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  1. The whole "Airborne" to "Air Assault" and "Air Mobile" subject is interesting. This is from the Wikipedia entry for the "Air Assault Badge": "According to the United States Army Institute of Heraldry, "The Air Assault Badge was approved by the Chief of Staff, Army, on 18 January 1978, for Army-wide wear by individuals who successfully completed Air Assault training after 1 April 1974. The badge had previously been approved as the Airmobile Badge authorized for local wear by the Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, effective 1 April 1974. The division had been reorganized from parachute t
  2. Yes, that is why in my original post I wrote: "The card on which they are sealed bears a copyright date of 1966, meaning only that the patches post-date 1965." Copyrights on any item last for years. If a copyrighted design is not changed, then the copyright date merely indicates the date on which the design was produced, not the date on which the item was produced.
  3. This patch package was a part of a small group that I recently found. The group is identified to a 1960's West Point graduate. As you can see, the 101st Division patches (there are two in the package) remain sealed within their original N.S. Meyer packaging. The card on which they are sealed bears a copyright date of 1966, meaning only that the patches post-date 1965. What struck me was the absence of the "Airborne" tabs with the patches. Does anyone know what the situation was here? Was Meyer just making a few extra cents by selling the tabs separately (you can see that the original purchaser
  4. If anyone can identify it I wold be grateful! It's clutch back, maker marked by Dondero. The design is a cobalt blue dragon on a golden yellow shield. Thanks very much!
  5. If anyone has any thoughts on the dating of these two Navy flight suits I would be grateful! I assume that the tag in the orange suit gives us a "Purchase Order" date in 1959, which is, I suppose, a way of dating the suit as post-1959. But I cannot figure out anything more specific, nor can I come up with any idea of a date for the khaki Navy flight suit. Thanks, gentlemen!
  6. Thank you, Justin. That makes sense, since the interior tailor label is named and dated May of 1944.
  7. This is the cuff of the uniform jacket of a WWII Merchant Marine officer. As you can see, above the rank braid is the bullion embroidered insignia of the Army Transport Service. Does anyone have any information about this? I have never heard of the Army Transport Service using Merchant Marine personnel. I think that the jacket, while dated 1944, was worn by the owner after the war, so perhaps this was an insignia that the Merchant Marine began using post-war? Any help would be appreciated. I don't have any reference books that cover the Merchant Marine insignia of WWII. Many tha
  8. Shown here is a medal bar for a Coast Guard member who served from World War II into the 1970's. His Good conduct Medal has a bar on it that is engraved "PSU Pier 9 ERNY". Does anyone know what this designation refers to? Thanks!
  9. Thanks for the link. According to the reference quoted in that thread, the date was March of 1975 for the specifications introducing the pad. Thanks again.
  10. Hey, Jack, thanks for that. That is a help, and I appreciate your time.
  11. Can anyone tel me when the U.S. Army started incorporating the foam rubber "impact pad" (or "concussion pad"; I haven't been able to find its actual designation) into the liners of airborne helmets? Thanks, gentlemen!
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