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U.S. Officer Visor for opinions

Article about: Considering a US officer visor. I've been looking at examples on the forum, and I believe this is a wartime summer style visor with a 50 mission leather band on the back? I know these photos

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    Quote by Walkwolf View Post
    Well, the man saw three wars - which is saying
    something. It's still a nice cap.........!
    That it is, and I'll know more once I hear back from the NARA. I think his combat experience was with the 83rd Thunderbolt division in WW2. I hope to find out more on the Korean end from the archives, but the documents I have seem to paint a administrative position at the time. The records I have found show him being awarded the Bronze Star in France in WW2. He received it 3 times. Also received 3 army commendations and the Legion of Merit twice in his career, and that's what I know about at this point. His European, ME, Africa campaign bar has a silver star device. He was not a slacker by any measure.
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    I'm just getting around to updating this, having taken some photos of the uniform. All-in-all, I expect this classifies more as a Korean war set than a WW2 set. But, the uniform is all dated prior to the end of WW2, so I think I can still consider it a proper WW2 example even if barely. It's my understanding soldiers that remained in the military would continue to use their WW2 uniforms while they were the correct military attire. The major insignia, while I believe pin and clasp back are considered WW2 issue, would have been used around Korea when he was promoted to Major (promotion letter is below), and the ribbon bar sets are more on the modern side of things (while having the benefit of showing us how much Col. Overstreet had accomplished in his career).

    Overall, this uniform was owned by a man that earned the Bronze star 3 times, with valor during the weeks following the D-day invasion for his actions in combat as a Lieutenant of an anti-tank unit, would go on to earn the Legion of Merit twice, mulitple good conduct awards, and see service in three major wars in his time.

    Here are some photos of many of the items in the set, including a very robust amount of documents spanning his career following WW2 up to the late 50's:

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    VISOR:

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    OVERSEAS HAT:

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    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Nice! Nothing wrong with That set!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Thanks William. As a little bonus on this set, that I forgot to mention, you'll note the photo of him and his wife says "Joplin, MO". One of the appealing aspects of this uniform is that Joplin is about a 45 minute drive from here, and I've been there many times. He's a local boy!

    Also, a funny thing about one of the pairs of pants, he must have broke an ink pen in a pocket as it's got a big ink stain on it. He's lucky it didn't leak out of the pocket and stain the outside where it was visible. I can only imagine the shenanigans of that day form his perspective!
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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    Very nice named group! He certainly served his country. That visor really is a beauty.

    As you've come to find out, the jacket was probably worn during WW2 and into the post-war years. In the 1953 the overseas bars were moved from the left sleeve to the right.

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    I didn't know they would move those bars. Thanks for the info!
    "Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." - C.S. Lewis

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