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  1. thanks for the rolling insights everyone .. Aznation - fascinating to see that Leonardo NASA patch.. just adds more intrigue .. the name on the leather plate is definitely 'K. C. Matyi'.. our Spec 4 from 1962-65.. as for the medal ribbons - not sure if the NG ones you were thinking of were the third row, but the second and the third on the third row are lesser-seen Vietnam - RVN Civil Actions Medal, and the RVN Special Service Medal. The 4th row of ribbons, campaign ribbons, these are all loose and not fixed to the block of 3 rows. Can the DUI tell us anything ? '1st SOMCOM'(Trojan
  2. Thanks for all the feedback everyone. The reason I bought this grouping was because, frankly, it seemed hard to make sense of and in that sense struck my curiosity. Glad to see I am not the only one baffled by this group. My initial reading was that the medal ribbons, insignia etc looked like an SF VN soldier, fairly experienced enough to be a master paratrooper, aviator, to have the SVN para wings with additional jump star, CIB with star, Ranger qualified etc. That part of the insignia all makes sense to me, and suggests an experienced officer or NCO If the medal ribbons are correct
  3. thank you all for the feedback and the insight. The 'KC Matsi' you ID'd Aznation - could be him, but would it make sense for a master paratrooper with extensive VN ribbons Silver Bronze Stars etc to only be a SP4 ? I'd have almost expected a higher rank with all that insignia. Astronaut wings - these are ok in fact, they have just suffered with exposure to damp as the rest of the group, they are a bit pitted from where the moisture eroded the plating and the patina has gone off. I realise these are USAF wings, but my understanding is that (apart from USN) these were the only astronau
  4. Hand-painted flag on satin. I had this for a few months before I realised that the skulls / skeletons and most of the lettering was done in luminous paint ! Can anyone see a purpose to this flag, or what (if anything) might be represented here ? all thoughts welcome P
  5. This is not Mitchell of course, but I saw the German M-43 style Mitchell cap earlier in this thread. Here another German-style cap but made from rubberised poncho, predecessor to Mitchell. Cap is non-reversible. Curiously, the style is exactly that of the WWII SS oakleaf camo cap, with high crown and centre seam to top. Well-worn and floppy, the cardboard inner to peak has completely crumbled.
  6. this one is fairly primitive manufacture, Vietnamese made I believe - for use somewhere wet / cold as the jacket has nylon parachute lining
  7. Odd jacket with integral backpack, zipper pocket on cuff. Also Japanese made
  8. Mitchell is my favourite of the camo patterns. A few custom jackets to follow - first an N-3 presume USN or maybe USMC use, Japanese made
  9. Grateful for opinions as to what the story might be with this collection. The pieces have always been together, and have suffered slightly from being stored somewhere damp. All the insignia is circa 1980s era, including the 5th SF badge now on the black backing. The veteran's name - K.C. Matyi - is on 3 name plates and also woven into the NASA patch alongside names Hawley and Fix. The leather name plate has Army Aviator and Master Para wings, faint to see. The CIB has lost all its blue paint. The RVN wings and Ranger badges are US 70/80s made. Not sure what the gold metal badge with parac
  10. I recently saw a tunic that I may have the chance to buy - I was unable to take a photo. The tunic is a regular standard lightweight summer cotton WWI rankers tunic, light tan. Not the heavy wool tunic. But to the upper left arm there is a magnificent bullion on horizon-blue French-made patch, with the helmet above crossed cannons that is the badge of the WW1 French Heavy Artillery - ie Tanks. From memory there might have been overseas chevrons, etc, and the collar brass appeared to be for Signals. Three Sgt rank stripes to the upper right arm, one arm only. Everything was all original,
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