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Aviation Boatswain Rate Pin? ID WO Aviation Operations Technician


Scott C.
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I found this pin online, and from what I gather, it's an Aviation Boatswain rate. The pin is approximately 1-3/4 inches wide and appears to have a repaired pin on the back. Would this have been a standard uniform/cap insignia item or perhaps a sweetheart pin? From what time period?  I did a forum search for Aviation Boatswain, but came up empty.

 

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Unknown USN Wing F-B.jpg

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Absolutely unofficial, but pretty cool too.  Decorative, Sweetheart, or Ego, still cool.

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Left collar pin for a WO/CWO. First authorized in 1959 for Aviation Operations Technician, title changed to Aviation Boatswain around 1970.

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Thanks for your replies.  Justin B., would you have a photo example of this being worn?

 

Thanks again.

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40 minutes ago, Scott C. said:

Thanks for your replies.  Justin B., would you have a photo example of this being worn?

 

Thanks again.

 

I don't, but here is a page with an illustration in the 1959 uniform regulations:

 

https://books.google.com/books?id=BtoWAQAAIAAJ&dq=navy uniform regulations 1959&pg=RA3-PA19#v=onepage&q&f=false

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Thanks Justin, 

 

Always something new to learn about USN insignia over the years - Aviation Operations Technician - that's new to me.

 

Nice find Scott, thanks for sharing this one.

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