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#26 Old Marine

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:37 AM

USMC Enlisted Dress Green Uniform

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:39 AM

USMC Enlisted Khaki Uniform.  Are those brass buttons on the shirt pocket?  I have never seen that before, how about you guys?

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:52 AM

USMC Band Leader.  That's lot of gold bullion.  He looks like he is wearing a Good Conduct medal, is he an Officer or and Enlisted man?

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:53 AM

Navy Admiral.  Does anyone know who he is?

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:54 AM

Navy Enlisted Blues

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:55 AM

Navy Enlisted Blues with Pea Coat.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:56 AM

Navy Officer Whites

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:56 AM

Navy Enlisted whites

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:57 AM

Navy Steward's White Uniform.

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:58 AM

That's all I could find.  If I find any more of this series of photos I will add them

 

Thanks

 

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 01:48 PM

Outstanding! Great reference from the time period. I am pinning this to the Uniform section.



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 06:29 PM

Dennis,

 

Wonderful photos! Thanks so much for taking the time to post these. I know it was a lot of hard work.

 

I could be wrong but I wonder if some of these are models and not actual vets. I notice that one who is wearing a USMC officer's uniform looks exactly like the same guy in an enlisted uniform.

 

Thanks again. Great pictures!

 

....Kat



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Posted 07 February 2015 - 06:47 PM

Very informational! It looks like the infantryman is with the 16th infantry regiment

-Dave

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 07:58 PM

Interesting that with the Navy Enlisted, two uniform items were dropped in 1940 (Station specific Cap Ribbon and left facing Rating Badge on left sleeve)

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Posted 07 February 2015 - 08:15 PM

Thanks for adding these.  Great references.



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Posted 09 February 2015 - 09:19 AM

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


I think you are right. Notice no red trouser stripe for general officers back then.
 

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.


Yes indeed. The rank is platoon sergeant, staff sergeant would have one tie instead of the rocker.
 

USMC Band Leader. That's lot of gold bullion. He looks like he is wearing a Good Conduct medal, is he an Officer or and Enlisted man?


I believe it's William F. Santelmann, whose father was also USMC Band Leader. He's an officer, the braid on the cuffs is for the rank of captain and you can just barely see the captain bars on the shoulder knots. Back then the Leader was the only commissioned officer in the USMC Band, and they were selected from the enlisted members. The Second Leader was a warrant officer.

It's great to have those all together. Thanks for taking the time,

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Posted 25 February 2015 - 02:31 PM

Thanks for the work! Nice pics of the uniforms.



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Posted 07 March 2015 - 07:25 PM

What's up with the khaki Marine's tie? Is it square cut on then end or are my eyes foolin' me? Never seen one like that. Or does he have it tucked in?

Edited by turmanator, 07 March 2015 - 07:36 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2015 - 07:47 PM

Super reference!  Thank you.



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 12:08 PM

This link should take you to the Magazine article about the uniforms.

http://books.google....epage&q&f=false



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Posted 10 March 2015 - 03:28 PM

That is a great link, it's nice to see the photos in context with the article.  I have never seen the printed article, thanks for posting the link.  



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Posted 13 March 2015 - 05:29 PM

Great photos of some great uniforms. Things back then were quality. And great to see Coast Artillery uniforms in this series. Thanks for posting on here. 



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Posted 14 March 2015 - 05:10 AM

Army Enlisted Dress uniform

Is it me or is  the  Army  Sgt.  in Post 11 wearing a USMC marksmanship badge?  Or did the Army put the q bars on top at one time?

 

Beautiful photos.  Thank you for posting!

 

Jean


Edited by Robswashashore, 14 March 2015 - 05:17 AM.


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Posted 14 March 2015 - 08:54 AM

Nice informative post!

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 11:20 AM

Lovely pictures, thanks for posting

 

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