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  1. Pharmacist's Mate First Class Harold L. Bonar HQ and Service Company, 28th Marines, 5th MarDiv Born on 26 May 1919 out of Mountsville, West Virginia, to Harold DeWaine and Ethel Mae Bonar, Harold Lee Bonar was employed with the Triangle Conduit and Cable Company, an electrical wire and cable manufacturer out of New Brunswick, NJ, almost immediately out of high school. With many young men in his age group electing to enlist into the service, Bonar decided to leave his job at the plant and enlist into the United States Navy in February 1942, hoping for a job as a Gunner's Mate. However, the Navy had bigger plans for this sailor and sent Bonar to the Field Medical Service School at Camp Lejeune, NC, in the Spring of 1944, where he fell in as a member of Baker Company. With the completion of his initial and advanced medical training, Bonar was attached to the Headquarters & Service Company of the 28th Marine Regiment to the newly-formed 5th Marine Division and trained with them extensively at Camp Tarawa in Hawaii. After a series of additional training, Bonar and the rest of the division were loaded up into their transport ships in January of 1945, bound for the heavily fortified island of Iwo Jima. With the assault in full swing, the first portions of the 28th Regiment landed at Green Beach in the early morning of 19 February 1945, Bonar included. When the unit began to sustain heavy casualties, Bonar was called upon to serve as a Corpsman with an anti-tank unit moving up the beach. When he made it up the slope, he noticed that there were six wounded Marines laying helplessly in a ditch that was pinned down by concentrated enemy fire. Although fully aware of this great danger, Bonar ran across open terrain in front of the lines and managed to reached their foxhole, where he successfully treated the wounds of the six Marines. While treating these Marines, he was hit by shrapnel in the small of the back, but continued to treat the men until they were evacuated and then he received treatment for his own wound in the safety of allied lines, where he was later pulled offshore. For his great personal courage and aggressive determination in the line of duty, “Doc” Bonar was awarded the Silver Star, the U.S. Armed Forces’ third-highest award for gallantry under fire, in an overseas ceremony on 08 July 1945. With the surrender of the Japanese in September 1945, the Navy began out-processing many of its sailors, in which Bonar was discharged as a Pharmacist's Mate First Class in October of 1945. It was in 1946 that he met and married the former Beatrice Selma Baker of Marshall, West Virginia. Shortly thereafter, the couple moved to Bedford, Ohio, where they raised three children and Harold worked as a Supervisor for the Pesco Products Division in the same town. However, Beatrice would become deathly ill and eventually passed away on 15 October 1989, with Harold passing from a heart ailment on 24 May 2009 at the age of 89. They are both interred in Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City, Arizona.
  2. Born on 03 February 1926 in St. Louis, MO, Robert Vernon Parvin, a proficient athlete, left high school in 1940 after one year of completion to seek employment within the city. Working as a cooking assistant at St. Minrad High School until October 1942, Parvin initially attempted to enlist into the Marine Corps, but was turned down for being under aged. So he sought out work as an aircraft parts inspector (a weekly wage of $42) with the Emerson Electrical Company, then-the leading manufacturer of American aircraft armament, and even became married to a woman by the name of Florence in 1943. However, Parvin left his job on 21 April 1944 and enlisted (as part of the 76th Replacement Battalion) into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 25 April 1944. Receiving his training with the 10th Recruit Training Battalion at MCRD San Diego, CA, Parvin was trained as a Field Telelphone Man (641) and assigned to HQ Company of 1st Battalion, 1st Marines. Now-PFC Parvin, along with the rest of the division, participated in the bloodbath that was the Battle of Okinawa in Spring 1945. On 30 May 1945, while advancing with his fellow Marines in the taking of Shuri Castle, a Ryukyuan 'Gusuku' on the island, Parvin was hit by enemy fire and was taken off the line by nearby Marines and nearby Navy medical personnel. He would then return to his unit in early June and participated in the assault on Kunushi Ridge on 11 June, only to be wounded again by a gunshot wound to the left wrist. Returning to duty on 15 June, Parvin would stay with HQ Company, 1/1 Marines through the rest of the Okinawan campaign. With the conclusion of the war, PFC Parvin embarked aboard the USS Attala (APA-130) at Okinawa on 20 September 1945, bound for Taku, China. Landing there on 30 September, he and his unit participated in occupational duty till disemarking from the city on 04 March 1946. Robert V. Parvin would be discharged at the rank of Private First Class on 04 April 1946. Sometime afterwards, Robert and Florence would divorce and Robert would end up marrying the former Rosemarie Sheppard of Edison, NJ. They would remain together till his death on 27 May 2009 at the age of 83 (Rosemarie would pass on 29 May 2013 at the age of 70 and both are interred at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona).
