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Hi all

 

I don't usually ask as for ne research is the fun part of collecting but I'm a little lost here.

Is has what appears to be double diamonds and the letters 'APO'

What anybody know what these are?

Thank you

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FT.Monmouth1943

The only APO I ever heard of is Army Post Office. Maybe a reference to wanting to get shipped back home?

 

- Jakob

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Well I bought it for a minimal price but they didn't photograph the other side which has the club card insignia.

 

 

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GITom1944

The "diamonds" look like the crossed flags insignia of the US Army Signal Corps. I also believe APO refers to Army Post Office as others have said. 

 

Tom

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USMC_COLLECTOR

The insignia on the back is definitely signal corps.  

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5 hours ago, USMC_COLLECTOR said:

The insignia on the back is definitely signal corps.  

I tend to agree now that it's been pointed out

But why would APO be painted directly underneath it

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Rhscott

Still looks like 2 sided dice.  Would go with the Ace card on the front. Missing the center torch of signal corps insignia.

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GITom1944

I'm switching to Rhscott's dice theory. I don't have a clue what it all means. Maybe the wearer was a gambler. 

 

Tom

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BEAT_NAVY

Isn’t there a engineering unit with a card as their SSI?

 

edit: 157th engineers 

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tredhed2

WW II 152nd Engr Bn. Each company was represented by a diff suit which is the one on the end.  Just can't find my notes for which company is which suit.

 

The dice may be representative of the WW 2 XI Corps shoulder patch. Both units fought in the Pacific and the bn may have been a Corps asset.  

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Rhscott

With that helmet having a replaced Korea era chinstrap and post war liner what happened in WW2 really is just a reach.

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FT.Monmouth1943

Those are definitely crossed flags on the back. You can see the flag poles crossing each other. They could be an attempt at checkered racing flags or have some other meaning that we will never know.

 

- Jakob

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dmar836

Are those crossed flag poles or the rear bottoms of the dice. I think I see dice. 

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