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  1. One other thought, since the circular patch is essentially the same as the 29th, it is possible that the government used the same design since it is a Korean symbol and appears in the center of the ribbon for the Korean citation. I may have been rescinded and replaced with the bell design. Korea like other war zones breed a variety of insignia in their own right. A local DJ Tony Booth was a member of the small but infamous AFKN (American Forces Korea Network), these are the same people who brought you the film, "Good Morning Vietnam" with Robin Williams. Obscure, for sure, but equally
  2. Hi Brigade-Piron, Now this goes back to the days of The Patch King and his 20 patches for $1 plus a "Korean War" or "Atomic Bomb" patch free, with illustrated patch catalog and price lists. Mine came with the white border, it was several years later I found the OD bordered patch. I believe another patch may have predated it, it was the Korea symbol for good luck, similar to the 29th Infantry Division patch, except blue and red with an OD border. This was sometimes referred to as Korean Military Government, but it may have been KMAG's first design. I think the KMAG tab (blue and gold) came
  3. Mort, A nice patch but I think it was a little heavy at $823. It looks good to me.
  4. Good evening Mort, I hope it is cooler in FLA than it is here in the Commonwealth. Thinking of you. Best to all.

    Tom

  5. As a teenager, in about 1954, I purchased a pair of Brigadier General's stars, much like the set you have shown, except the box with a clear cellophane window was much larger. The retail sales package was I believe about 4-inches by 5 or 6-inches, printed in blue with I think the GEMSCO hallmark or trade mark in gold, so too on the sales card inside of the box. I suspect, the box you have predated the 1950s, perhaps in the late 1940s. Has anyone else seen the small sales package shown here?
  6. For a lettering comparison I just run this through a drawing program to show how a lettering program might stitch out the same wording "FAR EAST NETWORK", again, this is just a screen-shot that fits the forum size limitations. But if you follow each character and comare it to the lettering on the patch photo show you can see the difference. Pictures say it best. Tom
  7. Love it Garth, you have struck gold in thar eBay hills! I was anxious to acquire the patch (see photo) to replace one I purchased for about $4 in an Army Surplus Store in Cincinnati say in the summer of 1978. While my original find, was 100% original, it was stapled to a cardboard hanger in the store, came off of a uniform. I think the patch I got from Akron, NY, is similar too, but not exactly the same. It has been too many years now since I sold it with my collection. I scanned it a 600 lines/inch and using iPhoto I can magnify it and see a lot of detail you won't in this red
  8. Attachment #2: (Mercedes Benz Command Car) EOM/tmh
  9. Got back from Louisville this evening after a 9 hour drive. This is my one major event for this year, but since it was my first SOS all I can say is I am happy I made the pilgrimage. My first observation was the friendliness of the folks there, dealers and show-goers, I was pleased that it was an awakening for me. This militaria business is here to stay. So many dedicated and knowledgable people. And such wonderful things to see. I am going to post here a few of the photographs I took. Attachment #1: EOM/tmh
  10. Patches, The thought occurred to me he may have been in the AFR or ANG. Not being rated a senior pilot I doubt his assignment was to a combat command but rather as you suggest some admin job in a technical command on active or reserve function. If he had a more senior status as a navigator it may indicate some longer term combat command experience. If he had his ribbons and other insignia it might indicate his service history. Two-stars are not inconsequential, making past COL is a big deal in any branch. In the USAF, are BGs indicative of combat commands as they are in the Army, as a brig
  11. Hi Mort,

    What do you think?

    Anything going on at your end of the world, I mean, FLA?

    Drop me a ka-note.

    Tom

  12. Costa, My first impression, and I am strictly a novice regarding Sterling wings is, the pattern is dissimilar to the WW2 wings I have seen. The first thing I noticed was the shield, the second the tips of the feathers at the top, recessed not jutting out like I think the newer types are. Then comes the marking, or hallmark. I don't know about the squares on the back, haven't seen that before. The safety catch is what first led me to think he had pre-War wings. But, old fasteners were used on World War II wings. To my way of thinking, the safety catch on the more modern vari
  13. On closer inspection there may be some tarnish where the pin catch is soldered to the base metal, so maybe someone got a hold of a jar of silver polish and buffed it to its bright sheen. Attachment #4 - final Pilot back side ... But that still doesn't answer my first question, did NSM do re-strikes of their WW2 pieces? I know Ira Green in the early 1990s did some historical insignia that they marketed to collectors and veteran's families. In the "lean years" between major wars and high demand for their products it would seem at least feasible to think that NSM like Gre
  14. This offering at eBay for a mint condition, looks brand new like out of the box selling for a reduced price, by 25%. It looks authentic enough, and the thought came to mind that maybe before N.S. Meyer closed its doors and sold off to Vanguard Military that they had made some re-strikes of their popular USAAF wings, in this case an Air Crew member's flight badge. I know it is possible to keep sterling insignia in safe conditions to minimize oxidation, but my wife who is of Scottish heritage and a lover of sterling silverware from her mother's side can't keep it from tarnishing over tim
  15. Patches, Very useful information to my "occupation forces" research for Japan. It is nice to be able to fill in the post-war activities and duty stations of major units (divisions, corps and commands), the tie-in to lower echelon units at brigade, regimental and battalion levels can be established. While not a chronology as this is, some useful information about the U.S. Army Europe and the Berlin Command later Brigade is available for the 7th Army on the web. I will list the units that served as occupation troops in japan for easy reference. I noted the 27th ID mentioned,
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