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I've been working on this purchase since April and it finally all came together. These were waiting in the mail when I got home from work last night. I've scrounged for years to find decent 158th patches and I just doubled my collection! I will post some better photos this weekend.

 

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Very nice collection - amazing how many variations there were.

 

Kyle


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Killer group some very nice examples of is Iconic insignia.Thanks for posting them its always great to see quality pieces.Scotty


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You did very well.That's an outstanding assortment of 158th variations that you have assembled.I just recently picked up a couple of the US made ones and I was happy to get them!


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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Very nice indeed! I'm impressed.

 

-Ski


In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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Great stuff Bob, so much diversity between them all


 

ASMIC 5212

ACTIVELY SEEKING 32ND INFANTRY REGIMENT ITEMS AND KOREAN MADE TOUR PATCHES 1946-1953!!!

 

 

 

 

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Those are awesome. funny I was just reading an old Trading Post magazine today and these were in a featured article


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Those are awesome. funny I was just reading an old Trading Post magazine today and these were in a featured article

 

Are you referring to the Article in the Oct-Dec 2003 issue?


Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Thanks for the comments! Here are some better pictures with the backs included. I've also thrown in some of my others.


Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Cotton & Silk

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Felt

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Cotton & Felt

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Felt & ?? (stiff cotton?)

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Felt & Silk

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Both Felt

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Both Felt? I think the Rayon on the label refers to the thread & backing - but I could be wrong.

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Felt. The first is the type that was issued to the 158th in Texas.

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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This was cut from a Vet's scrapbook ( not by me! ). He collected patches from all his VFW buddies and put them in this book, his son then cut out all the patches and sold them individually. It give's 158th vet name and where he served - I have not researched yet.

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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These are both from late 1950's - 1960's when the 158th was an AZNG Infantry unit - prior to it becoming an MP unit. After the change the snake lost its red tongue for a white one.

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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The patches above were made in various locations - US, Panama, Australia, Philippines, and Japan. There is an interesting history to the evolution, approval, and procurement of the patch - in most cases soldiers had patches made locally as they moved through the Pacific theater and then on Occupation duty in Japan. I will edit my posts above as I have more time to research and identify properly.

 

-Bob


Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Wow.That's the best collection of Bushmasters that I've ever seen.Thanks for posting a back view of the patches.I love seeing both sides :love: I'm amazed at the variety of variation for such a simple design!

I like them all,but if I had to pick a favorite I would go with that silk one in the bottom of post # 15.That named one is great too.Thanks for the info on the tongue color.The few I have look like the bottom one in post # 20.If possible,can you please state in which country each one was made?I would be interested to know. :)


High Flight

Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth

And danced the skies on laughter-silver wings;

Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung

High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

June 9, 1922 – December 11, 1941

 

 

 

" And each man stands with his face in the light of his own drawn sword. Ready to do what a hero can." - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

 

Don't let the B@stards wear you down -"Vinegar" Joe Stillwell

 

 

Reasonable people adapt themselves to the world.Unreasonable

people attempt to adapt the world to themselves.All progress,

therefore, depends on unreasonable people.

George Bernard Shaw

 

 

" Don't piss down my back and tell me it's raining" , Fletcher,from the movie "The outlaw Josey Wales"

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With regards to the color of the tongue; My Dad was in the AZNG in the 1960's and was a SGT in the 158th ( which is where one of my red-tongue patches came from ). Anyways, he is the one who told me that when the unit was reorganized into the 258th MP Brigade it was given a redesigned SSI. The tongue became white and the head is shaped different. Here is a very late 1960's or 1970's merrowed-edge 258th MP patch for comparison.

 

 

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Are you referring to the Article in the Oct-Dec 2003 issue?

 

the very same.


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post-565-0-82905200-1402192207.jpegThis is one of my favorite patches. I believe I had the largest collection in the US of 158th RCT BUSHMASTERS. I have been selling my collection off as some may know; but have what I believe to be the much harder to get Black,Red, Orange and yes Green versions that I thought the forum members would enjoy. Check out the bullion version it is killer!


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