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It's not fake. Would have been worn by a member of the US Army as a right shoulder combat patch who had prior USMC combat service (most likely Vietnam).

Kurt


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USMC stopped wearing any arm patches in 1947. The patch shown is from Iraq War, & a limited private contract by a USMC unit Commander; who presented these to U.S. ARMY men; who were attached to his Marine unit in Iraq. It does not have any relation to "prior USMC service", or to Vietnam.

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USMC stopped wearing any arm patches in 1947. The patch shown is from Iraq War, & a limited private contract by a USMC unit Commander; who presented these to U.S. ARMY men; who were attached to his Marine unit in Iraq. It does not have any relation to "prior USMC service", or to Vietnam.

 

I've seen these subdued USMC patches all over the place for years - Ebay, Army Navy Stores, Militaria Shows, etc etc. Based on the large numbers I've seen, production of them goes far beyond a "private contract." Based on what I saw while on active duty in the Army in the early 1980's, it was not uncommon for US Army personnel who, prior to serving in the US Army, were in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Many of these combat vets wore subdued USMC Division patches on the right shoulder of their fatigues.

There's a good chance the patch pictured here was worn in this way.

Kurt


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When I transferred from the inactive reserve to the National guard in 1972 there were former Marines with Viet Nam service wearing the 1 MARDIV SSI. They wore the full color SSI on their Class A and the subdued SSI on their fatigue uniforms.

 

I recall seeing a semi-subdued version of the 5th AF SSI on the fatigues of two former USAF veterans. I say semi-subdued because the SSI were three colors: OG, black and brown.

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when I was in Kuwait coming home from my first tour in Iraq last Spring, I saw several Army soldiers with a 'foliage green' (new ACU color patches) 2nd MarDiv combat patch for having worked alongside us earlier in the war. Something their command must have authorized, since we don't recognize patches. Nonetheless, I myself was presented with 2 Army combat patches (49th and 89th MP Bns) for working with them on my first tour. I guess it was an incentive to 'Go Guard' when my contract expires, as I received the official certificates with them, as well


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"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
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I've seen these subdued USMC patches all over the place for years - Ebay, Army Navy Stores, Militaria Shows, etc etc. Based on the large numbers I've seen, production of them goes far beyond a "private contract." Based on what I saw while on active duty in the Army in the early 1980's, it was not uncommon for US Army personnel who, prior to serving in the US Army, were in the Marine Corps in Vietnam. Many of these combat vets wore subdued USMC Division patches on the right shoulder of their fatigues.

There's a good chance the patch pictured here was worn in this way.

Kurt

 

Correctomundo Kurt! Here's one that a Marine buddy I served with, circa 1969-70-71 gave to me. He hadn't had enough military with the Marines during Vietnam, so he enlisted in the Army, circa 1974, serving with 101st AB ID. He finally had enough and got out after his 4 year hitch with the Army, so this camo 1st Mar Div dates to sometime in the mid to late 1970's. He cut this off his Army utility blouse right shoulder for me before he threw his stuff away. Former Marines serving in the Army have been wearing these on their right shoulders for years.

 

Gary

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At one time Armey referred to the right shoulder patches as the Former Overseas Wartime Parent Unit and then Wartime Service Patch. I think the official name is now SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA FORMER WARTIME SERVICE (SSI-FWTS).

 

The Army has some interesting regs on patches. Somewhere around here I have an Army woodland camo shirt with a Navy aircrew badge sewn above the right pocket.



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To add to the discussion, for many years Army regulations specifically prohibited wearing Marine divisional insignia, though it was still seen from time to time. However, as mentioned above, Army personnel attached to a Marine division in Iraq have been given approval to wear a Marine Corps patch (sorry, I don't recall which one). These would most often be seen in brown on the DCU, or now in foliage green on the ACU.

 

The green patches such as the one at the top of this thread have been around for years, sometimes worn on the uniform, but were never approved.

 

Bill


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To add to the discussion, for many years Army regulations specifically prohibited wearing Marine divisional insignia, though it was still seen from time to time. However, as mentioned above, Army personnel attached to a Marine division in Iraq have been given approval to wear a Marine Corps patch (sorry, I don't recall which one). These would most often be seen in brown on the DCU, or now in foliage green on the ACU.

 

The green patches such as the one at the top of this thread have been around for years, sometimes worn on the uniform, but were never approved.

 

Bill

 

To add a further "bit" to this discussion, Army regs allow soldiers who served with Marine units to wear the Divisional insignia of the unit they worked under....HOWEVER...if you are a Marine, and transistion to the army, you aren't supposed to wear Marine SSI..because Marine's don't wear SSI.

 

One of the more inane current army regulations. (AR 670-1) Go to page 263 of the pdf file, (actual page is 240). Paragraph 14, c, 3.

 

Here's the complete link to the Reg; it's worth keeping around as a reference...

 

 

http://www.usapa.army.mil/pdffiles/r670_1.pdf

 

All the best,

JasonG

 

PS: As a former Marine, if I were in the army, and had served with the Marines in a place where I rated the combat patch, you can better believe I'd wear one, regs be damned.

 

There is one exception to the rule, for Marines who served during WWII who later serve in the Army; because in WWII, the Marines wore SSI!


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we have an Army Sergeant running around with one of these on his ACUs. If I can run him down I'll ask him the exact regs


-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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we have an Army Sergeant running around with one of these on his ACUs. If I can run him down I'll ask him the exact regs

http://www.marlowwhite.com/army-AR-670-1-view.html

 

Army Regulation 670-1

3 February 2005

Effective date: 3 March 2005

UNCLASSIFIED

Uniforms and Insignia

Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia

Army Regulation 670-1

 

28-17. Shoulder sleeve insignia-former wartime service (SSI-FWTS)

 

(14) Operation Iraqi Freedom: from 19 March 2003 to a date to be determined, for soldiers assigned to units participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soldiers must have been deployed in the CENTCOM area of operations, or participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom while deployed in Turkey, Israel, and Aegis cruisers. Soldiers who served with the 1st Marine Division from 19 March 2003 to 21 April 2003 during combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom are authorized to wear the 1st Marine Division shoulder sleeve insignia as their SSI-FWTS. Soldiers who were deployed in the area of operations on training exercises or in support of operations other than Iraqi Freedom are not authorized the SSI-FWTS, unless those exercises or operations became combat or support missions to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

And this one is former Marines serving in the US Army:

(3) Other services. The Department of the Navy, the United States Marine Corps (USMC), and the Air Force do not authorize wear of SSI. Therefore, personnel who served in one of the designated areas during one of the specified periods, but who were not members of the U.S. Army, are not authorized to wear the SSI-FWTS on their right shoulder. The only exception to this policy is for U.S. Army members who served with the USMC during World War II from 15 March 1943 through 2 September 1946.

 

Hope this helps

BEAR

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I think it's an acceptable non-reg practice then, as I've seen several cases these days of soldiers wearing 1st or 2nd MarDiv patches


-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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