Did US Marines use USN marked equipment during WW2, like machetes, combat knives etc, or exclusively USMC gear?
USMC and USN Equipment
Posted 13 July 2018 - 05:32 PM
Posted 13 July 2018 - 06:00 PM
They used any gear they could get their hands on, in about every combination imaginable - including Army equipment. Early island campaigns were conducted using WWI ‘03 Springfield rifles and M1917 helmets. I knew a 1st MARDIV veteran personally that wore a USN M41 jacket on Okinawa. He said when they would rotate ‘off the line’, they would “go shopping” in the pile of clothing and gear outside the field hospital, and wore whatever fit.
I knew a paramarine who served later on Iwo.He wore a set of Army issue two buckle combat boots.He loved them.Said he would "trade" or "borrow" to get a set when ever he could.He hated the leggings and said the two buckles were the closet thing he could get to the issue jump boots he had when in the para marines
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