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Posted: 8/23/2005 8:10:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 8:11:21 AM EDT by sherrick13]
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:20:48 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 8:42:58 AM EDT by Daytona955i]
Well... Since it doesn't have a number on it, and it has AA guns and a search light, I would guess that it is some sort of home defense group's pin.

ETA: Plus, the motto, "to the best of your ability" makes me think its more for a Civilian Anti-Aircraft group. The motto doesn't really seem like something a military unit would use.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:27:06 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 8:27:48 AM EDT by ZitiForBreakfast]
Anti Aircraft?

Search light?

Are you sure it is US Army?
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:35:41 AM EDT
Did not find it in "U. S. Army Heraldic Crests", 1993 edition. Poss. not Army?
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:39:08 AM EDT
army air force possibly? maybe a black unit?
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:41:24 AM EDT

Originally Posted By ZitiForBreakfast:
Anti Aircraft?

Search light?

Are you sure it is US Army?



When I spent a minute or two searching for it to see if I could find it easily I saw that the motto is used for a Winston Churchill Secondary school, which made me look around for British stuff. Still couldn't find much.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:42:45 AM EDT
I would guess it is a army AAA unit DI. There are over 7000 DI's ever designed, so no book has them all, some are very obscure. I have luck Googling the exact phrase (in quotes) and adding words such as insignia, army, etc....I also have a ton of various web sites I use for research, but it is slow going....

Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:42:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/23/2005 8:44:16 AM EDT by FightingHellfish]
Maybe old school National Guard? A USMC world war II Defense BN?

Just to be 'that guy', in the US Army they call it ADA, Air Defense Artillery, not AAA.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:46:31 AM EDT

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:
Maybe old school National Guard? A USMC world war II Defense BN?

Just to be 'that guy', in the US Army they call it ADA, Air Defense Artillery, not AAA.



Not in WWII, then it was AAA....
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:54:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:54:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By pzjgr:

Originally Posted By FightingHellfish:
Maybe old school National Guard? A USMC world war II Defense BN?

Just to be 'that guy', in the US Army they call it ADA, Air Defense Artillery, not AAA.



Not in WWII, then it was AAA....



And, IIRC, it was a branch of the Field Artillery.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 8:58:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
ADA wasn't a branch till the late 50s (maybe early 60s)
It would be Field Artillery or Coastal Artillery.
Probably coastal



Thats my guess as well.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 9:22:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By CavVet:

Originally Posted By Sylvan:
ADA wasn't a branch till the late 50s (maybe early 60s)
It would be Field Artillery or Coastal Artillery.
Probably coastal



Thats my guess as well.



I suspect it was a coast artillery unit as well. My Dad was the CA guru.

Suggestion- Coast Defense Study Group If it can be answered, they can answer it. They have a yahoo group, too.
Link Posted: 8/23/2005 11:58:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Bklyn_Irish:

I suspect it was a coast artillery unit as well. My Dad was the CA guru.




My Dad was in a coast artillery unit near Monterey just prior to the U.S. entering WWII. Somewhere I have a box of some of his old stuff from those days. Most of his friends from the unit volunteered to go to the Philippines before Pearl harbor and later died there, many on the Bataan death march.. It pretty much wiped out his high school class. He was one of the few that thought Alaska would be more interesting than a tropical island. I think there were only 3 of them that went North.

Anyway, been following this thread since this morning and found it interesting.
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