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Obviously named, dated and location but what does the number 7873 and H.G. mean? I have two of these. The other is exactly the same but with the Brandenburg Gate motiff.

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Kim

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Certainly plausible. I wonder what the numbers would mean? It was important for him to have it engraved so it must have some meaning.


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A long shot but I wonder if those 4 numbers could be the last four of his serial number?


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It's the unit number. 7873 ASU (Army Service Unit), the US Army Berlin Honor Guard or something similar, I believe. After WW2 the numbering scheme for service-type units included four digits. A theororetical example could be the US Army Garrison Ft. Jones would also be the 3333 ASU.

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It's the unit number. 7873 ASU (Army Service Unit), the US Army Berlin Honor Guard or something similar, I believe. After WW2 the numbering scheme for service-type units included four digits. A theororetical example could be the US Army Garrison Ft. Jones would also be the 3333 ASU.

. 7873rd Honor Guard Platoon is mentioned here.

US Forces Berlin Telephone Directory, 1 Oct 1945 ... 7873rd Honor Guard Pltn, 1949 ... I was in the Airlift in the 7783 Ordnance and saw the horse platoon in many parades at McNair. I think this took place in 1950 because the Constab (in Berlin) was broken up in 1950 and parts went to the Infantry and parts went to the MPs ...

https://www.usarmygermany.com/Sont.htm?https&&&www.usarmygermany.com/USAREUR_City_Berlin.htm

 

I also got a hit for the 7873rd Infantry Platoon Berlin. Perhaps these two were one in the same, with just one or the other being redesignated somewhere down the line? Like originally it was first titled 7873rd Honor Guard Platoon and was at one point redesignated 7873rd Infantry Platoon or visa versa?

https://books.google.com/books?id=DN9KJ7VvQWIC&pg=PA609&lpg=PA609&dq=7873rd+Army+service+unit+berlin&source=bl&ots=bRtT7xaCdo&sig=ACfU3U0fi63XusxxXLpumUYaeDJLumHNdg&hl=en&ppis=_c&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjf8MiEuq7oAhVlmXIEHf7GAT0Q6AEwCnoECAoQAQ#v=onepage&q=7873rd%20Army%20service%20unit%20berlin&f=false

 

 

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When you see these 4 digit numbers that begin w/ either a 7 or an 8, that digit generally refers to the numbered overseas Army to which the unit was assigned. Thus 7xxx is a 7th Army unit and 8xxx is an 8th Army unit.

 

The first exception I know for certain is 7767 TTC which was initially a Constabulary unit until 1949 when it was rolled up into 7th Army. Am sure there are others.


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Thanks everyone for your detective work. I'm really happy to get an identification. I bought these yesterday at a small antique store near Clinton Iowa and I think I found the fellow it belonged to. He was from Clinton and passed away in 2015 and his obituary said he served in Germany during the Korean War.


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Great ID guys, and cool buckle, can we get a peek of the other buckle too?!.....mike


Always looking for and buying 50's era 11th Airborne/ 187th ARCT/ 82nd Airborne tac mark painted jump helmets!



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Absolutely! Here is the image of the second buckle.

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Very nice belt buckles from a small unit. The engraving on both are stellar!


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Here's a Snapshot of the operative section of that GOOGLE Book link mentioning the 7873rd Infantry Platoon, says active November 1946-October 1950, above it we see the 7800th Infantry Honor Guard. Could both units function as a Honor Guard?

 

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