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    20th Century Miltiary History, particularly the Korean War. Outside of miltiaria, I am an industrial designer, model maker, and model artist. I am a 3d printing enthusiast and am currently a Rapid Prototyping Technician at Hasbro. This hobby and my job keep me quite busy, but I still have time to maintain an Alfa Romeo and skateboard every now and then.

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  1. This PVA uniform was brought back as a souvenir by an American soldier in Korea. What I found most interesting was the faint remnants of P.O.W. written on the back in grease pencil or something like that. My question is, being a field grade officer, is this traceable in any way? I would be delighted to find a possible match to who wore this at that time. Thanks, Robert
  2. Another patch I have not found much info on...and perhaps it belongs in the French section? I have had this one for years and just rediscovered it. I hope I can use it to fund items within my focus, so I am curious about the value. I have seen a couple of pin on badges with this design, but never a patch. It seems like it holds some interesting history and maybe I will become attached to was brought back by an American soldier who served in the war as a surgical technician. I wonder if he had responsibilities with the French as well, as he was of French descent? It makes me think of my great Uncle who I have a photo of wearing French wings on his pocket - he was never overseas, but trained French airmen in Florida.
  3. I think these badges are interesting, but I am hoping I can use them to add something to my collection that's within my focus. I post so infrequently and I feel bad to only post now to ask how much an item is worth, but I have found so few references for these. They were brought back by an American soldier along with another Free French Air Force patch. The helmet badge is aluminum and the paint has darkened/discolored making the blue field nearly black and the white field yellowed. The clip on the rear is broken on one side. The collar tab is nice, but fraying on the edges. Any help is great, thanks so much!
  4. Ha Hugh I think the thing is that collectors study these regulations and when you're actually in the military it doesn't matter where you put your stars or Vs....kind of backwards. I did just read that for USN/USMC personnel that the V should be as close to the center of the ribbon as possible, keeping the devices symmetrical if possible. So that could go against what I said earlier. Rob
  5. I read somewhere recently that USN and USMC personnel should place the gold stars in front of the V device to denote more than one award for valor, and place stars after the V device for subsequent awards for merit. I wish I kept the source as I can't back that up. I don't think this applies to Army personnel with oak leaves. Rob
  6. Maybe this will fit in here. After trying to identify this soldier for a long time, earlier this year I finally received paperwork from the VA. The story of his award of the Purple Heart is very interesting - most sources say it was a buddy who accidentally shot him, or it could have been a sniper. What were his wounds? Well...just below the belt. I couldn't help but laugh when I finally read into the paperwork. Whether or not it was from enemy or friendly fire, the award is official and listed on his discharge papers. Like some of the above stories, I suspect that whoever was doing the paperwork was very sympathetic and that's how the award came to be!!hannah/c9ca I don't consider this instance to be 'lame,' but actually well deserved whether he truly met the criteria of the award or not, as I think it's one of men's worst fears! Luckily he only lost a small part of his package and still went on to have a few kids. Rob
  7. I think I saw this one when it was for sale and i almost grabbed it myself, though it is just outside of my focuses as well! It's really such a great unique uniform. I'm glad you got it! Rob
  8. Mervyn, you might find this interesting if you've not already found it. I'm not sure this article discusses reasons behind the insignia, but details the evolution. I also found this interesting and I think it will answer the question of brigadier general. As for why we use bars and leaves instead of pips, etc...I'm not sure! It seems like they just evolved out of old practices. "In 1851, it was decided to use only silver eagles for colonels, as a matter of economy. The silver eagle was selected based on the fact that there were more colonels with the silver eagle that those with gold, primarily in the cavalry and artillery, hence it was cheaper to replace the numerically fewer gold ones in the infantry. At that time on the shoulder straps, lieutenant colonels wore an embroidered silver leaf; majors wore a gold embroidered leaf; and captains and first lieutenants wore gold bars. The second lieutenant had no grade insignia, but the presence of an epaulette or shoulder strap identified him as a commissioned officer.[1] For majors, the shoulder strap contained an oak leaf, but like the second lieutenant, the epaulette had no grade insignia. However, the major was still distinguishable from the second lieutenant due to the more elaborate epaulette fringes worn by field grade officers." Rob
  9. Hi all -- I am trying to research a uniform a bit before purchasing it. I can hardly make out the name written in it -- looks like R. Spearmint or R. Spearpoint. The service number appears to be and is according to the seller: 2/731156 or 2731156. I believe this means he was from New South Wales in the reserves? I am interested in the jacket since he has Korean War service for which he was mentioned in despatches and also received the US Bronze Star, QEII Coronation Medal 1953, and both 1918 and 1962 General Service Medals. I found one Ronald Spearpoint that lived in NSW but have not found connection to any military service. Those names and that number also do not show up in the nominal rolls for Australian veterans of Korea or even Vietnam. I am hoping that number would appear in the officer's list and could resolve the mystery, even if the name does not match the uniform.$_57.JPG Thanks, Rob
  10. Thanks, Mike. i appreciate the reply. I got lucky with my first uniform that I purchased. The officer died 25+ years ago so it was easy to request info from the LAC. I think that gave me an expectation that isn't really so easy to fulfill. Rob
  11. It also resembles the unofficial WWI St. Mihiel Medal. If it is as wide as a standard U.S. ribbon that could be it. Rob
  12. Thanks everyone for sharing all of this information. I love seeing well documented Polish items. I have much to learn about them...perhaps someday I can acquire a few pieces. Rob
  13. I think I've not read things correctly - the Regimental Numbers book does not have soldier's names, but unit names... I have not found other sources. Any suggestions? Rob
  14. Hi all -- I recently found a Canadian Provost Corps uniform for sale - the Sergeant served in Italy, France and later Korea and has a number of service chevrons on his right cuff, one being silver which I have learned indicates service in the first year of the war. There is no name, but written on a belt is the following: LL 483457 I've found Regimental Numbers of the Canadian Army to reference service numbers and I think this is something I should invest in if I am going to continue collecting Canadian material. He also received the Canadian Forces Decoration.. I think with the svc # and the CD it would be easy enough to cross reference between sources (I also need to purchase the CD list). In the meantime, I was hoping that someone here would be able to help me run the number and see if there is name attached or if that number is just arbitrary. Thanks so much, Rob
  15. Hi Mervyn, thanks for the reply! I'm really fascinated with the history behind Maj. Durbin. Are you referring to my mention of his recommendation for the MBE? Here are two pages from the documents I received from the archives. Well worth the £4 I paid! I would love it if anyone else has info, photos, etc relating to Maj. Durbin. Rob