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#1 Old Marine

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:52 AM

I found these photos on the Google/Life Photo Archive.  According to the original captions in the archive all these photos were taken in 1941by Life magazine photographers with the assistance of the Army, Navy and Marine Corps.  

 

The photos are pretty good quality and I thought that they may be of some interest and use as a reference.  These photos show some interesting details of pre war/early war uniforms.

 

There are a lot of photos so please be patient while I add photos.  I hope you guys find these useful.

 

Dennis

 

US Army Officer with Sam Browne belt and sword hanger.   Looking at the Branch Insignia I think he is a Coast Artillery officer. 

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:54 AM

Cavalry Officer

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:55 AM

Military Police Officer.  Notice the leather belt suspender straps.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:56 AM

Army Officer Khaki Uniform

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:57 AM

Army, Infantry Officer Dress Blues

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:58 AM

Army Officer's Mess Dress

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:59 AM

Army Coast Artillery Officer Mess Dress with cape.  Nice looking uniform. 

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:02 AM

US Army Air Corps Pilot.  Notice the old prewar Air Corps patch.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:03 AM

Army Officer's Insignia

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:03 AM

Army Officer's Field Gear

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:05 AM

Army Enlisted Dress uniform

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:07 AM

Army Enlisted Khaki Uniform.  Notice the dark OD#7 trouser belt.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:08 AM

Army Enlisted Man's Wool Overcoat and wool gloves

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:11 AM

Army Enlisted, Infantry OD Field Uniform.  Notice the Army didn't seem to mind the mismatched color on the field gear, OD Cartridge belt and khaki belt suspenders.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:12 AM

Army M-41 Field Jacket.  

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:14 AM

Army Cold Weather Uniform.  This is also referred to as the Tanker's uniform.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:15 AM

Army Nurse.  This was the only Women's uniform that I could find in the archive.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:18 AM

USMC Aviator Officer's Dress Blues with Blue Cap

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:23 AM

USMC Dress Blues with White Cap.  I am pretty sure this is General Holland Smith.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:25 AM

USMC Officer's Green Uniform with riding breeches and boots.  

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:26 AM

USMC Officer's Green Uniform with Sword

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:28 AM

USMC Officer's khaki uniform

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:29 AM

USMC Officer's Whites

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:35 AM

USMC Staff NCO Dress Blues.  I think his ribbons are not in the correct order of precedence, it happens.   The Marine Expeditionary Medal, 2nd Nicaragua Campaign and Yangtze Service, I think this Staff Sergeant qualifies as a member of the "Old Breed".  I like the Photo.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:36 AM

USMC Staff NCO Dress Greens.

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