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Hello. I am very excited to be part of this forum! I collect uniforms, field gear, and headgear of the ROKMC during the Vietnam war. Also on the side I collect French Indochina camouflage and equipment. I am located in the US and can’t wait to be more active on this forum!
I stumbled across this while looking at book ads...
While the video was made some time ago, the museum appears to still be up and running.
And they have some military related items in their online exhibits...
I will have to add this to my list of places to go in LA.
I am writing this intro post while grieving the loss of my hero and friend, Clarence Smoyer. He passed away today at the age of 99 years. Clarence was a humble, soft spoken man and a WWII hero. Be at peace, old soldier. I will never forget you.
I am a veteran who has an interest in researching the service of WWI and WWII veterans. I also enjoy genealogical research.
I am joining this forum in order to get some information about an item which someone I know found several years ago. I look forward to meet and interact with the members of this forum.
I believe there is a difference in the parade cords and Adjutant cords so there are some slight variations in the monkey swings. Grenzers, and Army, have silver metal finale drops while the Navy versions have gold colored finales. Some cords are aluminum wire while some are cellulose which turn color with age.
Here are three interesting photos showing the Gala jackets in wear. The male bandsmen in the small ensemble below are NCOs but they are wearing the Officer Gala uniform while the females wear the single breasted female version of this uniform. None are wearing shoulder cords Bandsmen could wear this uniform it seems from photos like the one showing the large Volkspolizei band below.
The other photo shows two female Air Force Officers wearing this Parade Uniform along with their male counterparts wearing the cords. This photo was taken at Officer School graduation when the top ten graduates were awarded daggers. Late in the time of the DDR the restriction on female officers wearing daggers was lifted and they could wear them for the first time. Notice the shoulder cords worn by each Air Force graduate. The males are wearing the cords with the single breasted Parade Uniform instead of the double breasted Gala uniform.
All very confusing since each service had their own version of this double breasted Soviet style uniform and their own set of regulations.