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What better reference then to show  DUI actually being worn!

 

This that cool looking 52nd Coast Artillery.

 

This GI is Private Leon J. Seitz, of the Regiment in April 1943, 2nd Coast Artillery District home on leave in Michigan from Fort Hancock New York, maybe Seitz knows it, or doesn't know it, that his Regiment is going to be broken up into Battalions with all of them being redesignated. It takes place 1 May 1943.

 

 

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Private Leon J. Seitz, US Army, April 194.jpg

Private Leon J. Seitz, US Army, April 1943.jpg

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tredhed2

Some armored DIs: 4th Armor Gp (CB) 19th Armor Gp (SB) 141st Tk Bn (CB) all GM; 603rd Tk Co (1st Cav Div) JM (PB)

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usmf DI 19th tk gp.jpg

usmf DI 141 tk.jpg

usmf DI 603rd Tk.jpg

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38th and 86th Infantry Div, both PB (86th HM S.VALDEZ) both Philippine made

usmf DI 38th 86th IDs.jpg

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338th FA Bn (cloth and bullion) 339ht FA Bn; 346th Inf Regt w/ rare eagle crest  

338th FA DI.jpg

339th FA Bn DI.jpg

346th IR eagle crest.jpg

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Due to the metals shortage in WW 2, many cloth DIs were created. Here are some infantry regt cloth DIs: 307th Inf Regt; 413th Inf Regt )direct ember into o/s cap); 176th Inf Regt 

307t IR emb cloth DI.jpg

413th Inf cloth.jpg

DI INFREGT176 F.jpg

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18 hours ago, tredhed2 said:

Due to the metals shortage in WW 2, many cloth DIs were created.

Great additions, I have a few other nice cloth examples for units not shown yet and I will add those once I have them photographed but in the meantime here is an uncut example of a 176th inf reg DUI that my great uncle kept in his wallet, inside is a picture of him in uniform wearing other examples of the insignia. Confusingly he would be transferred from the 176th to the 175th and was killed by a sniper at Brest. If you look closely you can spot his brother with a 343rd dui on his cap.

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A few more cloth examples: 751st MP Bn; 108th Genl Hospital; 323rd Med Bn; 137th Inf Regt 

DI MPBN751 F.jpg

DI GENHOSP108 F.jpg

DI MEDBN323 F.jpg

DI INFREGT137 F.jpg

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Here are more US cloth DIs: 85th Inf Regt 357th Inf Regt 389th Inf Regt; 312th Med Bn (untrimmed) and a 300th Inf Regt, glued to metal, and PB!

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DI INFREGT357 F.jpg

DI INFREGT398 F.jpg

DI MEDBN312 F.jpg

DI 300th Inf.jpg

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Here are a few of my cloth examples. Force some theater made CBI and KMAG examples. Next an example from the 347th infantry regiment. And finally an interesting cloth and metal DUI pair for the Colorado Military Institute. These came out of an unfortunately unarmed WW2 group so I believe they are from that timeframe.

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Yeager-BK

Tank Destroyer units have some of the coolest DUIs in WW2. Anyone have insight on why they feature dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and dragons so frequently?

 

Some of my favorite WW2 Tank Destroyer Units:

 

631 TD

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819 TD

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820 TD

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Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. but your 819th TD Bn is not only a fantasy piece made for collectors, it was never worn in WW 2. The design was authorized, not approved for nor never made for the 819th TD Bn 20 Oct 42. 

 

The sample I provided was redes for the 819th Tank Bn 30 Oct 52 and approved 23 Apr 53. It specifically called for a silver (argent) mastodon.

 

It's a CB by NSM. Was worn only by the 819th Tank Bn.  

819th Tank Bn DI.jpg

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Yeager-BK

Thats a bummer, its a shame cause its really cool looking too. Thanks for the heads up Tred.

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