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    Post by ripcord on Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:15 pm

    Happy New Year..


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    Post by Wolverine on Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:05 am

    I have a few examples with the same type of flag arrangement as your 173rd jacket. They either have 173rd patches or SETAF patches. Nice piece there, especially the jump wings.
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    Post by ripcord on Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:21 pm

    Thank you Andrew..

    As far as I understand, this type of flag was Italian made and supposedly sown onto DCUs at a small shop near the Ederle base. This was done pre and post their jump into Iraq..

    Normal sized US made flags were sometimes worn on left side of early DBDUs and DCUs of US Army and other US services during that period.

    I am fairly certain the 173rd. would not start using modified DCU blouses until around 2005.


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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:31 am

    I will try to dig out my examples and post them here for comparison.
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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:58 pm

    Here is a 173rd with the small flag on the left sleeve:
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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:00 pm

    And a modified 173rd:
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    Post by Wolverine on Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:03 pm

    And a woodland BDU with SETAF and XVIII Corps patches and the small flag:
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    Post by ripcord on Sat Jan 05, 2019 4:15 pm

    Nice pieces all..

    SETAF BDU is very interesting..


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    Post by Wolverine on Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:09 pm

    Great photo!
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    Post by ripcord on Sun Jan 06, 2019 7:29 pm

    It's a good one for sure..

    These are not bad either..


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    Post by ripcord on Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:59 pm

    This one is my new favorite..

    Always happy to find anything 25th. Infantry , and especially  LRS related.

    This one is an early modification.    2 top blouse buttons were removed in favor of a velcro strip; top pockets also secure with velcro.  At some point it was  modified with added sleeve pockets, which were later removed.
    The added sleeve pockets were the smaller chest pockets of another DCU blouse.   Basic para wings were also removed but found in one of the pockets.  

     
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    This one will be restored..

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    Post by Usall on Mon Jan 07, 2019 6:54 pm

    Another great DCU, thanks for sharing Rip Wink
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    Post by ripcord on Mon Jan 07, 2019 7:52 pm

    Thank you Guilhaume ,I really like it.  Early mod and one I've not seen before..

    Here is another modified; I think it's an SF type.


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    Post by ripcord on Tue Jan 08, 2019 7:24 pm

    When something sounds too good, it usually is not good..


    This decent original has been embellished to make it look like something it is not.  





                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
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    Post by Wolverine on Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:25 am

    Yikes, how did you discover it?
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    Post by ripcord on Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:11 am

    Whenever buying things like this, one must be  aware that some things are faked more than others.
    173rd pieces are among the most faked, so I looked around and was disappointed to discover my fears were well founded.

    Here is an example .   This was a named BDU that either had no SSIs, or had them removed to  be replaced with  173rd SSIs and a basic para wings.  Instant 173rd. combat vet.

    Considering the choice of thread color, whomever did this was not as competent as the person who embellished the 173rd. DCU. blouse.





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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:36 am

    I didn't realize there was enough value in these to make it worthwhile to fake them.
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    Post by ripcord on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:36 am

    Sure, genuine named pieces are drying up and have become more valuable,especially pieces connected with " elite " formations.

    It is too easy to fake these uniforms, but also not that difficult to spot them .

    I tend to be very careful.

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    Post by Wolverine on Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:54 pm

    Well, it was an advantage to be able to collect these as events were unfolding too. Most of the ones in my collection came out of surplus bins or thrift stores for modest prices. These days it is different - people have had the chance to start faking and contriving.
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    Post by ripcord on Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:39 pm

    Sad but true.   Fortunately, put togethers are usually fairly easy to detect, if you have the patience to do a bit of research.




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    Post by Wolverine on Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:35 pm

    Oh, that material command DCU is a gem! The 7th ID patch is theatre-made?
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    Post by ripcord on Mon Apr 15, 2019 1:16 am

    Thank you Andrew,

    Good eye..Indeed it is..


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    Post by Necrolust on Wed Apr 17, 2019 7:56 am

    Is this a some rules for Mod. DCU Uniforms.....and what is RAID DCU ?What is difference?
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    Post by ripcord on Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:52 pm

    The easy answer is a DCU that has been modified can be consider a raid mod.



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    Post by ripcord on Sat May 25, 2019 3:31 pm

    A few recent additions.


                                                                               


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    First one and the 2 modified blouses have been identified as  owned by soldiers who are on the 2003 Iraq combat jump manifest.


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