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Patches in action: Photos of SSI being worn by the troops.


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I would like to start a thread that will feature photographs of troops wearing SSI. I believe this would be a great reference for verifying patch wear and with some photos, possibly be able to show specific versions of the patches themselves. I invite other collectors to post photographs of troops wearing SSI. These can be portraits, photos in the field, etc..... Let's see them!

 

-Ski

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Gertrude Moller on the right wearing the AAC patch embroidered on wool.

 

-Ski

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craig_pickrall

This is another 2nd Armor woolie shown on the cover of LIFE Magazine July 7, 1941.

 

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Early pin wheel AAC patch shown in LIFE Magazine April 6, 1942.

 

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Aviation cadet OS cap patch LIFE Magazine April 8, 1940.

 

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Aviation cadet OS cap patch and SSI with black background LIFE Magazine July 7, 1941. This is a Camel Cigarette ad.

 

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LIFE Magazine May 4, 1942 US Instructors training Chinese Army Officers at Thunderbird Field, Arizona.

 

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LIFE Magazine SEPT 8, 1941 Armor School officer student with 1st Armor DIV patch on left breast.

 

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LIFE Magazine June 15, 1942 2nd Cavalry DIV.

 

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LIFE Magazine MAR 16, 1942 - Basic Training 9th INF DIV.

 

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Excellent! Keep them coming! Thanks Craig!

 

173rd Airborne Brigade, Vietnam. Patch looks merrowed to me.

 

-Ski

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Brigadier General William Marlin, CO, 62nd Field Artillery Bde, 37th Infantry Division, 1937

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I always liked this photo. This is Patten talking to McAuliffe after the Battle of the Bulge. Now who is going to tell the General that he still has his old 1st Armored Corps patch on! I love it. I also like how wild the links look on the patch.

 

-Ski

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Old Marine

This is a great thread Eric! Here are 2 from the 2nd Infantry Division.

 

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Here is a neat shot of a 2nd Infantry Division patch. Looks theater made.

 

-Ski

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Here is a neat shot of a 2nd Infantry Division patch. Looks theater made.

 

-Ski

 

Looks like a pre-war wool on wool or felt on felt patch to me. Note the size of the star and how the points reach the edge of the shield; especially true since it's on an M-1941 field jacket. I doubt that obtaining a "theater-made" SSI was that important at the time.

 

I've seen the photo in post #15. I believe the caption includes that the GI closest to the camera is a KIA.

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this shows the EX NAVY SSI being worn as a combat patch and the 10th Div (no mountian tab) also the General is wearing a Glider badge

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Spearhead VOL 3, 1946 5th Marine DIV during the occupation of Japan.

 

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