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    Any original Marine Corps items, especially Pre WWII Uniforms and Headgear My interests are Early USMC Aviation, Items identified to Marines at Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, Midway, the Philippines, Guam, Guadalcanal, Peleliu and those on ship duty in 1942. I'm very interested in Marine Bombing Squadrons (VMB's, VMSB's and VMTB's). Always looking for ANYTHING id'd to members of PBJ Squadrons (The VMB's, especially VMB-413), especially flight gear/clothing.

    Always looking for items from these men (family members):
    Even if not to buy, to know where they are would be great

    Cornelius Doherty - 108th Field Artillery, Pennsylvania NG, WWI

    Harry Riley - 62nd Armored Field Artillery Bn, Died August 13, 1944.

    Joseph A. Doherty - 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd ID. KIA March 3, 1944.

    Robert Lester Mahler - I/3/24, 4th Marine Div. WIA March 8, 1945.

    Thomas R. Riley - USAAF

    Joshua L. Doherty - With a Seabee Unit, I believe.

    Ens. Alex A. Gorski, USNR - Died as a POW, January 28, 1945.

    Capt. Henry Gorski, USN (ret.)

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  1. Thank you! Any idea if these were used on vehicles or for some military purpose, rather than just being used back home on a car? Patrick
  2. Hello all, This decal came in a group to a WWII Marine I just got. It looks to be a Fairbairn-Sykes knife from what I can tell, but I’ve got no idea what it is. Thanks for the help! It’s about 6” tall. All the best, Patrick
  3. Looks like I was wrong on this one. Here’s a jacket with solid provenance with the same stamping, and same stitching around the division patch. Furthermore, both Marines arrived in Australia after Guadalcanal but before Cape Gloucester, perhaps explaining the similarities between the two jackets (maybe things were sort of standardized by the time they got there). The stamping still looks off from other WWII USMC stamping that I’ve seen, but it’s good for these Australian made Vandegrifts. Perhaps they used an Australian stamping set or something. Thanks for the help everyone! Patrick
  4. Wow! Quite a collection of items for the year, and beautifully displayed. Well done and thanks for sharing!
  5. That's good to know, I imagine that's what it is! It's rather thin, so I imagine it was probably a layer of cloth, either over insulation or just with another piece of cloth. I imagine something like the Sidcot suit would be just what this is from. Thanks for the suggestion Kevin, and for the kind words to both of you. Patrick
  6. Kevin, I had that thought too, but I'm unsure what sort of flying suits they wore, and if any of it was cloth (instead of leather). The black coating on the other side seems to be for some sort of insulation, either waterproofing or wind-proofing, so a flying jacket or suit would make sense. Something like that would be stained from use, as this scrap of fabric is. Patrick
  7. Thanks for the kind words everyone, they mean a good deal. I'm very glad to have a hand in the preservation of this rare group and of Frank Lamb's story. Patrick
  8. I'm glad you enjoyed it Dirk, and thanks for the kind words!
  9. Finally, here's his War Service Certificate. Was this actually signed by General LeJeune, or were these duplicated? I'm honored to be the caretaker of this grouping. I'll post another little bio of him later, my scan got messed up. Hope you all enjoy! Patrick
  10. Here's some a chart detailing the organization of Marine Aviation in WWI, a VFW Medal, and some more reunion material.
  11. His documents were kept together in this See's Candies box. Here's a photo of him later in life, when he worked at the Triplex Corporation, and a letter from another Marine encouraging him to join the First Marine Aviation Force Veteran's Association. There are also some reunion materials and a membership roster of the First Marine Aviation Force.
  12. Here's another letter, and some photos that were sent to his wife by a fellow Marine when he passed away. They were taken in Miami, Fl. The letter's details about "Morris, a kid you've probably never heard of", were particularly disturbing, and must have weighed heavily on aircrews.
  13. Here's a great letter, in which he describes his actions, and those of Lawson Sanderson against the rebels. Attached is the "Ripley's Believe It or Not" clipping he mentions. Seeing as he mentioned it elsewhere and kept the clipping, it seems he was quite proud of being featured in Ripley's. Also interesting to note is that Lawson Sanderson accepted the Japanese surrender of Wake Island while a general in WWII.
  14. Here are his logbook and photos of him, taken somewhere stateside.
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