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I picked this up this weekend along with some other pins. I looked thru the EGA Reference section trying to date it, but no luck. Is it a newer one? Appropriate for a 80's era cover?

 

Thanks in advance.

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The easy way to tell the "new" EGA's is the dot on the upper anchor fluke:

 

 

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Of course the "new" EGA's have been around for, what, 50 years and they are not all alike. The more modern ones (and I'd include the 80's in that) have a very artificial glossiness that makes them look plastic while the older new ones think.gif actually look like metal with some tarnish and uneven color.



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So it would be a "correct" EGA for an 80's era cover?

 

I would say it's correct if it matches the buttons of the dress blue coat. Again, by the 80's the very shiny anodized brass was in and EGA's typically looked like this:

 

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Oh, ouch! My eyes, my eyes!!! It hurts my eyes just to look at it.

 

Ok, here comes the sea story...........I remember in boot camp in 1666, our Sunday mornings consisted of sitting out on the "road" on our bucket, spit-shining shoes, cover visor and chinstrap, and rubbing all of our brass (which was really brass then) with Brasso and Dura-glit to remove the clear lacquer coating. I guess that was "old Corps." ;)

 

Going off topic slightly, I remember the first weekend liberty in ITR. One of my buddies went to a uniform shop and bought a pair of patent leather shoes. We had to stand and pass an inspection each Saturday morning in dress greens before we could go on liberty and the next Saturday morning he showed up with those patent leathers.

 

He immediately got the attention of all the troop handlers (usually NOT a good thing) and they commenced to grind their heels into the tops of his shoes. Then they sent him off to spit-shine them and told him to return when they were spit-shined. Of course it is impossible to spitshine the gouges and scratches out of patent leather and, needless to say, he didn't go anywhere that weekend, and learned a valuable lesson about trying to circumvent what was then an honored tradition. :(

 

In all the years of military service since then, I never wore patent leathers or Corfams for anything other than a mess dress occasion.


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Bill that story had me laughing... knew just were it was going. Ain't it amazing... every platoon had one of those types!!!!!!!! Back in the day know one but Officer's (and mostly 90 day wonders :blink: ) wore those thing's. Thanks for a good laugh, laughing1.gif needed that one today!!!!!!!! s/f Darrell



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Bill that story had me laughing... knew just were it was going. Ain't it amazing... every platoon had one of those types!!!!!!!! Back in the day know one but Officer's (and mostly 90 day wonders :blink: ) wore those thing's. Thanks for a good laugh, laughing1.gif needed that one today!!!!!!!! s/f Darrell

 

Glad to be of service. ;)


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Ohhh, MAN! Hilarious. I STILL, to this day, wear my leather spit shined shoes for dress occassions. I was issued the 'corframs' in 1983 when I checked into Marine Barracks, Annapolis...wore them one miserable summer (because, as I found out the hard way, they are PLASTIC, jackass, and it's like having your feet inside...well...BLACK PLASTIC while standing on the BLACK-TOP).

 

They went into the trash and I went back to my nice, comfortable leathers. I had to spitshine em after every tour of duty, but it was worth it.

 

As far as the EGA goes, it would only be correct for a Marine to wear if it were shined to a high sheen :)

 

All Marines I knew in the 80's went out and bought the anodized brass. One of the few things our 'salty' NCO's allowed us to get away with.


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LOL. I gathered up tons of the 'brass' brass that Marines were tossing. What do you need?


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After having a double bypass this past year, it's time to downsize and pass along much of my 'stuff'. I've had my fun, now it is someone elses turn.

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the medals are easy to get. the dress blue buttons are near impossible to find, and EGAs are moderate


-Brig
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RIP
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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
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Hmmmm....interesting. Are they now issuing blues with anodized buttons?

 

If you need something for personal use, I can see what I can dig up for you. Just let me know.


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yeah, the blues sold at the PX are anodized. you need to buy a blouse in town for the old brass, and they cost 50-100 MORE than at the PX, which prices includes tailoring. Saigon Sam's may sell buttons...


-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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Ouch! That's crazy. I always gathered up all the buttons that Marines were tossing (the brass ones) as they replaced them with anodized. I've got probably enough for 2 or 3 blouses left, as over the years I've given them away. I had a whole shoebox full of em at one time.


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