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Navy Warrant Officers 1952

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Navy Warrant Officers 1952

Unread postby gghbisa » Mon Feb 02, 2009 7:49 am

When searching thru the navy’s All Hands Magazine archives, I came across an article on page 43 of the april 1952 issue.

http://www.news.navy.mil/media/allhands ... 195204.pdf

The article concerns adding pin on rank insignia to officer’s raincoats. The illustrations show a bar with a small colored stripe across it, similar to the bars worn at the time by marine warrant officers. The effective date of this order is July 1, 1952. According to this article on the history of staff and warrant insignia:

http://www.history.navy.mil/library/onl ... nia.htm#op

this was the day warrant officers began wearing separate rank insignia in lieu of just the specialty marks.

All hands published a rank chart in the february 1952 issue.

http://www.news.navy.mil/media/allhands ... 195202.pdf

but the pages are missing from the archive.

Is it possible that the navy used the marine style bars from 1952-1954?
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Unread postby gghbisa » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:32 am

It is confirmed.

A response to a letter to the editor on page 24 of the october 1952 edition of All Hands describes the new warrant officer insignia as follows:

“The rank devices for commissioned warrant officers shall be a gold color bar three quarters of an inch long and a quarter of an inch wide, broken across the center by a blue enamel stripe one-eighth of an inch wide. The warrant officer rank device shall be the same size and the blue enamel stripe one-sixteenth of and inch wide.”

http://www.navy.mil/media/allhands/acrobat/ah195210.pdf
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