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    Posted 10 years ago

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    My dad was able to attain the rank of Sargent during his 4 years in the military during World War Two. He spent the entire war in the Pacific theater in the U.S. Army under Douglas MacArthur fighting to take back many areas from the Japanese. Actually all of the areas before it was all over.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      Rank is Staff Sergeant (E-6) one rank above a Sergeant (E-5).

      The color on this particular set looks like Viet Nam era.
    2. bahamaboy bahamaboy, 10 years ago
      Thank you but about the only thing I am certain of was that world war two was the only time he served and thinking even more closely, I doubt very seriously that he would have Sargent patches from anything later. But it is interesting and I sure wouldn't bet my life on them being from another time frame or war. I just know that when he left the military, he went to work for the Govt and was retired after 30 years govt service of which 4 years was the Army and 26 years as an air traffic controller. Much thanks again.
    3. Driewer Driewer, 10 years ago
      I'd Actually say they are Vietnam patches also. Non the less your dad is a Hero no matter the rank!
    4. bahamaboy bahamaboy, 10 years ago
      This is very interesting. I have my dads uniform posted here and I was certain that these Sargent patches were from another one of his uniforms or a coat/jacket of some sort. Could you please look at the uniform I have posted here and please tell me what the difference is between this set of Sargent patches and the set that is part of his old uniform. I am very interested as to getting to the bottom of this mystery. Also how to tell an e-5 from an e-6 Sargent from the patches? I am suddenly very interested in solving this mystery. Thanks to you Driewer and to scott-vez for all your help concerning this deepening mystery. Thanks again.
    5. Driewer Driewer, 10 years ago
      I will take a look! Btw, Regular sargent is just 3 Chevrons. -> '^' Those patches are staff sgt. So that patch is an E-6
    6. bahamaboy bahamaboy, 10 years ago
      I'm aware that Sargent is the three chevrons but I was just wondering how you could tell whether it was an e-5 or e-6 or 7. But having studied that patch, and the ones on the uniform, I'm fairly certain I've answered my own question in that, e-6 has the two black lines to go with the gold, the e-5 would have had 1 black line and the e-7 would have had 3 black lines following/outlining the 3 gold chevrons. Am I correct in this assumption? But my last question is about the color of the Sargent patches themselves. You may have already answered this at the post of the uniform. So if you have nrn. On his uniform the patches are gray & black and there is a bold "T" below the chevrons. Again that uniform patch shows what I think to be E-6 because of the 2 black stripes outlining 2 of the 3 chevrons.
      It's amazing what I've learned from you Driewer and from you scottvez. Thanks to the both of you for your time and trouble explaining all of this to me. And actually thank you both for stopping by and taking a look at these military items that belonged to my father. Not to belittle by any means soldiers that fought later in Korea, Viet Nam, Grenada, Panama or the middle east & Afghanistan, I really think that those that were of the age and those that served in world war two were "The Great Generation". Our country as a whole was a very different place and a time I admire & respect, along with being again, as a whole, a period that I long to return to. I wasn't around then and was still a very little boy at the end of the next decade, but the 30's & 40's was a time, with a mindset that we will sadly never see again.
    7. Driewer Driewer, 10 years ago
      Something else that could help you out is, Google, US Army Rank. They have a pictured chart, of What the ranks look like and what E they are.
    8. bahamaboy bahamaboy, 10 years ago
      Thank you very much for that additional info.
    9. scottvez scottvez, 10 years ago
      All SGT ranks have three stripes or chevrons-- it is the bottom portion that distinguishes the rank (called a rocker).

      SGT (E-5)= NO rocker, just the three stripes
      SSG (E-6)= One rocker
      SFC (Sergeant First Class or Platoon Sergeant; E-7)= Two rockers
      MSG (Master Sergeant, E-8)= Three rockers; there is also a First Sergeant who is the same rank and the ranking NCO in a company. He has a diamond in the center.
      SGM/ CSM (Sergeant Major/ Command Sergeant Major; E-9)= Same but a STAR in the center for SGM and STAR and wreath in center for CSM.
    10. bahamaboy bahamaboy, 10 years ago
      Thank you scottvez for this and past info on these military items of my dads. I really appreciate it.

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