US MILITARY KILTS AND TARTANS

Memorial Day Remembrance

2 Marines wearing their USMC Tartan Kilts and 1 USN Sailor wearing his US Navy Tartan Kilt...............Piping the Colors

Letter from CPO William Bullard, USN & Drum Major, Ancient Order of Hibernians Pipe & Drums, Newport, Dennis Collins Division :

 "All Celts are soldiers......
An odd thing, Ireland & Scotland, both miniscule small countries, no Navy to speak of; and in the case of Ireland, almost no army. As for Scotland, if the King's Own Borderers, the Seaforth, The Cameron Highlanders and the Royal Scots Guard were not in existence, the bloody Royal Army would amount to no more than an overpaid palace guard at the best! For two small countries their soldiers have been referred to as "en hostis terriblis" [behold a terrible enemy] and because of reputation, they have worn the uniform of other countries.
All Celts, besides being natural born warriors, are the best poets from Burns to Joyce. "

 


BELOW ARE ALL THE REGISTERED US MILITARY TARTANS AS WELL AS PICTURES OF THESE TARTANS WORN AS KILTS.  These US military tartans can be made into Kilts, Kilted skirts, Ties, Scarves & Fly Plaids or just purchased by the yard. Some are only available in the 11oz. weight, while others are "special weaves" meaning none of the mills carry them ahead & we must order them woven...........Enjoy!

US MILITARY TARTANS

LEFT.... US ARMY TARTAN

 Together with Alexis Malcolm Kilts, the US Army Tartan was designed by Vietnam Vet, Raymond Jones who served with the Darkhorse Regiment. The colours were chosen to represent the uniforms - black for the beret, khaki for the summer uniform, light green for the original sniper and now part of the summer uniform, dark blue for the original dress uniform, olive for the combat uniform and gold for the cavalry. 

RIGHT.....US NAVY TARTAN

 Designed by Arthur Mackie in 1980 for US Navy personnel at the Edzell base in Angus, Scotland. 

LEFT......US AIR FORCE TARTAN

 USAF Tartan was designed in 1988 & adopted by the Band of the Air Force Reserve, Georgia, in the 1990's... 

Left.......US Marine Corps Tartan

 The USMC Tartan was designed by Bob Hall of Tallahassee, FL. for the US Marine Corps which was founded on 10th November 1775 by an act of the Continental Congress. 

US Coast Guard Tartan......Right

Based on the Tartan of the founding father of the USCG, Alexander HAMILTON..

Left...US Navy Polaris Submariners Tartan

Designed by a Boomer Captain based in Holy Loch. The Blue & Gold overcheks represent the 2 crews of a Nuclear Sub...The dark green & blue..The Ocean !

LEFT USN SEABEES TARTAN

Tartan for the U.S. Navy Construction Battalion - CBs. The Tartan was designed by Arthur Mackie, former mill manager, in co-operation with Lieutenant Lee Josselyn who served with a detachment of SeaBees at RAF Edzell in Scotland in the early 1990's. Lee Josselyn's enthusiasm introduced the concept of wearing tartan to many US servicemen and their families connected with the SeaBees. The Tartan is made up of the following colour combinations which reflect the SeaBee code of conduct: Dark Blue Stripe - 'The Navy we proudly serve'; Light Blue Stripe - 'The Oceans we've crossed'; Brown Stripe - 'The Mountains we've moved'; Red Stripe - 'The Blood nobly shed'; Yellow Cross check - 'The Twinkle in the every SeaBees eye'. 

RIGHT.......US MERCHANT MARINE TARTAN

Designed by Michael Miller of the US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York State. The tartan comprises four colors, each with special significance. The tartan's primary fields are in shades of Ocean Blue and Haze Grey. The intervening squares of the pattern take on a blue-grey tone, suggesting the storm clouds of World War II, when the Academy was born. Crossing the grey are bands of maroon, representing the Battle Standard (battle flag) and the valor and sacrifice of the142 Midshipmen who perished during World War II, the only federal academy to send its students into battle. The US Merchant Marine Academy is the only federal academy entitled to display a battle standard, which signifies duty in war. The primary color of the Academy's battle standard is maroon. Gold is also present, representing US Merchant Marine Officers .  

LEFT.......THE WEST POINT TARTAN

For the use of the West Point Military Academy  and its former Cadets but only with the permission of the  Officer-in-Charge,  United States Corps of Cadets Pipes & Drums,  United States Military Academy..... This Tartan was Commissioned in 1983 by Supt LTG Willard Scott of the West Point Military Academy 


ABOVE RIGHT TO LEFT

TOP ROW : USAF PIPER IN USAF KILT & PIPER'S PLAID


US ARMY SGT WEARING HIS US ARMY TARTAN KILT


US MARINE IN HIS MARINE CORPS KILT & MINI-FLY PLAID


BOTTOM ROW : US ARMY KILTED GENTLEMAN WITH HIS BUCHANAN BRIDE AT BURNS NIGHT DINNER


UA NAVY PILOTS CELEBRATE THE NAVY BALL !


ABOVE LEFT TO RIGHT

TOP ROW : AT THE USMC BIRTHDAY BALL , JACKSONVILLE, FL


US ARMY SGT PIPER IN HIS KILT


LEATHERNECK PIPER SHOWS THE COLORS


MIDDLE LEFT : THE MIDSHIPMEN OF THE USNA HIGHLAND DANCERS IN THEIR POLARIS TARTAN KILTS

BOTTOM LEFT :

US MERCHANT MARINE ACADEMY PIPER





BOTTOM MIDDLE:  USNA PIPERS ON PARADE IN THEIR POLARIS TARTAN KILTS

MIDDLE RIGHT : USCG PIPER WITH HIS COMMANDANT


BOTTOM RIGHT :  A USMC PIPER "PREESENTING" THE USMC PLAID TO THE 12TH SGT MAJOR OF THE MARINE CORPS, GENE OVERSTREET..

SEMPER FI !

BAND OF BROTHERS...... VIETNAM MEMORIAL, WASHINGTON, D.C

 These words are from Scotland's Declaration of Independence known as the
"Declaration of Arbroath" signed in Scotland in 1320:


"For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will
we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for
glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom,
which no honest man gives up but with life itself. 

 This Memorial is for the lads & lassies that went to Vietnam.  Many didn’t want to go, but it was their duty. They went for their Country but they fought for each other. They fought to stay alive & come home to families & friends who loved them. They laughed, they joked, they had their private fears & dreams of their future. 58,000 did not return. They were your brothers, your sons, your friends & your fathers.  To be truly good patriots, we must all never forget the price of war nor engage in it for foolish purposes & never forget our Lads & Lassies who served, no matter their age, whether they come home or not...They paid the price & we owe them a heartfelt gratitude. Above all else though, we owe them sound judgement. 
All the Memorials in Washington, DC, the Vietnam, Korean & WWII are well worth a visit  & will hauntingly remind you of the prices paid for our precious freedoms that we must never take for granted !

Semper Fi to all of us.....                                                                                                   

Alexis Malcolm, 
proud daughter of a US Navy Doctor who went with "his" Marines to Bouganville & Gudalcanal, Navy wife, Navy Submariner's sister & Mom of a US Marine . 

IF YOU VISIT THE VIETNAM WALL.........

TAKE A PIECE OF PAPER & MAKE A TRACING...I'LL BET YOU HAVE A FRIEND THERE...

Here's mine..High School friend that swam competitively with me & my family... Doug Magruder,

1LT US Army, Kontum, South Vietnam 1943-1967

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Doug always made us laugh as we played cards while nervously waiting for our different races......

  


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