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How to peel a 1930's USN Flat Hat like an onion

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I was hoping the title might catch your attention!

 

This is one of my finds at the SOS for a paltry $8 . Most people do not give a USN EM hat the time of day. I almost didnt pick this one up either, but the cap tally looked a little " thick " . I picked it up and saw multiple layers of silk. Without drawing undue attention to it I asked the price and walked away to look at the cap like a kid does when he opens a pack of baseball cards.

 

To my surprise there were 2 more tallies underneath the US NAVY tally. It was a common practice before WWII to layer tallies on a hat when changing station. This fellow did exactly that. The USS Benson tally is somewhat scarce because the ship was small and was not commissioned until July 1940. By 1942 due to security, ships name tallies had to be switched to US NAVY ones giving this one a life of approximately 2 years.

 

 

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!!!! WANTED !!!!

WWII Prisoner of War items : Medals, Mail, Diaries, Photos, Documents, Scrapbooks + More

WWII Naval Aviation Groupings : Medals, Documents, Scrapbooks, Photos, Flight Logs, Flight Jackets + More

 


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I never knew they did that! I am going to check mine out tonight.


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Always looking for 70th Division(The Trailblazers) items or photos.

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Very cool Kurt,

 

I have found a couple like that at flea markets and it is allways a thrill!

 

 

Gary


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"YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MUCH RED WINE, TOO MANY BOOKS, OR TOO MUCH AMMUNITION."

Rudyard Kipling

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Reminds me of what some SF guys do with their beret flashes - just sew the flash of the new SF group over that of the prior SF group.

Nice find!

Kurt


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