USMC 704 Bn. 'Skull' Sleeve Insignia
Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:09 PM
Hi Forum Members, Here is a patch that I have had for a number of years, I got it from a guy I knew who worked in a material salvage place and he took it from the sleeve of a uniform before it was shredded for the material.
He didn't pay much attention to the uniform so I have little details to go on.
I would appreciate any historical details on this unit or even the patch if you can help me please.
regards ( Lewis )
Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:19 PM
We pub a pretty extensive letter in The Trading Post several years ago - the USMC Museum historian verified the lack of the existence of such a unit or any other Marine unit numbered either "704" or "104". There were Marine Raider units in WW II, but I believe (and am sure our Marine gurus will correct me if I'm wrong) that there two battalions of Raiders, numbered 1 and 2.
It's not an Army unit with overseas service, either.
There is a military museum in Branson, MO, that has a decal of this insigne on a helmet liner, but they won't research their files to determine donor info.
There are several ROTC units that are RAIDER units, so there is a possibility this is a ROTC patch.
Posted 20 August 2008 - 01:44 PM
Always good to clarify what something is.
Cheers ( Lewis )
Posted 20 August 2008 - 03:12 PM
At one time I had both an "issue" patch, dark blue wool, and a matching D.I. I had both of these for a long time, before I traded them to a friend. I believe he no longer has them. I can't add much else but I had them a long time at BR (Before Repros).
Posted 20 August 2008 - 03:26 PM
Posted 20 August 2008 - 07:26 PM
Posted 20 August 2008 - 08:24 PM
Edited by tredhed2, 20 August 2008 - 08:25 PM.
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