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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2011

Other Cloth Insignia Not Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Second World War

Navy Grade Insignia: Rating Badges

Petty Officers and Seaman

Third Class Petty Officer Radioman

Boatswain's Mate Motor Machinist Boatswain's Mate
Chief Petty Officer
Boatswain's Mate
Gold Embroidered Rt. Sleeve
Chief Petty Officer
Motor Machinist's Mate
Blue Uniform Embroidered
Chief Petty Officer
Boatswain's Mate
Khaki Uniform Rt. Sleeve

After 1948 rating badges were only worn on the left sleeve. Prior to that time they could be worn on either according to the sailor's branch and thus the direction to which the eagle faces changes so as always to face forward. Chief Petty Officers with 12 years service with good conduct were given a gold embroidered rating badge. Badges were made either of hand made bullion embroidery or machine embroidered. Many of these are dated on the back.
Boatswain's Mate Electician Gunner
First Class Petty Officer
Pharmacist's Mate
White Uniform
Second Class Petty Officer
Aerographer's Mate
Blue Uniform
Third Class Petty Officer
Ship Fitter
Blue Uniform

Cuff Trim of Seaman First Class

Navy Seamen's jumpers had markings with one strip for apprentice seaman, two for seaman second class and three for seaman first class and above.

MORE: Rating Badge Specialty Marks
Dating Rating Badges to Period of Use
Rating Badges worn on Marine Corps Uniforms by Seabees (Navy)
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