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  1. Dennis, I believe you are correct. It looks like an early Belgium parachute badge. I have one that is real close to it without the zig zag stitching.
  2. It has Air Force acrynyms. TACE is Tactical Air Control Element. Looks like Republic of Korea on map and also has the blue and red yen and yang. Maybe that will help narrow it down. Not too sure about the rest.
  3. Just a guess, but strikes me as possibly an ROTC or Academic related patch. The torch in the back is an ROTC Symbol and the open book relates to learning. No idea beyond that.
  4. This post has me reflecting back to my youth: When I was about 14 years old growing up in the south, almost everyone of my friends had a dad, uncle or older brother who had served in the military during WWII. We played army a lot, fighting ‘Japs or Germans’ in our back yards with cap guns and sometimes with actual war souvenirs like helmets and flags. Most of us had wartime relics that were brought home and pretty much forgotten about as the world went back to enjoying the peace time of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I recall my neighbor wearing a German Officer’s visor cap and playing bus driver. Another had a Japanese rifle and he would tell us stories about its capture. One friend had a German helmet that had two bullet holes in the front and much larger holes in the back. These items were often traded around. A rifle for a go cart or a sword for a bicycle. I recall one day one of my friends needed some money to buy something. He had five Nazi Daggers and a Lion head sword that he wanted to sell. His father had brought them back and had long since left the family. I don’t think I ever met his dad. Anyway, he offered to sell them all to me, knowing I was interested in relics. I only had $16.00 on me, so we shook hands and I was now the owner of a German medical corpsman’s knife (with saw edge and blunt tip), a Luftwaffe dress dagger with yellowish handle and eagle hilt, A large black handled dagger with large hilt and swastika butt cap and a SA dagger and SS dagger both missing chains and hangers plus a lion’s head sword that I later learned had ruby eyes. Now I got all of the above for a total of $16.00 which was a tidy sum at that time. That was at least three lawn cuttings and a gutter cleaning that had taken me two weeks to earn. I figured I got a good deal since I already owned a Labor Corps Hewer with bone handle and black and silver sheath. It looked like a Roman short sword. I had bought it at an Army/Navy Store for $7.50. It had “Arbeit Adlet” or something like that on the blade. I had bought it several years earlier when my Dad was still alive and he said it meant 'work with honor'. It was cool and I chopped vines and small trees with it sometimes. I had sort of a museum and added to my collection over the years. I even took some items to school to show during our study of World War II. When I was a senior in High School, man who I met thru a friend offered to buy my knives and sword. He offered me $15.00 each and needing money in exchange for those things that were just gathering dust, I sold them thinking that I made a big profit on that deal. Much to my regret I later learned their real value. But I look back now and know that once, long ago I had some really nice war trophies. I see how today they are still valued and discussed amongst collectors. I am sure all of us have had things pass through our hands over the years that we now regret selling. I remember Lugers and P-38’s selling for $35.00. I guess it is all relative to the times in which we live. Maybe I did OK back then, but knowledge is valuable. I wish I had more of it back then.
  5. Thank you. I am a bit late in replying, but it's nice to know what the characters mean.
  6. Thanks. I never knew anything about them, only speculation as to what they might be.
  7. Interesting. I never encountered the medal with the ribbon, but the two pips are South Vietnamese 2nd Lieutenant rank blossoms. I can't recall if they were plum blossoms or something else, but they are ARVN.
  8. I am glad that you started this subject as I have four Sake cups that I have wondered about for years now. These were all found in a cave/tunnel on Okinawa. Also found was a rice bowl (not pictured) I have had these cups since 1989. Someone told me that they might be ceremonial for those Japanese flyers about to take off for the last time. Nearby Yomitan Airstrip was a Japanese base. Any thoughts?
  9. Colonel Larry Duggan was 5th Group Cdr when I left in 86. I don't know who took over after his time there. He was a really fine commander.
  10. Great background info, wondeful story and interesting photos. Beautiful jump wings. Thanks for sharing! All the best!
  11. A couple of those names, Jolly & Moore, ring a faint bell with me, but I was gone from 3/5th SFGA by May of 86, so we must not have crossed paths. LTC Tangney had 3/5th at that time. 5th Group was still at Fort Bragg. I do recall a contingent from Kenya coming to Mott Lake for training in 1983, so there was an on going relationship.
  12. The Jump Wing certificate shows a newer design of Kenyan Parachute wings that I believe is still in use. They evidently changed their design in the early 1990's. Here are a few I have that are different in color and metal. I am wondering if you encountered any of these wings while you were there?
  13. Very nice collection of Kenyan Airborne items. I recall those deployments, although I never made it to Kenya myself. I was in 3/5th 1983-1986. That Zaire cloth parachute badge is also sharp. That was one of the best looking and coolest jump wings to come out of Africa. DOL.
  14. Very nice helmet! I had one years ago and let it slip away. Looks like yours is in good shape. Thanks for showing.
  15. The Infantry Museum is absolutely a must see. It is first class and they are always adding new displays. If you are looking for shops, try Ranger Joe's and also the Commando Store. Both are located on Victory Drive just off post. While you are on post, you might stop at Eubanks Field and watch Tower Training for the aspiring Jump school students.
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