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Question for Army guys or military historians

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mrk5, Aug 17, 2005.

  1. mrk5

    mrk5 The Sticker Guy Moderator Vendor GMOTM Winner Author

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    What's the purpose/history of the star markings on Army vehicles? Like my CUCV hitch has a little star painted on it. I see stars on hoods and doors, especially in WWII footage.
     
  2. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Just a marking I guess to distinguish the country. The Soviets had the red star and the Germans had the Iron Cross and the Japanese had the Rising Sun. Probably some derititive of the nation's flag.....................................
     
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    Yeah, don't want to blow up the wrong people. Also, when they went to Normandy, the stars were painted with special paint that would change colors when a gas (mustard gas) was present so they'd know to put on masks.
     
  4. mrk5

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    I guess that makes sense. So basically our team has a star and other teams have some other different marking.
     
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    For the life of me, I don't remember any of the vehicles in the Mairine Corps having stars on them, though I never got to see them much (grunt).

    John
     
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    WW2 US Army had a white 5-pointed star on vehicles.
    US Air Force had a white star in a blue circle with red/white stripe bars on both sides (9 & 3 0'clock)
    USMCorp & USNavy had their own symbols too, not sure what they were.
    Army generals had 'stars' on lapels.

    British RAF have red/white/blue roundels (Target type symbol)
    Luftwaffe still use Maltese Cross.
    Coalition force in Iraq 1 had upside down V (^ sort of)
    Italian Army has pair of running shoes. :haha: etc.

    Never heard about the gas detecting paint before
     
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    Maltese Cross.

    Iron Cross was their highest medal award

    Not v often anybody gets to correct Bubba Ray:woot:
     
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    Step down noob....................................
     
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    French forces use the Tulip IIRC. :D
     
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    I would think for the Marines it would have been an Eagle, Globe, and Anchor, but I believe they just had "USMC" and a serial number stenciled on the side.

    As for the US Navy, more than likely it was a rainbow flag :D :haha: :haha:

    John
     
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    The tulip for the French? I thought it was the white flag.....
     
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    fluer de le
     
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    by the EGA you really mean a lil pigeon on a beach ball screaming GO NAVY dont you????? :D :D :D
     
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    I was wondering when one of our resident "Seamen" would chime in. :D

    Semper Fi,
    John
     

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