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#51 patches

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 11:34 AM

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)

What does that Tally say Steve?



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Posted 16 March 2015 - 11:36 AM

Any idea who this Marine Officer is Old Marine? He most certainly is highly decorated.

 

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 12:28 PM

I have no idea who this officer is, and you are right, he is highly decorated. In post #45 is a link to the Life Magazine that has the original article that used these photos.  I read the article but they don't name any of the Soldiers, Sailors or Marines featured in the story.

 

Maybe some one out there can ID him.  



#54 sgtpete

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Posted 17 March 2015 - 09:50 AM

Funny, the only name in the story is the one we all knew, General Howling Mad Smith!



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Posted 03 April 2015 - 04:58 AM

Hello Dennis,

Great photos and a very good reference for me. If you find more please post them.

 

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Posted 17 June 2015 - 08:36 AM

Military Police Officer.  Notice the leather belt suspender straps.

 

Coast Artillery Corps officer, actually.  This is the same First Lieutenant of the 207th CA as shown in your posts #1, 4, and 7.  Some of his insignia and his accoutrements are shown in your posts # 9 and 10.



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Posted 14 August 2015 - 03:20 AM

Nice pics. Interesting that they chose Marines from the 5th and/or 6th Rgt to be models.

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 11:40 AM

Just shows the good taste and superior quality of US military uniforms of the time. Sadly, the current uniforms cant hold a candle to these. Note the British tailoring heritage in the Marine officer service uniforms. They are virtually the same as the British OSD but for color. And the Army officer pinks and greens where perhaps the best looking uniform in the world during the 20th century.

Todays uniforms look like modified polyester business suits covered with way too many cheap looking bits and pieces.

 

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Posted 08 October 2015 - 12:25 PM

Is that issue , Aug , 45? I have that issue somewhere. I'll see if I can dig it out , sorry just seen the heading not 45 but 41

Edited by BILL THE PATCH, 08 October 2015 - 12:32 PM.


#60 ganz50

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Posted 18 October 2016 - 07:40 AM

The Marine officer with riding breeches and silver star looks like Lemuel C Shepard, I think.



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Posted 18 October 2016 - 11:03 AM

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

My Dad was an infantryman in the 27th Infantry Division on Saipan.  So old Howlin Mad was almost a boogeyman to us.  Dad had a reverence for General Ralph Smith, and a dislike of Gen Holland Smith almost matching what he had towards the Japanese. 

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 10:45 AM

I'm gonna up this thread a lil bit! The thing is that I've found ALL these Life magazine photos in much more higher definition (in HD). And the main thing is that there are some more photos than presented here. And the funny thing is that all of these photos exist in 2 variations (edited for magazine and unedited originals). I have both of them. And also I have that Life magazine of May, 19, 1941 in PDF. 

 

If anyone wanna see all colored uniforms photos made for LIFE - just lemme know. If anyone wanna have that magazine in PDF - just lemme know too.

 

P.S. all of the photos have original info. 

 

Cheers!


Edited by Kurt_E, 08 February 2017 - 10:50 AM.


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Posted 14 January 2018 - 07:35 PM

Kurt_E, By any chance can you send me a pdf copy of the magazine please? I'd really appreciate it, thank you. ~scott

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Posted 21 January 2018 - 01:30 PM

Kurt_E, By any chance can you send me a pdf copy of the magazine please? I'd really appreciate it, thank you. ~scott

 

Check your PM box ;)



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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:06 PM

Army Officer's Mess Dress

This is actually the 1937 version of the Special Evening Dress uniform (tailcoat), rather than the Mess Dress uniform.

 

The mess uniform for an artillery officer had scarlet silk on the lapels, and was worn with sky blue trousers with a 1.5" wide scarlet stripe.

 

The evening dress uniform was the civilian cut tailcoat, with plain lapels, but with the same cuff braid and shoulder knots as worn on the mess jacket.  It was worn with trousers made of the same color material as the coat, and with the gold-red-gold stripe on the trousers (center stripe being the color of the officer's branch of service).

 

The Special Evening Dress uniform (in various versions) was worn from 1902 - 1975 (with breaks from 1917-1929, and again from 1942-1948).

 

The 1937 version of the Special Evening Dress uniform shown in the LIFE magazine photo differed from the pre-WWI (1902-1917) Special Evening Dress coat in that the branch color was shown on the sleeve between two bands of gold vellum lace (the earlier version was a solid band of gold lace around the cuff).  Like the pre-WWI uniform, only two buttons were worn on each side of the front.  This (and the blue mess jacket) became mandatory in 1938 and was discontinued during WWII).

 

In the 1937 Circular and in AR600-38 (17 Aug 1938), all officers were to wear dark blue trousers with the special evening dress uniform.  Officers (below the rank of general) to wear a stipe, 1” wide, consisting of two 5/16 inch outer stripes of two-vellum gold lace with an inner grosgrain silk stripe of the first-named color of the arm or service.

 

Likewise, the 1937 Circular and 1938 Regulation prescribed the wear of a white pique vest (with small gold buttons) with the Special Evening Dress uniform.

 

A full-dress shirt with collar, gold studs, and a bow tie (with square ends) was also prescribed.



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Posted 25 August 2018 - 06:46 PM

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

This officer is also wearing the Special Evening Dress uniform under his cape.

 

If it was the mess jacket, you would be able to see the scarlet silk on the lapels.

 

Here is a link to a photo of Major Henri Luebberman, Cavalry, wearing his mess uniform at the National Horse Show ball in 1941 (I cannot get the photo itself to load):

 https://outlet.histo...oducts/neb05297

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Posted 16 November 2018 - 12:04 PM

These are some great photos for some great uniforms, thanks for sharing!


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