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Spectacular Bullion Navy Rates


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Here is a interesting rate, not sure if this could be a water tender cpo or not. Has sewn on chevrons.

 

Jason

 

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Jason,

I have one of these in 1st Class. Since the Water Tender petty officers were always trying to differentiate themselves from the Machinist's Mates and Boilermakers, they sometimes, unofficially, purchased a Motor Machinist's Mate crow and picked out the "M" and "O" threads, resulting in a "one blade up propeller" for their specialty mark. This was never official, and if you hold up a rating badge having "one blade up" against a light source, you can usually see where the "M" and "O" previously existed. I can see this on my 1st class crow having the one blade up propeller.

I'd bet that no major rating badge producer made a "one blade up propeller" rating badge, but some custom tailors might have produced one for a Water Tender petty officer having a uniform tailor made and requesting that type of rating badge.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this subject?

 

-dan

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Modern Senior Chief Yeoman

This one appears to be a Coast Guard Senior Chief Yeoman. I can't be sure but the material looks to be the lighter shade of blue (almost Air Force blue) the Coast Guard has used since about 1975. Also the style of manufacturing matches some Coast Guard rating badges I have in my collection.

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Salvage Sailor

Didn't see this CPO rate posted yet....

 

CPO Radarman (later Operation Specialist), Bullion on Khaki

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W.A.V.E.S. Storekeeper CPO, bullion, WWII.

WAVES rating badges had embroidered chevrons during WWII and not the "applied" chevrons like the vast majority of the male rating badges.

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WW II CPO Signalman

 

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Bill, I may be mistaken, but the eagle appears to be facing its right making it a left sleeve (post 1949) rating badge. Am I seeing that wrong?

 

Steve Hesson (retired USN SIgnalman who is facinated with all things connected to the SM rate)

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Well, just waiting for the guests and thought I wold post these. Not the most spectacular or rare just a group I purchased years ago that seem to span the real bullion to the current so called bullion (although I see that real bullion and lace is being sold again at the uniform shop in Pearl) and they came from one individual.

 

T/Y John

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I only have a couple bullion Navy ratings. This first one is attached to an aviation photographer CPO's uniform. the blouse has WW-II ribbons sewn on, including a Purple Heart.

 

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This one is a Senior Chief Petty Officer Gunner's mate. The blouse has a relatively large custom-made ribbon rack with WW-II and Korean War awards/decs. I was told by the guy I got this from that the owner was a young Seaman Gunner's Mate aboard the U.S.S Hornet at the time of the Doolittle raid.

 

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This is the last one I can get my hands on at the moment. Actually, it's one picture of two different CPO blouses. Both are aviation ratings and both entire uniforms were both posted on the aviation greens thread so I didn't see a need to post them singally again here.

 

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Nice rating badges, Bill.

I like the Photographer's Mate, which he had switched to the post-1947 design, so he must have remained in the service after WWII.

-dan

 

Hi Dan. I took another photo and attached it below. The additional one shows the ribbons and hash marks as well. He was obviously in the service at least until the mid-1950s as he has a National Defense ribbon. Also slightly unusual is that he has an EAME campaign ribbon with stars but no AsiaPac campaign ribbon.

 

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I agree, Jason.

I'll work on researching "foreign, where?"

 

-dan

 

Dan,

I think I found were this jacket was tailored. On the back of the buttons, they are marked SHANGHAI NEW BRIGHT CO.

Shanghai is a eastern sea port in China.

 

Jason

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Here Is my most favorite Bullion rate. This one came with a group that included a more common one and a horrific homemade one. Also included in the group were 2nd Cl PO to CPO rates and hat talleys from 3 ships two of which were in the Point Honda incident.

The front of this one looks fairly common but the back has a backing of material that looks just like the linning found in WW1 hats and pants with the Gemsco trademark.

 

John

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CPO Boatswain's Mate. Korea or Nam era

That would be a Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate post 1958 (E-8 paygrade).

VERY nice rating badge by the way! thumbsup.gif

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