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I've really enjoyed this topic and have been interested in Philippine buckles since getting a couple in Subic back in the 70s. Thought I'd post one I just snagged off ebay to a Navy pilot who started his career during WW2 aboard the USS BIRMINGHAM, which I believe carried float planes. Robert B. Greenwood was a career officer and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Don't know too much more about him. Its an early buckle but not sure if it dates as far back as WW2. Its possible.

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I stumbled across this buckle today which was on the auction block back in 2007 at Hake's. I really want it and even emailed the auction house, but they said they are no longer in contact with whoever bought it. Oh well...

 

While this is clearly a Philippines made belt buckle from 1944-1945, it says...

World War One

1917 1918

USA CPL (around crossed infantry rifles)

A. W. Taylor

Toledo Ohio

My guess without doing any research is that A.W.Taylor's son had it made as a present for his dad.

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Nice VF-121 Pacemakers buckle.

 

Lt. A. J. Hedberg a F9F-8 Cougar and FJ-3 Fury pilot during 1955-1957 onboard the USS Hancock and the USS Lexington.

 

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VF-121 FJ-3 Fury

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Pic of the Lt. From Navy cruise book website.

 

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It's been a slow year so far for building my collection as there is a new collector in town buying up all the buckles on ebay.... :dry: That said, I did pick up the following buckle from 1946 with a mermaid on it for USN officer R. L. Crawford. Serial number 481206 engraved along the top which is an extra plus.

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Here's a new buckle I picked up at the Pomona show along with his named GC medal. I believe he was a career seabee. His GC medal is dated 1940 and the seabees starting working on NAS Cubi Point in 1951. The buckle is one of the largest I've seen 3" x 2". If anyone can help with info on this guy I'd appreciate it.

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Here's a new buckle I picked up at the Pomona show along with his named GC medal. I believe he was a career seabee. His GC medal is dated 1940 and the seabees starting working on NAS Cubi Point in 1951. The buckle is one of the largest I've seen 3" x 2". If anyone can help with info on this guy I'd appreciate it.

 

 

 

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@trenchbuff - Nice Seebee buckle. Thanks for sharing.

 

The first time I saw a large buckle I was surprised. I had bought it on ebay and thought it was going to be the normal size. I'd say they are fairly uncommon -- I have three in my collection dated 1944, 1947, 1951. I like the buckle below because everything (like the buckle) is bigger in Texas... (Walter W. Bishop Snyder, Texas) The buckle's size is a approximately 2-1/8" x 3-1/4".

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Thanks for sharing the buckle and info PI Buckles. That's a beauty and pretty much show's they'd make anything to order. I was in Olongapo City last year and only turned up one buckle from the 80s. I guess it makes sense since they were made for Sailor's and GI's to bring home.

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Been pretty slow lately. Have not seen many buckles for sale.

 

I was lucky and recently obtained this nice buckle with Naval Aviation Observer wings. I have been unable to find any info on the man who owned this buckle. I think this one is from the 1960s.

 

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Hey Chris -- I think I found a lead for you on Ken Kirkland. Here is a link to his obituary https://www.white-ranson.com/obituary/417520 which says...

 

"A 1961 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was elected to the student council.
Following graduation, he received his wings in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to squadron VR-1 in Patuxent River, Md.

In 1966, he formed a partnership in two restaurants, known as the former Loeb’s Bar-B-Q, in Union City and Martin."

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Hey Chris -- I think I found a lead for you on Ken Kirkland. Here is a link to his obituary https://www.white-ranson.com/obituary/417520 which says...

 

"A 1961 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity and was elected to the student council.

Following graduation, he received his wings in the U.S. Navy and was assigned to squadron VR-1 in Patuxent River, Md.

 

In 1966, he formed a partnership in two restaurants, known as the former Loebs Bar-B-Q, in Union City and Martin."

I think you found him. Looks like he was probably a Navigator with VR-1. They flew the R6D (C-118).

 

Here is a picture of one of their aircraft. Thank you for the help!!

 

Chris

 

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Picked this one up at an antique fair two weekends ago for 10 dollars. The seller had already sold a number of things from a grouping and she had some flight navigational aids that belonged to a Major and a Lt. Colonel Ford. These are Army ranks so I think she was mistaken about this USN buckle belonging to a Lt. Col. Ford.

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Hello - I have been talking with Bill, PhilippineBuckles, who originally started this thread, and I wanted to share a photo archive that I've been compiling as a quick reference for theatre made belt buckles:

 

https://www.instagram.com/philippinesbeltbucklearchive/

 

Its an instagram account that has over 300 belt buckle photos. I have a Worthpoint account so I've been adding any and all photos of belt buckles I like.

 

For myself, I've started collecting Philippine made belt buckles from Pre-WWII to Korean War only. I've only have eight so far but they are tough to find and the prices keep rising.

 

Let me know what you think about the archive site and if you have any photos of your personal collection that you'd like to add I would be happy to add them to the archive. You can either post them here or to my email, vforvictory1945@yahoo.com .

 

Thanks and enjoy!

 

Ryan

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Hello - I have been talking with Bill, PhilippineBuckles, who originally started this thread, and I wanted to share a photo archive that I've been compiling as a quick reference for theatre made belt buckles:

 

https://www.instagram.com/philippinesbeltbucklearchive/

 

Its an instagram account that has over 300 belt buckle photos. I have a Worthpoint account so I've been adding any and all photos of belt buckles I like.

 

For myself, I've started collecting Philippine made belt buckles from Pre-WWII to Korean War only. I've only have eight so far but they are tough to find and the prices keep rising.

 

Let me know what you think about the archive site and if you have any photos of your personal collection that you'd like to add I would be happy to add them to the archive. You can either post them here or to my email, vforvictory1945@yahoo.com .

 

Thanks and enjoy!

 

Ryan

 

You know you are always more then welcome to come over and photograph whatever is in the showroom.

 

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@vforvictory1945 - Hey Ryan, Thank you for posting your link to your Instagram Archive of Philippine and other interesting non-Philippine belt buckles! It's nice to see so many buckles in one place and there are a number of them I've never seen before. It would be great if you could photograph the buckles that Vintage Productions/Bob has in the showroom and post for everyone to appreciate.

 

Here is my latest acquisition of an WWII Airborne buckle (note the misspelling of airborne without the "e")...

 

44 AIRBORN 45

17TH AIRBORN

BOB EDMISTON

 

Robert D. Edmiston shows up in a roster as being part of the 680th parachute field artillery battalion. A quick search online makes it seem like the 17th Airborne was in Germany, so maybe one of the Airborne experts on the forum could help explain why Bob might have been in the Philippines?

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I finally figured out the picture deal. Thanks @philippinebuckles for the tip. I'm a newer collector who is sticking with Pre-WWII - Korean War examples only and they all have to have exceptional engraving on them.

 

Here's the first one! Enjoy

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