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  1. I saw two printed I MAC Hq patches on eBay once years ago and the auction was ended early. I assume the seller got a message offering some lowball sum that sounded really good to him. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  2. Yup, those look like good fully embroidered on felt WWII variations. Also keep in mind the Marines stopped wearing unit SSI ending in 1947. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  3. A lot of people call the smaller ones "shirt sized" but as far as I know, the Marines only wore SSI on their dress blues and greens, never on shirts or field uniforms like the Army. These are just smaller variations of the same patch. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  4. Like was stated before, there is nothing of special significance about the thread between the tab and patch. It is just a transition of the thread between the two parts of the patch from the Schiffli machine it was embroidered on. If you look at an uncut or rough cut sheet of patches you will see similar transitions. I believe normally they were die cut out then hand trimmed in WWII. Later unmerrowed patches, especially Korean War era, often had more material left around the edges because they skipped the hand trim step. With the hundreds of embroidery companies making patches then there were bound to be variations in production methods though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  5. I'm thinking shield too. German SS units used a less stylized version of that type of shield for their division insignias. The clues seem to point to some kind of 101st connection. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  6. When the 10th Infantry was re-activated is was actually the 10th Mountain Div (LI).I was with the 2/108th INF ('87-'88) which was part of the 10th MTN.The 108th was a NYNG unit but we wore the 10th MTN patch. I was one of the first of the new 10th Mountain, C Co. 2/14th Inf. from '85-'88. We took some of your guys along in late '86 to JOTC at Ft. Sherman, Panama. I felt a little bad for the guys that went with, they were not used to the field training we typically did. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk - now Free
  7. I think I remember they started wearing the mountain tab in combination with the first army patch not long after we were activated around '86 or '87. We did a little training with them at Ft. Irwin in California and they were a little miffed that the 10th got to wear the tab and we were just a light infantry unit - not officially mountain warfare trained like they were. They "set us straight" that they were the only unit in the army that was a "real" mountain unit - I guess the annual mountaineering training at Camp Merrill or the deployment to NWTC in Alaska didn't count.
  8. The IX airborne engineer aviation battalions (876th, 877th, 878th) wore the air corps patch with the red and white tab like in the photo above. The other patch they wore with the tab - the IX aviation engineer - had it's origin in the 9th air force, which is why the combination of the 9th and red and white tab were probably legit too. I agree that there is always a possibility that there were other combinations of air force and airborne tabs worn besides those already shown or mentioned.
  9. 9th Armored Division "Bridge at Remagen" (1969) with George Segal, Ben Gazzara and Robert Vaughn I liked the scavenger Angel played by Ben Gazzara in the movie. When I was a kid, I thought I would like all the "souvenirs" just laying there to pick up. I never thought about it until much later what it would be like to actually do that in real life. Lt Hartman: [sees Angelo stealing items off corpses] You know something, Angel? You're a pig. Sgt Angelo: [grins] I love you too... sir.
  10. William Holden as Col. Frederick in "The Devil's Brigade."
  11. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Merrill Camp Frank D. Merrill in Dahlonega Georgia is also where the mountain phase of ranger school takes place.
  12. My grandfather told me the French were kinda crazy. At night his unit would be observing strict noise and light discipline and the French would have a huge bonfire with all their vehicles circled around it dancing, roasting chickens, drinking, and singing. He said he never did hear of them being attacked either. He figured it was either dumb luck or the German's thought it was some kind of trap.
  13. I always thought this one was bogus or a collector or reunion insignia too. The versions I had seen looked like the EGA was added later. I would be interested in learning more about it myself.
  14. Pennsylvania National Guard, some of the older state guard patches used this design too. It has the Pennsylvania seal on it, also found on the state flag. The 28th is and was drawn from the National Guard unit.
  15. There have been posts that disproved the post WWII green twill theory.Pictures of pre 1945 dated boxes full of patches with green twill can be founding on these forums.As far as the connecting string between the tab and patch, it's just the way they make the patches, nothing more. I can imagine some trooper telling a green recruit a story about the special red string and it passed off as gospel years later, like in "Stripes" when John Candy tells the guy in the bottom bunk he has to make his top bunk because they are in Germany. I guess growing up and being able to buy patches for .50-$1 all day long has me a little jaded with the prices fairly common airborne division patches go for these days. I was thinking that if I had won the jackpot the other day I'd probably make a lot of patch dealers very happy myself.
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