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May 24, 2013


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It's hard to tell without zoom but it looks like your ribbons are :WWII Victory, American Campaign,Good Conduct. The top ribbon I'm not sure of.
I don't see any wings, so he wasn't a pilot or the wings are missing.
I think the USAAF patch of that design is also called the Arnold emblem.

FIDM Museum

Yes, I think you're right about most of the patches. I'm also wondering about the wings...are they missing from the uniform, or did he serve in another capacity??


Well plenty of guys served that were not pilots so the lack of wings is reasonable. Any idea of who it originally was issued to? Service records are fairly easy to come by. There only so many guys in Antilles who would match up with these dates , rank and number of years of service.
What are the color bars in the top ribbon? The other 3 are pretty common but the color bars I think I see don't make any sense on that top one.

FIDM Museum

Unfortunately, the uniform was donated without any info on who might have worn it. We probably could track down the wearer via military service records...another research project to put on the list!


I have a uniform like this but not as decorated. Inside the pants it says E.R Brooks B-5401. I tried to find information on this soldier but could not. I also was wondering what the strips stood for. Three on each upper arm shaped like an upside down v and one half slash on wrist area on left sleeve. I know it is AAF by the patch on left sleeve. Any ideas on finding this soldier?

FIDM Museum

You might start with the National Archives, which has an amazing amount of information available online: http://www.archives.gov/.

If you can't find what you're looking for online, you might find some additional leads on their site. Good luck!


The top ribbon to me looks like an Army JROTC drill team ribbon, if you google that you'll see what I'm talking about. No clue what business it has on this uniform but that's what it looks like to me

FIDM Museum

Interesting! Thanks for the info...we'll look into the possibility that it's a drill team ribbon.

Mark Conrad

The top ribbon is the ribbon for the membership badge of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. There should be another Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI)on the right lapel. The lack of wings isn't anything out of the ordinary; he could have served in any number of non-flying specialties - he could have been a typist for anyone knows. if you look inside the pockets, there should be a black and white Quartermaster's tag - if it hasn't been washed excessively, that will give you the contract date of the uniform. Also, leather belts were worn with pre-war uniforms. By 1942, they had been dropped, so this uniform is 100% correct without a belt. Also, inside the lining (normally near the neck) there might be a laundry mark consisting of the first letter of the soldier's late name, and the last 4 digits of his Army Service Number (ASN, commonly called a serial umber) i.e. C5957. You can use that to locate him at the NARA ADA database.

Mark Conrad

That should have said "last name". If you need help looking up his name, send me an email.

Rod Melendez

The bottom ribbon bar us upside down, the Good Conduct should be on the left as it is senior to the American theater Campaign ribbon and WWII Victory ribbon. When veterans organization ribbons are worn, they are usually last in line. I think the four horizontal stripes on the left sleeve are overseas service ribbons (6 mo each), the angled stripe below these is a longevity stripe usually for a 3 or 4 year period depending on service.

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