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U.S. Military / Can You Please ID these Navy rates and the metal insignia?
« on: February 01, 2018, 01:20:20 pm »
These were sent in to me.

Sailor was in US Navy 1942-46, and served on the USS Arctic.

....."I do know for certain (based on his separation document) that while in active duty, his final rate was "Fire Controlman 2nd class (technical)".  In the family files, we have his 3rd class rate badge (the 3rd picture), which would be his rate before he was promoted.  So I understand why we have this one.  But this rate badge, or his 2nd class badge on his uniform jacket (which we also still have) does NOT make him a CPO, correct?

Re the CPO badge: I have been told that this was probably given to him during training at Great Lakes.  Recruits may be given a rank during their training time.  When Dad 'graduated' and joined his ship, the rank he held during training becomes meaningless.  Is this correct?   And if it IS correct, then does it follow that he could no longer wear the anchor device (the 2nd picture) once he left training?

Also, nobody has been able to tell me what the square knot means on the CPO badge....."

General Discussion / Merry Christmas to each and all of you
« on: December 23, 2017, 04:57:27 pm »
You should start receiving your Jan-Mar 2018 Trading Posts any day now.

I hope you all have a safe and healthy New Year's too, and a successful one at collecting whatever you all collect.


U.S. Army / 370th AIB, US Constab
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:43:14 pm »
When the mission of the Constab changed from policing Western Europe to the defense of Western Europe, the Constab was beefed up with a number of combat arms units being assigned to the Constab.

The 370th AIB was one of these units.

U.S. Army / 35th Constab Sq
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:40:34 pm »
Many of you know I like to collect Constab insignia. Here is one for the 35th Constab Sq.

U.S. Army / 4th AAA Bn
« on: October 12, 2017, 01:37:48 pm »
The unit used the "Skysweeper" AAA tracking AW unit.

Patch shows a witch sweeping the sky of enemy aircraft.

General Discussion / For Sale/Buy/Swap section
« on: July 01, 2017, 03:17:08 pm »
A new category is available to ASMIC members.

You can now list items you have for sale, for trade, or wanted.

Please scroll down to the "Classified" at the bottom of the Forum home page.

Thanks to our webmaster for getting this done for us.


This one speaks for itself. This is another one that has been misIDd through the years. We corrected the record on this one, and most dealers are honest about them - I said "most".

U.S. Army / Japan War Crimes Trial (WCT) patch
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:16:49 am »
This one has also been misID'd for decades. It was worn in the Philippines for the Manila WCT, which lasted all of two months in 1946. There is evidence that it is a Philippine Army patch, worn by one of two units (or maybe both), and Americans involved in the Trials were granted approval to wear it.

It was NOT worn in Japan for any of the Trials there. BTW - there were WCT held in many different countries following the war - Russia, China, Singapore, Australia, Nuremberg - and all the Trials were known by their geographical locations.     

U.S. Army / 24th Cavalry Division - ONLY
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:12:51 am »
The patch on the left has been IDd as "21st Cavalry Division"; the one in the middle, as the 24th Cavalry Division. No one knows how this came about. Both are for the SAME unit, the 24th Cavalry Division. However, both of these patches as depicted were never worn. They were made for collectors; note they are both fully embroidered. The true period original 24th Cavalry Division patches are like the round one on the right, emb on wool.   

U.S. Army / Fake - MisID'd 442nd AT Co/Bn/Plt patches
« on: June 21, 2017, 12:08:56 am »
Here is a little of what we have published to "keep the record straight".

This first one is for the so-called "442nd AT Co/Bn/Plt" patch. It is listed as one of those units even today. It is NOT for the 442nd AT Co. They never had a separate patch from the 442nd RCT patches at any time in the unit's history. It is a patch from the marketing arm of Four Roses Society Bourbon, an alcoholic beverage. If you search Ebay for "Four Roses Society", you will find magazine ads from the 1950s and 60s which feature either of the two patches shown. Too many dealers take advantage of the fact that MOST collectors do not know the difference, but have seen the patches incorrectly IDd in several patch books. Do not believe the sellers, unless you have extra money to spend.       

General Discussion / July Sept Trading Posts
« on: June 19, 2017, 09:39:45 pm »
They will be mailed later this month.  This issue is always a little later due to the renewal period.

Remember, no more NL except on line to those with email addresses. I sure hope you all know the difference between the TP and NL by now.....   

U.S. Army / Division nicknames on tabs
« on: May 31, 2017, 05:37:38 pm »
Many div patches exist with their nicknames on a scroll or tab, made during occupation. Here are a few

Shows / Military Show in Kansas City, sponsored by ASMIC
« on: May 21, 2017, 01:55:36 pm »
I want to encourage all the guests who read our website to come and join us in KC, this year. Show dates are Friday, Sept 8th and Saturday, Sept 9th. Members of the public gain entry at 1200 noon on Fri and 0830 Sat. The location is KCI Expo Center, 11730 NW Ambassador Drive, KC MO 64153 and is located across the street from the KC Intl Airport.

There will be 400+ tables of sales items, but one of the better attractions of the show are the displays that many of our members, and members of the public, set up. So many of them are better than museum quality in scope and individual insignia.

Attending this show, as well as others, is important so that you can examine insignia, or what you collect, in person. Attending shows is a much better option than merely looking at your computer screen. No one will bite you for examining patches, and most dealers are more than willing to ask questions. Remember, they were new to the hobby at one point, too. 

Come on out and join us!     

General Discussion / Membership renewals
« on: May 04, 2017, 06:07:22 pm »
The area VPs have been tasked with dues renewal notices, as we don't send them out any longer. Most of you will receive emails, some phone calls, and some, via the US mail. 

You can help by going to your entry in the membership roster here on the website.  Your entry will TELL you when your membership expires. It also tells you when you last renewed.   

To pay your dues online, click on the "Services" tab at the top left of the members' home page and take it from there. PLEASE take care of this prior to 1 July to ensure the timely delivery of your July-September issue of The Trading Post.  If you want to pay by snail mail, send it to the membership Secretary, Garth Thompson, address on inside front cover.


U.S. Army / 15th Infantry Battle Patrol
« on: April 13, 2017, 10:25:59 am »
During WW II (and later, into Korea) many divisions noted the training and successes of the Ranger Battalions. Not wanting to lose the best personnel in their divisions, many of them created divisional Ranger type units, but called them "Battle Patrols" or "Raiders". The units ranged in size from a platoon to a company.

The 3rd ID was very keen on the idea, and all three inf regts and the div recon company had Battle Patrols. Here is the 15th. The dragon, from their DI, has the letters "BP" in its mouth. It looks better in real life; lot of detail to the scales on the body.   

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