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I'm not sure if this is a combat patch or not. I assume it is Australian. Pictured is California Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Scott Johnson, the commander of the 40th Infantry Division, with Australian Army Maj. Gen. Rick Burr, the commander of the 1st Division, as well as the commander of Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) at the end of Exercise Talisman Sabre July 25, 2011 at Kokoda Barracks outside of Canungra in Queensland, Australia.

 

 

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Subdued 4th Infantry Division patch worn on a jungle jacket in Vietnam. It appears to be slightly larger than the standard version.

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4th Marine Division veteran Master Sergeant serving with the newly re-formed 38th Division IN NG in 1947. He wears his 4th Mar Div combat patch and is also wearing his 1/2" ribbons... I can make out a Navy Commendation and a Navy PUC on the top row. In this yearbook there is also at least one picture of a NG man wearing P41 fatigues with the USMC pocket turned over and sewn to show the blank side.

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Master Sergeamt Carl J. Grieg, the Division Sergeant Major of the 32nd Infantry Division, wearing the Marine Corps Raiders SSI as a combat patch.

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Captain Gerald Robert Harkins wearing a Screaming Eagle sandwich on his second tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division

 

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Captain Gerald Robert Harkins wearing a Screaming Eagle sandwich on his second tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division

 

 

 

Great pictures.I remember seeing in a Army recruiting brochure a member of the 101st A/B wearing a subdued 101st on his left army and a color one as his combat patch, this was the late 70's so a Vietnam veteran.

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Captain Gerald Robert Harkins wearing a Screaming Eagle sandwich on his second tour of duty in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division

 

Harkins for those who don't know was CO of A Co 3rd of the 187th Inf at the Battle of Hamburger Hill. Later as a Full Bird, He was also the CO of XVIII Abn Corps' Combat Support Brigade, the Dragon Brigade, during the First Gulf War.

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I don't think there are any really uncommon or obscure combat patches being worn here, but this is a really cool photo of soldiers of the 10th Special Forces Group from the 50s showing a lot of airborne service. The fifth one from the right may be the 13th Airborne Division and the seventh one from the right looks an Airborne Infantry Company scroll from the Korean War.

Looks like #8 is wearing a 503rd patch.

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Colonel Frederick M. Franks, commanding officer of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment from 1982 to 1984, wearing a reversed, forward facing 11th ACR SSI as his combat patch. Presumably he is wearing an 11th ACR sandwich since it is also his current unit of assignment.

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And yet again.

 

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Another 1st Log Cmd as a combat patch, both GIs with the patch are back stateside at Fort Lewis Washington State. Sometime in 1970 I imagine as this foto comes from the February 1971 issue of Army Digest.

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While it wouldn't be uncommon for a GI in 1945 or 46 to be wearing the 26th Inf Div as a combat patch, it would be if he was wearing what we're seeing here, a Mini, looks English too with that light color background.

 

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Sam Ballinger E Co 328th Infantry, 26th Infantry Division (Yankee)

 

 

 

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Something I would classify as an uncommon period anomaly, the wearing of full color unit shoulder patches on fatique items with suddued EM or Officer collar rank insignia outside of the RVN. During this period (late 1968-mid 1970 it was very common to see full color unit shoulder patches and EM sleeve rank, and Officer rank and Branch of Service collar insignia on fatique items with the now standard subdued tapes outside the RVN, but once subdued collar insignia, both EM and Officer became standard outside of the RVN Army Wide, so too the shoulder patches became subdued, both organizational and combat.

 

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Here's one example of wearing a full color combat patch with subdued collar ranks and a subdued organization patch outside of the RVN. There's a USAVN patch worn in this just in this same manner by a senior NCO one seen in Stanton's book Uniforms of the Cold war. The left side organizational one on this Sgt E-5 looks like one of the School & Center ones, probably the U.S. Army Chemical Center and School as this photo was taken at Fort McClellan sometime in 1970 (photo from the Army Digest of November 1970), the Chem Ctr & Sch was located at McClellan then.

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A Rank of vets of B Co 1st Battalion 8th Cavalry (Abn), 1st Brigade (Abn) 1st Cavalry Division in attendance at the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for their old buddy Sergeant David Dolby at the White House in October 1967. Here we see the AIRBORNE tab worn by vets of this unit of the 1965-66 period, vets who later served in either the 1/8, 2/8, 1/12 Cavs would not wear the AIRBORNE tab over their Cav patch as the unit these battalions belonged to, the 1st Brigade was taken off jump status in late 1966.

 

In the photo too we can make out the DIs of the currently serving units of the first two GIs in the rank, the first we see the 505th Inf (82nd Abn Div) and the second the Infantry Center & School, they also wear the Presidential Unit Citation with some with what looks like 1 OLC or 2 OLCs, if 2 OLCs, these would be for Pleiku (23 Oct-26 Nov 1965, 1st Cav Div cited ) Trung Luong (21 June-22 June 1966, 1st Bn [less A Co] cited), and Binh Thuan Province (B Co 1st Bn 8th Cavalry cited).

 

PS just click on image to get the enlarged view.

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It's a variation of the 46th Engineer Battalion, a clumsly made rendition of the Fleur Dis Lis I would say. It could very well be Japanses made, this unit served in the Pacific as the 46th Engineer General Service Regiment, and apparently served on occupation duty in Japan, probably as Army Troops under 8th Army.

 

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BG John G. Hill. Jr., Assistant Division Commander of the 101st Airborne Division, during a February 1972 ceremony turning one of the 101st's firebases over to the Vietnamese Army. Note he is still wearing a full color 5th Infantry Division combat patch at this late date.

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490th BS "burma bridge busters"

 

a nice example of a small multi-piece leather and a much larger painted cloth (maybe leather)

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Here are two photographs, one showing SFC George Yosich, and the other showing Cpt, David Brooks and MSG Clares Lamb wearing the UNPIK SSI. Both Lamb and Yosich had long careers with UNPIK, and then went on to become legends in Special Forces. Also, note above Yosich's left pocket the Airborne Airborne Infantry Badge that was worn by members of this unit. Brooks was the airborne training officer with Task Force Scannon.

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Here are two photographs, one showing SFC George Yosich, and the other showing Cpt, David Brooks and MSG Clares Lamb wearing the UNPIK SSI. Both Lamb and Yosich had long careers with UNPIK, and then went on to become legends in Special Forces. Also, note above Yosich's left pocket the Airborne Airborne Infantry Badge that was worn by members of this unit. Brooks was the airborne training officer with Task Force Scannon.

 

What is the Diamond pattern design on the soldier with the mustache?

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It's a variation of the 46th Engineer Battalion, a clumsly made rendition of the Fleur Dis Lis I would say. It could very well be Japanses made, this unit served in the Pacific as the 46th Engineer General Service Regiment, and apparently served on occupation duty in Japan, probably as Army Troops under 8th Army.

 

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http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/Catalog/HeraldryMulti.aspx?CategoryId=3349&grp=2&menu=Uniformed%20Services

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/46th_Engineer_Battalion_%28United_States%29

 

 

It looks like a variation of the 46th Engineer Battalion. Beautiful patch!!!

 

-Ski

 

edit: Rats!

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Here's a soldier in Vietnam wearing a theater made subdued 82nd Airborne Division combat patch on his jungle fatigues, either from a previous tour in Vietnam or possibly the Dominican Republic.

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