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Cobra 6 Actual

Thanks for posting, EE87. We’ll need a “snaps expert” to weigh in, but I can tell you it is most probably a 1950’s to 1960’s armband, just based on the construction.

 

Just to shift direction for a moment, here’s a YWCA GR (for Girls Reserve) armband:

 

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One of the YWCA GR Girls Reserve’s most notable WWII programs was setting up programs for Japanese-American girls in the Government’s internment camps.

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Cobra 6 Actual

This is an armband from the Girl Scouts:

 

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This program was started in 1941, originally as an extension of civil defense training.

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easterneagle87

Picked up this snap shot today. shows a US Army soldier with an armband that reads, GUARD.

 

Back says, Taken Sunday, Nov. 8, 1942, Love, Bud 

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Cobra 6 Actual

Nice clear picture, EE87. Of course we collectors always appreciate seeing an item we collect, such as armbands, “in the wild” and confirmed as to date of use. Thanks!

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A curious site of Black Mourning armband on these MP of a South Korea based unit, (Can't make out their helmet decal).

 

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South Korea, April, 1968: MPs carry the flag-draped caskets of Sgt. James L. Anderson of Camp Springs, Md., and Spc. 4 Larry M. Wood of Barstow, Ill., who along with two South Koreans were killed while on patrol at the DMZ. Two other Americans were wounded in the ambush.

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12 minutes ago, patches said:

A curious site of Black Mourning armband on these MP of a South Korea based unit, (Can't make out their helmet decal).

 

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South Korea, April, 1968: MPs carry the flag-draped caskets of Sgt. James L. Anderson of Camp Springs, Md., and Spc. 4 Larry M. Wood of Barstow, Ill., who along with two South Koreans were killed while on patrol at the DMZ. Two other Americans were wounded in the ambush.

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On close study we find the patch on the Brassard is that UN HQ patch with Tab.

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Cobra 6 Actual

Thanks, patches, as usual; both for posting the original picture and deciphering the unit from the wee patch pic.

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Old Marine

I picked this up with a few WWII patches.  I’ve never been able to figure out its meaning.  Could "COMPT" mean compartment as on a troop ship?  Or, does "COMPT" mean competition?  

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Salvage Sailor

Two good guesses.  Is the strap elastic or pined/tied.

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On 12/5/2018 at 1:43 PM, Red Devil said:

This one I picked up this last year but haven't been able to identify. Anyone have any idea what it is?

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Could be Harbor Security Police

 

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On 10/15/2021 at 5:01 PM, patches said:

And this late WWII or early Post WWII GI, and Armband that has a P on it, has another or other letters on it, but can't see it or them.

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Could be P M -->  Provost Marshall

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5 minutes ago, Old Marine said:

The strap is tied, thin cotton webbing.  

 

I'm also thinking Compartment First Sergeant, temporary position on a transport (AP, APA, etc.)

 

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Thrifter_01

WW2 Medic armband used in the late 1950's. Photo is not the same armband but an example of its use.

 

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Cobra 6 Actual

Whoa, a whole lot of new armbands posted! Hey, EE87, I’ve got one of those little armbands, too:

 

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It’s actually kind of cool!

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One Leo “Bill” Disher United Presswearing the Correspondent Armband with Big CPurple Heart for wounds during the Invasion of North Africa, says on a few pages on him tha he was wounded 25 times, probably meant he had lets say 25 separated shrapnel wounds about the body.

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Thrifter_01

USMC armband that was found today, has both US and ROK Marine emblems. I believe the pin is what held it up on the sleeve.

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