Discussions on United States Navy Rating Badge
history, Navy Distinguishing marks and Navy qualification badges.
Known Display Photo
- Explosive Ordnance Disposalman distinguishing mark
is upside down. The reference book originally used has this DM shown
incorrectly. The “mine” contacts should be pointing upward.
- Mechanic PO1 should not be “Right Arm” rate. The
original collector glued this badge into a scrapbook and I mistakenly
arranged it based on the glue on the back of the badge. Mechanic rating
did not appear until 1948, after the last “right arm” rates were
- 1866 rating badge (eagle under star) could be
right arm or left arm rate depending on wearer's Assignment / Watch
section. This comment also applies to the 1841 rating badge Eagle, as
well as the 1833 petty officer anchor mark.
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