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A Master Sergeant of the 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, liner lacquered with the Big Red One and 1948 Reg Master Sergeant Decals, date is unknown, would of course have to be after 1948 and before 1952, a little breathing space through 1952 as the 1948 ranks are replaced by the large chevrons, but were seen now and again after this. Of note, he is not wearing the double discs on the lower lapels,they go out too in late 1951, thus the 1952 theory.

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A Master Sergeant of the 26th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division, liner lacquered with the Big Red One and 1948 Reg Master Sergeant Decals, date is unknown, would of course have to be after 1948 and before 1952, a little breathing space through 1952 as the 1948 ranks are replaced by the large chevrons, but were seen now and again after this. Of note, he is not wearing the double discs on the lower lapels,they go out too in late 1951, thus the 1952 theory.

 

Very interesting picture. Looks like he has belt and ammo pouch died black and either a unit or Army insignia on his holster flap. You can also see he has the green leadership bars on his DUI's

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Very interesting picture. Looks like he has belt and ammo pouch died black and either a unit or Army insignia on his holster flap. You can also see he has the green leadership bars on his DUI's

Yeah I don't know what that device is on the holster flap. Also on close examination, it appears there is no rank decal below the 1st Div decal, it's just glare, which interestingly has the appearance of the small 48 rank.

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The Teddy Bear patch in the early 1960s, these are of an Infantry unit, in one of the Battle Groups in Alaska at the time (Pre 1963 171st and 172nd Inf Bde's (SEP), looks like Ladd.

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Hello everyone!

Here is my humble contribution: a liner made by Westinghouse in 1944. This rough liner was found near my village, Palazzo Canavese, a little village in north-west of Italy, a few km near the towm of Ivrea, where in 1945 the US Army arrived to witness the surrender of the Nazi-Fascists. The town of Ivrea is near the town in the Alps of Aosta and Torino.

 

Returning to the liner, it was found in a barn, where the American troops camped in 1945. This liner is in poor conditions, sadly the farmer who owned it painted it with an horrible orange and green watermelon-style paint ... :(

 

With great patience and attention I managed to remove this paint, bringing back the little original paint left to light. To my surprise, in the part at the back of the neck, I discovered that painted in yellow there is what I believe was the name of the soldier who owned it.

 

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On the right side, you can see traces of a round emblem painted in yellow. He also left a trace of his circular shape above the OD. Maybe this could help in hypothesizing which division or regiment it belonged to? I know for sure that here it came the 34th ''Red Bull'' Division, together with armored units.

 

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MP liner with hand painted markings... Overpainted markings uncovered by myself

Late war Firestone liner/brass A-washers

 

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"The battle belonged that morning to the thin wet line of khaki that dragged itself ashore on the channel coast of France." - General Omar Bradley.

 

 

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Ken, very interesting liner, I have a similar one with hand painted MP markings (bit sloppy). Wondering whether it was field painted in a hurry or by kids playing war, though kids tend to paint other things on liners while mine is pretty clean.

 

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2nd Army patch on the right, 306th Cavalry on the left of the helmet. By 1955 when this photo was taken at Camp Polk, the 306th was the 306th Armored Cavalry Group, an Organized Reserve unit out of Maryland and DC.

 

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319th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1950, when it was part of the 80th Airborne Division.

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Great photo of the 319th, wish it were a clearer pic so i could make out what markings are on the sides of their jump helmets!....is there a more higher resolution photo you can direct me too?...thanks...mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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Great photo of the 319th, wish it were a clearer pic so i could make out what markings are on the sides of their jump helmets!....is there a more higher resolution photo you can direct me too?...thanks...mike

 

Unfortunately that's the best I could make from the newspaper scan. First one was so black from the scanning it was impossible to make out the figures. Looks to me like the 319th Infantry's DI on the one side me; the other would probably be the 80th Infantry/Airborne Division patch, but it doesn't look that way to me. Right side seems to be maybe a number over wings.

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Awesome pics!....i think you are on to something with it maybe being 319 over some wings....very cool...mike

Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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I think the side we're seeing here is the 319th Airborne Infantry DI, the diced band in the middle doesn't stand out because of the B&W registration. The other may be the numbered/winged side or may have an 80th Airborne Division shield.

 

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126th Infantry crest in 1950

 

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425th Infantry also in 1950 at Camp Grayling.

 

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96th Infantry Division SSI on liner in 1961.

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At least one cadre instructor of the 85th Training Division's 337th Regiment decaled liner sometime in 1963, post unknown, maybe Wood or Knox. Not sure on the one in the prone, looks like he's got the training cadre This We'll Defend decal on his liner, but appears to be wearing the Custer Division patch as well,, possible he's in one of the division's units that had no DI.

 

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