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    Santa Rosa, CA
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    WWII - 25th Infantry; USS Enterprise; Medical Detachment 571st Quartermaster Battalion

    Philippine-American War - 22nd Infantry

    Civil War - 2nd Penn. Cavalry, CO. A; 10th Kentucky Cavalry, CO. C; 3rd Kentucky Cavalry, CO. A; Jessee's Battalion Kentucky Mounted Riflemen, CO. A
  1. Thank you Allan. Laundry number seems most likely to me as well.
  2. How about these paratrooper wings and patch? The wings were pinned to the patch when I got them. Pretty confident the wings are WWII-era, but would like other opinions. Any idea what the number represents that is scratched into the back of the wings? Looks like P5428. 542nd? laundry number? other ideas? There is just enough space between the 2 and the 8 to make me wonder. Is the patch from WWII? Thanks, Jeff
  3. I have several questions regarding this MEYER wing pattern. Was wondering where this wing pattern fits into the MEYER wing family? Does this pattern have a name or what is this pattern commonly referred to as for reference? I know they are considered a WWII-era wing, but any ideas on what period of time they were produced (e.g., Pre-WWII to Post-WWII)? And also, are there other ratings that this pattern is found in? Thanks, Jeff
  4. Yea I guess they could have been Dave. Its possible there are remnants of gold plating remaining on the caduceus...
  5. What about the base material Patrick? Do you think it is copper or some other metal?
  6. I see what you are saying Mike, but looking at them I don't see any indication of a silver finish. Just a base metal that looks very much like copper. Here are a couple of sterling wings for comparison. Hopefully this better captures the difference in color/tone of these wings that I see having them in hand. Also, I rubbed a little of the oxidation off of the back of the Flight Surgeon wing using some silver polish. I'ts the area just to the right of center of the wing. Distinctly different color than the silver wings and their brass pins.
  7. What are you thinking they might be made of? I'm fairly confident that they are not sterling.
  8. Nice heavy roller mechanism like on the ones on the web page linked above. Do you think that they were issued this way? Or never finished with a silver plating?
  9. Hi all. Hope everyone had a good holiday weekend under the circumstances...Was wondering if I could get some opinions on these flight surgeon wings I picked up recently. They appear to be made out of copper? Has anyone seen a finish like this on other wings? No hallmark on them, but they resemble a NORSID pattern and with the exception of the Caduceus, are very similar to a set of wings (number 15 from the top) posted on Bob's site. The Caduceous closely resembles the one on the GEMSCO wing that is directly below it. http://www.ww2wings.com/wings/usaaf/usaafflightsurgeon.shtml
  10. Stumbled onto this thread. Looks like I should be looking for a marked band (BAND, HELMET, CAMOUFLAGE US) as opposed to an unmarked band. Whats the opinion on these? They look good, but I'm skeptical because of where they come from... https://www.ebay.com/itm/VIETNAM-WAR-M-1-HELMET-ELASTIC-BAND-NEW/174273291745?_trkparms=aid%3D1110001%26algo%3DSPLICE.SIM%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131231084308%26meid%3D776ddfdd3ae74456b5ae5e6d3e02b39f%26pid%3D100010%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D12%26sd%3D402258409971%26itm%3D174273291745%26pmt%3D0%26noa%3D1%26pg%3D2047675&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109
  11. Hi - I'm looking to add an elastic helmet band to my Vietnam-era helmet, but i'm not sure which one I should be looking for. I know the later version with cat eyes is incorrect and I think I will stick with an elastic band rather than one made from a cut up inner-tube. My helmets sweatband and Mitchell pattern helmet cover are dated 1965. I've seen a couple of options that I am trying to decide on. One is an unmarked helmet band and the other that is stamped BAND, HELMET, CAMOUFLAGE, with "US" either before BAND or after CAMOUFLAGE (I've seen both). Was one of these two bands issued before the other? Did they overlap? So I guess what I'm looking for is the version that would have been issued with a helmet in '64 or '65? Mainly don't want to put a band on the helmet that was not available at that time. Thanks
  12. Interesting. So maybe it's a Navy helmet. Hard to read exactly, but i thought i could make out "INF" under the name so i assumed that stood for infantry.
  13. That's all there is as far as painted markings. There is a soldiers name and other information stenciled on the side, but its very hard to read.
  14. Was wondering if I could get some opinions on what the marking on this M1 fixed bail helmet represents? Has a symbol in the shape of a Y on the front. Not sure if there might have been more to the symbol than this at one time. Any ideas as to what it represents and have you seen other helmets with markings like this or similar to this? Thanks Jeff
  15. That's a great looking grouping. Thanks for sharing it?
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