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JimM

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  1. Okay, I looked at the helmet in question and it is like the one BugMe pictured, a repurposed childs helmet. Thanks for the replies, JimM
  2. Thanks for the replies, I'll meet up with him next week, look at it again and photo it. JimM
  3. A friend just acquired a thick Hawley type helmet liner shell which has a 4-point suspension instead of the Hawley 6-point suspension system. I have found where General Fiber made a few thousand fiber liners and wonder if that is what my friend has ?? Any info appreciated, Thanks, JimM
  4. That M43 shovel will not fit in that M43 style cover, me thinks. Won't close. You need a T-handle shovel cover for the M43 shovel.
  5. I have a WWII (?) musette bag stamped US, well worn/used, But the side pouch is on the right side as you face it. Most I have seen are on the left side. No makers stamp, but often worn off. Admittedly the strap hooks are more shiny than usual. The late war tab for bayonet or shove has been added to the bottom of the top flap right below the US. The canvas material is just as heavy/thick as standard marked US examples. I have wondered if it is a repro but it is definitely as well made as 'real' ones. Appreciate any opinions, don't have camera to take pic right now. Thanks, JimM
  6. Did the Marines ever have their division shoulder patch on dress uniforms during the VietNam era ? I have a (VN) war dated tunic with First Div. patch on left shoulder, but I have heard that MC never wore division patches after WWII. What do I have here ? Thanks
  7. 1942 ! Country gearing up for war and early khaki gear was the best color. Helps a little that I was born on Jan. 4, 42, exactly 4 weeks, 28 days after Pearl Harbor. Yeah I'm and old phart, been collecting since 1952, if not before.
  8. The 20614676 is a WWII Army serial number for a prewar National Guard unit that was activated early in the war, first year anyway. A 1xxxxxxx number means a prewar volunteer soldier, 2xxxxxxx is National Guard and 3xxxxxxx means a soldier that was drafted. A few 4xxxxxxx numbers were used for late war draftees when the 3's were all used up, they were all from the northeast. I expect the canteen was reissued later and the B0518 was the next guy's laundry number.
  9. The 20614676 is a WWII Army serial number for a prewar National Guard unit that was activated early in the war, first year anyway. A 1xxxxxxx number means a prewar volunteer soldier, 2xxxxxxx is National Guard and 3xxxxxxx means a soldier that was drafted. A few 4xxxxxxx numbers were used for late war draftees when the 3's were all used up, they were all from the northeast. I expect the canteen was reissued later and the B0518 was the next guy's laundry number.
  10. His serial number dates from the 50's, he was not in WWII. JimM
  11. JimM

    Ist Marine jacket rec'd today - Excellent. Highly recommend this Member.

  12. 2 questions actually: 1) I have one without the big open "US" in the center, when were these made/issued ? 2) Have several without any maker/date tag, when were they made/issued ? Or are tags missing ? That's it, I will appreciate and information. JimM
  13. I have a First and a Second Division WWII Green blouse, light colored sleeve lining, dated, etc. Also have a DSA 100 73 Master Gunny blouse and a later 1995 Corporal blouse, these two have interior breast pockets with the contract/date info, etc. The exterior material appears to be the same on these. Lastly I have one with dark green sleeve lining, much different and coarser exterior green wool material. This one does not have an interior breast pocket and I can't find and date tag anywhere. When did the MC go to dark green sleeve lining ?? I suppose my coarser wool blouse dat
  14. Thanks Guys: this really helps. Got these at a thrift store, where I volunteer, really comfortable. Good place to find these if you want some for your own use - speaking as a civilian of course. JimM
  15. I have 2 pair of recent desert combat boots - as far as I can tell - and need to know how to clean dark spots, especially on/around the toe areas. One pair was made by BelleElite and the other by Warrior. Any advice will be appreciated. I wear these to work and they are very comfortable.
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