Army help insignia

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  1. Pima

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    Our DD sent these pics to us. These are her SO's grandfathers, but his family knows nothing what they may mean. He kept the uniform
    I would like to know if anyone can can give more details.
    ~ I was thinking that as a Xmas gift I could somehow tie these patches to what his grandfather did...think ancestry.

    Thank you in advance for looking at the pics.

    I am really caught up on that #2 patch, and do not how to google it properly. I did find the arrow/blue background, BUT from what I found via research it varies depending the color (rainbow). Hence, I am hoping somebody can at least give me a timeline for this person when they place that #2 (red/yellow), insignia, rank, buttons or hash marks. on his sleeve.

    Maybe even the color of the uniform, epilets or the insignia (granted faded) can tell me where to start to look.

    Sometimes the best gift costs nothing financially. I think our DD as a military brat just wants to give them the gift of knowing,
     

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  2. T.Valiant

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    These are Army uniforms from the post-WWII period - 50s & 60s. He was a Sargent Major (rank insignia) that served 24 months in a combat zone (the horizontal bars on the right sleeve). He spent at least some of that time with the 28th Infantry Division (the patch on the right shoulder). He also served in the Second Army (the "2" patch on the left shoulder) and the European Command (the sword and rainbow patch on the left shoulder).

    The color and design of Army patches changes slightly over the years. The European Command patch is fairly modern version. It's on a wool version of the Army green uniform (now out of service). That uniform was polyester in the 70s, 80s & 90s. So, I'm guessing its from the 60s. The khaki uniform went out of service earlier; probably in the 50s.

    The 28th Infantry Division - the Keystone Division fought in Europe in WWII. Given the rank, that seems most likely when he served with the division. That said, it was also activated during the Korean war, but went to Europe.

    I hope that gives you enough to get started. Google is your friend.

    Pima: I've enjoyed your posts and learned so much. Thanks. I'm glad that I was the first to see and answer your questions (I just hope I'm right!).
     
  3. Pima

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    Thank you so much.
     
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    The 28th Division is an active (not active duty) National Guard division HQed in PA. So PNGmilitary meseum and the 28th Division association might have some information
     
  5. Aglahad

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    The 28th DIV saw some HEAVY action in WW2, pretty cool piece of history.
     

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