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West Point Tar Bucket with feather

Discussion in 'Life After the Academy' started by Cydd, May 23, 2016.

  1. Cydd

    Cydd New Member

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    I would like to buy a tar bucket with feather for my husband. He was at the Academy many years ago and continues to talk about the hat. I would like to surprise him. Any idea where I can buy one?
     
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    Just google "west point shako" and you will get more hits than "tar bucket."
     
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  3. parentalunit2

    parentalunit2 5-Year Member

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  4. Ted75

    Ted75 Banned

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    Cadet store only appears to sell the plume only; no mention of the tarbucket.

    http://www.usma.edu/dca/SiteAssets/SitePages/Academy Stores/CadetGrad.pdf

    I would recommend contacting the Cadet Store to see whether they sell the tarbucket also. Doesn't your hubby still have his tarbucket? They allow you to keep that, but you turn in your feature plume...and keep the other one (the one that looks like an oversized pipe cleaner...or something else...LOL).

    http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/~FUAAOSw6btXSgCE/s-l1600.jpg

    What year did your husband graduate?
     
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  5. Dixieland

    Dixieland 5-Year Member

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    This is not correct. My grad has his feathered Firstie plume and the pom/other one. I think grads could pay to keep pieces of their uniform.
     
  6. Ted75

    Ted75 Banned

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    Was your grad able to keep the rank patch on his/her full dress uniform? Perhaps you can't keep non-standard (other than the 3 chevron) 1st class ranks (ie. co/bat/reg/brig command or staff)?
     
  7. Dixieland

    Dixieland 5-Year Member

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    You're very inquisitive, Ted75. Are you a grad, parent, or just interested in West Point? You have already said you aren't a candidate.
     
  8. Ted75

    Ted75 Banned

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    Are you serious? You won't respond if I don't identify myself???

    What if I'd just like to keep my status anonymous?

    Have you considered that any fool can come on this board and fabricate a story about themselves?
     
  9. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator

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    Holy moly, @Ted75.... ease up a bit here. I don't think @Dixieland was out of line here. It was just clear that you are doing most of the asking, so isn't turnabout okay?
    If you are not inclined to answer, just politely decline. No need to become combative.
     
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    Dixieland 5-Year Member

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    Yes, as a member since 2010, I am well aware that fools can come on this board and fabricate a story about themselves. Thanks for the reminder.
     
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    I've got my tar bucket with feathered plume. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing it. booter86@aol.com
     
  12. Tom V

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    Maybe an old thread, but I'm a grad and also wanted the plume. I bought it here, and it is to spec (order 16 inch):

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    Here is the Army requisition for the specs to verify. https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&tab=core&id=e379a534ea09331eb6257578f8ac267f

    You should be able to get the tarbucket from West Point - their contract ran out some years back for the plumes, I don't know who won the contract, but I am happy with what I bought and they gave me a military discount without asking me for my retired ID. Good company. Plume appears to be cheaper than when I bought mine. $39 before shipping, and before discount.
     
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