  3. Thank you all for the kind words. There appears to be two names in the coat, one being Anderberg's and the other one being marked out with heavy ink (making it almost completely illegible). I know that it was acquired by a distinguished Iwo/Okinawa collector out in Sarasota, FL in the early 90s. When he passed in November of 2017, his wife asked if I would be interested in acquiring his collection. I made a fair offer and this was one of twenty-five service coats that made it's way into my collection. When I received it, all the ribbons were present except the Navy Cross ribbon. I wish I had more answers, but I have not been able to get into contact with any surviving family members.
  4. Born in Chappell, Nebraska on 27 February 1924 to Martin and Nellie Anderberg, Martin Ladd Anderberg enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve on 04 January 1944 and received his initial training with the Eighth Recruit Battalion out at MCRD San Diego in California. Trained as a Rifleman, Anderberg was mobilized into the newly-formed 5th Marine Division and, shortly before their embarkation to the Japanese island of Iwo Jima, was made a member of Company G, 3rd Battalion, 28th Marines, which landed in the second wave at Green Beach on 19 February 1945. On 21 February, when sudden enfilading fire from a by-passed enemy pillbox to the rear inflicted three casualties in his squad after it had penetrated three hundred yards into strongly fortified hostile territory, PFC Anderberg voluntarily risked his life in a valiant attempt to wipe out the emplacement. With the devastating fire preventing contact with his platoon and the treatment and evacuation of wounded, he boldly crawled to the entrance of the pillbox under the withering shellfire and, with bayonet fixed and weapon firing, killing six Japanese in the fierce encounter. Mortally wounded during the action, PFC Anderberg by his daring initiative, outstanding fortitude and grave concern for the safety of his comrades in the face of almost certain death, had enabled his squad to evacuate the casualties and rejoin its platoon. He was just shy of his 21st birthday and, for his actions on that faithful day, Anderberg was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross (he had been originally nominated for the Medal of Honor) which was presented to his family in March 1946. When it came time to claim Anderberg's body in 1948, his wife, Jean, had already remarried and relinquished the right's to his father. On 15 April 1949, Martin Ladd Andeberg was laid to rest at the Berea Lutheran Cemetery in Chappell, Nebraska. I'm also glad to say that while this uniform rests within my personal collection, it will be on loan to the Miami Military Museum and will have a featured spotlight for Memorial Day 2018.
  5. Afternoon, I couldn't find information on a "Henry E. Gibson" that served with the 4th Motor Transport Battalion. I would assume that this service coat actually belongs to Harry E. Gibson, who was trained as an Automotive Mechanic at the Motor Transport School at Camp Lejeune, NC, in the Spring of 1943. It is most likely that he served with HQ Company (Originally, Company A during the Mariana Campaign) of the 4th Motor Transport Battalion on Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima. Since his last record on the muster roll is October 1945, Gibson was most likely discharged shortly thereafter and did so as a Corporal. I hope this helps.
  6. I know this is a dead thread for the most part, but I still wanted to share some coats within my collection. Here is the service coat belonging to Glenn Foster Mueller, a former member of the 2nd Raider Battalion. He served at Midway, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and was wounded in action at Iwo Jima (with 1st Battalion, 28th Marines).
  7. Wow, I like that display. I've been meaning to compile some sort of a "shadowbox" for my Dad.
  8. Yeah, I'm trying to build an intermediate sized collection of SAC (My Dad was one of the mechanics on the B-52G in SAC during the late 1970s to the Early 80s)...just thought I would bring a little of each time period of SAC in one medium sized collection...
  9. Honestly, I haven't heard of the Strategic Air & Space Museum, it looks nice, but I was hoping someone had a personal collection. (I have a few SAC items that are from my Dad)
  10. Has anyone thought of doing a Strategic Air Command Display? I want to make one, but I want to know if anyone has done one...
  11. Favorites (Not by order of best to worst) ------------------------------------ 1.) Red Dawn (1984) 2.) Apocalypse Now 3.) Full Metal Jacket 4.) Jarhead 5.) Zero Dark Thirty 6.) Pork Chop Hill 7.) Hamburger Hill 8.) Act of Valor 9.) The Hurt Locker 10.) Jet Pilot 11.) Sands of Iwo Jima 12.) Platoon 13.) Enemy at the Gates 14.) Saving Private Ryan 15.) Kelly's Heroes 16.) Strategic Air Command
  12. Anyone here do some Korean War Reenacting? I'm kinda far from an environment for this kind of reenacting, but I do US Army, USMC, and USAF Impressions for the Korean War...
  13. What time period are trying to portray (1945-1991)? I have a whole bunch of Cold War reenactors (Mostly Korea, Vietnam, and the 80s)
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