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vforvictory1945

And lastly Belt Buckle #8. This is where I'm at now. I'm currently on the hunt for more. Enjoy the pics! Ryan

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Nice buckles Ryan vforvictory1945 thank you for posting & happy hunting. "Olongapo Yard" is the first time I've seen this engraved on a buckle. I love your 1945 Subic Bay buckle with the Eagle on the globe and your two Philippine Island buckles are really nice too.

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vforvictory1945

These early 1940s and early US Army Philippines belt buckles are the coolest. I'm guessing this first one belongs to Bill?

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I love this early US Army one as well that belongs to a Japanese collector. Too cool!!!

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Here's my second belt buckle.

 

USS MAUI (ARG-8) Luzon class internal combustion engine repair ship in service October 1944 (as LEYTE) to August 1946

 

This is a most interesting buckle as the MAUI was originally named the USS LEYTE. When she was serving in Subic Bay during 1945 she was renamed MAUI to free up the name LEYTE for an Essex class aircraft carrier.

 

MAUI had a very short service career, only from May 31 1945 to August 1946 so it's pretty easy to date this one to late 1945 in Subic Bay, P.I.

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vforvictory1945

Salvage Sailor thanks for the date ID on the USS Maui belt buckle. I did a quick Google search on the ship when I picked up the buckle but missed the USS Leyte connection. Very interesting!

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@ vforvictory1945 The 1938 - 1940 US Army Manila P.I. Eagle buckle for Paul A. Lee is amazing. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to buy this from the current owner :-) Yes, tThe 1936 US Army buckle with the initials M.S.R. is in my collection -- I have no clue as to what the initials are for, but I assume they are for the soldier rather than his unit.

 

@ Salvage Sailor Thank you for the info on the USS Maui. I have an officer's buckle for J.V. Myer which has 1945 Philippines USS Maui on it...

 

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vforvictory1945

Bill - Those two US Army buckles I posted from 1936 - 1940 along with that first USN buckle you posted starting the thread will have to be my top three favorites I've seen online to date.

 

Attached is my fourth favorite, a 1947 dated mermaid / fish buckle. I'm not sure who owns it, maybe yourself, but I'd love to see a better picture of it and of course own it. The subject matter and engraving work is amazing.

 

Thanks by the way for posting your USS Maui buckle as its very cool too!!!

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Bill - Those two US Army buckles I posted from 1936 - 1940 along with that first USN buckle you posted starting the thread will have to be my top three favorites I've seen online to date.

 

Attached is my fourth favorite, a 1947 dated mermaid / fish buckle. I'm not sure who owns it, maybe yourself, but I'd love to see a better picture of it and of course own it. The subject matter and engraving work is amazing.

 

Thanks by the way for posting your USS Maui buckle as its very cool too!!!

Hi, I own this buckle. I will try to get you some better pics. Because of the fish, I always thought this buckle was for a Bosun Mate Submariner. Just my opinion and I can't prove it.

 

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Chris - That is an absolute beauty. Thanks for posting better pics. The engraving work is beautiful. Ryan

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I know I probably posted this here before, but in the years I sailed in and out of Subic, I never tired of sitting with the guys making these. I loved watching them work. The artistry. These are done free hand. They coat the blank ( today), with white liquid shoe polish, then draw the design on with a pencil. Then small chisel and hammer and go to work. You bring them an awful drawing of what you want, and they will draw it out properly.

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vforvictory1945

@ sigsaye - Thanks for sharing. I wonder if anyone has ever captured a photo of those guys at work as it would be cool to see. Amazing that you got to see the work done firsthand. Thank you for your service as well! Ryan

 

Here's another one of my favorites. I snagged the photo from Worthpoint.

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vforvictory1945

I love this 77th Seabees belt buckle too. The picture comes from Worthpoint as well!

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vforvictory1945

Curious if anyone has any Korean War or earlier sub belt buckles? The top one belongs to Vintage Productions and bottom one I'm guessing Bill or Chris?

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The only records of dated Submariner buckles I have are the 1943 buckle (which I do believe was actually made in 1943) and a couple of buckles from 1986. Even based on style of undated buckles, I don't know of any 1940s or 1950s Submariner buckles except the Robert Dorsey buckle (which is in my collection).

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vforvictory1945

Bill - Thanks for the heads up on the Submariner buckles. I was able to acquire this 1938 - 1940 US Army Manila Belt Buckle from the Japanese collector. I was the only opportunity I'd likely have to own a pre-war Philippines belt buckle so I jumped at the chance. Ryan

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