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    I'm interested in the sea-services; especially the U.S. Merchant Marine and those that grew up around the Second World War.
  1. I have had this badge in my collection for over a decade; it came with a pair of red lanyards and USMS clerk rating badges. I am unaware of the training station. It appears to be made of a zinc alloy and was manufactured by F. G. Clover, Co. of New York City. Has anyone come across any of these these?
  2. Here is the gray uniform being worn by a fellow being awarded the Merchant Marine Distinguished Service medal in February 1945. He was a "boatswain."
  3. Here is a Merchant Marine gray coat - I find it an interesting hodge-podge.
  4. Here's a photograph of a Merchant Marine Academy graduate wearing his grays:
  5. For World War I - if they were members of the United States Naval Reserve Force (these were merchant seamen who were in the employ of the U.S. Navy) - they would get the Victory Medal. Common bars were "Transport" or "Patrol." If they were members of the U.S.S.B. they got not a thing - post-war, the powers that be said it would was too difficult to track everyone down. There were plans to make a Merchant Marine Victory Medal, but it never got past the it is the law-of-the-land phase. A U.S. Naval Reserve Force document group with full (mostly) documentation is here: http://ianewatts.org/
  6. in addition to the cap badges that I've detailed above, I've gone ahead and taken photographs of headwear in my collection and placed them online - the only truly remarkable item is the white garrison cap. United States Maritime Commission Cadet Corps and Merchant Marine Academy headwear http://dittybag.ianewatts.org/ca/pawtucket/index.php/Detail/collections/14 A rare photograph of its wear (via http://ianewatts.org/cadet-corps-photos/):
  7. I actually own your book and it is pretty awesome. I enjoyed your work for two reasons: first, it goes beyond just listing names - it shows a medal (or a group) and makes it personal through context and personal or family recollection; and second, the photographs are stunning - and not just of the medals, but also the period photographs, I'd bought it last year and I was surprised to see R. Holubowicz in it since I recalled his name being mentioned in a speech at the 2014 USMMA Battle Standard Dinner. In the speech, the speaker said: "[R]omauld Holubowicz ... survived three sinkings, includ
  8. I decided to go the extra mile and post all Enemy Action Reports on my site. For those of you researching a ship or cadet-midshipman who was awarded the ribbon, the volumes are indispensable primary resources. The volumes are incomplete, as stated in the "Preliminary Note." Keeping that in mind, here you go: http://ianewatts.org/kings-point-enemy-action-reports/
  9. You're quite welcome. It had become a bit bothersome when I learned people were selling post-war cap badges as wartime badges, so I decided to take a closer look. Right now I am working on detailing "District Instructor" and "Cadet Officer" insignia - just to document it, since I haven't seen it published anywhere.
  10. Hello, I'd been poring through period photographs and publications to determine a proper timeline for USMMA cap badges. I've been able to group them into three periods: 1939-1943 Pre-Dedication 1943-1946 The Wartime Academy 1946 (1949) -today Accreditation I've written a descriptive guide to the caps and cap badges here: http://ianewatts.org/usmma-caps/
  11. No problem - this the fun part of collecting and researching, you sometimes have these odd items around and then all of sudden by chance you have an "ah ha!" moment. I'm glad to share.
  12. Indeed, it is dark green and that's an oxidized aluminum star.
  13. Corps of Cadets "Enemy Action - wounded" ribbon Recently I came across an early issue of the United States Merchant Marine Academy Cadet Corps publication Polaris from January 1943. In it I read about the creation of the Cadet Corps’ combat award "Cadet Corps Cadet Stars for Survival of Enemy Torpedoing" or "Enemy Action ribbon"; prior the only reference I was able to uncover was in Bunkley's insignia book from 1943. This ribbon is significant since at the time Congress was embroiled in a debate whether or not merchant seamen deserve recognition for their braving wartime seas and survivi
  14. Thank you warroom1. The book is ordered and it is on its way! eBay has a few images if you do a search (it is a hot seller. I am order number 2 or 2).
  15. I have a small collection of boards, mostly U.S. Maritime Service and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy - and they follow the same manufacturer specifications of the U.S. Navy; thus if I know one - the logic holds - I can figure out the other. Gray boards - they are cloth-covered wood (balsa?). True boards. http://ianewatts.org/usms-shoulder-boards/ http://ianewatts.org/usmma-shoulder-boards/
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