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Thank you very much Proud Kraut for the information and link.  The logo certainly matches up.  Since the firm started in the 1920s, it seems that the pin is unrelated to the war.  Maybe this Captain worked for the company after the war, as it had U.S. distributors,  and just added the pin to his uniform for some unknown reason.  The pin is a quirky piece, but I am glad to know what it is.  I thought maybe it was going to tie back to the war effort as a subcontractor for tank production parts, but the time frame doesn't match up. Thanks very much for the help.   

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Neat stuff. My wife's great grandfather was a driver/mechanic with the 345th Tk Bn in 1918-19. He worked for Marion Power Shovel before enlisting and we think his experience with the sort of equipment may have been one reason he wound up in the Tank Corps. Sadly he passed away in the 60s before anyone thought to ask him about his service, all we have is his discharge papers, dog tags and a patch which I will try and post a pic of when my wife remembers the combination to her safe where she keeps it.....

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8 minutes ago, zippo88 said:

Neat stuff. My wife's great grandfather was a driver/mechanic with the 345th Tk Bn in 1918-19. He worked for Marion Power Shovel before enlisting and we think his experience with the sort of equipment may have been one reason he wound up in the Tank Corps. Sadly he passed away in the 60s before anyone thought to ask him about his service, all we have is his discharge papers, dog tags and a patch which I will try and post a pic of when my wife remembers the combination to her safe where she keeps it.....

 

Oftentimes they did take into consideration a recruits' work experience! My GGGuncle joined the AAC and he had worked in a garage before joining, and he went into Aviation Mechanics. Actually, there is a cool letter from him that he wrote to his Aunt in 1941, and he had been in for 2 years. He had been applying for enlisted pilot training, and the paperwork was going so slowly, that he was saying his birthday was coming up and he would be too old to be accepted, even though he had been applying for a year. He then goes on to discuss how he had been thinking about it and it was probably better to stick with mechanics as when he got out of the military, there would be a call for mechanics and he figured he'd have a better future career than with pilot training. Just an interesting insight to an AAC mechanic's thought!

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49 minutes ago, stratasfan said:

 

Oftentimes they did take into consideration a recruits' work experience! My GGGuncle joined the AAC and he had worked in a garage before joining, and he went into Aviation Mechanics. Actually, there is a cool letter from him that he wrote to his Aunt in 1941, and he had been in for 2 years. He had been applying for enlisted pilot training, and the paperwork was going so slowly, that he was saying his birthday was coming up and he would be too old to be accepted, even though he had been applying for a year. He then goes on to discuss how he had been thinking about it and it was probably better to stick with mechanics as when he got out of the military, there would be a call for mechanics and he figured he'd have a better future career than with pilot training. Just an interesting insight to an AAC mechanic's thought!

 

 

Funny enough I had started my apprenticeship as a pipefitter and had two years in when I decided to enlist in the Army- what did they make me? MOS 92W- Water Treatment Specialist. 

 

 

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On 10/19/2021 at 11:32 AM, zippo88 said:

 

 

Funny enough I had started my apprenticeship as a pipefitter and had two years in when I decided to enlist in the Army- what did they make me? MOS 92W- Water Treatment Specialist. 

 

That makes more sense than some of the other assignments I have seen.  With a degree in International Relations, I was sure I was well suited for Military Intelligence.   They made me a vehicle  maintenance officer.  A friend of mine had a degree in fine arts.  They put him in the Corps of Engineers.   Go figure. 

 

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11 hours ago, gwb123 said:

That makes more sense than some of the other assignments I have seen.  With a degree in International Relations, I was sure I was well suited for Military Intelligence.   They made me a vehicle  maintenance officer.  A friend of mine had a degree in fine arts.  They put him in the Corps of Engineers.   Go figure. 

 

Honestly your experience seems more normal for the US military- I suspect my assignment was just dumb luck 

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On 1/26/2020 at 7:42 PM, world war I nerd said:

I'm not 100% sure if the designation for these five AEF Tank Corps insignia are all correct, but it's what I have them labeled as in my files.

301st Tank Battalion ... yellow & red swallow tail pennant

302nd Tank Brigade ... white & red swallow tail pennant

304th Tank Battalion ... diamond divided vertically into blue yellow & red sections (see next post)

307th Tank Brigade ... square divided into yellow, blue, yellow & red quadrants

330th Tank Battalion ... green square superimposed with a black tomcat (not sure if this design is an actual or a fantasy insignia)

Feel free to correct any of the above if the color or designation is incorrect.

 

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Thank you all for sharing your information on  WW1 AEF tank corps insignia.  I have a helmet that has baffled me for awhile now, and I am hoping to get some thoughts on what exactly do I Have.  It has the 301 insignia, but with 163 underneath it.   Then on the inside rim, it says 163 Bn HQ with “33” off to the side.  I’m not sure if this is tank corp, or what it could be.

 

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