Identifying my grandfathers patches

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  1. Mainelybrew

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    First off, Hi to everyone. My buddy who is active on this forum sent me link to here. I am doing some research because I have been asked to build a display case for my grandfathers service patches, ribbons, and other stuff he has including his induction letter. He never really has spoken to many people about his service though I plan on prodding him more than I have in the past. I know he was a B-24 pilot and served in WW2 and in the Korean war. I think he was a flight instructor in the Korean. As far as the patches go. From left to right.

    Also, when displaying any of this, if there are unofficial guidelines I should follow, that would be helpful too.

    1) don't know and sorry it's not a good pic
    2) unidentifed
    3) China-Burma-India campaign
    4) Aviation division
    5) Red Raiders - 22nd bomb group
    6) unidentified and sorry it's not very clear
    7) unidentified
    8) USAAF
    9) 5th Airfoce
    10) unidentified
    11) unidentified

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    Thanks in advance for anyhelp you can give me.

    MB
     
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    11 - 4th AF, 2 - 16th armored division
     
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    10 - General HQ Reserves 1941
     
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    7 - 75st infantry division
     
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    Comiso - 8th AF is a Winged 8, number 8 is the Army Air Corps patch..

    The campaign ribbons on left are CBI related and but I don't know which.

    I can't see the 4th lower pin on right well enough but looks like jump badge related, the prop in middle is confusing. Top pin is of course 'Pilot' wings for USAAF. Sr Pilot has star and command has star with surrounding wreath.
     
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    ur right...
     
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    16th Armoured Division was not "Hell on Wheels" however.

    Only 2nd Armoured Division is "Hell on Wheels".

    1st Armoured is "Old Ironsides".

    Infact the 16th never had an official name.

    Here are the official names of the US Army Armoured Divisions:

    1st: Old Ironsides
    2nd: Hell on Wheels
    3rd: Spearhead
    9th: Phantom Division
    10th: Tiger Division
    14th: Liberators
    49th: Lone Star

    The 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 19th, 20th, 27th, 30th, 39th, 40th, and 50th never adopted an official nickname and dont have them on there patch for that reason.
     
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    Not sure about number 11 but it looks like an old TRADOC patch maybe.
     
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    11 is a 4th Air Force patch....
     
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    Oops I meant number 10 not number 11 but I also see that you have identified number 10.
     
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    I didnt know that
     
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    We got them all ID'd except for #6. Hey Brew - any chance of getting another picture of that one?
     
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    I enlarged and color corrected but it's not much help..
     

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    Certainly. I have them at home. I'll post tonight or tomorrow morning.

    Wow. Thanks for all the responses! :)

    MB
     
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    I will look them up when I get home tonight, I think I can id all of them. I have seen the first one before and should be able to find it. The third from the end on the right is one of my old units. It is the 75th ID. It has been a reserve unit for a long time now. The unit was in WWII and at the Battle of the Bulge. Ovet the years it has been 75th ID, 75th MAC, 75th ID (Exercise). Currently it is back to the 75th ID. It main fuction is the combat training of units being deployed into combat. When I was assigned to the 75th, it was heavy into computer simulations at the front level and theather level. We trained Division and Corps level staffs and field units.

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    Here was the patch that one of you had try to enlarge. It is damaged by smoke/fire. It may have just been a memento from a comerade :( and not actually his. I hope that is not the case.

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    MB
     
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    Looks like youmay have covered everything. The first on the left is 86th ID.
     
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    We got all of them except the one that is real blurry. If I could see what it is I could probably figure it out but.
     
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