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Help with a Coastie patch
« on: August 15, 2015, 10:12:39 PM »
  I received this at the museum today and can find nothing on the polar bear patch. My assumption is that it has something to do with Arctic service but I can find nothing on the web about it. I think the veteran served in the immediate post war era but I am not sure. His Sister in Law dropped off the uniform and hat but she had no significant info beyond a name. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you, Scott. 

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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2015, 11:31:46 PM »
We assume he was a sailor that served with the U.S. Marines in Iceland, 1941-42. Interesting.


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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2015, 11:57:28 PM »
We assume he was a sailor that served with the U.S. Marines in Iceland, 1941-42. Interesting.


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   He was a Coastie... The family didn't say anything about the Marines, but anything is possible. Thanks, Scott.
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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2015, 01:04:37 AM »
I agree with Kohima...the polar bear patch is synonymous with the USMC Iceland detachment...who in turn had adopted it from the British 49th Division.
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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2015, 08:15:07 AM »
Is the Coast Guard shield sewn on the right sleeve ?


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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #5 on: August 16, 2015, 08:24:28 AM »
Is the Coast Guard shield sewn on the right sleeve ?

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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #6 on: August 16, 2015, 08:56:23 AM »
There is a Coast Guard Forum that might know.

http://www.uscg.org/Forum/aff/17/afpg/4.aspx

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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2015, 10:53:12 AM »
Is the Coast Guard shield sewn on the right sleeve ?


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   Yes, and it came with a coast guard hat. It is certainly identical to a marine corps patch but that just seems odd.   Scott
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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2015, 11:31:41 AM »
  I was doing some searching and found that he wasn't born until 1928. His name was Richard P Reule from Ann Arbor MI and he died in 1995. I guess I will have to dig deeper into this one. Scott
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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #9 on: August 29, 2015, 02:51:20 PM »
  So the family dropped these items last week but they have done little to solve the mystery of the Polar Bear patch... Mr. Reule served in 46-47 and received an early discharge due to the reduction in strength of the USCG. shown here are his WWII Victory Medal, a USCG engraved name bracelet, his selective service car, a gas ration, and a Coast Guard Honorable Discharge laminated card. Sorry for the glare.  Scott.

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Re: Help with a Coastie patch
« Reply #10 on: August 29, 2015, 03:12:15 PM »
  a little better picture.  Scott

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