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Steve B.

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    36th Armored Infantry Regiment/36th Infantry Mechanized, 3rd Armored Division and all other 3rd Armored Division units.

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  1. Thanks! I have seen both of those photos before, but the color photo shown earlier was new to me. He was a great man.
  2. In the color photo with the armored insignia, the man on the left is then-Brigadier General Maurice Rose. Rose was the Assistant Division Commander of the 2nd Armored Division, and became the Division Commander of the 3rd Armored Division. He is often called "the best WWII general that you have never heard of." He was killed in 1945, just weeks before the war's end. I can't quite make out the number on the armored division markings. I know the 3AD had paper "decals" that were glued/varnished onto the helmets and look like the ones shown, but I don't know if 2AD did. I also don
  3. I don't believe that is entirely correct. The long-sleeved post-WWII khaki cotton twill shirt was allowed to be altered to have short sleeves when the regs changed for short sleeved khakis for the Class B uniform. Those shirts had a buttonhole in the collar. I don't know when they were adopted, but the Class B khaki short-sleeved shirts I was issued in 1973 did not have a buttonhole in the collar and were not worn under the dress greens. Only the long-sleeved khaki colored shirt mentioned was worn under the greens. That was in effect until the green poplin shirts were issued in the 80s.
  4. The coat, Army Green and Trousers, Army green came in AG-44 which was all wool, or nearly all wool, and the AG-344 which was a poly/wool blend. The AG-44 was dropped sometime in the late 70s or 80s. I was issued both in 1973. We called the AG-344 "summer greens" and the all wool "winter greens" but I don't think those were official names.
  5. If you do a Google search for WWII military field desk, you will find all sorts of info and photos. Your style desk may have been used by cavalry units, but is not unique to cavalry. Everybody used them.
  6. It is a WWII-era Field Desk, but I'm not familiar enough to know which one. There were a few variations. It looks to be in pretty good shape. What are they asking for it?
  7. Ii have had several from The Oregonian, the local daily newspaper. One came with a mailing tube with the soldier's overseas address. I don't recall any of them having any special headlines (VE Day, D-Day, etc.) I believe the ones I had were legitimate. I cannot speak to the authenticity of the ones shown. I don't know if I have any photos of the ones I had, but I will look.
  8. Perhaps Wounded Warriors has gotten their stuff together. I quit supporting them at least a decade ago after evidence surfaced of very little money actually going to activities, extremely high salaries for high ranking employees, allegations of financial mismanagement, etc. The charity watch dog groups used to give them horrible ratings. I have been actively DIScouraging people from supporting them. I shall have to look into them further
  9. Does anyone have a copy, or know where I can find a copy, of the original regulations governing award of the CIB. I am looking for the original, WWII version of the regulation which should be dated 1943 or 1944. I can find the modern version and back about ten years or so, but the wartime reg is eluding me. I am involved in a debate (again!) about who is/was eligible for the CIB in WWII, and the actual reg should be able to answer that. The biggest question is whether the regulation specifies an awardee must have an infantry MOS or just be assigned to an in
  10. In WWII that was the 77th Infantry Division Headquarters DUI.
  11. Very similar to the South Vietnam Ranger badge, but it did not have the skull. Could be a fantasy piece, or another country I am unaware of.
  12. Double post. Please delete/ignore.
  13. Do a Google search for "aircraft crash axe." If this is the same crash axe, you have multiple different ways top get one ranging from eBay, through Amazon and on to various aircraft parts retailers on up to various manufacturers. I just retired from 36+ years in civilian aircraft maintenance, mainly corporate jets & turboprops & helicopters, and they all have the same basic crash axe. Some have a smooth blade, some have serrated teeth on them, but they are the same crash axe in everything I have worked on. I don't know if the UH-60 axe is the same, but the h
  14. Having worked in an infantry battalion S-3 section (Operations and Training) for a while I can attest to the fact that revisions arrived almost daily. I can't speak with any authority as to how navy and marine manuals, regs, etc. were revised, but in the Army we would receive changes/revisions that included anything from a word here and there, spelling corrections, entire paragraphs, or entire pages. It was the responsibility of each section to revise their own manuals which took hours. You would have to find the relevant word on a specific page & paragraph, draw a line through it, then
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