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Hey Mike, why do they call them "swing hats" ? ....or is it so obvious that I'm asking a redundant question?

 

Awesome hat by the way! I'd love to have one too! ;)

 

Rick

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Hey Mike, why do they call them "swing hats" ? ....or is it so obvious that I'm asking a redundant question?

 

Awesome hat by the way! I'd love to have one too! ;)

 

Rick

 

They were named after the commander of the 11th Airborne Division Maj. General Joseph M. Swing.

 

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Ed, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all you help with Vols I and II of Heroes In Our Midst. I hope your study of Swing caps find their way into Vol III. I'm only sorry that we didn't spend time together while you were at C&GSC so we could share our mutual intersts. I think some members of this Forum do not fully understand the host of assets they have at their disposal on this remarkable Forum, especially you and your knowledge. With many thanks! Jack Angolia

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They were named after the commander of the 11th Airborne Division Maj. General Joseph M. Swing.

 

Ray

Thanks Ray, it seems a popular thing to name hats after Generals, wasn't the Ridgeway cap (jump-up cap) named after General Matthew Ridgeway?

 

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  • 10 months later...

Recently found a what i hope to be Swing Cap...it is made from very soft large HBT material with hand sewn/tailor made construction, no vent holes and very floppy...also picked up a hand made/tailor made cap with oval and wing on front, very unique construction, very thin material and a section of elastic stretchy like material very similar to cuff and waist bands on jackets or the period....very cool cap but not sure if its a Swing Cap or just a custom airborne Japanese occupation type cap......can post more detailed pics of construction on each if anyone wants to see...mike

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unfortunately it was never patched up but very similar to a few HBT versions posted earlier in this thread

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Heres a few pics of the second cap...very interesting and unusual...when i first saw it on ebay i thought it was just a patched factory made patrol cap but in hand it clearly is not....also has a nice up turned bill/visor that was very popular at the time

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Here's one in use, it's like the one where the Wings have been trimmed off the shoulder patch,  with the AIRBORNE Tab worn underneath, cap seems to be the type made of OD Wool. Trooper is one Philip A. Aquila of Glendale Queens NYC, I am friends with three of his kids (One of whom passed away a few years back) for many many years, going way back to the 70s, wasn't aware he was in the 11th Abn Div, only found out when I joined FB and reconnected with his daughter. Daughter isn't sure on just when he was first in the division, seems to feel he was only in Japan, we are working on that, to find unit, and to see if he was in combat in Leyte or Luzon in the Philippines, as he's only a Private and wears no ribbons or if Infantry, a Combat Infantryman Badge, but that of course doesn't mean anything as he very well could of be in action and just wears his jump wings with no oval (As seen in the second photo of him by himself).

 

Rakkasan 187 already found his date of entry as December 1 1943, a Draftee, and his Serial Number, so as he went in at this date, plenty of time to be in the PI in late 44 into 45, we shall see, she's looking around for his discharge.

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And that second photo of him, same cap, same IKE but with Wings this time with no oval. Note the pile of Hersey Bars on the chair 😆

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