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Justin B.

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  1. Of course, I've posted about that earlier in the thread. But I don't think there is much chance of gilt buttons being confused with black or bronze.
  2. Also the bronze buttons have a different look from the black plastic ones, even in B&W.
  3. It's got to be. Greens, the shoulder loops are the giveaway.
  4. A3C is Airman 3rd Class, the USAF E-2 rank from 1952 to 1967.
  5. Yeah, but the one set is noticeably bigger than the other two. Admiral stars were supposed to fit a 3/8" circle, army stars were 1" for the shoulder and 5/8" for the collar.
  6. Two vice admirals in khaki, one in gray, late 1944 or 1945. It looks like VAdm Willson is wearing army-style 5/8-inch stars on the collar. https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/nhhc/our-collections/photography/numerical-list-of-images/nhhc-series/nh-series/80-G-327000/80-G-327677.html
  7. Commander in grays on the left as officers negotiate surrender in the Marshalls, 22 August 1945.
  8. Because they had to be cleaned frequently, standard issue was three white jumpers, and only one blue dress jumper (though more could be bought). OTOH, enlisted personnel were issued two blue and one white ruptured duck (plus one khaki or gray for CPOs and stewards). And if they didn't plan to wear whites home (not great to travel in), they probably wouldn't bother to sew it on. So the odds are against surviving white jumpers having the duck. The ALNAV of 12 October 1941 just said the dress white was discontinued. So there was only white undress the rest of the war, which, like undress blue, did not include ribbons but could be worn with the neckerchief in some circumstances. It wasn't until 1947 that undress white could be prescribed with ribbons and neckerchief. In 1959 that uniform was named service dress white. One reason often stated for eliminating the dress white jumper in 1941 is laundry issues, the blue dye bled into the white material. But the same order also suspended dress uniforms for officers for the period of national emergency, so it could have just been a measure to simplify the seabag for wartime production. Or maybe both, I've never seen anything definitive on that.
  9. Justin B.

    1950s USAF Ike

    The 1952 Air Officer's Guide says: An officer's insignia of grade will be silver- or gold-color metal or silver- or gold-color wire embroidery. Same for the U.S.: "silver-color wire embroidery." It doesn't say anything about requiring all metal or all embroidery, but that may have been in the actual regs. It does seem unusual that plain thread embroidery would be worn on the same uniform with the bullion, I don't recall seeing that myself.
  10. Justin B.

    1950s USAF Ike

    I'm not clear on the difference between "bullion" and "embroidered" here.
  11. If I didn't know the name of the vessel, I would guess that was a 1900-1910 photo, not WW1. The white thing is a knife lanyard , and was a required part of the uniform for seaman branch sailors before 1913. The rating badge is a mystery, not only because of the star but because he is still wearing the seaman branch mark. Locally authorized? Temporary? No idea.
  12. If you look through the boot camp company photos here: https://militaryyearbookproject.com/platoon-photos/us-navy-recruit-training-center-rtc-photos it looks like the jumpers and white hats were out in '73, and somewhere around that time recruit POs began wearing a PO utility cap device (metal pin with eagle and chevrons) on the left collar of the white shirt, and on the left breast of the blue coat.
  13. I had an advantage because of this old book I used to look at at the library when I was young: https://www.google.com/books/edition/Army_and_Navy_Uniforms_and_Insignia/fcVJAAAAIAAJ?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA175&printsec=frontcover Great badge, Jason!
  14. As far as I know the regulation for subdued WO/CWO insignia has always been "olive drab with black squares." "Unofficial" versions like these were made with the brown embroidery thread from the DCU Army and name tapes.
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