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German Army officer wearing a Seventh Army SSI. The photo caption reads: "Lieutenant General Louis W. Truman (right) presents a Scroll of Appreciation to Lieutenant Colonel Muennich, Liaison Officer, VII Corps, United States Army. ca. May 1965"

 

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German Army officer wearing a Seventh Army SSI. The photo caption reads: "Lieutenant General Louis W. Truman (right) presents a Scroll of Appreciation to Lieutenant Colonel Muennich, Liaison Officer, VII Corps, United States Army. ca. May 1965"

 

Wow another one where BW personnel wear a U.S. patch.

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WAC T/5 Daisy E. Jessup of Bremerton, Washington, of the 6669th WAC Headquarters platoon checks to see that all the clothes on the rack are hanging neatly before leaving for her work with the Fifth Army, which is stationed in the San Marco Area, Italy. April 11, 1944

 

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General Of The Army Henry H. Arnold in the foreground. Major general in the background is wearing the Mission To Moscow SSI. Potsdam Conference - July 1945.

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Officer wearing the post-1950 black, red and white First Army SSI on his dress blues at Governor's Island, NY. Note that the soldiers in the background are also wearing SSI on their blues.

 

According to the Institute of Heraldry website, the red and white background was added to the SSI in November 1950. However, this photo is dated January 1950.

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General Of The Army Henry H. Arnold in the foreground. Major general in the background is wearing the Mission To Moscow SSI. Potsdam Conference - July 1945.

 

The 2 star wearing the patch,the patch appears to be different. Looks like a set of wings over the eagle. The wings extend over and to the edge of the patch. Is it something different or an enhanced version?

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Third Army and 11th Airborne Division. The photo caption indicates this was taken at Camp Stoneman, CA in September 1952. Note there are three different styles of enlisted rank insignia being worn. The civilian is Secretary of the Army Frank Pace.

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Third Army and 11th Airborne Division. The photo caption indicates this was taken at Camp Stoneman, CA in September 1952. Note there are three different styles of enlisted rank insignia being worn. The civilian is Secretary of the Army Frank Pace.

These troops no doubt heading to Japan and or Korea, Stoneman was a processing and staging area during the war.

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A GI of the 173rd Airborne Brigade in October 1963 during Tien Bing IV on Taiwan. He's wearing what appears to be the early Japanese made brigade patch, can't tell on the AIRBORNE Tab though.

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Ranger of the 1st Cavalry Division wearing an AIRBORNE tab with his SSI. I'm not 100% sure, but I believe this was at Fort Hood, Texas post-Vietnam War, probably around 1972 or 1973. I have seen some information that Company A 75th Infantry was active at Fort Hood in the early 70's until the 1st and 2nd Battalions 75th Infantry were activated in 1974. Note also that he is wearing his U.S. and Infantry collar discs on the wrong collars.

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Infantryman of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade of the Kentucky National Guard wearing what I believe is the the DUI of the 149th Infantry. The SSI was authorized for the 149th Armored Brigade between 1973 and 2006 and then the 149th Infantry Brigade between 2006 and 2008 before being redesignated as the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. This photo appears to be dated 2011.

 

The 1st Battalion 149th Infantry is a Kentucky National Guard unit assigned to the 116th Infantry Brigade Combat Team since 2017, but apparently it was assigned to the 149th Brigade prior to that.

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Sergeants Major Academy, which I am now seeing also being referred to as the NCO Leadership Center of Excellence, on the left and Futures Command on the right.

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This soldier of the 52nd Ordnance Group appears to have had quite an interesting career. Combat Infantryman Badge, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Badge and Soldier's Medal.

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Non-jump qualified Engineer officer wearing the SSI of the JFK Special Warfare Center. He was assigned to the 13th Psychological Operations Battalion (Enemy Prisoner Of War) at Fort Bragg. His profile on togetherweserved.com indicates he graduated from Engineer OCS in 1967 and then the Psychological Operations Officer Course in 1968.

 

This is a nice photo from the transitional period between 1967 to 1970 when you would often see soldiers with subdued tapes and full color rank insignia and SSI.

 

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Here's an Unknown, see the Recruiting Service patch on the armband. It's got a TAB of sorts over it, but it isn't the TABs we should expect to see right, it flat and perpendicular to the flat top of this patch, which the ones we would expect to see are curved TABs. MSgt is one Lowell E. Jones, see HERE for more on him

 

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The Patch he's got on the Armband looks a lot like this, this being a Metal Sign from a Recruiting Station, a heretofore undocumented variation of this patch?? what say you?

 

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