Collectibles--General (Modern)/air force pin


gordon wrote at 2010-10-28 18:17:39
I was a young Observe for the Ground Observe Corps in the 50's in Kingston NY.  I remember climbing up the stairs of the Peter Styvesant Hotel into the observer tower on the roof of the hotel. I could not find my wings and am looking for one for my shadow box ( Air Force Vet and Navy Retired). I just joined the Cival Air Patrol here in Florida and ran across an article about the GOC which I forgot about.  Have a great one.

Don Lynch wrote at 2011-07-09 14:41:23
Very Interesting !  As a High School student in San Francisco in 1952, I was a member of the GOC during that summer.  Our post was located in the Tower of the old Sutro Mansion which was located on one of the predominate hills of which San Francisco is so well known.  Our Director, as I recall, was a very capable and dedicated woman who went as far as to pick us up at our homes and deliver us to our post on occasion. I would very much like to have a replacement pin as mine was lost in a fire in La Canada, Ca. in 1976.  I'm not sure when that site was lost to the GOC; the Sutro Mansion was acquired by a Radio/Television station some months later and access to the Tower was denied.

Elvis wrote at 2014-07-21 08:46:15
GOC US AIR FORCE CIVIL DEFENSE 1950s Pins are from the Cold War

Small Air Force 'wings' lapel pins of the same silver tone metal enameled pin with safety clasp closure. Enamel is blue and white, each pin says: Filter Center United States Air Force GOC. A civilian volunteer observer. These are from the 1950s when Ground Observers were part of the American Civil Defense system (1951-1958). Each pin Measures: 1-1/4 inches long by 1/2 inch wide, and each weighs 1/10 of an ounce or 3 grams.  

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I am a collector of US Military Wings and Medals, homefront war effort and sweetheart jewelry from the Spanish American War to present. I can answer questions regarding militaria such as authenticity, dating pieces, evaluating and supplying. I have been consulted by experts for books published on Sweetheart Jewelry.

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