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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-28-2017, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Military Patches on my Riding Vest

Hi All,

I would like to solicit your advice. My Grandfather recently passed away. He served in the Army from 1943-1945. I want honor him and his service by putting a patch on my vest as a memorial to him. I never served and do not want to disrespect any veteran by having a patch that would imply that I was in the Service. So my question is what patch or patches can I wear that would honor him and his service, but would not give a false impression that I have served? Or am I over thinking this, and I should put an Army patch under my Flag patch and call it good?

Just for reference he served in Patton's Third Army, the 558th FAB (Field Artillery Battalion). I know he was assigned to the 3rd gun in the A battery. I don't know the proper name for his role but he always told me he was the guy who would put his fingers in his ears and yelled “FIRE”.

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Found this .pdf on line that talked about their history, pretty good read. As a veteran I don't see any issues with you displaying your grandfather's unit patch on your vest.

http://laxin.net/558thfab/Docs/WWII%...%20History.pdf
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Found this .pdf on line that talked about their history, pretty good read. As a veteran I don't see any issues with you displaying your grandfather's unit patch on your vest.

http://laxin.net/558thfab/Docs/WWII%...%20History.pdf
Cannot speak for all vets, but can for myself. I am a Gulf War 1 vet, and a Patriot Guard member. My vest has a bunch of my been there type patches. I think honoring your Grandfather is a great idea, and I would certainly take no offense. An idea to quell haters, and maybe even be a good conversation starter, would be to an embroiderer to make you an "In honor of /insert name and rank/, WWII, USA" patch and sew above it. You see them for fallen biker brothers, so why not a family war hero? As a matter of fact, I have some of my Grandfather's from WWII and I think I will steal your idea! Mine was a 1Lt in the Army Corps of Engineers, landed on D-Day, and eventually had the duty of inventorying bodies and digging up mass graves at the concentration camps. He never talked about it much, until after I came home from GW1. It was as if we had something in common and the flood gates opened. Not only do I not mind you honoring him, I think it's a damn fine thing to do!

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Where what ya like , this is America , your Grand father fought our right to be free to choose , ride safe
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As a Retired 23 year Army Veteran I say wear it and be proud of his service. I'm a PGR member and see several individuals wearing military patches in honor of family and friends. You will have folks ask about the patch, just explain it is honor of the service of your grandfather.


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Cannot speak for all vets, but can for myself. I am a Gulf War 1 vet, and a Patriot Guard member. My vest has a bunch of my been there type patches. I think honoring your Grandfather is a great idea, and I would certainly take no offense. An idea to quell haters, and maybe even be a good conversation starter, would be to an embroiderer to make you an "In honor of /insert name and rank/, WWII, USA" patch and sew above it. You see them for fallen biker brothers, so why not a family war hero? As a matter of fact, I have some of my Grandfather's from WWII and I think I will steal your idea! Mine was a 1Lt in the Army Corps of Engineers, landed on D-Day, and eventually had the duty of inventorying bodies and digging up mass graves at the concentration camps. He never talked about it much, until after I came home from GW1. It was as if we had something in common and the flood gates opened. Not only do I not mind you honoring him, I think it's a damn fine thing to do!
I think the "in honor of" is a great idea..maybe with service dates in country...If I saw it I'd ask and would love to hear about his service!!

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https://www.usarmygermany.com/Sont.h...th%20USAAG.htm
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He never talked about it much, until after I came home from GW1. It was as if we had something in common and the flood gates opened. Not only do I not mind you honoring him, I think it's a damn fine thing to do!
The exact same thing happened with me, my grandfathers, great uncle and 2 uncles who served in Vietnam. Not after boot camp, not when I came home on leave, but when I got back from the desert. We would be at a family get together and the stories would come out, until someone else would walk up the the subject would change.

I say wear it proudly. Anyone with any sense will understand why. If they make assumptions otherwise then fuck em. The only time I see a reason to have issues is when people try to misrepresent, which clearly you aren't doing.

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I am a Vietnam Vet, and I also see no problem with choosing to honor your grandfathers service. Anyone that would choose to criticize you would have to be an idiot since you would obviously be too young to have served in the 2nd world war. In fact, that is exactly what I would say to anyone questioning your choice of patch in honor of gramps.
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Here is how I get to honor the service of my son and son-in-law, grandfather, my father, my uncles, and other friends. The ones still alive that I've shown all love this vest. It is an honor to wear.
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This is the back of my vest with family and friends.
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