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    ??? did they actually do this?

    Post by toasty13 on Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:21 am

    so with my constant boredom i like to venture to every surplus in town and look a what they have. i saw this and i had a wtf moment? Did they ever put armor patches in this location?


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    Post by P-E on Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:02 am

    if it was used as an OPFOR jacket previously...I think it's possible ?


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    Post by nkomo on Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:19 am

    It wasn't just for OPFOR. Armor patches used to be worn on the chest. Fro what reason, I have no idea. Maybe Hooviedude (Mike) can shed some light on this.
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    Post by MyZone on Sun Jan 15, 2012 10:52 am

    I have an Armor uniform from circa 1950's with a color patch on left chest (bought it at an estate sale)....I've seen alot of pictures with them on the chest.

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    Post by John Brown on Sun Jan 15, 2012 2:19 pm

    Patton's 2nd Armored Division wore their patches "over their heart". This practice was held until the late '80s, when the Army put a stop to it in the name of "uniformity".

    All other armored divisions wore their patches on the shoulder.
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    Post by rob8066 on Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:47 pm

    I have an OG 107 shirt with an Armoured patch in the same position.
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    Post by P-E on Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:50 pm

    Is that possible to have pictures to complete that post ? Thanks in advance ! Wink


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    Post by toasty13 on Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:52 pm

    value?

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    Post by John Brown on Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:13 pm

    toasty13 wrote:value?
    2nd Armor Division wore them that way from 1942 to the late '80s.

    Any value would lie in the soldier and his achievements, IMHO.

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    Post by HoovieDude on Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:10 pm

    As John mentions, 2AD were known to wear it on their chest up until their (final) deactivation in 95. It was one of those traditional things that often irked those in the "Big Army" that places more emphasis on uniformity vs traditions. It was started by Patton when he was the CG for the Division. I've seen pics of other Armor/Cav units doing the same in WW2, usually the separate Bn's and Regiments.

    And as MyZone mentions, it was also common practice for units to wear their Regimental DUI's on their chests as well, same concept as the Nam era "pocket patches". Once again, "Big Army" vs tradition and esprit des corps. Here is a 50's era 14th ACR set I have that shows a sample of the practice..


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    Post by nkomo on Mon Jan 23, 2012 9:13 pm

    Thanks for all the replies and comments from our members.
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    Post by toasty13 on Tue Jan 24, 2012 12:31 am

    thank you guys! awesome uniform hoovie
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    Post by Recon369 on Tue May 01, 2012 6:20 pm

    Wheres the Armor patch on the 1st & second pix? I see Airborne jump Wings in their propper place.
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    Post by coolcav20 on Tue May 01, 2012 6:28 pm

    I have to agree with the above posts. I know the 2nd armored wore the patch on the chest and I've seen a few 2AD chocolate chips on USMF. I also own a 28th infantry OG-107 jacket with the early black and gold army tape. It has an unumbered armored patch above the us army tape. It was an $8.00 find in a Pennsylvania antique store.

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    Post by John Brown on Tue May 01, 2012 7:37 pm

    Recon369 wrote:Wheres the Armor patch on the 1st & second pix? I see Airborne jump Wings in their propper place.
    There are no patches.

    There are patch ghosts.

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