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  1. fourragere's and  aiguillettes come in many colors. IF it was on a VFW uniform it could be for their honor / color guard. You'd think with the blue / gold color it would be for the American Legion. They are used to signify something special, ceremonial. It is pretty.  

  2. I see a lot of examples of this from the members and postings of the forum and GOD BLESS YOU for doing it. Some even saying they wish they had the resources to do, OR they wish when they saw it X number of years ago they wish they had bought more.  As CAT (can't find or remember her handle, her avatar has a tiger in it) pointed out a few years ago on my "Halloween Warning Order" that I try to every year about this time ... that not all uniforms were meant to be saved . And yet, how often do we get the chance to keep or put stuff together. Ultimately keeping our "veterans" alive and living on when their bodies are no longer with us. 


    You even see examples of people hunting down pieces that were previous sold to re-unite them.  More power to you!! I applaud and salute you! 

  3. I really don't know. I was just taking a swag because of the rank is a CPL. You have the "basic" time frame and "I was there" ribbons. There could even be I did good medals as well i.e.; Nav/Mar Achievement Medal, Nav/Mar Accommodation, Bronze Star, etc.


    Some one who knows Marine Corps stuff should have a better idea.  

  4. A friend of mine just acquired this awesome grouping to a WW1 and WW2 US Navy submariner.  Which included: 

    * Good Conduct; Named to, Charles V. Sayles, USS O-10, 21 AUG 1919, w/ships bars - USS Mercy &  USS V - THREE 

    * Mexican Service #12687

    * WW1 Victory w/ Patrol and Submarine bars

    * American Defense Medal, w/ Fleet bar

    * American Theater Medal and 

    * WW2 Victory Medal

    * Silver Submariners water wings 

    and * Combat Patrol badge w/one star.

    Could you get a combat patrol star out of a US port? Eastern Pacific - West coast? East coast - North to Greenland or South, Caribbean to South America? I'm just spit balling here. We did go out and have to search for both Japanese and German subs/raiders off of our coasts / or areas of influence/protection.   

    (why no Pacific or European Theater medals, I'm not sure - see question above). 


    Any info additional on this submariner would be greatly appreciated.  







  5. I didn't see this and once again, y'all beat me to the punch when I thought I got there first. I started a topic of Halloween finds myself (as I try to do every year -Halloween Warning Order). Here's the picture I posted. Good items found so far. headed there shortly to check again be fore I get a cold one. 😁  


  6. There are a lot of examples of army patches being placed on these early AF transitional jackets. In the early days as the AF set their standards for how the uniform should look there was a bit of a mis-mashing of insignia. + I think it looks cool. Some even had overseas bars on the cuffs.  There are other forum posting that show these examples, I just can't locate it quickly.  Is this an Ike style or full length jacket. 

  7. The theater engineer and WW2 CBI uni are both great finds! Congrats!  They're still out there! Keep the pics and stories coming!


    PS, I agree with you about GW, their people cherry pick. I went the day after Halloween one year and all of the stuff, instead of 50% OFF, WAS BOXED UP AND SHIPPED BACK TO BE WHAREHOUSED FOR ANOTHER YEAR. I complained too, but it fell on deaf ears. 

  8. For WW2 Airborne veteran / pictures, It is pretty common to see jump wings above the ribbon racks and the CIB on the pocket flap. I have the impression and feeling during WW2, Jump wings were considered more important than the CIB. Airborne troopers were the "elite", where as any ground pounding infantryman (no less important) was authorized to wear the CIB if they'd been in combat. Yes, there were regs for awarding the CIB, I'm just making a general statement.  


    There have always been regulations for wearing of specialty badges. Specifically, as stated in black in white in Army regulations, AR 670-1.  You'd have to research the actual regs and when they were published to get a clear picture of wear. There is a "modern" rating system for wearing authorized badges. When I was in during the 80's, they were in "classes". Class 1 were combat badges; CIB, CMB. Class 2; EIB, EMB, Class 3; Aviation wings, and finally Class 4; Jump, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Scuba, etc. And you wore them in order 1 to 4. And you you could only wear so many. Obviously, this was and has been taken advantage of as you see it all the time. I saw a SF trooper wearing both the CIB and CMB. You will rarely see someone wearing both the CIB and an EIB as "combat" mentally rates higher, but you will see it done anyway.  Some wearing up to four class 4 badges (1 above the US Army tape and 3 across the pocket), when really they were only authorized to wear two class 4. Finally the Class 5's; Marksman and Driver badges w/hanging bars.  


    My information may be old, but that was the way when I was in. 

  9. 7 hours ago, PhilippineBuckles said:

    The plain Aviation Electronics Technician buckle was made in Hong Kong most likely in the 1960s.  Hong Kong buckles are highly polished, scratch easily, engraved with a "rocking" style, and have a unique back to the buckle.




    Here is a shot of the Avn Electric back. Not sure how it is different from the others.  

    AVN Elect back.jpg

  10. Here's three more, I thought I'd captured more images, but put them in another folder.


    1. USS Kansas City, AOR-3

    2. A fairly early one; Aviation rate, 1955 (??), Philippines, GM Ford

    3. Aviation electronics technician, pretty plain and simple. Surely wouldn't draw any unwanted attention. 


    AVN 1.jpg

    AVN Elect.jpg

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