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I don't have this item but I thought it was very unique. I have never seen or heard about one of these. I am posting these pictures with the permission of Tarbridge.

 

These pins were given to Merchant Marines that survived a sinking WWII. ..issued by three Marine Fireman, Oilers & Wipers union.

 

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Cool badge.Not something you really want to have awarded, right up there with the PH.


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ASMIC #1098

 





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Neat pin. I never seen one before. Thanks for sharing.

 

-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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That is one very cool piece. Sure represents a huge event for such a small piece.


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One more thing to find now !!!----Great Pin----Blue Skies Mark


In Memory of Air Corps Technical Sergeant Carl F. Durfee. He died of wounds on 30 December 1944 while serving in the South Pacific. You are not forgotten.

ASMIC member

American Legion member

US Air Force & Air National Guard TAC - MAC

JOHN N. DANIELS ---152nd COMPANY C New York State Infantry--- captured 1864 survivor of Andersonville ---- Great-Great-Great Uncle

Captain Robert L. Hosler, 522nd Fighter/Bomber Sq. 12th Army Air Corp. World War Two P47 Pilot - 1 DFC- 5 Air Medal & 0ne Purple Heart---Uncle

1st Sgt Ann Barry, US Army Air Corp WAC World War Two --ETO --- Aunt

Sgt Willam M. Barry, USMC----Pacific World War Two--Father





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I guess this would be the sailors equivalent to the AAF catipiller.

Ronnie


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Here is a different one that I'm wondering if it came about afterwards because of the one given out by the union.

 

 

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Very cool!


You are his witness now, without a witness, they just disappear!

Quote from the movie TAKING CHANCE 2009

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I discovered that the torpedoed pin with the V is part of a set of two pins awarded by the National Maritime Union. Ian Millar wrote an article about them in the OMSA Journal in 1991 (Vol. 42, No. 10). Here are the links because the article is split.

 

http://www.omsa.org/files/jomsa_arch/Splits/1991/16747_JOMSA_Vol42_10_28.pdf

http://www.omsa.org/files/jomsa_arch/Splits/1991/67105_JOMSA_Vol42_10_31.pdf

 

I actually picked up both of these years ago at the old Lakewood Flea Market in Atlanta. I saw the torpedoed pin and thought that was really cool and was about to buy it, when I noticed the other union pin that was in the same tray. I thought I'd pick it up too, not realizing that they went together. For once, I didn't do something stupid and leave half of something behind because I didn't know any better.

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Hello guys. Does anyone know the value of the version Tonomachi posted? I saw one like the first version posted by Cutiger recently sold on eBay for $230.


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Here's my collection of torpedoed and similar union associated pins. I haven't nailed down the Maritime Aid pin yet, but its made in the same manner as all the rest and has the same union logo. So I am certain it has something to do with the USMS pins; I'm just not sure exactly for what yet or awarded by who exactly.The "RS" logo on most of the pins is for Robert Stoll 70 Fulton St. NY.

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One died for your soul, the other for your freedom."

 

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USAF

 

''A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.'' Gerald Ford

 

"Those who melt their guns into plows will plow for those who don't." Thomas Jefferson

 

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California

 

"Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom."

 

-Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

USAF

 

''A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.'' Gerald Ford

 

"Those who melt their guns into plows will plow for those who don't." Thomas Jefferson

 

"I live in weirdville." Owen

 

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These are really neat pins, and the torpedoed pins actually sought after by many Norwegian collectors,as many Norwegians in exile during the war found their way into US and British merchant services.


-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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I've had this one in my collection for a few years. I think they are a cool pin... but as stated before, you wouldn't want to go through what it took to get one! This one has the original card it was issued on.

 

 

 

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Great pins !

 

 

 

 

Wharf


In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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