10359Re: [probe_control] All Search and no play...
- Dec 24, 2013In some of the later episodes, when Nelson was seen wearing what appeared to be a dark blue uniform, the insignia on his hat - two crossed, fouled gold anchors with a silver shield in the center - was either a US Coast Guard Warrant Officer (W-1) hat device:http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y208/BosunDana/w1HAT.jpg (ignore the CPO hat device on the left; the crossed anchor device is what it looked like in the series)...or a regular US Navy officer's hat device with the silver eagle broken off of the top:http://images.monstermarketplace.com/military-collectibles-and-antiques/ww-ii-us-navy-officer-visor-eagle-sterling-485x498.jpg
Notice the similarity between the two in the anchor part.
(Being a Coastie, I like to think they used the Coastie W-1 device since it was ready to use "out of the box", whereas the Navy Officer hat device would need cutting and tooling to smooth away the cut marks and the eagle's feet; look at the Navy hat device and you'll notice the claws reaching over the front of the shield.)
From: Jack Bagley <jack_bagley@...>
To: probe_control <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tue, Dec 24, 2013 2:33 pm
Subject: Re: [probe_control] All Search and no play...
Enjoying following the conversation, but I thought I would chime in with this, regarding the Seaview. Nelson, Crane, and Morton (the only officers we regularly saw) wore standard Navy khaki uniforms, but there was one difference: on their right collar was some kind of insignia which looks to me like an Army Transportation Corps insignia. This was, I suppose, the NIMR officer device. (Why they reversed what the Navy does - wear branch insignia on the left collar and rank on the right - I can't address.) Nelson, as a flag officer, wore his four stars on each collar.But their dress uniforms were anything but Navy. They were actually Army green uniforms with Navy officer striping, and no branch insignia - not even a line officer star - above the stripes. The few times we saw Nelson's cap, it was a standard Army field grade officer cap (you can tell by the way the oak leaves on the bill are arranged), not a Navy admiral's hat. And the cap insignia looks like a large anchor surrounded by a wreath.Jack
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