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  1. Here was more the earlier rank I was refering to. Scott
  2. I was wondering if anyone could inform me as to what the difference between all the differint rank was. Is there a rule of thumb when determining age of enlisted rank patches used? I thought the USAF used more white stripes when they first started in the late fourties with a cut edge then later went to a marrowed edge with a more silver stripe. Am I wrong? Sincerely, Scott
  3. I purchased a set like this years ago. My set has hidden blue plastic buttons not the exposed silver crested buttons. Does anyone here know which came first? Also what is a set like this worth? Mine has all the appropriate patches a size 42 reg and even a cloth stitched ribbon bar. Sincerely, Scott P.S. pleas excuse me if I posted this in the wrong area initially.
  4. I paid a little more for mine, but it fits me. I also have matching pants. My question is what type of hat was worn with this? Also was this worn with a white shirt and black tie? Scott
  5. "King Nine will not return" actually starred Robert "Bob" Cummings who during WWII was registered as the very first flight instructor for the U.S. Army. Scott
  6. I purchased a set like this years ago. My set has hidden blue plastic buttons not the exposed silver crested buttons. Does anyone here know which came first? Also what is a set like this worth? Mine has all the attropriate patches a size 42 reg and even a cloth stitched ribbon bar. Sincerely, Scott
  7. Wow! The more I learn the less I know. So I guess the vet I spoke with was in the 401st sent to the 82nd and attached to the 325th(?) I guess this was done to distinguish themselves apart and retain thier individuality. I wonder if this was unofficial or condoned by upper escelion officers. Scott
  8. My appologises to the group. I didn't wish to offend anyone by placing pictures here uncredited. I only wish to illustrate what I was talking about. Yes, the photo of the soldier holding a helmet was from www.101airborneww2.com Mark Brado's website, the other was from a Flickr album entitled: Grampa Engesser. I was attempting to portray a soldier from thr 325th infantry of the 82nd AB from 1942 to 1945. THe gentlemen whom I spoke to probably game me his unit but I forgot it. He corrected me and told me he wore his patch on the reverse side and his D.I. on the obverse side during the war. Scot
  9. Joe, 1944, I'm calling the smooth side the Obverse or side that doesn't have the braid taper down and the other side the reverse. The picture I included of the soldier holding the helmet I think is a enlisted man. I don't see rank on his coller or shoulders. I don't see rank on his sleeve so I guess he was a buck private. I see the man has the patch sewn to the reverse side facing backwards with no rank on the obverse. Do you think some units like the 401st all wore them on the other side or was this up to the individual? Scott
  10. I address this to all the relative experts here. I have potrayed a Glider infantryman in the past and have worn a uniform in thier honor. In the past I have worn a combined cap insignia on the smooth side of the garrison cap as I was told they did on D-day. I was later corrected by a veteran gliderman who told me that even the enlisted wore the glider patch on the reverse side and thier D.I.s on the obverse side. He told me that they wore only the patch with the glider and not the combined patch. I did a little research and found a website with vintage pictures showing just that. The pictures
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