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  1. The short answer what Martinjmpr said, they applied the tape over the old one. I've seen this before and have at least one top where they decided to do that to avoid the unnecessary pain of having to remove the tapes. Time saving measure, and gets the job done, why not? I've also got PASGT where they've simply put a DCU cover over the BDU one which i thought was pretty genius as well. With 3rd ID there were a few units already in Kuwait in 2002 who had desert tapes, but they weren't the 'standard' you'd see in Iraq. When 3rd ID deployed, the supply couldn't meet up with demand for tapes which left the green ones their only option.
  2. Yeah, it isn't short for Thaddeus either, its just Thad. I remember this top coming up for sale and seeing if I could find him and came up with a just a name. That is the worst kind of identification, but hopefully over time more info may come out.
  3. This would be a unit by unit deal, so as you alluded to, you're not likely to find who they were with. That being said, it is likely with those letters then the last four of the SSN are likely their company/battery/ etc, plus first/last initial.
  4. They were worn down range, but usually on an individual basis, when they could get away with it. One I have in my collection was used in Kuwait/Iraq in 2007 because he liked the fit better than the ACH.
  5. It would be in the same vein as Propper or Truspec in that you could buy them for wear and use.
  6. Pretty sure the guy's name is Thad, but you're not going to find any information about him. You'll find some about a female OSI agent, but not him.
  7. Having a different chinstrap isn't a big deal. Whenever you go to CIF you turn in the components of your helmet, not the assembled lid. As far as CIF is concerned the manufacturer doesn't matter, as long as it is the correct size. The same applies when you receive your helmet, it is all components that you have to assemble yourself and which CIF doesn't care what manufacturer they give you.
  8. The uniform looks fine to me. For whatever reason, you'll find that 82nd Airborne uniforms tend to be one of the most common ones you'll find. your top is dated 2003, so any deployment after that time period is a possibility up to the end of the DCU era. Both Tru Spec and Propper were bought and used by service members. I'll provide a couple of links below for other groups you might find interesting. Desert Uniform Group on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/DesertUniform/ The OEF/OIF Board https://oefoif.forumotion.net/ and a sub board on there the "scammers/cheats/theives" board which will tell you which sellers on Ebay to avoid https://oefoif.forumotion.net/f16-scammers-cheats-thieves-other-unpleasant-experiences
  9. Since you have their full SSN, you can write and get a copy of his publicly releasable info. Should verify it pretty quickly, although I have no doubt.
  10. In basic training in 2006 I was issued a 1967 dated two quart canteen that I was going to take home with me, but unfortunately someone stole it. Our blankets were a variety of shades of OD with the greenish brown ones all being WWII vintage. We found shell casings on Fort Wainwrights ranges dated 1942. The artillery shells we were shooting regularly dated to the 1950s but no later than 1970. While down at Fort Polk for training we had to have all of our squad weapons serviced, so I got to know the armorers the Army had brought in to do so. One day one of the armorers asked me if I wanted to see something cool, so of course I said yes. He took me over to a table where there was a .50 cal and told me to look at the serial number on it. When I looked at it, I was stunned to see that it had a three digit serial number. He told me that they stay in service forever unless the little 'nub' on the right side of the receiver breaks off. We had Westinghouse and General Electric 50's we used, but were all much newer than that three digit.
  11. While earning multiple combat patches from a single deployment is possible, most Paratroopers who have combat jumps that I've encountered, always rock their combat patch from that jump. If they have multiple jumps, it seems to hold true as well that they keep that first jump as their preferred combat patch. I've got a DCU in my collection from a guy who jumped both in Panama and Iraq, and he kept his 82nd patch on his combat side after. Another uniform I have is to a paratrooper from B Company, 3rd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, who jumped in Afghanistan in February 2003. He served multiple tours after his time in the 82nd, but always kept the 82nd patch as his combat patch. Of course these are some my observations and "your experience may vary", however it does seem to be a common thing amongst those with mustard stains.
  12. It is funny you mention that as a possibility. I've got a DCU from a 173rd guy who made the jump, and went to 3rd ID for their 05 deployment as a part of 3rd Brigade. He took one of his tops he used during Northern Delay, and slapped on 3rd ID on it, and left it how it was along with his mustard stain. He also had a fully desert badged DCU from 3rd ID, but his wings lacked the stain. He absolutely made the jump, even though his name is misspelled on the roster, so he probably had the situation described where he couldn't get one.
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