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why a redname tape? I'm no expert (obviously) but I don't recall seeing one like that before. Color me curious. think.gif

 

During the mid-1950's it was not unusual for name tapes to be done in either branch colors or unit colors. Most of the examples I have seen have been from Korea, but looking at this one it may have been done in Europe as well. I don't think it was a common Stateside.

 

I would guess this individual was in the Artillery.

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...During the mid-1950's it was not unusual for name tapes to be done in either branch colors or unit colors. Most of the examples I have seen have been from Korea, but looking at this one it may have been done in Europe as well...

Yes, to USAREUR early to mid-1950s. The pocket patch was worn by 27th AAA Bn. (AW) at Mannheim, 1st AAA Gp, 34th AAA Bde. Capt. Cav. probably will pitch in on the colorful name tapes when he notices this thread.

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I had some loose colored nametapes in my collection at one point.

 

This is the only shirt I picked up with one still on it. I am sure that when the Army standardized the tapes to black on white, the colorful ones were removed.

 

This is an early OG-107 cotton shirt from the Eighth US Army in Korea. I was never quite sure if it symbolized an artillery unit with crossed cannons, or a maintenace unit with crossed wrenches.

 

Also note the small size Specialist rank.

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...I was never quite sure if it symbolized an artillery unit with crossed cannons...

The Coast Artillery Corps was long gone by the time this uniform was worn ca. mid-1950s, but the dingus above "Gillette" sure looks like the obsolete CAC insignia. Do you suppose there were some CAC hold-outs in Korea: Coast Artillery and Mine Defenses of Inchon Harbor? Or, more likely, an AAA unit.

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For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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The Coast Artillery Corps was long gone by the time this uniform was worn ca. mid-1950s, but the dingus above "Gillette" sure looks like the obsolete CAC insignia. Do you suppose there were some CAC hold-outs in Korea: Coast Artillery and Mine Defenses of Inchon Harbor? Or, more likely, an AAA unit.

 

Good question, what was AAA wearing for branch insignia in the mid-1950's?

 

And I would expect AAA colors to still be red and gold rather than black and white. For some reason I always associated this with a maintenance unit, but now I cannot remember why. And that sure does not look like an Ordnance bomb in the middle. I really need to start writing some of this down!

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...what was AAA wearing for branch insignia in the mid-1950's?

Coast Artillery Corps (which included AAA) and Field Artillery merged in December 1950 and the resulting combined Artillery branch wore the former FA insignia (until 1957 when a missile was superimposed on the crossed cannons). Actually, I was joking about recalcitrant AAA gunners continuing to wear CAC insignia in mid-1950s but, you must admit, the design on the name tape does resemble CAC insignia.

 

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Then out spake brave Horatius, the Captain of the Gate:


"To every man upon this earth death cometh soon or late.
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For the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his gods."

 

 

 

 

 

 


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I've always thought a study on colored name tapes in USAREUR and Korea is long, long overdue. Just a scattering of additional info....... I know (from yearbooks and sasmples) that the 14th ACR wore colored name tapes in the early to mid-50s. Yellow w/green letters for tankers, and yellow on red for arty types. I believe the 2d ACR did something similar. During the high water mark of USAREUR (very early 70s), I visited the name tape shop in the vil of Graf (just outside the main gate). I remember seeing virtually every color combination imaginable. Unfortunately, the owner could no longer remember who wore what.

 

Maybe it would be interesting if we all contributed our examples of KNOWN name tape color combos?

 

BTW - that is a GREAT fatigue shirt. I suspect it is about 1954 vintage. I know the 1ID began wearing pocket patches that year; and there after, a "red tide" bloom of pocket patches followed. I know that by '56 (when my family returned to USAREUR), you seldom if ever saw the old "13 star" button fatigues.

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Well, I posted these things sometime back, but cannot find the posting, so here they are again.

 

First up is LTC (later BG) DeWitt Clinton Armstrong III's tanker jacket worn about 1955 in Germany when he commanded a squadron of the 2nd ACR. The HBT coveralls underneath has identical tapes.

 

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Second is a small collection of colored nametapes. I suspect all of these are German-made, but cannot swear to it. The white on orange (signal) appears to be on silk, so it might be Asian.

 

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Of equal interest are black on white nametapes worn on the left side only (No U S ARMY) or white tapes worn above the yellow on black ARMY tapes, both on the left side. I think these were used in Korea toward the end of the war there, or a little after.

 

One of the recent postings of photos from the Korean "police action" show the latter stacked style.

 

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Just as a point of interest, I have a few red tapes with black printed names, I assumed they were these old artillery name tags until I went to a small military show/reenactor event about a month ago. There was a group of guys wearing BDUs with red tapes on both sides so I had to check it out, turns out it was a black on red name tape and a black on red FLORIDA tape on the other side. They were some sort of militia group with no affiliation with the Army or state or federal government. So basically all coloured name tapes may not be something worn by the Army.

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Just as a point of interest, I have a few red tapes with black printed names, I assumed they were these old artillery name tags until I went to a small military show/reenactor event about a month ago. There was a group of guys wearing BDUs with red tapes on both sides so I had to check it out, turns out it was a black on red name tape and a black on red FLORIDA tape on the other side. They were some sort of militia group with no affiliation with the Army or state or federal government. So basically all coloured name tapes may not be something worn by the Army.

 

That is good information,where those merrowed edge ones? The KW era ones are the early cut edge ones,like the ones from the lost auction.Even looking at them they look aged.

Could you post here some of those red tapes you have?

Thanks

Karl

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Just as a point of interest, I have a few red tapes with black printed names, I assumed they were these old artillery name tags until I went to a small military show/reenactor event about a month ago. There was a group of guys wearing BDUs with red tapes on both sides so I had to check it out, turns out it was a black on red name tape and a black on red FLORIDA tape on the other side. They were some sort of militia group with no affiliation with the Army or state or federal government. So basically all coloured name tapes may not be something worn by the Army.

 

This jacket is on auction on Ebay now.Look the red tapes!Are those similars to ones you mentioned?

Those are clearly sinthetics fibres.

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