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@Condor - Thank you for posting individual photos of the three buckles I requested. The Squadron 3 Operation Market Time buckle is super cool! Thank you for noting that the Division 12 buckle was your own.

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Hey PhilippineBuckles, did you score any buckles from the small collection that was sold on eBay recently? There were some nice buckles offered.

 

I was able to get two aviator buckles.

 

Chris

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Just got back from garage sales hunting this morning and picked up all of these buckles at one place for would you believe 2 dollars. One of the buckles is a Philippine made piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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@Tonomachi -- Great pick up for just $2. Thanks for sharing your find.

 

@Chris - I picked up 13 buckles on ebay last week from swordfinder1 who sold off what he bought at the Skinner auction. That said, only 7 of the 13 were classic Philippine Buckles. One is a mystery buckle which will need some research -- I'm thinking it might be a pre-WWII China Marine. I will start a new post for that one. Five of the buckles were brass post WWII - Korean War brass buckles from Japan/Korea -- this is a growing side collection I have. The 13th buckle I won is a Philippines made 1945 1st Calvary buckle (for Paul E. Bell) I've been looking to acquire an example of as the only other similarly made buckle I've seen is for sale at Flying Tiger Antiques with an asking price of $245 and is for Delbert Rupard 5th Regt. 1st Cav. 1945 Philippines.

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13 buckles is a great haul!!

 

I only managed to get two buckles. They were both Aviator buckles, but I was very happy to obtain the two !!

 

Chris

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Got my FIRST Philippine buckle today!!

 

USS Ranger CV-62 , Indian Ocean '82

 

Not old, but still Am pretty pleased.

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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Vietnam Coast Guard buckle posted over on Letgo (Glen Burnie, Maryland), only $185. Seems pretty steep.

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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@easterneagle87 - Glad you've picked up your 1st Philippine made belt buckle. I've also seen Indian Ocean Cruise buckles from 1980 and 1983 -- I'm still waiting to see if one from 1981 turns up. $185 for the Squadron One buckle seems steep to me too. The more standard design with "Squadron One" in a ribbon, a boat in the middle, and "Vietnam" at the bottom tends to sell on ebay from $45-$65.

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Just got my second Philipp buckle.

 

Any chance of finding out who R.L. Cole was. A US Navy, Radioman? RMC

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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It's been a while since I posted anything. I just bought these two buckles that belonged to Bob Downey who started as a Seaman 1964 and retired as a Captain 1992. A summary of his service record and medals are on Together We Served (TWS).

 

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TWS states that Bob was awarded an Air Medal in 1967 with the following comments "Deployed to Chu Lai, RVN and Flew 39 Combat support missions between between Hainan and Hai phong, north of Tiger Island. Missions were 12+ hours long. We were tracking surface contacts and transmitting radar picture to COMSEVENTHFLT fleet units as well as the weather picture in the area.

In addition, we routinely flew throughout the Pacific AOR, penetrating Typhoons at 1500 feet, at night. We collected weather information, barometric pressure, wind velocity, etc. Flew over 1100 hours as Navigator in this weather recon squadron."

 

This helps put the 1965-1967 buckle in context. TWS also says Bob was awarded an Air Medal in 1982 but the comments are marked as "Locked". I wonder what it was for...

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Yesterday an early USN pilot's buckle from March 1945 was sold on ebay. It is a month earlier than the April 1945 pilot's buckle in posts #63 & #64 on Page 3 of this thread. The buckle says... Philippine Islands Manila March 1945 Brewer R. E U.S. Navy Congratulations to whoever acquired it!

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That is a beautiful buckle. I think it went for $200. I thought you were the lucky new owner. I wonder who the new owner is?

 

Chris

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@Chris -- And I thought you were probably the new owner :D

 

I don't think I posted this one. But I have a circa 1945 plain Philippine Made Belt Buckle I bought a few years ago. It's the only plain one I've seen so far.

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After numerous attempts and messages, I finally secured the sale of my THIRD Philip buckle. This the same buckle I posted ealier with a stratosphere price. Asked for a bottom line and was replied with a totally reasonable price. With a simple return envelope provided, it arrived today. Really happy with the purchase. Said it was their grandpa's from his service in Vietnam. I asked for any historical info: i.e., who, what, where & when, but got zip. I will try again. Hopefully I will find out more.

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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After numerous attempts and messages, I finally secured the sale of my THIRD Philip buckle. This the same buckle I posted ealier with a stratosphere price. Asked for a bottom line and was replied with a totally reasonable price. With a simple return envelope provided, it arrived today. Really happy with the purchase. Said it was their grandpa's from his service in Vietnam. I asked for any historical info: i.e., who, what, where & when, but got zip. I will try again. Hopefully I will find out more.

 

 

Found out the vet's name is Harry (most likely and possible Harold) Herbert. Any one find out info on him?

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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@easterneagle87 -- Glad you were able to acquire that buckle for a reasonable price. Good luck in your research.

 

It's been a little over a year since I started this thread with a Fort Mills Belt buckle. I was lucky to have acquired another one this morning. :D CHARLES M. COMBS, 1936 1940, BTRY H. Q. 59TH, FORT MILLS P.I.

 

The seller said the following: "This is unofficial buckle was worn by Charles Combs S/Sgt who was assigned to the Third Pursuit Squadron at Nichols Field in the Philippine Islands prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor and the subsequent declaration of war against Japan. S/Sgt Combs was reassigned, I believe in 1940/41 not too much before the invasion of the PI. The buckle indicates that he was assigned to Battery H of the 59th Coast Artillery and was reassigned to overseas duty in Europe where he spent the duration of the war going on to retire as a Master Sergeant."

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Picked this one up at the flea market today. I looked up Branch 61 which is from the Chula Vista area of California.

 

 

 

 

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Before the weather closed in, I hit the road and ran down to the Sacramento Antique Street Fair. Did some digging and got a few nuggets. BUT... made a side stop on the way back upthe hill and founf my FOURTH P.I. made buckle. Nice addition to the growing stack. Thanks Forum Members for peaking my interest and traveling down another never ending alley!

 

USS Hector , AR-7

 

 

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I "primarily" collect Gulf War 1 patches. All branches (USA, USAF,USN, USMC & USCG) and ALL Countries..
US - Op.'s Desert Shield / Storm / Provide Comfort /Some Southern Watch - F-4G's Wild Weasels
UK - Op.'s Granby / Sabre / Warden
Canadian - Op. Desert Storm / Op. Friction
French - Daguet / Aconit
Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, South Korea, etc.
Looking for the oddities, including unfinished & flaws
I HAVE EXTRA's!! Will trade as well.

 

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I have two of these type buckles on my website. I thought they may be an addition to the beauties in this thread. (Sorry for the poor photos and the watermark). keith

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Check out my website of Military Relics and Collectibles: http://www.ourboysof98.com
I try to update it by adding several new items each month, so keep checking back.

Thanks,
keith

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Sorry for the radio silence the past two months. Work is crazy this time of year...

@Tonomachi -- I love the dragon buckle!!! Thanks for taking the picture and posting. Thanks for posting the Fleet Reserve buckle too.

@easterneagle87 -- Thanks for sharing your acquisitions with everyone.

@Keith -- Thanks for posting an pointing out the buckles on your site.

 

I picked up a great buckle yesterday on ebay. It isn't dated buy my guess is that it is from the Spring of 1945. I love American Eagles and this one is the first of this style I've seen on Philippine buckles. I'm going to cheat a little and post it in the next reply so that it is on the #100 posting of this thread for symbolic purposes.

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