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    Collecting militaria especially WW1 & 2 & Vietnam.

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  1. I have a numbered Purple Heart #275375. Made by Rex Products Co 1942 with a lacquer enamel heart and slot brooch as per the Army contract Rex Products had which were numbered 100,000 to 400,000. So your numbered PH #161632 would I assume fall into this batch. I believe 60,000 of these were issued to the US Navy.
  2. Hi Duncan, I've posted medals to the USA before with no issues. The only thing I did differently was to say they were "Badges" but what you tell the PO is up to you.
  3. Hi Guys, thought I'd share my 2 latest patches that I've added recently to my collection. The 501st is post war probably 1960's? 3" x 3.5" in size. The 506th is a bit of a mystery as I assumed this was a good quality repro but neither of these patches fluoresce under UV and the 506th is on a wool background at 4" diameter. Anyways the upshot is I didn't pay a great amount for either and they look good on display with my 502nd patch. Hope you like them as much as I do... This is how I've displayed my 501st, 502nd & 506th PIR badges as a sort of homage to the 101st Airborne. The para wings are all clutch back either Meyer or Krew manufacture.
  4. That's another cool sets of miniatures. Loving your work especially the USMC reserve miniature.
  5. 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?
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. Simple answer as to why I collect is because I can.....and am I a nasty hateful racist for collecting items with a swastika????
  11. Excellent post and very informative. Well done on your research. Corporal Mott is not forgotten. Semper Fi.
  12. Great Find and the history to go with it. A named PH is high on my wanted list.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. Finally acquired a small enough mannequin to fit. (Shoes are modern but look the part). Also added a USMC Sharpshooter badge.
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