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Posted 1 year ago

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Rtd_sf_eng
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I believe installation was Waller Field, which was active from 1940 to 1956, but I have not been able to confirm the information. The badge measures 65.28 x 72.79mm. If anyone has any additional information about the badge or the installation, please post it. Thanks.

Larry

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    The only time I knew that the Brits allowed the "Americans" to operate in Trinidad was during WWII for sub hunting patrols. Just from personal knowledge as you can look it up.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Additionally, US Army installations were/ are not referred to as "bases"-- they were/ are called posts. "Base" is a Navy term.

    scott
  3. Rtd_sf_eng, 1 year ago
    My dad also refered to the Army posts as bases and he joined the Army in late 1944 and retired in 1969.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
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    Those with a very limited view of the U.S. Army would say the army do not have and did not have "Bases" and that "Bases" were solely a Navy Term. (Tens of thousand USAF personnel serving on AFBs (Air Force Bases) would beg to differ as well. Most people realize the Air Services use nautical terms for much that involves air craft including the term "base," and as such it is a AIR FORCES TERM as well including ARMY AIR FORCE and THE ARMY AIR CORP.

    As you (BLUNDER) said this is almost certainly WWII related. It opened in 1941 as a Navy Base and a Army Air Base and closed as an Air Force Base in 1949.

    Preparation of the site for the naval base and air station began on March 1st, 1941,and formal possession took place by 31st March. Installations were established in about 3 months time. The base was commissioned on Friday, 1st June, 1941.

    Army Air Bases were called BASES ... Waller Field was an Army Air Corp BASE.

    Waller Air Force Base was a former United States Army Air Forces WWII air base located in northeastern Trinidad. (wiki)
    Info from Kevin aka AR
  5. Rtd_sf_eng, 1 year ago
    I really appreciate the information! Keep them coming and I have more unknown Army FD badges to display. Thanks all.

    Larry

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