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General Discussion / Re: New to ASMIC
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:42:27 am »
Amen, Brother.  My wallet has always been my most severe critic.
To get the ball rolling, why don't you throw something up in one of the categories you are interested in and let's see who pops up.  I'm hoping it won't just be me.  Another good thing about this forum is the ease of posting photos.  It's a breeze.

U.S. Army / Re: Army Marksmanship Bar "Rifle-A" Question
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:37:04 am »
Since I personally didn't know the answer to your question, I passed it on to Bill Emerson who must be the World's greatest authority on the subject.  Here is what he says about your question:   

The rifle qualification bar letters describe the course used for qualification. 
Each course varied by the distances fired, the number of targets, and the number
of rounds fired.  The A course was the normal infantry qualification course for
example, but if distances were limited locally due to not being to shoot at the
long distances, or if the number of rounds given to a unit for the year were
less, then shorter ranges and less rounds dictated the use of Course B, C, or D. 
Some branches, such as Coast Artillery, usually fired only on the shorter ranges
since coast artillerymen would use their rifles only in a defensive manner.  The
various practices leading up to the formal qualification were prescribed to
match the planned qualification course.  For some firing tables, rounds had to
be fired in a prescribed time.
Training Reg 150-10, dated September 16, 1926, calls for infantry and cavalry EM
in line companies and troops in regiments fire the A Course.  EM of Inf, Cav,
CA, Engineers, QMC, Ordnance, and CWS armed with rifles who do not fire "A" were
to fire any of the courses depending upon the regimental or battalion commander. 
The details of who was to fire takes more than one page.  The details of the 4
qualification courses take up 5 pages.

General Discussion / Re: New to ASMIC
« on: May 19, 2016, 11:33:50 am »
  Welcome to the ASMIC Forum.  It is slowly getting up and rolling as more members join in the conversation.  One of the benefits is that you will be able to look up just about anything that has been published in the past int The Trading Post and you can do so with out leaving the site.  The editor, Dave Kaufman and others, have been busy scanning in all the back issues of The Trading Post and putting them into a searchable format.  With the interests you have you will find that very useful.
  Again, welcome and I look forward to chating with you on the ASMIC Forum and in person sometime.

U.S. Military / Re: Need help to ID this Keep Up The Fire DI
« on: May 17, 2016, 04:45:09 pm »
Okay, I'm a little out of my depth here because, as I said, I'm not a DI guy but I can venture a few observations.  You have seen what Jim McDuff said about the first one that you posted--that it was made in Korea and was essentially made for collectors and not worn by the unit.  It is what is called a "clutchback" meaning that it is held on to clothing by the two straight posts and a bras "clutch" that grasps onto the post.  That is how most modern day DIs are made because it is cheaper than the older ways.
  That brings me to the one hallmarked GEMSCO.  That is a "pin-back" DI and that is how the DIs were made in the 1940 and some into the 50s.  Gemsco ws a big dealer in all sorts of military and sports insignia.  They are now out of business.  The letter and number is a code for the DI.  A DI guy could probably tell you about when that DI was made by looking at those three indicators but I cannot.  I can only guess that it is 40s or 50s.
  The one in the middle, if that is the "Beercan" from Vietnam has no pins on it and that tells me either they have been broken off or they were never intended to be there.  If it wasn't intended to have pins put on it, then it is probably made for a plaque.  Units in Vietnam were big on giving out plaques when a guy DEROSed or rotated out.  These plaques were made locally in shops outside the gate or, if the base was large enough, in the PX.  They plaque would have an engraved plate with the guy's name, rank and duty title and dates he was there and then there would be any number of other things on it--maps of Viet Nam or the province or DI of the unit, etc.  All these attachments were made of thin metal (hence the "beercan" nickname) and glued on the plaque.
  That's about all I know and it is going to take someone with some in-depth DI knowledge to take this much further.

U.S. Military / Re: Need help to ID this Keep Up The Fire DI
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:50:19 am »
I am not sure but in your last posting are you looking for more info on the one you posted earlier or are you wanting more information on the beer can DI from VN?  As I said, I'm not a DI guy but I can try and find out more about the beer can if you want. 

