I picked this up from a fellow forum member. I don't think it's been posted before, if it has I apologize. That said, I felt that this grouping NEEDED to be shared due to the multiple layers of it that will appeal to almost all USMC collectors.
I'm still researching the details of his service but this is a rough sketch...
This Marine was in pre-war China, then does the 1939-41 Byrd Antarctic Expedition (!) WW2 then Korea where he becomes a POW. I've never personally owned (nor seen) such a diverse grouping which spans so many areas of interest (China, Byrd Expedition, POW and WW2/Korea). Just amazing. Also Bronze Star w/V, Navy Comm with V, and four Purple Hearts.
The China album is fantastic... The silk embroidered cover is beautiful. Great photos throughout including some of the usual Japanese atrocities as well as great China Marine shots, uniforms, formations etc. Korean era album is also nice and I also have a digital copy of the Byrd Expedition album (the family kept the original). To top it off, this Marine also has a mountain range named after him.
Check out the ribbon rack... The Antarctic Expedition ribbon really jumps out at you. I'm humbled to be the caretaker of this great set.
Edited by Hessian, 07 October 2014 - 12:10 PM.