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Dick Winters: Hang Tough

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Watching this on KQED.  Biography of Maj. Winters.  

 

 

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5 hours ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

What are those letters?

 

 

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506th Parachute Infantry Regt.

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27 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:

Ah yes, so clear too, just not thinking numbers.

Although not an official item, many officers wore their regimental designation on their branch insignia. I wore these while with the1st Cav even though cavalry was not an actual branch at the time. You get away with it on fatigues, but usually not dress uniform depending on who your commander was. 

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5 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

Although not an official item, many officers wore their regimental designation on their branch insignia. I wore these while with the1st Cav even though cavalry was not an actual branch at the time. You get away with it on fatigues, but usually not dress uniform depending on who your commander was. 

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was there ever a version for enlisted?  Of course if one had ‘em, everyone would have to have ‘em.

 

 

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5 minutes ago, Marshal Mo Hare, SASS #45984 said:


was there ever a version for enlisted?  Of course if one had ‘em, everyone would have to have ‘em.

 

 

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Although the Cavalry hasn’t actually been a branch since, 1943 you will still see those, especially on troops assigned to Armored Cav regiments.

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A couple of interesting articles on the subject of badges, uniforms, and the like.

http://hglanham.tripod.com/usinfantry/infantry1.html

 

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Officers had the option of displaying the regimental number on their crossed rifles. In some cases the number was brazed directly on the insignia and in others there was a bar struck as part of the insignia to which the numbers were affixed. Infantry branch insignia with regimental numbers were popular both before and after the war and the basic style of the muskets changed little. 



http://hglanham.tripod.com/metalinsignia/collardisk1.html

 

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In 1937 the Army adopted a new type of disk that differed from the Type I and II in that the disk was two piece. It had a plain blight brass finish with a small square hole in the center. The device of the service branch or the letters U.S. were a separate piece that had the screw post in its back and fit into the hole in the disk. A separate piece screwed on the back held the disk and branch device together and the entire assembly was attached to the uniform with a screw nut. Type III disks were mass produced in the early years of World War Two and are common on period uniforms. Their production was discontinued during the war because they used a fair amount of brass, which was a strategic material. William K. Emerson called type of Type III disk adopted in 1937 a Type IIIa to distinguish it from the more recent two piece disk that I call a "Neo-Type III" and he calls a Type IIIc.

 

https://history.army.mil/html/museums/uniforms/survey_uwa.pdf

 

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