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    5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by toasty13 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 3:43 am

    i recently bought a bdu top with a 5th marine div. patch. other than the us marines name tag its only got a panama cif stamp on the inside of the jacket. i know marines dont wear unit patches so i was wondering whats the history on this type of stuff.

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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by John Brown on Sun Apr 22, 2012 5:32 am

    As has been discussed before, if an Army unit is attached to a Marine unit, those soldiers can wear the Marine unit patch as a combat patch.

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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by P-E on Sun Apr 22, 2012 7:15 am

    I'm not sure to understand your question. Does the jacket have the "US Marines" or "US Army" branch tape ?

    The explanations of John Brown are totaly correct if it's the "US Army" branch tape. US Marines patches are not worn by marines (except by a few pilots or aircrews), but some exist in the various camouflages (see the link posted by John Brown with some examples) and are worn by soldiers of the other branches when they are attached to a marine unit (for example a support company of the US Army attached to a MARDIV,...)

    Now, if it's a "US Marines" branch tape, then there's a little problem, or this jacket was patched later as a souvenir with the patch of the unit involved. I already saw a few jackets that were patched after the conflict with some fashion patch that remember the conflict.

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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by toasty13 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 9:24 pm

    no name tape, outline of one that was there tho
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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by Philip on Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:42 pm

    It had a sew-on rank insignia. USMC uses pin-ons.
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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by toasty13 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:50 pm

    I didn't even notice that, hmmm still why in the eff. Is this like that. Also I found this buried at a flea market. Total. cast wasnt much
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    Re: 5th marine bdu with panama cif stamp

    Post by P-E on Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:26 pm

    Yes, for me it's definitely not original. It's a old used BDU that was repatched later with USMC insignias. But well, on their BDU, usmc soldiers only had the name and branch tape, black metal ranks pinned, and usualy an iron on EGA.

    In addition to this, this is the US ARMY Quartermaster symbol. And CIF is maybe for "Central Issue Facility" (see : http://dpclo.defense.gov/privacy/SORNs/component/army/A0600-8-101.html).



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