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Old 07-24-2010, 09:31 AM   #1
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Is it proper

I see a lot of black stars on the side of Jeeps. What is the story behind the star. I think it dates back to WW11 back not sure. Is there a SOP for putting a star on your Jeep? I think it looks nice. It breaks up the Jeep with something nice looking.

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Old 07-24-2010, 09:34 AM   #2
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dont you already have tire marks? lol

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Old 07-24-2010, 09:35 AM   #3
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I do.......i just like the star deal
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:42 AM   #4
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I have never heard of any SOP for it, just do it in a respectful manner.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:45 AM   #5
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i know JIMBOX has it, maybe send him a PM, he is a really nice man. he sent me pictures of his cool jeep to use as my desktop.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:03 AM   #6
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Heh Heh, man have you got that wrong !!

I'm not a nice man, at least guy's on some other forums don't think so, I'm a little short tempered with stupidity and Knowitall comments, but

I appreciate respect and intelligent questions, not ultimatums

The black star is part of the WW11 army designations for their military vehicles and I have the rest of the insignia--numbers and letters, but

I just liked the star, but not the big one for the hood and I didn't want to show a "YELLOW JK" with Military identifications onit !!

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Jim...i have a yellow jeep also. I like the way it looks on yours. I was thinking just a little smaller star.
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Jimbo, I am confused...
Whats an ultimatum?
I was saying to ask you if there is a SOP for the star becasue you have one, thats all.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:22 AM   #9
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Rats, I thought you were going to ask me about the Hooker !!


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Jim...i have a yellow jeep also. I like the way it looks on yours. I was thinking just a little smaller star.
I think there are a No. of Decal sites that might make smaller ones, these came as a pkg, (ebay) with the BIG hood star and two side stars and no choice in the size, but that was a year ago !!

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Old 07-24-2010, 11:30 AM   #10
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No it had nothing to do with you, I said "other forums"


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Jimbo, I am confused...
Whats an ultimatum?
I was saying to ask you if there is a SOP for the star becasue you have one, thats all.
One of the "ultimatums" is in the form --of "You can't go wheeling unless you have a lift and 35" tires" (BS,BS,BS,BS)

No ref to you pakman, sorry for the confusion in my literal abilities, or lackof !!

Kapish ??

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gotcha, i thought you were mad that i mentioned your name

gosh darn high school hasn't taugh me enough english.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:39 PM   #12
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U could just cut out a star on a paint mask stencil material and spray it...some people even use the year of the Jeep as numbers...it's good to know it does'nt offend anyone...thanks guys
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Old 07-24-2010, 02:32 PM   #13
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I see a lot of black stars on the side of Jeeps. What is the story behind the star. I think it dates back to WW11 back not sure. Is there a SOP for putting a star on your Jeep? I think it looks nice. It breaks up the Jeep with something nice looking.
You're referring to the "Invasion Star Decals", that originated in the WW-II era. Here are a couple of sources for you. You can order these in Black, or whatever color you choose.

FYI, the first kit has 1-23" Star (With Broken Circle...), 5-6" Stars, and 5-3" Stars. The second kit is a single Star, made to the size you want. Smallest size available is 3". You can order multiple quantities with this site.

Military Invasion Star Decals, Army, Jeep Decals, Military Graphics, decals and stickers @ Decal Store

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DecalZone, Solid Style Order Form

As far as SOP, none that I know of. Just remember, that the "STAR" on Military vehicles designates, "UNITED STATES".

Now... a little history for y'all that Want-To-Know:

The Star on Military Vehicles during the WW-II Era was called the "National Star", representing the United States. Most of the vehicles, Jeeps, Trucks, Tanks, Aircraft, etc..., had a Star on the Hood, Sides, and sometimes on the Rear.

During the Normandy Invasion, "Operation Overlord", it is said... that Ike ordered the "Broken Circle" drawn around the Large Hood Star, to clearly identify legitimate US Forces.

The reason behind this, was that the Germans had English Speaking Soldiers, that dressed in US Uniforms and drove US Vehicles. Most were Killed/Captured dressed as MP's (Military Police). Their role, was to instill chaos, confusion, and deception in US Military movements. The reason most German Infiltrators dressed as MP's, was that the MP's were in charge of Directing Traffic, guarding Bridges, guarding Command Posts, etc. This tactic was widely noted during the Battle of the Bulge, during the Germans Ardennes Offensive. If a US Unit approached a US Marked Vehicle without the Broken Circle, then the occupants were usually held until it was confirmed that they were in fact US Soldiers, and not German Infiltrators. ESPECIALLY, if they were MP's!

Anyway, that's my $.02! History Lesson Over!

Best of Luck!

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Nice thread! Want to do the same on my TJ. Just a respectful gesture. Plus I think they look pretty cool too.
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CASTORJ29:

FWIW, I don't think any usage of military insignia is "improper" unless...........

It's applied in a dis-respective manner. No skulls, etc.
It is used to impersonate an enlisted man. No unit badges, etc.
It defaces the insignia in some manner. No alterations from original.
It is used out of context (AF & Navy insignia used together, etc).

Best advice I can give you is this: Use your common sense. Imagine that you were an enlisted man or had a very close relative that was enlisted. Would your application offend you in any way? Would it be critical of our Country or Armed Forces in any manner? Are you TRYING to look like a REAL military vehicle (impersonation)?

Otherwise .... go ahead and knock yourself out!

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