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#1 4thraiders

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 08:46 AM

I’ve gotten a lot of really great USMC items but haven’t found that much field gear recently. Only my second UNIS marked and id’d shovel cover.
The UNIS marked shovel cover named to PFC Angelo Coratti of Weapons Co, 24th Marines, 4th Marine Division.
Coratti would take would participate in combat as a Self Propelled Rocket Crewman. PFC Coratti would partake in the battles of the Kwajalein Atoll, Saipan/Tinian, and Iwo Jima. PFC Coratti would be awarded the Purple Heart for shrapnel wounds in his right leg. He would honorably discharged in late 1945.
It shows a great deal of use in person but I can’t quite get the right shots to show this.


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Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:48 AM

Very nice pickup!  Unis stuff been very scarce lately especially named items, so quite a find!  Congrats.

 

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Bill K.



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Posted 24 July 2019 - 09:53 AM

Yeah thats a beauty!👍🏻......mike

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 10:17 AM

Very nice pickup!  Unis stuff been very scarce lately especially named items, so quite a find!  Congrats.
 
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Bill K.

thanks Bill! That’s for sure!

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 10:17 AM

Yeah thats a beauty!��......mike


Thank you!

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 10:49 AM

Sorry to say, but those markings look really fresh on a cover with that much fading and wear. I would add, the name stencil is not typical war-time Marine lettering - that I am used to seeing anyway.

I am not saying it is bad, just seems out of the ordinary to me.

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Posted 24 July 2019 - 12:02 PM

Sorry to say, but those markings look really fresh on a cover with that much fading and wear. I would add, the name stencil is not typical war-time Marine lettering - that I am used to seeing anyway.

I am not saying it is bad, just seems out of the ordinary to me.


I appreciate your input! I’ll look into it for sure.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 11:41 AM

Those markings where done yesterday - and clearly stenciled and penned in

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 01:38 PM

Those markings where done yesterday - and clearly stenciled and penned in

- Dean


What about this one? Won’t waste your time with my canteen covers as they seem solid.

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Posted 26 July 2019 - 10:12 PM

What about this one? Wont waste your time with my canteen covers as they seem solid.

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Just not 100% on this one either, Stamping looks too new for me.

Is there an influx of Unis gear hitting the market ?

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 01:36 AM

Just not 100% on this one either, Stamping looks too new for me.

Is there an influx of Unis gear hitting the market ?


I spoke to an author of a Marine gear book about these covers. He told me both covers look absolutely fine. He said he’s been at it for 40 years and has UNIS marked gear he’s personally got from veterans that does look like it was done yesterday.

What he did take away was the name on the first shovel cover. He said it looks like a Home Depot stencil and he’s never seen anything like it what so ever.

I know of a flamethrower grouping with matching UNIS marked upper and lower packs that came straight from the family and they also look brand new. I think it’s important to factor in that maybe they had just been done for Iwo Jima and the gear was dropped or not used very much at all. A Marine could very well have been WIA on dday and the gear never got used. I think it’s also a possibility that a lot of UNIS gear may have been re-stenciled / newly stenciled for the invasion of Japanese homeland and never saw use.

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Posted 27 July 2019 - 03:50 AM

Which author?

And your story is a little confusing.

He said both look absolutely fine, but the first stencil looks like it is from Home Depot?

As the adage goes, you buy the item, not the story. So this speculative yarn of D-Day injuries is a non-starter for me.

I am a hard pass on the first one, and likely teetering on the second.

But if you are happy, Godspeed.

I spoke to an author of a Marine gear book about these covers. He told me both covers look absolutely fine. He said hes been at it for 40 years and has UNIS marked gear hes personally got from veterans that does look like it was done yesterday.

What he did take away was the name on the first shovel cover. He said it looks like a Home Depot stencil and hes never seen anything like it what so ever.

I know of a flamethrower grouping with matching UNIS marked upper and lower packs that came straight from the family and they also look brand new. I think its important to factor in that maybe they had just been done for Iwo Jima and the gear was dropped or not used very much at all. A Marine could very well have been WIA on dday and the gear never got used. I think its also a possibility that a lot of UNIS gear may have been re-stenciled / newly stenciled for the invasion of Japanese homeland and never saw use.



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Posted 27 July 2019 - 06:51 AM

The first cover I shared is being returned regardless so that one remains doubtful.

The second to Hyndman is no doubt real from my point of view.

What’s the opinion on this one?
I just recently picked it up

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 07:33 AM

hello
402 cover , l don't like , too fresh on used cover ....
421 cover , look good
camo cover , l think it's ok , blue stripes on reverse ?

olivier

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 08:58 AM

That one is right.

Chester William Shoaf, G-2-6, 2nd MarDiv.

MCSN: 554110

Enlisted 9/13/43, from Ohio.

Wounded in the Battle of Saipan.

Discharged around April 1951 at the rank of Sergeant.




The first cover I shared is being returned regardless so that one remains doubtful.

The second to Hyndman is no doubt real from my point of view.

Whats the opinion on this one?
I just recently picked it up

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 09:41 AM

That one is right.

Chester William Shoaf, G-2-6, 2nd MarDiv.

MCSN: 554110

Enlisted 9/13/43, from Ohio.

Wounded in the Battle of Saipan.

Discharged around April 1951 at the rank of Sergeant.





Thanks!

I found some great information on him I will make a post with soon. I did find that as well. His casualty card gave no nature of wound but an article on him reveals he sustained severe shrapnel wounds to the face.

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Posted 01 August 2019 - 09:42 AM

hello
402 cover , l don't like , too fresh on used cover ....
421 cover , look good
camo cover , l think it's ok , blue stripes on reverse ?

olivier


It’s really hard to tell on the back

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:05 PM

Honestly, I think they are all fine!  Age of the cover versus "newness" of the stenciling means little because a marine could have a piece of gear he had used previously and then stenciled later.  Also, a marine could have had more than one cover and stenciled and tossed on in his sea bag never to use in the field.  As far as stenciling these things were often hand made so it doesn't surprise me to see lettering that is "non-standard" whatever that means.  Nice picks ups, thanks for sharing.  I especially like the camouflaged cover. 

 

Very best,

 

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Posted 04 August 2019 - 03:07 PM

Honestly, I think they are all fine!  Age of the cover versus "newness" of the stenciling means little because a marine could have a piece of gear he had used previously and then stenciled later.  Also, a marine could have had more than one cover and stenciled and tossed on in his sea bag never to use in the field.  As far as stenciling these things were often hand made so it doesn't surprise me to see lettering that is "non-standard" whatever that means.  Nice picks ups, thanks for sharing.  I especially like the camouflaged cover. 
 
Very best,
 
Bill K.


I appreciate your observation and opinions Bill!!


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