Translate German to English - Click here to open Altavista's Babel Fish Translator Click here to learn about all those symbols by people's names.

leftlogo.jpg (20709 bytes)

Upgrade to Premium Membership

Previous Thread
Next Thread
Print Thread
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
Dave Offline OP
OP Offline
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
Many US Army units, from schools to major commands right down to battalions, have/had shoulder crests. From what I have seen at the Raleigh shows, they are very moderately priced and collected by many.

They are well made with enameled panels and mostly a motto.

Here are mine. Both in the sense that I own them and that wore them 1964-1966

First, the Ordnance Guided Missile School at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville Alabama. I studied guided missile radar repair there for 36 or 38 weeks. MOS 253

DSC00073.JPG (27.54 KB, 168 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
Dave Offline OP
OP Offline
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
1st Missile Battalion of the 67th Artillery Regiment. I was in the Ordnance corps Direct Support Platoon of HQ & HQ Battery which was in Worms on the Rhine.

DSC00072.JPG (21.09 KB, 164 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
Dave Offline OP
OP Offline
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
The 5th Missile Battalion of the 6th Artillery Regiment. As with the unit above, I was in the DSP of HQ & HQ Battery. We were in Hoppstadten (sp?) and Battalion HQ was in Baumholder.

The higher HQ with the big cheeses was 32AADC which stood for Army Air Defense Command.

From the crest, it looks like they tangled with rattle snakes and fought both red and blue French forces at some time laugh laugh




DSC00069.JPG (32.09 KB, 163 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
Dave Offline OP
OP Offline
Joined: Sep 2000
Posts: 15,099
Likes: 102
You guys have any ?

Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 5,155
Likes: 5
Offline
Joined: Oct 2003
Posts: 5,155
Likes: 5
Here are a couple of DUI shoulder crests. The first one is for a post-war embroidered Artillery unit that is worked on a bevo style set of green leadership tabs. The second one is a pre-war ROTC enamel shoulder crest that mimics the uniform SSI shoulder patch.

I find these interesting as well.

Constabulary Art Ike DI.JPG (45.3 KB, 159 downloads)
ROTC Ga DI.JPG (97.13 KB, 160 downloads)
ROTC Ga patch.JPG (86.54 KB, 160 downloads)

"You can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." Ricky Nelson
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
The unit crests are great. I tend to keep any of the WW2 ones I come across. WWII era ones are unsually sterling, with a screwback or long pin back. maker markings can also help date them. There are also many who collect the more exotic "theatre made" ones as well.

There are litterally thousands of them, so most collectors try to specialize; Infantry, Artillery, Signal, etc. They usually do tell a story in their design, for examples in Dave's the snake refers to the Mexican War, the Crossed sabers the Indian Wars, and the Flur-de-lis the units service in WWI.

I just picked these up with 2 armor school ones. 327th Glider Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division. 2 pin back & one screwback. Not as rare as some of the AB units but I was a happy camper!

dis.jpg (41.53 KB, 142 downloads)

JERRY
GDC GOLD #0213

www.militarycollectorsHQ.com
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,117
Offline
Joined: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,117
WE LEAD THE WAY...WW 2 29th INFANTRY MARKED MEYER METAL
BREAK THROUGH.....WW 2 4th ARMORED DIV.MARKED ?? CONDERC WASH.DC
STERLING,THE NICKNAME WAS NEVER OFFICIALLY ADOPTED ,ACCORDING TO THE INFO ON YAHOO........DAVE H

d1a.jpg (39.21 KB, 135 downloads)
dib.jpg (41.25 KB, 134 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
Here are a few from the local boys. The 121st artillery of the 32nd "red arrow" division.
The signs on HWY 32 all bear the red arrows to honor these guys. In WW2 they had most combat days of any division.

32.jpg (79.75 KB, 112 downloads)

JERRY
GDC GOLD #0213

www.militarycollectorsHQ.com
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
Hi All, I hope its OK to ask this on this forum. I have MANY "Windmill" DI's from the 77th Div., all different colors. Is there a reference to determine what the diifferent colors mean? I know most of them but there are a few that I can't figure out. I can be contacted at [email protected] so as not to tie up this forum. THANKS for your help. Peace, Mark

Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
Hi Again, Its been a while and I have forgotten how to post photos. Would someone, please, give me some "SIMPLE" instructions on how to do it. Thank You. Peace, mark

Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Offline
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Click the "Reply" button to open a new post window (the "Quick Reply" at the bottom of the thread does not have a photo posting option). Click "File Manager" in the "Post Options" block to open the file loading window. Click "Browse" to select your photo. Click "Add File" to select the photo. Repeat "Browse" and "Add File" for your photos. Click "Done adding files" to return to the reply window. Photos will be loaded as soon as you click the "Submit" button for your post.


[Linked Image from germandaggers.com]
Visit us at www.GermanDaggers.com
Contact me at [email protected]
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
Offline
Joined: Sep 2001
Posts: 3,439
saw Vern got it.

Last edited by Mr. Jerry; 10/30/2010 11:15 PM.

JERRY
GDC GOLD #0213

www.militarycollectorsHQ.com
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Offline
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Here's a couple I picked up from somewhere. Not sure where anymore wink Any identification would be appreciated.

