Question Hi. I collect WWII era sweetheart pillow covers set home to loved ones from our service personnel. I have one from Fort Bragg with a patch and would like to identify it. It is a red octagon with a gold border. On the bottom are 3 diamonds in a pyramid. The two bottom are black and the one on top white. Near the top of the octagon there is a single gold wing on the left a gold oil lamp to the right. I believe it to be some type of school as other schools use the lamp in their insignia. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
Answer Dear Mr. Larsen,
Thank you for your question. You have stumped me on this one, for sure! When I read "gold oil lamp" I thought of the Army Specialized Training Program. However, the oil lamp is blue, & none of the other features of the shoulder patch matches the description you typed.
Have you contacted the museum at Fort Bragg, to learn what they may think it is? Also, is there anyway you can photograph the pillow, then attach the photograph to your follow-up? The more people looking on your behalf, the better the odds you will obtain an identification.
My apology for not being of much assistance.
Can answer: World War Two. Specifically, the troop transport ships that took US Military Personnel overseas & returned them to the US, 1941-47. Also, unit history of US Army QM, Signal, MP, Ordnance, Medical, Transportation & Engineer units that served during WW 2. The more obscure units are my specialty. If you have the APO that a Veteran sent letters from or received letters at, I can look up the history of that APO.
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