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I'm trying to replicate a "tankers jacket" complete with the right patches. In the late 70s and early 80s when we qualified our tanks, we received pocket patches based on our scores, i.e. Qualified, Distinguished, or Superior. Any ideas where I might find just the patch? I really don't want to buy Lt Doyle's field jacket off of ebay.
Very close. The bottoms either read :Support, Qualified, Distinguished, or Superior. That tab from 84 is vastly different. I'm looking the "DISTINGUISHED" Subaltern Shoot patch from 1979
I'll keep my eyes open, Max. I looked yesterday and all the 2ACR patches were gone and only 3ACR and 11ACR patches were left. I think there was one '78 SUPPORT patch from 2ACR.
Found some more on eBay but this was as close as I could get.
And this one.
If that's as close as I can get, snag it for me or tell me where I can get it. I was still in the Regiment in '81 and we qualified Distinguished (in '79), so I guess its not a case of "stolen valor".
Here are links to all the 2ACR qualification patches I found.
There are a crap-load from 3ACR and 11ACR too. Lots more than 2ACR.
Hey Max, here is a chance to get a "DISTINGUISHED" tab.
The patches issued by 3rd AD were nametag width and about four inches tall. It was in the shape of the branch insignia with the bottom flat and a rounded top where the turret is. It was actually three embroidered pieces sewn together. Date was on the top center about one inch wide and qualification level (Qualified, Superior, Distinguished, was on an embroidered strip the same width as a name-tag and sewn on the bottom. Worn on the right side and could be overlapped. Used to see guys wearing 4, 5 or 6 overlapped. The qualification tab was last qualification on the bottom. You didn't keep overlapping qualifications. Pretty big patch and approved by General Ulmer. It could no longer be worn after General Rogers banned all unofficial uniform items and headgear. In Korea we were still wearing them into the 90's, except a small upside down triangle shaped patch that had a leather piece sewn on the top witha buttonhole. Worn right side you place the leather piece on the outside button of BDU's and buttoned the piocket on top of it. Approved for wear by General Abrams, could only be worn in Korea.