Chrests.jpg (63.13 KB, 84 downloads)

[Linked Image from germandaggers.com]
Visit us at www.GermanDaggers.com
Contact me at [email protected]
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,834
Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,834
Dave,
I can identify 4 of your DUI's. The "H-Minus pin" is for the 505th P.I.R. of the 82nd Airborne. Just a guess, but I think yours is actually from the WWII period. Their current DUI (approved January 24, 1952) is slightly different with a winged red arrowhead on the crest which signifys the jump into Sicily.
The "TouJours Pret" (Always Ready) is the 2nd Armored Cavelry.
The "Fare Fac" (We Teach by Doing) approved November 19, 1941, is for the Engineer Center. The Black Lion is taken from the coat of arms of the Fairfax family who were the original owners of the land on which the present Ft. Belvoir is located. The motto is that of the Fairfax family.
The Black Panther is for the 47 Infantry Regiment of the 9th Infantry Division.
I have a 460 page book on U.S. Army Heraldic Crests, and in order to identify the other one would require going through the book from front to back (maybe this winter). Hope this helps.

Last edited by Denny Gaither; 11/11/2010 12:45 AM.

WANTED TO REPURCHASE!! Walther pistol Model PP - ac code - Ser. No. 382000P - REWARD FOR INFO ABOUT THIS PISTOL!!
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Offline
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Cool, Thanks Denny! I got these as a kid in the mid/late 1950's. My dad was a government construction inspector on projects at Langley Field, Fort Eustis, Yorktown Bomart Base, McCoy Air Force Base, and Fort Belvoir and I got to go in with him when he worked weekends. I think I found the first one and pinned it on my hat. Every once in a while, one of the military officers would give me another. I have a few more somewhere in my junk box but really never knew what they were wink


[Linked Image from germandaggers.com]
Visit us at www.GermanDaggers.com
Contact me at [email protected]
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,834
Offline
Joined: Dec 2001
Posts: 1,834
My apologies Vern. I have no idea why I typed Dave's name. I didn't notice until it was to late to edit it.

Last edited by Denny Gaither; 11/11/2010 06:26 PM.

WANTED TO REPURCHASE!! Walther pistol Model PP - ac code - Ser. No. 382000P - REWARD FOR INFO ABOUT THIS PISTOL!!
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
Offline
Joined: Feb 2000
Posts: 6,792
Likes: 44
No problem and thanks again for the information wink


[Linked Image from germandaggers.com]
Visit us at www.GermanDaggers.com
Contact me at [email protected]
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
OK, Here goes. Hope they come out OK.

77#3.jpg (33.68 KB, 45 downloads)
77#2.jpg (24.22 KB, 45 downloads)
77#1.jpg (51.53 KB, 45 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
Here are some more. Even though some have descriptions, I am NOT sure they are correct. PLEASE help if you can.

77#4.jpg (42.51 KB, 44 downloads)
77#5.jpg (39.29 KB, 44 downloads)
77#6.jpg (38.16 KB, 44 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
last ones

77#7.jpg (37.74 KB, 43 downloads)
77#8.jpg (38.48 KB, 43 downloads)
77#9.jpg (35.89 KB, 43 downloads)
77#10.jpg (39.29 KB, 43 downloads)
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
M
Offline
M
Joined: Sep 2007
Posts: 200
If there are ANY DI collectors out there that can ID these or refer me to some reference material I would be MOST appreciative. Peace, Mark

Joined: May 2002
Posts: 5,344
Offline
Joined: May 2002
Posts: 5,344
here is my USAAF 4th composite group DI,i have so many DI's that i dont collect anymore,,,1922-1945 NS Meyer

4 COMP GRP 25-45 NSM PB 1.jpg (41.51 KB, 51 downloads)
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 623
L
Offline
L
Joined: May 2007
Posts: 623
I have a few but no digicam! I have 69th Armor, 63rd Armor, 745th Armor, (the precursor to the 63rd Armor from WWII) as well as 7th Cav and 4th Cav.
I was in the 69th and the 63rd Armored Battalions myself.


Link Copied to Clipboard
Popular Topics(Views)
2,268,516 SS Bayonets
1,765,368 Teno Insignia Set
1,134,661 westwall rings
Latest New Threads
U.S. Memorial Day 2024
by Gaspare - 05/24/2024 01:09 PM
EK 2 Round 3
by Dutchman - 05/20/2024 11:45 PM
Can you determine authenticity of SS dagger?
by AnatoliyD - 05/17/2024 04:22 PM
SS dagger KM7/91
by zwoerf - 05/17/2024 06:56 AM
My first bayonet
by Cameron - 05/16/2024 03:33 PM
Latest New Posts
U.S. Memorial Day 2024
by C. Wetzel-20609 - 05/25/2024 05:32 PM
Can you determine authenticity of SS dagger?
by Herman V. (aka Herr Mann) - 05/25/2024 03:27 PM
Obviously rare portepee
by wotan - 05/25/2024 10:56 AM
Russian silver skull & snakes ring
by Gaspare - 05/24/2024 12:43 PM
Italian Fascist rings
by Gaspare - 05/23/2024 10:54 PM
Forum Statistics
Forums42
Topics31,678
Posts329,305
Members7,541
Most Online5,900
Dec 19th, 2019
Who's Online Now
7 members (Brian H, C. Wetzel-20609, OWN, Stephen, A. Martin, Skyline Drive, ed773), 138 guests, and 169 robots.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod

Powered by UBB.threads™ PHP Forum Software 7.7.5