WW2 Army & AAF Cloth Insignia
These are really neat, but not sure if they are WW1, inbetween or WW2. I got them from an old collection of some early and WW2 patches. The YMCA and the similar one are stitched in lines that give a slight appearence to chenille, but not the thickness. The other two patches are felt sewn on felt. All for one money.
Pennsylvania Minute Men units were organized in the summer of 1943, after Pennsylvania Reserve Defense Corps Auxiliary units were redesignated. Members of these units were required to provide their own arms, equipment and uniforms. The only item supplied by the state was an armband with the Minute Men Patch. The Pennsylvania State Guard Reserve worn the armband from May 3rd to August 26th, 1943, when they were replaced by the Minute Men. You will see on the armband where there was a larger Keystone shaped patch sewn on before, that being the larger Penna. SGR patch. Excellent condition and getting harder to find.
I got this one fron the veteran's son, who used to wear the shirt while playing soldier when he was just a child. The shirt was washed many times and finally got too bad to keep, so he cut the patch off the sleeve. The white on the patch fluoresces as it was washed about a million times. A very nice example of an original 10th AAF theater made patch.
Here is something that does not pop up that often. This came out of an older collection here in the East Coast and I was fortunate to bag it!! I'm told that this had been on an overseas hat and was taken off sometime ago. The new owner took the patch to an airshow, where Ed Rector and Dick Rossi, former AVG pilots, signed the back for the collector. There is also a number "27" on the back (accountability number ??)plus what looks like chinese characters. The patch is all handmade and measures approx. 2 5/8" in diameter. What else can I say about it!!