branches. The NDSM was authorized for....... Korean era service Jun 50 to Jul 54 Vietnam era service Jan 61 to Aug 74 With him retiring in 62 he would be eligible for the initial NDSM for Korea ear service, then qualified for the second NDSM for Vietnam era service. He retired approximately 21 months after the eligibility period for Vietnam era service opened. I see pictures of a lot of veterans with there ribbon rack not updated. My dad did 26 years and his was a disaster. Not every military member ran out and updated their ribbon rack as soon as the became eligible for an award. Plus if your records aren't updated, you can't wear an award just because you qualify for it. I've had an award take 2 years to make it into my records, so I couldn't wear it until then.
  3. Wow, simply amazing. My Schlueter helmet looks like it took a beating and then some.
  4. Ah duh, Army uses clusters not stars on the NDSM. Good catch I brain farted there, whereas in the Air Force we use clusters versus stars. I know in Korea he was assigned to Heavy Mortars Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division. His Silver Star Citation: GENERAL ORDERS: Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 118 (December 31, 1950) CITATION: The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Master Sergeant] Pomp Corley (ASN: 0-p2262320), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy on 31 August 1950 in the vicinity of Changnyong, Korea. On that date Lieutenant Corley, then platoon sergeant of a 4.2 inch mortar platoon, was assigned the mission of rendering supporting fire to a battalion which was surrounded and was under attack by a numerically superior enemy force. Advancing to a forward observation post he exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to direct the fires of his platoon from this position. When his platoon also became surrounded by enemy forces he inspired his men by his fearless actions to remain in place and continue their devastating fire upon the advancing enemy. Only when his position became untenable did he order a withdrawal. Leading his platoon in a skillful withdrawing action he succeeded in evacuating all his vehicles and weapons and all personnel without sustaining casualties. The gallantry and inspirational leadership displayed by Lieutenant Corley on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.
  5. Here's a named M1 liner with helmet that I recently found for $30.00. Named to Pomp Corley. Enlisted ASN as listed on liner: 6399256 Enlisted ASN according to online records: 06399256 Officer ASN according to online records: O-2262320 Chester "Pomp" Corley served with the 79th Infantry Division during WWII and the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. His Silver Star action during the Korea War earned him a battlefield commission. His promotion to officer status was not permanent, when he retired he retired at the rank of Sergeant Major (E-9). Enlisted in Jan 1937 and was a First Sergeant (E-7) by Dec 45, by 1951 he is Master Sergeant (E-7) then a 2nd Lt (O-1) rising to the rank of Captain (O-3) before retiring as a Sergeant Major (E-9) in October 1962. Strange way the Army does things......... Awards and decorations that I can figure out from an article on him and from my research. This doesn't take into account, unit awards or awards that aren't medals, no slacker that is for sure! 1. Silver Star Medal 2. Bronze Star Medal 3. Purple Heart Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters 4. Army Good Conduct Medal 5. American Defense Service Medal 6. American Theater Campaign Medal 7. European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal 8. World War II Victory Medal 9. Army of Occupation Medal 10. National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Star Device (Korea and Vietnam) 11. Korea Service Medal (United States) 12. United Nations Medal 13. Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal 14. French Jubilee of Liberty Medal (Not worn on Military Rack) His helmet liner has his pre WWII Service Number painted on it. After his commission he recieved a new Service Number, this is what made the research on him hard. The helmet is a rear seam, manganese steel rimmed Schlueter made helmet (Schlueter only made helmets during WWII). The paint on the helmet appears to be from the Korea War period. The liner is a Firestone made liner, and has the front rivet hole typically found on WWII liners. He served in the US Army during three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. I need to get a period helmet chin strap, and the leather liner strap to restore this helmet.
  6. $30.00 for a Schlueter (RS) helmet with a named Firestone liner.
  7. Depends on what you are looking for. IE There are standard items that go into the Survival Vest and Survival Kit, but then there are MAJCOM additions to the vest or kits, then throw in the fact as to where they are at. Example an ACESII survival kit out of USAFE would be configured differently than one from Tyndall AFB. If you can give me an ideal as to what you are wanting, I can get headed in the right direction.
  8. The current USAF TO for back style parachutes is 14D3-11-1.
  9. - Lot Number: 506A - Type of bales: Swivel, - If a swivel bail, number of welds: 3 - Type of rim: Manganese - Seam location: Back - Weld spots on the rim in the area of the bales: No - Extra weld spots: No - Chin strap: None
  10. As stated it's a BA-22 (IIRC), has the MD-1 bailout bottle, the CRU-60/P oxygen connector, with the D-ring handle and attachment it was most likely used in trainer (IE T-37 or T-39) aircraft. The connector on the handle is connected to the seat in the aircraft and auto-deploys the chute during man-seat seperation.
  11. Stupid question, I know when I came into the AF my dogtags (un-notched) were stamped one way, and a few years later during a mobility exercise, it was discovered that they we stamped on the wrong side, was told I needed to get a properly stamped set. That said the ones in question with the NOK on them looks to be stamped from one side, while the one that is known to real is stamped from the other side. IE Real one the notch to upper left with the letters inset Unknown ones the notch to the upper left the letters imbossed Wouldn't they all be stamped the same way since the notch was for aligning them in the machine? Or am I just looking to deep?
  12. Thank you very much for solving this mystery for us, it was found in a field in the US, amazing where things turn up.
  13. Any help on ID'ing this ribbon! This ribbon was found by member of another board. I have checked Air Force, Navy, Marines, Army, Coast Guard, CAP, ROTC, JRROTC, Merchant Marines, NASA, Pulic Heath, Young Marines, Sea Cadets, National Guard, Commemorative Medals, Veteran Organizations, etc, with no luck finding a match. Then again after looking at so many ribbons, you start to see rainbows everywhere you look. The ribbon center is Yellow, flanked with a thin Black or Dark Blue stripe with a Red outer stripe.
  14. Funny you should mention the wrong sided printed dog tags. My first dog tags done at basic training were printed on the wrong side, years later during a mobility folder inspection it was pointed out that they were wrong. I never knew there was a right side and wrong side until then.
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