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    Collecting militaria especially WW1 & 2 & Vietnam.

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  1. What is the significance if any of the 101st airborne patches which have a green OD surround? This patch has a white tongue also and a fixed Airborne title with a black surround?
  2. Hi Everyone, I have a Bronze Star Medal with an unusual makers mark, looks like a D with a lightning bolt through it and the GI mark. Ribbon is on a 12mm crimp brooch. Anyone have any ideas as to the maker please?
  3. Hi Vince, I had my copy signed by Jim Moran himself. This was at the Malvern Military Convention held twice a year at Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England. A nice guy who obviously knows his USMC gear.
  4. Hi Vince, according to Jim Moran's book on USMC uniforms and equipment the EGA on the helmet cover was unauthorised during WW2. However this didn't stop some Marines painting a EGA on their helmet covers. Hope this helps.
  5. I have added recently to my collection a rather nice US Naval Officers Hat in Khaki. Issued or made by the "Naval Uniform Service" it has a wicker internal band with a green under visor. I'm assuming this hat is circa WW2? Does anyone have any information reference the "Naval Uniform Service" and were these hats made by a contractor and then if distributed by the service?
  6. Simple answer as to why I collect is because I can.....and am I a nasty hateful racist for collecting items with a swastika????
  7. Excellent post and very informative. Well done on your research. Corporal Mott is not forgotten. Semper Fi.
  8. Great Find and the history to go with it. A named PH is high on my wanted list.
  9. I have started to collect patches recently and have acquired this 502nd PIR pocket pouch. It is I believe a good copy and only paid a few pounds for it. Can't afford originals at $1000+. Just need to find a good quality 501 and 506 to go with it.
  10. Hi All, the following US medals have been awarded to foreign service personnel when engaged in military duty during a time of conflict: Distinguished Service Cross, Navy Cross, Air Force Cross, Distinguished Service Medal (Army and Navy/Marine Corp), Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Air Medal. These medals do turn up regularly at UK Medal shows awarded in British Groups. There are quite a few Air Medals available in their original issue presentation boxes along with the DFC, probably awarded to RAF personnel. I believe that the Soldiers Medal was also issued to foreign personnel who helped to save lives during conflict. On November 8th 1942 Brigadier General Amaro Soares Bittencourt became the first foreigner (Brazil) to receive the Legion of Merit. There is no mention of the Purple Heart ever being issued to foreign service personnel but that doesn't mean to say though they may have been "gifted" but not able to wear with their other medals?
  11. Finally acquired a small enough mannequin to fit. (Shoes are modern but look the part). Also added a USMC Sharpshooter badge.
  12. Found this picture on Chinamarine.org to compare uniform to.
  13. Had to add these to my collection. 1933-34 dated USMC Blues dress jacket ( I also got the blue trousers) and a USMC Blue dress hat (1922 type). These were the dress uniform as worn by the "China" marines i.e. those that served in China with the 4th Marine Regiment stationed in Shanghai from 1927 to 1941 . Belt is a repro but buckle is an original but unsure of date on this and the service hat. The tunic is named to a C A Recio who was I believe stationed at a US Navy Station. Rank Badge is for 6th Grade. As I said I had to have these and when you see it buy it! I do however need to find a mannequin for display with the trousers.
  14. Awarded for service ashore or on the high seas enroute to the following countries, Cuba May 11th to July 17th, Puerto Rico July 24th to August 13th and Philippine Islands June 30th to August 16th 1898. The USA declared war on Spain February 15th 1898 following an explosion aboard the US battleship Maine in Havana Harbour which resulted in loss of American lives and the loss of the ship. Although chiefly a Naval war this was an Army award to those service personnel engaged in occupying Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippines which ended August 12th and following a peace treaty signed December 10th resulted in Spain giving up its claim to these countries and the island of Guam. Originally issued with a Red and Yellow ribbon this was changed to the Blue and Yellow as the former was similar in colour to the Spanish flag. About 18400 were issued, 8000 with a No. prefix, 6400 with a M No. prefix and 4000 unnumbered. This one is numbered on the rim No.3383 with a replacement ribbon. Other medals issued for this campaign were Navy and Marine Corp equivalent, Spanish War Service-Army to members of the National Guard and Army volunteers. Following the Spanish Campaign, occupation medals were issued for Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Philippine Campaign and Insurrection.
  15. Hi, thought I'd add my meagre collection of ribbons to this great thread: WW2 (Wolf Brown). US Navy Vietnam service. Gulf War Navy service. (I have the medals for these) USAF. (Missing an oak leaf on the long tour overseas ribbon) Unfortunately none of these are attributed to any one person.
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