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Justin B.

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  1. It certainly looks like grays. According King's biography by Thomas Buell, King inquired in early 1944 whether CINCPAC had banned grays, and Nimitz had to issue a directive that they were in fact authorized. In June 1944, columnist Drew Pearson wrote that Nimitz had "bowed" to King and grays were becoming an accepted uniform in Hawaii. https://idnc.library.illinois.edu/?a=d&d=DIL19440621.2.21&e=-------en-20--1--img-txIN--------- The date on the photo is wrong, the only time Nimitz and MacArthur met during the war (until the surrender ceremonies) was July 26-27 1944. Ad
  2. Hi! There is a "dolphins" section of the forum, you'll probably get a better response there: https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/forum/1533-submarine-qualification-dolphins-patrol-badges/ Happy New Year!
  3. The circle around the star indicated naval militia, so you'd have to get state records (Washington, presumably) to research the name. There is no D. B. Adams in the USN/USNR registers for 1918, 1919 or 1920. It's interesting, though; original NM insignia is somewhat rare in my experience.
  4. White = Paymaster so yeah, not the original epaulettes. In the Span-Am period, the captain's eagle would have been on the epaulette pad, with pay corps devices on either side. The corps colors were used quite a while, 1869-1919. Medical Corps: cobalt blue, 1869-1883; maroon, 1883-1919 Pay Corps: white, 1869-1919 Engineer Corps: red, 1869-1899 Construction Corps: violet, 1872-1919 Professors of Mathematics: olive green, 1872-1919 Civil Engineer Corps: light blue, 1881-1919 Dental Corps: orange, 1913-1919 Medical Reserve Corps: crimson,
  5. It looks like the tiara met its official demise 01 Oct 2016, along with the boat cloak/cape: https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents2/NAV2015/NAV15208.txt "The infrequent use, procurement and low demand requirements of these items precipitated the decision to delete their use as Navy uniform components."
  6. Wrench-prop officially: "Crossed bench rammer and stove tool."
  7. It looks like there will be another USN W-1 specialty: Aerial Vehicle Operator for the new Stingray carrier refueling drones. Also new for the Navy is that they will be recruited to directly enter the service at W-1, more like Army aviators but of course on a much smaller scale. https://www.navy.mil/Press-Office/News-Stories/Article/2441013/navy-announces-aerial-vehicle-operator-warrant-officer-specialty/ https://www.public.navy.mil/bupers-npc/reference/messages/Documents/NAVADMINS/NAV2020/NAV20315.txt Accessions won't begin till 2022, so they have some time
  8. Maybe someone decided the finished pieces would sell better as a lot of seconds? Anyway, I'm pretty sure that color scheme was never used officially by the USN or USCG.
  9. They look like factory rejects, the embroidery machine wasn't loaded with the right thread.
  10. I don't know how much this will help but a couple of points that may be of interest: Below is a copy of Change No. 17, 1918, which Stacey summarizes, and the illustration that was included. The specialty mark was not described, only illustrated, which was standard practice in the regulations of that time. As Stacey says, these badges were left out of the 1922 uniforms regs and returned with Change No. 6 in 1929. He says that the change order repeated the description from 1918, which is true for the dimensions. But the change of the specialty mark to t
  11. Somebody has taken a navy peacoat and turned it into something completely made up. For a play, maybe.
  12. Some good information in this old thread:
  13. Below is a copy of the WW2 regulation, note the braid was a different color. My impression is that was a WW1 thing, and that enlisted personnel commissioned in WW2 did not wear green cuff braid after the war. I don't have actual regulations from the '50s or '60s though. According to William Emerson's insignia book, enlisted personnel were authorized optional purchase of the summer TW uniform (later "Army Tan") with coat in 1951. I'm pretty sure regulations for the Army Green uniform were always without braid for enlisted, no exceptions.
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