U.S. Military / Re: Engineers Patch - Can You ID ?
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:44:31 am »
Tredhed is correct and the patch is WWII and was worn as a shoulder patch. 

U.S. Military / Re: Need help to ID this
« on: April 27, 2016, 10:11:16 pm »
  I am not a DI guy but I asked Jim McDuff who knows as much about DIs as anyone alive and this is what he said:
  "This is a known/ unauthorized Di variation, made in Korea.  Not valuable as it was never worn by the unit or authorized--made for collectors."
  Hope this helps,

Guest Questions / Re: military badge
« on: April 18, 2016, 04:02:17 pm »
  It's good that you are on this forum.  Something like that Fire badge would probably never get identified by a Stateside collector.  Thanks.

  We had a great first-time show yesterday at the O-W-L VFD Social Hall in Woodbridge, VA.  Thanks to all who turned out and especially to those who helped make it possible like Bagman on this forum.  We are looking at dates in December for another show and will let you know when it is set up.
 Meanwhile, don't forget the Belvoir Show coming up on the first Sunday in May.  It is still a good show and deserves our support.  If everyone who came to the show yesterday would come to the Belvoir Show it would be just like the "old days" in the SOSA Rec center.  Let's keep it going!

U.S. Navy / Re: Uncle Fred's Medals
« on: April 11, 2016, 07:17:42 am »
Nice display.  I am trying to do one for four of my uncles who were in WWII.  It may be a bit too ambitious but if I ever get it don, I'll post a photo of it.
  Back to yours, Currahee has a very good suggestion about the loop of tape.  I can't tell you how many of these I've had to reopen to get that one little piece of lint or cat hair off the black velvet background.  Tape loops are very helpful.

Hope to see lots of you Mid-Atlantic ASMIC folks at the new show.  It will be from 8-1 at the O-W-L VFD Social Hall.

U.S. Military / Re: Need Help with ID - Navy Pocket Patch
« on: April 05, 2016, 11:05:02 am »
OK, now I see it.  The spacing for the "B" makes it a little confusing and I think you are correct about some spelling errors.  Not uncommon when you have non-Russian speakers asking non-English tailors to make something for them.
Well, after all that, we are still left to wonde what unit wore the patch. This could be a very small unit from somewhere where there wasn't a whole lot of publicity being generated.  Who knows, maybe only one set of these were ever cranked out?

U.S. Military / Re: Need Help with ID - Navy Pocket Patch
« on: April 04, 2016, 06:55:20 pm »
Are you sure it's an "I"?  Looks like it could be a "T" with a few excess threads at the bottom.  I'm also thinking the last letter on the right is a Cyrillic "D" rather than an "A".  Could be either from the looks of it. 
I'll try to get some of my Russian linguist friends to look at it.

U.S. Military / Re: Need Help with ID - Navy Pocket Patch
« on: April 04, 2016, 09:49:45 am »
 Wow, that's a tough one.  No wonder you haven't been successful so far in identifying it.
 The motto on the scroll at the base of the patch appears to be written in the Cyrillic alphabet.  Notice the backwards "N" in the first part of the motto.  If that is done correctly, it is a Cyrillic "E".  My Russian skills were never great and they are rusty now but they don't seem to be actual words--at least not any that I remember.  They could be some Vietnamese seamstress' idea of how the letters should be rendered.  If you have access to a fluent Russian speaker, it might be worth having them look at it and take a shot at translating it.
  Sorry I couldn't be more help.

General Discussion / Re: Welcome to ASMIC Forum!
« on: March 30, 2016, 03:59:55 pm »
  I second your cheer for our webmaster.  He does an excellent job and is always looking for ways to improve the web experience of ASMIC members.  If only more ASMIC members would utilize what he has done for us.  The webmaster may have brought us screaming into the 21st Century but there are still way too many of us who are mired in the past.  Slowly but surely they will come around.

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