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Hello,

 

Hopefully this post is in the right section. With the extra time on my hands these days, I've nearly wrapped up cataloging my collection and have moved on to wanting to restore a couple Ike jackets. One of them being a Ike jacket named to a local vet who served in GHQ, HQ & Service Group, Staff Battalion HQ, Company C in Japan during occupation right after the war. He went overseas in Oct '46 and was discharged in April '47.

 

Here is a link to a previous discussion on the jacket;

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/328167-ike-jacket-w-ghq-pacific-command-bullion-patches/

 

I have his records and know that he got a Sharpshooter-Carbine qualification badge (even though he was a clerk/typist) and was eligible and received the Victory Medal and Occupation Medal. Those are easy enough for me to acquire and add to the jacket.

 

The questions I have are;

 

1) confirming his collar disks insignia - I know it would be (1) 'US' but not sure on the 2nd one - regular enlisted infantry? Or one with crossed rifles with 'HQ' designated?

 

2) what DUI's would he have worn? I saw some online but they were for the GHQ Honor Guard only.

 

Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!

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I agree, I believe it is 4 collar discs. I have seen that a few times before where an enlisted man mimics how an officer would wear their collar insignia and have two US on top and 2 crossed rifles on bottom. Given how well dressed up the rest of the uniform is that is my bet of how he wore it. Also great uniform, my grandpa was under GHQ in Japan during the occupation.

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59 minutes ago, Ray42 said:

Also great uniform, my grandpa was under GHQ in Japan during the occupation.

 

Thanks! I was lucky to get it. The guy at the antique mall seemed like he just wanted to get rid of it and when he saw me looking at it he knocked another 35% or so off the already ridiculously low price before I said a word.

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The uniform has gone back to being a mystery to me as to who the owner was. I noticed a little while back that when I got Faltin's file that he was discharged as a Pfc. However, the jacket has Sgt ranks on it. But everything else seems to match Faltin - unit, laundry number, and location the jacket was found. So I may never know for sure..

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He could have been demoted and this was a jacket he never updated. Lack of s ruptured duck could speak to that being the case as well. My Grandfather told my Dad he was a sergeant in the field but a corporal in garrison since he got into trouble a few times. When I finally got his records I saw just how true it was. He went between Sgt and Private a good there times during his time in the Corps. His final discharge was as a Corporal. Just a possibility. His full records if they are  extant might illuminate the truth. Very neat jacket.

 

Sincerely,

 

Friar

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9 minutes ago, FriarChuck said:

He could have been demoted and this was a jacket he never updated. Lack of s ruptured duck could speak to that being the case as well. My Grandfather told my Dad he was a sergeant in the field but a corporal in garrison since he got into trouble a few times. When I finally got his records I saw just how true it was. He went between Sgt and Private a good there times during his time in the Corps. His final discharge was as a Corporal. Just a possibility. His full records if they are  extant might illuminate the truth. Very neat jacket.

 

Sincerely,

 

Friar

 

If he enlisted in April 1946 but was discharged in '47 would he have been eligible for the ruptured duck to begin with? He was indeed Honorably Discharged per the file I have on him. I'll dig through it again to see if I can find any reference to him being a Sgt at some point during his service. 

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He was certainly eligible for it. My Grandfather in-law was in the Marines from 46-48. He earned the Victory Medal and his records specifically mention him receiving both the Ruptured Duck lapel button and the Honorable Discharge lapel button. Whether wear of the cloth patch was that common after the big demobilization in 45-46, that i’m not sure of. I missed that he was post war enlisted only, so my theory might not be as plausible. Maybe he continued in the reserves and promoted there? Hopefully that helps a little. 

 

Friar

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Well I went back through the 28 pages of his record that I have and found that he indeed did originally serve for 6 months from Oct '45 to April '46, when he re-enlisted. His records also show he was eligible for the Ruptured Duck. However, there is no sign the patch was ever applied to his Ike. His records also show that the highest rank held before he re-enlisted was Private. I even double checked the inside sleeves of the jacket and couldn't find any sign of a previous rank having been sewn on and then replaced.

 

I've also realized the jacket has 2 overseas bars, when Faltin was only overseas for barely 6 months of his one year re-enlistment. So there's also that as well.

 

 I guess I may have to revisit whether this is even Faltin's jacket after all, despite all the coincidences.

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22 minutes ago, JasonT said:

His records also show he was eligible for the Ruptured Duck.

 

I meant to say his records showed he RECEIVED the ruptured duck lapel, not just that he was eligible.

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35 minutes ago, FriarChuck said:

He was certainly eligible for it. My Grandfather in-law was in the Marines from 46-48. He earned the Victory Medal and his records specifically mention him receiving both the Ruptured Duck lapel button and the Honorable Discharge lapel button. Whether wear of the cloth patch was that common after the big demobilization in 45-46, that i’m not sure of. I missed that he was post war enlisted only, so my theory might not be as plausible. Maybe he continued in the reserves and promoted there? Hopefully that helps a little. 

 

Friar

 

I suppose it is possible that he re-enlisted again after spring 1947. However, his transcript, which is dated 1952, doesn't mention any service after his '47 discharge.

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Yeah, the stripes and bars both seem to point to someone else. What about the Meritorious Unit Citation on the sleeve? Is that mentioned in his earlier discharge? I honestly don’t know how that unit award normally shows up in records so i’d Love to see it if it’s documented. 

 

Friar

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Good observation on the MUC.

 

Faltin's records only show the Victory medal, Occupation medal and lapel button (ruptured duck). 

 

A search of the laundry number gives me 20 matches, so I'll have to go back and see if anyone else comes close

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