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CLOTH INSIGNIA / Re: Info sought on this patch
« Last post by Patchcollector on April 20, 2018, 07:55:35 PM »
Just an update;I received the SF patch and after examining it in hand I can state that it is definitely NOT a Thai made piece.It is constructed like some Middle Eastern pieces I've seen.
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INTRODUCE YOURSELF / Re: Hello from MA. Seeking Information
« Last post by Masonk on April 16, 2018, 09:34:56 AM »
Welcome to the forum! Echoing what has been said, Smitty has provided the best path for pulling your Great Uncle's record.

It can be a long and daunting process, and unfortunately, they may not have a complete file for Albert at the Archives (fire in 1973 destroyed a large portion of Army records). To add another option, there are private researchers that can pull these files for a fee. At times they are more thorough, and explore other options to find records. Additionally, wait time should be much less than submitting the request through the archives.

Some options for private researchers:

http://www.goldenarrowresearch.com/
https://www.redbirdresearch.com/

We can only assume what other awards he would have would have earned in addition to the Purple Heart and Air Medal. Were I to take a stab, I would definitely say the EAME Campaign Medal (European-African-Middle Eastern) and American Defense Medal (pre-December 7th 1941 enlistment). Also, possible he earned the Army Good Conduct Medal, as at the time 1 year service while at war (assuming he was of good character), would have earned him the medal.

As for insignia, most definitely the 9th Army Air Force patch. I assume, as a Radio Operator, he would have worn standard Air Crew Wings. Based on years of service (41-45), prior to being KIA, he would have worn 1 service stripe, for 3 years total service. He likely would have worn overseas bars, one each, for 6 months overseas service, but without knowing how long he was overseas, no way of saying how many he would heave earned prior to being KIA. Collar insignia would have been US on the wearers right collar, and Air Corps on the wearers left collar. And of course, he would have worn SSgt rank on both sleeves.

Commendable thing you are doing, by the way. Researching my great uncle, who was also KIA while serving in the AAF during WWII, is what sparked my interest in collecting militaria and learning about the individual history of these men and women. Good luck in your research!

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INTRODUCE YOURSELF / Re: Hello from MA. Seeking Information
« Last post by Rakkasan187 on April 16, 2018, 08:57:43 AM »
No Reply back yet from Luke..

Wonder if he found what he was looking for..

There appears to be a lot of information on line about one of his relatives.. Photos, missing air crew report ect..

Smitty
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Re: Model of BOMARC Missile, Otis AFB, Cold War Era
« Last post by Scarecrow on April 14, 2018, 04:23:55 AM »
Joan,

Another outstanding work!
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Re: Model of BOMARC Missile, Otis AFB, Cold War Era
« Last post by ScottG on April 13, 2018, 11:04:31 PM »
   Very nice, my Father in Law was a Nike man in Alaska in 67-68. The BOMARC engine was partially developed at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti MI. Where the Ford B-24 was produced in WWII. The BOMARC facility is still there as is a test pit. It now belongs to the University of Michigan.  Scott
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Incredible work Jean..

You have such a talent for bringing these alive..

Smitty
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HOBBIES AND OTHER INTEREST / Model of BOMARC Missile, Otis AFB, Cold War Era
« Last post by Robswashashore on April 13, 2018, 04:59:55 AM »
There were 56 of these nuclear--tipped surface to air missiles at Otis AFB.  This was the Revell-Monogram kit.

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INTRODUCE YOURSELF / Re: Hello from MA. Seeking Information
« Last post by Robswashashore on April 13, 2018, 04:55:07 AM »
Luke --  Welcome to the Forum and good luck on your research.  I live in Brewster on the Cape.

Jean
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CLOTH INSIGNIA / Re: Info sought on this patch
« Last post by Patchcollector on April 12, 2018, 12:47:00 PM »
Thanks Scott for your input.I asked because he stated "Thai made",which to me would infer Vietnam War era.The back of the tab resembles how the "puffyback" pieces were constructed.It's just the weave pattern on the front and the tiny holes on the back of the lightning bolt piece that has me wondering.The sellers images are'nt the best,so I'll get a better view when I get it in hand.
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CLOTH INSIGNIA / Re: Weekend Patch Finds!
« Last post by Masonk on April 11, 2018, 10:18:57 AM »
Looks like you cherry picked some nice ones;greenbacks,theatre mades,etc..
Well done!

Thanks!
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