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Acquired this through Facebook Marketplace, and picked up locally. Seller's grandson found it in a vacant house he was rehabbing.

Unfortunately, no name or laundry # in the uniform. I've asked the seller to obtain the address of the home in hopes of linking it back to the vet.

Sad, because it's a really nice uniform. Leadership stripes on both sleeves below the 1st Sgt chevrons.

Left shoulder is an 8th Armored Division SSI, with nice cross stitching. Right shoulder is an 83rd Infantry Division SSI, with German made Thunderbolt tab.

Vet was likely with the 308th Engineer Combat Battalion while with the 83rd Div, and transferred to the 53rd Armored Engineer Battalion (8th Armored).

I have another collector with access to the transfer orders checking for all 1st Sgt's who transferred from the 83rd to the 8th Armored. Hopefully will be able to narrow it down to a few names, and then confirm if they lived near where the uniform was found.

Thanks for looking, and thanks in advance for any comments!
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Re: 83rd/8th Armored Ike - Leadership Stripes & German Made Thunderbolt Tab
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018, 09:50:18 AM »
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Re: 83rd/8th Armored Ike - Leadership Stripes & German Made Thunderbolt Tab
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 10:26:09 AM »
Wow, nice !  Best of luck.



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Re: 83rd/8th Armored Ike - Leadership Stripes & German Made Thunderbolt Tab
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2018, 11:22:38 AM »
Wow, nice !  Best of luck.



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Thanks, Kohima!
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Re: 83rd/8th Armored Ike - Leadership Stripes & German Made Thunderbolt Tab
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2018, 05:03:37 PM »
Awesome Eric..

Hope the research pans out for you

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Everything you want to see on a homeward bound Ike.

Eric what you don't normally see are the green leadership flashes and the silver (?) engineer castle,maybe its theatre made?

Nice addition.

Phill

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Hope the research pans out for you. Would be great for you if you can put a name to it.  I'm really an aviation guy but that is still one nice looking jacket.  Good luck.

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   A great find! I like the looks of those jackets with the leadership stripes. Good luck on the research and keep us posted.  Scott
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Thanks for the kind words, all!

Phil, The leadership stripes were certainly nice to see on the uniform.

As for the engineer castle, theater made was my initial reaction. No markings on the reverse of the brass part. Haven't taken it off the uniform for a more thorough inspection. May have to...
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