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WWII USMC Raider Letter - GUADALCANAL 1942

Started by KASTAUFFER , Nov 04 2011 03:57 PM

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#1 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:57 PM

I collect WWII Postal history and this is one of the more interesting USMC covers ( envelope) with a letter inside that I have found.

It was sent by a Marine with the 1st Raider Bn on Guadalcanal in Sept 1942 . USMC Unit 975 was the the postal code used for the 1st Raider Bn in 1942 and early 1943. Marines were not allowed to use their actual unit name as part of their mailing address when overseas during a period of time.

He used captured Japanese stationary to write his letter on. I'm guessing there wasnt a Staples nearby for him to buy paper at.

The fact he is writing about the food he misses also speaks volumes!

Kurt

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Edited by KASTAUFFER, 04 November 2011 - 03:59 PM.


#2 KASTAUFFER

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 03:59 PM

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Posted 04 November 2011 - 07:08 PM

great :thumbsup:

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:00 AM

Indeed, food was on every's mind - great letter!

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Posted 05 November 2011 - 05:30 AM

Good stuff, it brings a very personal perspective to the war with a letter like this, Family, friends, simple pleasures not taken for granitite. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 06:48 PM

Kurt, an excellent piece of postal history.

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Posted 13 November 2011 - 08:57 PM

Kurt, an excellent piece of postal history.

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Thanks! I found it at a local militaria show last year. The stationary sold me on it.

Kurt

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Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:14 PM

Sorry I'm asking, but how do you know that it is Japanese stationary?

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:02 AM

Kurt,

This is a great piece. I must post my letter sent by a 2nd Raider corpsman from 'somewhere in the South Pacific', when I get a moment.

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 01:21 PM

Great letter. I have always thought letters were one of the most underrated things in the hobby. I think they are amazing.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:28 PM

That is an interesting letter, considering the date when it was written. The date corresponds in between the 1st and 2nd battles of the Matanikau River. The 2nd battle occurred in October. Obviously postmarked on the 30th of September, in between battles. I haven't reviewed my rosters to determine the Company he was apart of. Company participation differed with each battle. By the second battle the 1st Raiders were nearly combat ineffective with the remaining numbers. My grandfather was in B Co and participated in both battles. He was meritoriously promoted on the 25 of September. A neat piece of correspondence.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:45 PM

Sorry I'm asking, but how do you know that it is Japanese stationary?


Japanese writing paper has the lines top to bottom instead of left to right.

There are also some faint Japanese characters printed on the paper.

Kurt

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 08:49 PM

Great letter

This photo should slip in here OK

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