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US Army Coat Display Project

Discussion in 'Uniforms, Personal Gear (Kit) and Accessories' started by 69dodgechrgr, Nov 6, 2010.

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    I've found a lot of sharpshooter badges that appear correct but I can't tell the difference between WWII, Korea and Vietnam era. I'm sure the makers marks can tell me but I don't know of any place I can find a listing of the different makers marks and the era's they correspond to.
     
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    Everything on the uniform is correct WWII era pieces with the exception of the following which are current issue or incorrect era items. I've also listed the items that are missing including the missing sharpshooter badge in case anybody can help me out with locating them. A few items I have located are not pictured but have been obtained.

    Incorrect:
    Bronze Star Ribbon
    Good Conduct Ribbon
    American Campaign Ribbon
    EAME Campaign Ribbon w/3 Battle Stars
    WWII Victory Ribbon
    Army of Occupation Ribbon
    Presidential Unit Citation
    338th Infantry Distinguished Unit Insignia (pair)
    Combat Infantry Badge
    Ribbon Mounting Bars
    Some Clutch Backs
    OD Wool on Wool T/5 Corporal Stripes

    Missing:
    Enlisted OD Wool Shirt
    Enlisted Tan Wool Tie
    OD Infantry Garrison Cap W/338th Infantry DUI
    Sharpshooter Badge W/ Rifle Bar
    1 Pocket Button (Jaffe New York makers mark)

    Correct:
    Stamped Enlisted Infantry Collar Brass
    Driver Badge W/Driver-W Bar
    OD Wool Ruptured Duck Patch
    85th Infantry Shoulder Patch
    3 Gold on OD Wool Overseas Service Bars
    1 OD Embroidered on Black Wool Service Hash Mark

    Obtained Not Pictured:
    OD Embroidered on Black Wool T/5 Corporal Stripes
    Large Jacket Button W/No Makers Mark
     
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    Thought I would update this post with a pic of my Grandfather and a question. This picture was taken toward the end of his tour and possibly overseas. In fact it was the photo that appeared in the paper when he came home. You may or may not be able to tell but he is wearing an 88th Division patch on his left shoulder. This is puzzling to me because he served his entire tour with the 85th. Is it possible he was briefly transferred to the 88th at the end of the war or could he have just borrowed a shirt from a guy in the 88th so the picture would be in uniform? Any ideas??????
     

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    Here's an update on my project and a picture. Everything on the uniform is now original WWII era items with the exception of one DUI and all the ribbons. I bought a cotton khaki tie and shirt which I believe is correct for a summer uniform. It is also what my grandfather appeared to be wearing in the second picture. I'm looking for opinions so feel free to comment. I believe the winter uniform was an od wool shirt and green tie. Anyway, I appreciate any additional help. Thanks
     

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