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  1. I am certain this topic is covered elsewhere in the forum, however my computer if having issues using the search feature. In regards to the WWII officer olive drab uniform, was the Olive Drab shade 51 coat the same color as the "chocolate" colored variant. I have referenced olive-drab.com and the article mentions that OD 51 existed as well as a darker "chocolate" variant: "A second Service Coat color was darker, still olive drab but with a chocolate shade of brown". However I have read elsewhere, and more than a few times, that OD 51 was indeed the "chocolate" color. I just want to investigate if olive-drab.com is incorrect as I suspect. Thanks.
  2. The buttons are the original M1941 japanned black "burst of glory" metal tack buttons. They were gradually replaced by the OD 6 plastic ones.
  3. I have searched and scoured the internet for copies of AR 670-5 from the 60s. I have a pdf of 1959, 1971, 1979, 1981, 1985 but I cannot find one from the 60s. Am I able to look through the one the Smithsonian has? How would I go about doing this?
  4. I have one of these. I bought it on eBay not a long while ago with some other Specialist insignia; the pin is why I bought the set. I don't think it was a US Army issue item but I have no idea; do you?
  5. If you'll note the paper quoted throughout this thread (Short History of the Specilaist Rank) was in fact written by me. I may not be an expert at the level of Emerson, but I do suggest I am one of a handful who can talk in depth on the subject. Best wishes. //dan If you are in fact CSM Dan Elder (which I say only because of the extreme coincedence) I do have a question about that paper that was written. Within in you mention that Spec 8 and 9 were abolished in '68 when CSM was added to the Army ranks. However I have read in numerous other places that Spec 8 and 9 were abolished in '65; specifically here: http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Uniforme...ed_history.aspx. I want to note that I am not trying to nitpick or point our flaws but that I am genuinely curious about the exact year when it happened.
  6. Right, I said that because I never knew as to why Spec 4 was the only Specialist rank to wear it on the collar.
  7. T-Bone, no they did not make a shoulder slide for those. The shoulder slides didn't come into service until '79 when the AG415 shirt came in. They do exist for Spec 5 and 6, however not Spec 4 for some reason. Patches, I have a shoebox full of various Specialist 4-9 rank insigina and I have never even seen these backings. I would like to add them to my collection if it is no hassle to you.
  8. Haha! Well I guess I just haven't had a lot of questions and I haven't been as active in collecting recently. T-Bone would you mind posting a picture of the white backing. I've heard about those but never actually seen one.
  9. Heres an odd Spec 5 patch as well:
  10. Very interesting Specialist 6 insignia I stumbled across. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-U-S-Army-E...=item43ad21a707
  11. A single subdued Spec 9 recently went for $87.00 on eBay. I still wonder about the genuiness of subdued Spec 8 and 9. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...=true&rt=nc
  12. I have a Specialist 8 pin made by the same company with a 9 in the top of the shield where this one has a 22. Mine is silver and black and measures 1 1/8 inch tall by 11.5/16 inch wide. I do not know what mine is either.
  13. This picture is from another topic but the hallmark on the back is easier to read than mine is. Where there is a 22 on this emblem, there is a 9 on mine.
  14. Acquired this pin not too long ago. The color scheme is sliver and black, rather than green and gold. Has two pins on the back. It is manufactured by NS Meyer. It is 1 1/8 '' (2.8cm) tall by 11.5/16 '' (1.8cm) wide.
  15. This uniform is still in AR 670-1
  16. That's very helpful Craig, thank you.
  17. I do not have any ties. I'd say I have a respectable collection for an amateur, but my collection consists of uniforms and caps. I don't really have any accessories other than several black neckties and black dress belts and that is only because those are ROTC issue. Thats why I asked this question; I'm looking at getting some "pink" and "green" ties and some OD 3 belts and I just wanted to know what I am looking at.
  18. Here's why I ask: All the Shelby Stanton uniform books are in black and white unfortunately so all the belts look khaki to me. If I happen to run across a belt I think is an OD 3 belt, I want to be sure I am getting a true color one; many sellers don't know what they're selling and a lot of times the pictures can distort the color.
  19. Can someone post a picture of an OD shade 3 web belt with gold colored metal (GCM) belt buckle. This is the belt worn with the dress uniforms until the new Green uniform was introduced and the black belt was required. I am just curious what the color is; is it a brown color or a green color or is it a mixture of the two?
  20. Didn't see anyone mention the shirt. It's OG 107 3rd pattern introduced at the end of 1964 but not really seen until 1966. The stamped subdued name tapes were authorized in '66 as well. The 4th ID patch appears to be merrowed edge which were first seen in bulk around '67-'68.
  21. Anyway on the subject of the original topic you'll need: AG 44 Trousers (if you already don't) Tan shade 46 shirt Black necktie (Army issue) AG 44 Service cap Pair of 32nd Armored Regiment Unit Crests Black low quarter shoes Black belt with GCM buckle Rifle Marksmanship Badge (any level, doesn't really matter) "U.S." and Armor collar discs And depending on the rank of the individual and number of service stripes, some ribbons. Upload some photos, give us the rank on the jacket (if there is one), and the number of service stripes (if there are any), and we should be able to give a little more help.
  22. Based on the military creases on this shirt, I'd say most definately!
  23. I normally use the buttons to help identify that shade. Tan 446 was introduced in '65 and ran to '79. The buttons are comparable to the AG 415 shirt in that they are (for lack of a better word) "clear" only with a tint of brown rather than white. The Tan 46 has buttons with a more solid color. But anyway Elvis was in 32nd Armored Regiment and wore this unit crest:
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