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  1. Apparently the USMC began wearing SSI again (after WW1) in Feb 1943 after the Battle of Guadalcanal and received "official support" from leadership in March 1943. If J.A. Weber Jr. was killed, died or was discharged prior to Feb 1943 he would not have worn a SSI. Now it's my 3 cents worth since I did a little research.lol https://veteranscollection.org/2016/03/29/us-marine-corps-uniform-shoulder-sleeve-insignia-introduction/
  2. Hmmmm. Does this mean I need to be on the lookout for some Interwar period USMC shoulder patches?
  3. Just my two cents worth-- Since the uniform is dated 1940-41 maybe the marine was discharged or died prior to the wearing of SSI. I am not a Marine collector and don't know when the USMC started wearing SSI.
  4. 17th Infantry Regiment. Assigned to the 7th Division from March 1923 to August 1927.
  5. Probably late March 1986 at Ft Bragg. We had switched from winter PT uniform to early spring uniform which was sweat shirt and yellow shorts. On friday we had a Battalion run where all the companies assemble on Deglopper Field and the Lt Col. (Jesse Johnson) leads us. Well, friday morning arrives and upon looking outside we see it raining hard with lots of ice in the trees- a nice cold freezing rain. So much for the battalion run! Wrong -- we form up in company formation and march out onto Deglopper to assume our position in the battalion formation. The company is standing in formation, it's members rubbing their legs, and jumping up and down trying to stay warm as the freezing rain is driven into them by the wind. The battalion formation is finally formed up (facing HHC and C Company barracks) and the usually "all present and accounted for" announcements are going on. But wait!! in full view of the battalion, someone is peaking out of one of the doors for Headquarters Company. And as the first part of the battalion is beginning to march out onto the road, a lone figure runs from the door to join his company - WEARING LONG JOHNS under his PT uniform!!! The entire battalion erupts in cheers and laughter. The lone figure is SFC Mitchell, fellow Vietnam veteran and long time associate of the Battalion Commander. The only person who could get away with such a thing!!! I am not sure what SFC Mitchells job was in the battalion but he was a well known prankster. Whenever the battalion received a new member, no matter what rank they were, he would start a conversation with them. If he found out they were married and had children he would ask, "How is your wife and MY children?" I don't remember SFC Mitchell's first name. I may have never known it. There were many tales and stories about him in the battalion. One that I remember was that he killed his platoon leader when the platoon was ambushed and the lieutenant was trying to run away with the the only radio. He was supposedly put in for the Medal of Honor but it was denied since he killed an officer during his actions. That was the story. True or not I don't know. If anyone knows anything about SFC Mitchell I would love to hear it. He apparently served with Jesse Johnson in Vietnam, but I don't know any more than that. I don't remember what combat patch he wore. More on Jesse Johnson https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/4950 http://www.cochisemts.com/index.php/leadership
  6. Kathie Hightower is still around. http://elvaresa.com/author-illustrator/kathie-hightower/
  7. In the late 1980's, after serving my 4 years on active duty, I decided to join the National Guard. In the Guard unit we had a Staff Sergeant who was Full Time NG (previously active duty). One night while in the field, my mortar section was given the task of being OPFOR and ambushing the rifle platoons on their patrols. The Staff Sergeant decided to come along with us and join the fun. We were given some bobby trap simulators to use during these ambushes. The SSgt asked me, " these things whistle for a while and then explode, right?" My answer "No they explode immediately when you pull the string. You are thinking of artillery simulators." He responded "Are you sure? I think there is a delay." My reply "They explode immediately." --- A few seconds later it did. Followed by him moaning and clutching his hand. He had pulled the string. My response "you dumbass." The only time I am aware of a that Spec 4 got away with calling Staff Sergeant that to his face!!! (He had blown his thumb nail off and was bleeding. When asked he said he was trying to pull the string and throw the device away at the same time.)
  8. In case you missed out on his Marine Barracks flag, you can get his 29th Division Normandy Invasion flag. https://www.ebay.com/itm/WW2-US-48-STAR-LG-FLAG-1944-MARKED-29TH-DIV-D-DAY-NORMANDY-INVASION-BATTLE-FLAG/233432209465?hash=item3659a4d839:g:6KUAAOSwSeVd8oJm
  9. I have a question about the awarding of clasps to the World War One Victory Medal. If the soldier was wounded during the Somme Offensive and was not present at the other battles, wouldn't he have received (and been entitled to) a medal with only Somme Offensive and Defensive Sector? Or were the medals awarded based on the unit in which they served?
  10. I looked it over at the store and saw no markings. It is rather crusty and any markings may be gone.There are no sights. I will get better pictures next time I'm there.
  11. I spotted this at an antique store today. The store owner doesn't know what it is but I think it is a spotting rifle. Bolt action and about 50 caliber. Anyone know what it is?
  12. When I was in during the mid 1980's, we had a SFC in our company who wore his EIB sewn on some shirts and CIB sewn on others. He also switched between his 101st and 173rd combat patches. He said he wore the EIB to show he had earned it --- and also said it was the harder one to get.
  13. I may be wrong, but the bronze star may have been awarded while the soldier was with the 7th Army since that is the "combat" patch he is wearing. He may have served in the 29th Division after the war in the Maryland or Virginia National Guard. Based on this and and his laundry number you may be looking for someone from MD or VA with a R-9887 laundry number. Searching the laundry number gave the following results with Jay Frederick Reynolds, Jr. being the only one enlisting from Virginia. His Find a Grave entry does not provide any help. https://wwii-enlistment.com/search/?q=r9887&select=laundryNumber&quick-search=1 https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/84690498/jay-frederick-reynolds
  14. I remember using the "dial of death" release on jumps in Airborne school in February 1984, but I never used one in the 82nd when I got there in March 1984. The MC1-1B was still being used for mass tactical jumps when I was in the 82nd from 1984-1987. It may not have been suitable, but it was still being used.
  15. The 104th Military Police Battalion, 5th Corps, WV National Guard appears to have only existed for three years, from 9 December 1921 to about 2 January 1925. On 2 Jan 1925, the company commander, Captain Miller was re-assigned as a reserve officer in the WVNG. The 1926 National Guard Register no longer lists the 104th MP Battalion as part of the 5th Corps.
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