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  1. They were also worn by seaborne troops of the North African invasion force in 1942. All the pictures I’ve see were 3rd ID guys, IIRC. They wore them in the full armband fashion. I have an old Nat Geo somewhere with an article covering the invasion that depicts a soldier wearing one shaking hands with a North African.
  2. Thank you, Tonomachi! I have bookmarked your excellent reference thread. Yes, I can see the strong similarities with the repro examples that you posted and lack of similarity with all of your original variations. Fortunately, I paid very little for it, about $20-25. The original wing that I used for comparison is from the bound bundle you showed from Flying Tiger Antiques. Again, I appreciate your expertise, as always.
  3. I’ve had these British Para Wings for several years. They are “padded” like SAS wings and do not have the contour cutouts you see on the standard issue sleeve wings. It looks like it was made to be worn over a chest pocket. Any ideas on origin? I have also shown a typical issue WW II sleeve wing that I got from Ron Burkey for comparison of size and construction. Thanks!
  4. beef

    OSS Wing Patch

    Is the SF wing Italian made? It looks a lot like some of the construction used in my 509th PIB and 2761st Special Recon Bn stuff.
  5. Great high res photo! Thanks for posting! This is one of the few insignia Id consider adding to my collection. Definitely a reference Ill use. A couple of days ago, I went to a party a couple of blocks away. There was a very interesting group of military stuff framed on the hosts wall. It contained a 101 bar, Jingpaw Rangers patch, CMA medal, Chinese jump wings, OSS lapel pin, a CIB (apparently 101 got them at some point, CBI patch, other misc insignia. Ive known the host for years. I didnt know that his dad was Maj. Robert Bob Moore, S-3 of Det. 101. My friend told me that as he grew up, he
  6. I paid $3800, IIRC, for this more common one in 2006. I got it from Les Hughes and its the one depicted on insigne.org.
  7. Here is an official photo of Sev and a picture of the sign on the DZ we named after him.
  8. Thanks, sorry, wrong window. THIS is the one designed by the mayors son.
  9. The suspension ring looks like Heritage Jewellers piece from Fayetteville, NC. Which makes sense.
  10. Have you checked Burhans FSSF roster. Lots of guys from your general geographic location joined the FSSF or settled there after the war.
  11. Or FSSF. Recall Fredrick went to command 1st ABTF during Dragoon and it contained Brit para elements. That would dovetail with the PTO ribbon with star (Kiska) He could have followed Fredrick there as a member of the ABTF staff and been liaison to the Brits.
  12. Wow! Thanks for posting!
  13. Phil was a Life member of the National Pathfinder Association.
  14. Maybe from the 28th Pathfinder Det., 28th Aviation, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Pa.
  15. A submariner wounded by direct fire in a gunfight with Japanese ships? Make it long winded! Thats a fascinating story and it should be completely told. Amazing group.
  16. Great grouping, Kyle! They always saved those blouse buttons.... sewed them on the Army blouses to set themselves apart. No self respecting Devil Dog wants to be confused with being a garden variety Doggie! Semper Fi, Beef
  17. Great grouping! Judging from the three OS bars on the sleeve and the Amazing Italian made scrolls, he may have come home with the 4th to Camp Butner, NC for deactivation in Oct. 1944. Maybe he was wounded at Cisterna. As stated above, most of the surviving Rangers were folded into the FSSF. Not all, though, part of the 4th Bn was brought home. He may not have been rehabbed enough for the transfer. He’s not listed Burhan’s FSSF Book, which is not a 100% complete roster. It would sure be interesting to see his records and get the real full story, not just speculation. Post it if you get more i
  18. Thanks to both for posting! I was unaware that there was a patch for the paratrooper Bn. That certainly looks like what that soldier in the photo is wearing. I was under the impression that Brigada 2506 patch was designed/ made after the operation. True or false? Im very familiar with the history of the operation, however not the insignia.
  19. Hi, Ed. Are these from Cecil Smythes old store on Hay St. next to Ricks and the Bunny Club? I bought about 100 of them in the fall of 1974 for $3.00-4.00 apiece. I had an example of most of the ones you have depicted.
  20. You’re right, Bob. Should have kept one. They are really cool radios. I have to say, the BC-348-Q actually is a much better receiver, even though older. But it’s apples and oranges, one portable, one not. USARV72, it’s really nice to have your Dad’s Hallicrafter up and running. Those are great radios, built to last. And with a military look. $50 for a ZTO that works is a great price. They usually go for $125-225, depending on the model, some civilian models worth much more more. You shouldn’t need an antenna for the ZTO, it has everything you need. You do need to use them away from dimmer
  21. Those were the days, Bob. Radio was still exciting and interesting, opening whole new worlds. Plus all that classic gear. All very well made, too. I used the MARS system to call home once from Okinawa. My mom just couldnt get the over stuff..... Now all kids have is Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter.... but still on a handheld radio! I still teach Boy Scouts the Radio merit badge and use the SW option. They are amazed at Radio Havana, Radio DW, Taiwan and PRC English language broadcasts. They really enjoyed listening in the mountains of NM on our Philmont trips.
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