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6th Cavalry Regiment/6th Mechanized Cavalry Group, an old horse cavalry regiment that was converted to a reconnaisance unit that served with Patton's Third Army in World War II.

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An In Country novelty type ACU 1st MAR Div with IRAQ on the numeral One, not sure if is a attachment sort of wear, as in his unit was attachend to the 1st MAR Div, or this guy, this Staff Sergeant was in the Marines and reenlisted in the Army.

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On 11/25/2022 at 12:40 AM, patches said:

An In Country novelty type ACU 1st MAR Div with IRAQ on the numeral One, not sure if is a attachment sort of wear, as in his unit was attachend to the 1st MAR Div, or this guy, this Staff Sergeant was in the Marines and reenlisted in the Army.

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Some army units fell under the command of Marine units and would wear their patch as a combat patch.  There are authorization letters floating around for this.  Also, you would have Marines go over to the Army and then wear their Marine patch as a combat patch.  It was a gray area, but usually toleraged.

To answer your question on this top, it more than likely relates to service in the Second Battle of Fallujah where elements of 1ID were sent down to help the Marines.

 

Also some pertinent info here:

 

https://www.1stmardiv.marines.mil/News/News-Article-Display/Article/540712/soldiers-earn-right-to-divisions-blue-diamond/

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Couple more USMC patches being worn by various members of HHC 1-194 Combined Arms Battalion, 34th Infantry Division.

 

First photo up is a I Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF)

 

Second photo is of the battalion commander at the time LTC Melton, and he is wearing a II Marine Expeditionary Force (2MEF) patch.

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96th Sustainment Brigade (The old 96th Inf Div and later 96th ARCOM), this 96th Sust Bde Vet whoever he is is then when this photos were taken, now in the 98th Training Division.

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Unauthorized variant of the 187th Regimental Combat Team SSI worn by a member of the 11th Airborne Division. For comparison, I found the second photo which is listed on e-Bay as a reproduction.

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Not actually worn, but still interesting. Tank Destroyer patch on a shirt at a local surplus store. Stains on the shirt, just wasn't feeling to purchase it today .

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On 12/6/2022 at 8:31 PM, easterneagle87 said:

Not actually worn, but still interesting. Tank Destroyer patch on a shirt at a local surplus store. Stains on the shirt, just wasn't feeling to purchase it today .

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Thanks for that easterneagle87 Nothing Uncommon about a TD Combat Patch in 1945, now if we spied a legit worn Army Green 44 Coat with a 1970 date with a TD Combat Patch........ 1614556154_emoticonsmile.png.70a0cea4b6ade1cc479be50066224f86.png

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On 5/22/2013 at 8:52 AM, seanmc1114 said:

Group of soldiers receiving the Medal of Honor at the White House. Since it's President Johnson, this has to be before January 1969. The officer third from right seems to be wearing a 1st Armored Division combat patch. This may be from WWII, but that would mean he has been in the Army 20+ years. I can't tell his rank but he doesn't look that old. I'm thinking he's wearing the 1st as his combat patch for service in Vietnam with the 1st Squadron 1st Cavalry.

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This is James Allen Taylor, he's getting the MOH at this time. Either a 11E Tanker or an 11D Recon, he was Exec of Troop B, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment attached to the  Americal Division. 

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Forgot on the last one, that was dated to 1965 at Camp Grayling, Michigan.

 

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Another 5th RCT combat patch, from Headquarters, 1st BG 145th Infantry, 1960.

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This One Time...

 

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12th Armored Division, what looks to be a Ranger diamond, and China-Burma-India. HQ Company, 145th Infantry Regiment, 1950.

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This One Time...

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One last one for now: can't remember the insignia on the left at the moment, but the guy on the right seems to be wearing one of the Marine Air Wing patches. Headquarters, 3rd BN, 166th Infantry Regiment, 1954.

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7 hours ago, This One Time... said:

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One last one for now: can't remember the insignia on the left at the moment, but the guy on the right seems to be wearing one of the Marine Air Wing patches. Headquarters, 3rd BN, 166th Infantry Regiment, 1954.

The GI on the left is wearing "Ex-Navy".

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On 12/26/2022 at 11:49 PM, This One Time... said:

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A KMAG combat patch worn by a corporal of HQ Company, 1st BN, 166th Infantry Regiment some time in the mid-1950s. 


A Seventh Army triangle began by worn a the soldier to his left. 

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ASMIC2971

Interesting 193rd Infantry Brigade combat patch being worn on this BDU I obtained directly from the officer who wore it. He was one of the vehicle commanders in Team Armor, 3-73rd Armor which was assigned to the 193rd between 14 Nov and 3 January 1989. 

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I see at least three different styles of the Merrill's Marauders SSI worn as combat patches in this photo.

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