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  1. As I prepared my next post in this thread, I realized something. And I just want to take a moment to honor and thank my grandfather / Lolo for his service. Two years ago today, my dad presented my grandfather / Lolo the Congressional Gold Medal for Filipino Veterans of WWII. By that time, three generations passed the medal to each other: I accepted the medal on behalf of my Lolo in a ceremony in San Antonio, Texas. When I returned to Chicago, I gave it to my dad to bring it to their hometown in the Philippines, and present it to my Lolo. The medal certainl
  2. The Greenback Patch List is back up! Special thank you and shoutout to @stratasfan for helping to re-link them. I've updated the list with the ones seen on this thread and elsewhere. Let's keep them coming!
  3. Thank you for sharing Taylor A. Le Sueur Jr.'s story and remembering those who fought during the Philippine Defense Campaign.
  4. Very nice arm band! Great piece of history! Colonel Edwin Price Ramsey led the the East Central Luzon Guerrilla Area (ECLGA). He was a 1st Lieutenant with the 26th Cavalry Regiment, Philippine Scouts, during the Bataan Defense and evaded capture. (He's also famous for leading the last wartime cavalry charge in U.S. military history). He later helped form the ECLGA. Here's a photo of the unit in action: Caption: Maj. Claro Camacho, Chief signal officer of ECLGA with Radio Operators Cordero and Acosta and driver, Delfin Domingo with Jeep captured from t
  5. #8: 11th Infantry Division, Phiippine Army, a.k.a. the "Alakdan Division." "Alakdan" = scorpion.
  6. I did a Google image search and when I saw the photo, I was like "Oh! I know that patch!" So I click through, and found out I originally stated this thread haha. To answer my 9-year younger self, this was most likely, this was worn by the Army Aides to the U.S. High Commissioner to the Philippine Islands, if it was worn at all. The design is inspired by the Seal of the U.S. High Commissioner to the P.I. Basically, the High Commissioner was the U.S. President's representative (think ambassador) to the Commonwealth of the Philippines. Judging by it
  7. A note on Philippine Division SSI reproductions seen on eBay eBay seller “nchs” offers a number of Philippine Division collector's copy SSIs. They have ones that look like the PQMD-made piece and one that has the earless carabao (I own and have inspected both repros). They also have a number of odd Phil. Div. patches constructed out of different colored felt: one that had , and one that had a yellow border around the red shield. Figure 8. The more “colorful” Philippine Division patches sold by eBay member nchs. When I first saw these, I wondered, “wha
  8. Patch Material and Construction This Philippine Division patch aims to mimic what other cavalry units did during the interwar period: place a piece of yellow felt underneath the corps or division patch to show it was the division or corps’ cavalry unit. The problem: the Philippine Division did not have a cavalry regiment. The Army assigned the 26th Cavalry (PS) to the corps-level Philippine Department. In the other thread about the alleged 91st CA (PS) uniform, I took a closer look at the threads of the alleged 26th Cav. (PS) patch and found the yellow thre
  9. 3. The Patch So I’ll break this analysis down of the Philippine Division patch by its authorization, and patch material and construction. Figure 6. The view of patches on the alleged 26th Cavalry (PS) uniform **** Authorization: Can a 26th Cavalryman (PS) wear a Philippine Division SSI? “Shoulder Patch - Philippine Division… was worn when the [26th Cavalry] regiment was first formed in 1922.” - George Rummell, Jr. in “26th U.S. Cavalry Regiment ‘Philippine Scouts” Although the 26th Cavalry (PS) was under the Philippi
  10. 2. Collar Brass Figure 4. The “US 26” collar disc on the uniform in question The patina of both discs are similar, and that’s a good start. With this style uniform and Type I collar discs them to about 1924-1927. Much like the “US 91” on the seller’s other uniform, the “26” is also soldered onto the collar disc. At a closer glance, it looks like someone filed down whatever number was stamped there and soldered on the “2” and “6.” Referencing Bob Capistrano’s article on Philippine Scout insignia, “US 26” collar discs were available and in us
  11. 1. Uniform Style and Color Figure 2. Front view of the alleged 26th Cavalry (PS) uniform In the thread about the 91st CA (PS) uniform, I brought up the fact that the color was similar to my 26th Cavalry (PS) 1st lieutenant’s standing collar jacket. I mentioned that the officer brought it from Hawaii to the Philippines. We know he did because of the Hawaiian Department orders found in his pocket. Figure 3. Left: The 26th Cavalry (PS) 1st lieutenant’s uniform placed on top of a Philippine-made khaki uniform. Right: Close up of the insignia and the pa
  12. ... Allegedly. This uniform is being sold by the same seller who’s auctioning off Sam Nesmith’s collection. cbuehler, kiaiokalewa, and I did a deep dive into his 91st Coast Artillery (PS) uniform, and figured why not do one on this for educational and reference purposes. Figure 1. The listing of the alleged 26th Cavalry (PS) uniform I’ll break down my analysis by the following: 1. The Uniform Style and Color 2. The Collar Brass 3. The Patch Hypothesis: A collector put this uniform together and sold it to Sam Nesmith as an auth
  13. Comparing the Seller's 91st CA (PS) and 26th Cavalry (PS) Patches By now, cbuehler, kiaiokalwa, and I agree... the alleged 91st CA (PS) jacket was put together by a collector. But what about the patches? Could they have been made up, too? Figure 15. The alleged 26th Cavalry (PS) jacket listing. 1) Note how pristine each patch is. You would assume that 80+ year old patches would show some wear, fade, etc., especially since they were supposedly worn. (Thanks kiaiokalwa for pointing this out) 2) Starting with the alleged 26th Cavalry (PS)
  14. The Coast Artillery Shell In addition to the carabao patch being the wrong one to wear for coast artillerymen serving in the Philippines, the creator of this patch added a felt coast artillery shell to it. Right there are two reasons why this would not have been worn on the field for ANY coast artillery unit in the Philippines. Officers most likely would have disallowed the use of non-regulation insignia, especially for a Technical Sergeant. **** Verdict based on the SSI overall: Patch opens up so many questions causing reasonable doubt that this is an int
  15. The Engraving on the Brass The patch in question has "Ft. Mills, P.I. J.H. Wright" written on the back. Being that this is supposedly a Philippine Scout uniform, one would expect a Filipino or Spanish last name. In fact, if we look at the 91st Coast Artillery (PS) roster of April 1942, the NCOs all had Filipino/Spanish last names. Figure 11. The senior NCOs of HQ Battery, 91st CA (PS) on April 30, 1942. Note the only American name is Major Bosworth's. There is the possibility that "J.H. Wright" had a Filipina mother and an American father, like Marvin Hill of th
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