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  1. This is a puzzle for sure. His "combat" patch is the Sixth Army Group, which only formed in the summer of 1944. His service in the 63rd Infantry Division therefore seems to have been, perhaps, on occupation duty. He likewise has the American Defense ribbon, which, as I understand it, indicates pre-war service, and might account for some of his overseas bars. Interesting jacket.
  2. Interesting that the inscription refers to time in the Army, but it appears to have Navy air crew wings engraved on it.
  3. Good catch on the rank pins, Patches. Definitely NOT USMC.
  4. Curious that there is no Pacific Campaign ribbon.
  5. The absence of cuff braid indicates that it is not even an officer's jacket in the first place.
  6. I agree. Very shoddy stitching on everything that is sewn on.
  7. A woman's shirt would also have had the buttons on the other side.
  8. Oh, and this Jack N. Davis served in the Army Air Force, not the airborne infantry.
  9. I don't know how many next-of-kin tags this guy had, but I bought one on ebay a couple of years ago. No attribution to an airborne vet. No attribution to any unit at all. Another one sold on ebay in December 2019. Identical tag, but again no information on the vet. Here's what I have found on him: Born in Illinois in 1917; lived at 102 West Cook in Springfield, Illinois in 1940 and was a divorced electrician with one year of college; Mollie Davis was his mother; entered service on January 15, 1943 at Peoria; stood 5’-8” and weighed 142 pounds
  10. I was going to suggest Texas A&M also, but it is definitely NOT a Texas flag that is shown. It looks more like a Chilean flag, but if so it is even upside down for that.
  11. I am not up on 1902 uniforms, but I do have some comments. In the mid-nineteenth century, service stripes were in the branch color for peacetime service and edged in red for wartime service. Might this uniform be trimmed with a white infantry stripe and a red wartime stripe? Perhaps for World War One?
  12. It has always been my understanding that the only units that had the right to be called "Veteran Volunteers"--as shown on the I.D. disc--were those three-year men who re-enlisted when their original terms had ended. If that is the case, it doesn't seem possible that there would be any "Veteran Volunteers" in existence until perhaps a year after Gettysburg. What am I missing here?
  13. The chevrons on the fatigue shirt are those of a Specialist 5, the same pay grade as a Sergeant.
  14. The crossed rifles under the stripes were not added until ca. 1958.
  15. If it had been dyed, the tags would probably be black also.
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