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Wheelus Air Force Base Silver Plate 1956 - 58 7272nd Supply SQDN

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Posted 6 years ago


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Found this at a resell shop in Indianapolis, IN. It has the 7272nd Supply SQDN at the top. Wheelus Air Base USAFE on the bomb with wings and AM MO with lightning bolts. The numbers 56 - 58 on the sides. Tripoli North Africa at the bottom. Entire plate is hand pounded and etched.
Any idea what this plate was made for?

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It looks to be a souvenir item made for a member of the squadron in 1956- 58.

    Usually in military units departing members are presented with a plaque or similar item to remember their tour. Often the members name will be engraved on the item.

  2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 6 years ago
    Scott did write "looks to be a..." I frequently write "I think" or "perhaps."

    In my opinion, I think it's useful to have some informed speculation/opinions. If we only write what we know absolutely, this could become a rather quiet website.

    I tend to side with you that this was made for the whole unit to stick in a display case, rather than for an individual, since there is no individual's name on it. I don't think we can be certain of that either.
  3. iammoe, 6 years ago
    Thank you for thought's on this item. I also thought it was presented to the entire unit. It is 11 inches round, 1 inch deep. It has a maker's mark on the back but it has been mostly erased do to the hammering. I can make out Tripoli, Libya CS and B. Han... . I think the CS stands for coin silver. Weighs about 16 oz.
  4. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Thanks Chris-- seems I have have a stalker!

    I would expect an item made for a unit display case to mention a sport or specific activity or event. Since it covers a two year time period, I would think it covered an individuals tour which typically were 2 to 3 years.

  5. tripolitan, 4 years ago
    I might be a bit late - regarding the maker's mark - Could it be B. Hameda ? Is the maker's stamp oval with B. Hmeda at the top, Tripoli Libya at the bottom?

  6. iammoe, 4 years ago
    Ben, yes I think you are correct. It is an oval with Tripoli Libya C S at the bottom. I can read B. Hame?? in the middle. At the top of the oval it appears to be Hand then it dissapears. All the hammering has smoothed out the rest.
    Thank you for you input.
  7. tripolitan, 4 years ago
    Thank you for your reply. I showed this picture to my father and he confirmed that this plate was made in Tripoli by him, back in the day. Thank you so much for sharing it.

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