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  1. SWI = Schreck Wholesale Incorporated. https://www.schreckonline.com/ The Registration Number (RN) is a dead giveaway as well that it is commercial and not government contract.
  2. SWI = Schreck Wholesale Inc., which is a big surplus dealer and manufacturer. As kammo-man said, it's a commercial surplus store copy and not a real military uniform item.
  3. They used a mix of Colt Model 653, 723 and 727 Carbines depending on which unit you are talking about. The M4 had yet to be adopted and there was no other standard "shorty" version of the M16A2 in use in the Army. The units bought the various commercial Colt carbines and had them customized. I think they were all colloquially referred to as "CAR-15's", however.
  4. Super Six Eight. You always pronounce each number individually to ensure the listener comprehends what you are saying.
  5. Weapons are, left to right: M16A2, M249 SAW, M249 SAW, M16A2 (presumably with an M203 since he wears a grenadier's vest), M60 GPMG and M16A2/M203. The SAW gunner has the standard nylon cases to hold the SAW ammo box attached to his belt.
  6. Not exactly war torn, but yeah otherwise you are correct.
  7. A serviceable HBT Jacket is a serviceable HBT Jacket to the Army. They don't care if it's "first pattern" or 500th pattern. So, yes, the US Army tape was original to it. In the 1950's HBT's were worn right along side the OG107 utility uniform for both field and garrison wear, complete with all insignia. Shoulder loops (epaulettes are the frilly bullion things you find on dress uniforms) were often added so that Combat Leadership Tabs and Distinctive Unit Insignia could be worn on them, regardless of rank.
  8. I would say there is probably interest. These are from a soldier of the 173d Airborne Brigade who made the 26 MAR 2003 combat jump onto Bashur Airfield in northern Iraq during OIF I. Note the star on his jump wings. There may be a jump manifest out there somewhere that you can check his name against.
  9. Yup, that's exactly what they are. Modern repros that were included in GI Joe action figures of Omar Bradley (First Army) and George Patton (1st Armored Div). No idea why they chose 1st Armored for Patton, but it's a toy, so whatever.
  10. Yes, you are correct, it is not US military.
  11. I'm not sure who wrote this or what it was based on, but the first paragraph makes no sense. Airborne operations in New Guinea were conducted by the independent 503d ARCT in SEP 1943 and JUL 1944, so kinda hard to do that and land at Normandy with the 101. And the 503d PIR didn't become part of the 11th Airborne Division until 1951. As Allan H. already pointed out, Caldwell appears to have been a glider rider anyway. The second paragraph is probably much closer to the truth: Caldwell fought in Europe with the 101st Airborne, then did occupation duty with the 11th Airborne.
  12. I would say it's an imaginary caliber, since that's some kind of fabrication and not an actual tank gun. It appears this M4, which looks like an old range target, didn't actually have a main gun and they just made one. See: https://www.flickr.com/photos/rnrobert/8075666752
  13. Although I can't imagine why someone would fake something like this, ARADCOM headquarters was inactivated 4 Jan 1975 and the SSI was cancelled on 30 Jan 75. The Woodland Camouflage pattern Field Coat was not adopted until 1982. So, there's no way that SSI could have been worn on that type of coat.
  14. 2d Armored Division Patton took command of the division on 4 April 1941 and led it through both the Carolina and Louisiana Maneuvers, which is when he used this M1A1 Combat Car. He took command of 1st Armored Corps on 15 Jan 1942 and established the Desert Training Center in March 1942.
  15. They are actually WWII German Flakvierling 38's with quad 20mm cannons, just like you'd expect to see guarding rail lines. Lots of old stuff was left over in Yugoslavia in 1970.
  16. M10 (not M36) of the Free French 1st Armored Division. It's actually a rectangle with a white diamond in the center and red or blue in opposite corners of the rectangle. And FYI to all: these would be much more useful if any known caption information could be included: unit, location, date, etc.
  17. The tan helmet bands started showing up in 2004-2005, from what I recall. They certainly were not around during Desert Storm, so a tan band would be incorrect on a 24th ID helmet.
  18. Well, that's not a real label, so it's either commercial or airsoft.
  19. Yes, private purchase. Made by Alpha Industries, so they are the same quality as an issue field coat. They were around in the mid 70's to early 80's. You primarily see them being worn by Marines, but I've seen them with Army and USAF insignia on them as well. http://www.armynavysales.com/products/m65-field-jacket-woodland-erdl-leaf-pattern-camo?F_All=Y
  20. My father served on Okinawa for two years, 1951-52 and was familiar with these buses. They were built on both Dodge WC-63 and GMC CCKW chassis. I have photos he took of the GMC based buses. They utilized bodies custom built in Japan and were operated by Ryukyus Cmd to get GI's around the Island. Although my dad served in a AAA Bn, he had an interest in mass transit vehicles and later went on to a career in that field after getting his engineering degree, so he paid attention to things like oddball Army buses.
  21. You're correct. 28-110-I = 28th Division, 110th Regt, Infantry. The other side is just as you said: 2d Bn, vehicle 4. And just an FYI for 286th CA: I or Item Company is in the 3d Bn. 1st Bn: A, B, C, D Co's 2d Bn: E, F, G, H Co's 3d Bn: I, K, L, M Co's
  22. You can, of course, do whatever you want with it, but if the ribbon rack is the original one, then he obviously did not know the correct orientation or simply made a mistake. I've seen all kinds of things like this and believe it or not, mistakes happen. I've seen field grade officers working in the Pentagon wearing insignia the wrong way.
  23. If that's the original ribbon rack, then I would leave it alone. If SSG Fetterman wore it that way, then it should stay that way.
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