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  1. Division HQ would be red, white and blue. What is the branch of service (BOS) color of the cap braid? Each pre-war brigade and divisional HQ element (signal company, quartermaster company, tank company, MP company, etc.) had this design in its own BOS colors.
  2. It is pattern 1919 Equipment Marking tag for each soldier's issued individual equipment. Each Army Branch of Service (BOS) had them with their BOS insignia. The soldier's unit and number was stamped in the blank area. Somewhere on the Forum is a contemporary drawing showing them all. Use the "Search" function.
  3. Pattern of 1919. Each branch of service had its own. There is a contemporary drawing of these equipment marking disks somewhere here on the forum. Try the Search function.,
  4. When did the design change for the General Thomas Stewart Medal? What would one awarded from 1950-1956 look like?
  5. Another possibility is that there was Basic Combat Training at Ft. Knox in 1972.
  6. It is likely an Armor School AIT image, hence the armor triangle. 1972 would be when training brigades were how basic and advanced training units were organized at the Army BCT and AIT schools. C-4-13 (or C-13-4?) would be C Company, 4th (or 13th?) [Training] Battalion, 13th (or 4th?) [Training] Brigade. Is a guidon visible in the image?
  7. atb

    MACV patches?

    The presence of the "tail" on the reverse of the one that was worn indicates that there is a very good chance it is from the Vietnam Era. I don't know when these tails disappeared from the reverse of SSI. The one on the right is either fraying at the top right or that's the remains of a tail.
  8. atb

    MACV patches?

    Makers would still make them even as colors and techniques changed to fill any need for them. The Army would continue to stock them as long as soldiers needed them. Soldiers eligible to wear them served long after the end of the Vietnam War.
  9. Thanks US82Bravo. Wow, I was off by a bit. I went and looked it up and refreshed my memory. The ADA became a branch in 1968 and continued to wear the crossed cannon with missile while FA branch readopted the crossed cannon insignia. From 1957 to 1968 was the time period when the crossed cannon and missile was the Artillery Branch insignia.
  10. For a time, the Branch of Service insignia for all Artillery was the crossed cannon with missile. There was a single Artillery Branch, no Field, no Air Defense, just Artillery. It split around 1974, I think. Units had designations that described their particular weapons, i.e. 8th Battalion, 1st Artillery (Nike Hercules) or 3d Battalion, 9th Artillery (8" Howitzer). In 1970, I was assigned to the 30th Artillery Brigade (Air Defense). After the split, it became 30th Air Defense Artillery Brigade.
  11. atb

    Beret correct ID

    1977 is too late for use in Vietnam during the war. The last US combat units had left by late 1972- early 1973 and the south fell to the north in 1975.
  12. If I remember correctly, it is for Army Lightweight Individual Load Carrying Equipment, ALICE. It's the post-M1956/M1967 (and maybe MLCE) soldier's field gear. It was used up until the 1990's.
  13. Quick correction, it is Fort Myer. Often that extra 'e' is added in error.
  14. I was incorrect on this being the back of the SSI. I certainly do agree that there were right facing ones. I have not in the short time I've ben looking been able to find other examples like the one on your coat.
  15. I found the first one (on the orange background) and it faces the other way there. I need to do a bit of research to comment further on the SSI on the uniform coat.
  16. That looks like the reverse side of the Liberty Loan SSI.
  17. The SSI applied sideways and a rear facing buffalo gives me pause. The last image, in my view, is a French soldier. He is wearing a French uniform and equipment. The soldiers of the 92nd Division wore US uniform and equipment and used US rifles. It was the soldiers of the provisional 93d Division's infantry regiments who wore US uniforms and used French weapons and equipment.
  18. That looks like it's for a badge of some sort like a security officer, police officer, or some other non-military law enforcement occupation where that style of shirt would be worn.
  19. You can very easily see the lineage on the US Army Center of Military History website (look up the 77th Sustainment Brigade). It will mostly answer your questions. You can see information about who wears the SSI on the US Army Institute of Heraldry website.
  20. The 77th Infantry Division was never a National Guard organization. It was reactivated after WW2 in the Organized Reserve, which later became the Army Reserve. The lineage is now carried by the 77th Sustainment Brigade. You can see that lineage on the US Army Center of Military History website.
  21. Possibly a "B." B 134 FA / 7 for Battery B, 134th Field Artillery, soldier #7. The 134th FA was part of the 37th Division.
  22. I think what you are seeing is the result of photo retouching by hand, a bygone skill. To me it still is a Marksman badge.
  23. Yes, Army marksmanship badges to cadets who qualify. That sure looks like a Marksman level badge to me.
  24. The Coast Defence Study Group has information on-line about which Coast Artillery companies formed the various Coast Artillery regiments.
  25. When I entered the Army in Jan 1970, the Army Green 44 uniform coat and trousers I was issued had a contract date of 1957. The pile cap I received from CIF at Ft. Wainwright, Alaska in Jan 1972 was a M1951.
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