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Posted 5 years ago


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Here is something I haven't seen before.

The USN sailor is wearing Army Air Corps Aerial Gunner wings!

He also sports (Left to right) the American Defense Medal with bronze service star, American Campaign Medal with bronze service star and the Asiatic/ Pacific Campaign Medal with bronze service star. They are arranged in the correct order.

Below all of these he also sports a "Sharpshooter" qualification badge. I usually see these attributed to the USMC.

Has anyone seen a USN guy wearing Army and USMC badges before? While he could be a PX/ BX hero, I would lean more toward these being legitimate.

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.



  1. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Hmmm...I am going to ask around. I haven't seen it although, didn't the lines cross more in the Pacific than the European theater?
  2. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks amber-- let me know what you find out. It isn't something that I have seen before, so I don't think it was commonly done.

  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks packrat, majestic and kerry.

  4. SCPODan, 5 years ago

    Have not seen this before.
    The collectors would love this mystery on the U.S. Militaria Forum (USMF) site.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks Dan-- I thought it was unusual and had never seen it before either.

    Maybe he was a tail gunner on a Dauntless?

    I'll check with the other forum.

  6. SCPODan, 5 years ago
    Possibly prior service in other branches?
  7. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Dan-- have you seen sailors wear this type of weapon qualification badge?

  8. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 5 years ago
    I have seen sailors with USMC badges (usually Corpsmen) but never Army badges/insignia unless it was prior service....(usually ribbons, and this was back when I was in the Navy)
  9. tlmbaran tlmbaran, 5 years ago
    also, they way the pins appear to be just stuck on randomly, without being "squared away", leads me to believe that they are photographer's props....
  10. SCPODan, 5 years ago
    I have not.
    This configuration is suspect.
  11. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks bellin and tlmbaran.

  12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Hi, scottvez. Please pardon my boldness in asking this, but could you please tell me what the alaphabet soup means in the following description of a man's WWI service: WWI PVT STU ARMY TNG CORPS? The "STU" throws me, and someone on thought that it indicated that the man had been in a WWI-era type of ROTC program. Sorry to bother you - can't find the info, and just heard today that General Services Administation wants to review my Doniphan posting on hellokitty6811's painting before I 'publish' it on Collectors Weekly. Since I planned to publish Friday, this really puts me behind, so please pardon my asking this favor. I know that you'll know. Many thanks! miKKo
  13. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    World War I, Private (rank), Student Army Training Corps-- I am not sure if the reference is to ROTC as the rank then would have probably been "cadet".

    I am not that familiar with early ROTC programs, so some online research under ROTC may reveal some answers.

    Sorry I cannot be more helpful!

  14. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
    The Student Army Training Corps (SATC) was not like ROTC in that it did not produce officers (hence, no "cadet" rank). It was a vocational program. Soldiers who completed the program could then move on to Officer or Non-Comissioned officer training programs, return to regular duty or with permission, continue a course of study. The program only lasted for a few months in 1918 and was discontinued shortly after WWI ended.
  15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Thank you, thank you!!! That is a big help, sir. Now, I just might make that deadline! miKKo
  16. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 5 years ago
    Here's some more info about the SATC:
  17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 5 years ago
    Splendid, gentlemen! I commend your scholarship and your kindness! Many thanks! miKKo
  18. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the information Chris!

  19. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks tom.

  20. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    Thanks budek.


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