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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. Welcome! This is a great, and very helpful, community. All the best, Patrick
  2. Wow! Thank you for that fantastic information! I really appreciate it. I’ll be sure to keep this updated as I learn more.
  3. Maybe so! It’s neat to think about for sure.
  4. Captain George Smathers of VMB-413 has always looked like Bill Murray to me.
  5. This uniform belonged to Nicholas J. Todaro, who enlisted on December 12, 1942, at Syracuse, New York. The muster rolls are kind of spotty, but from what I can tell, he was a private with Battery "B", 4th Special Weapons Battalion, 4th Marine Division in July of 1943. By January of 1944 he had made Private First Class, and is listed as having served in the "battle of Ennugarret, and Namur, Kwajelein Atoll, Marshall Islands". His MOS at this time was "521", which I find listed as "Basic [Miscellaneous]" online. Does anybody know what exactly that means? In April, 1944, he's listed as a PFC with Battery "D", 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division, and an MOS of "606", which I find listed as "Anti-Aircraft Machine Gun Crewman". On June 27, 1944, 76 years ago today, he was wounded in action while serving on Saipan, still with Battery "D", 2/14. After coming home, it looks like he got a couple weeks of furlough, and then spent the rest of the war stateside. I haven't been able to get his casualty card yet, but I'm looking forward to getting it and his full record. His uniform only came with one rank insignia on the sleeve, which I understand was implemented as a cost-saving measure. The EGAs look to be some kind of an economical version, though I'm not sure of the details on them. His name is stemped in one sleeve, and handwritten in the other. I'm very pleased to be the caretaker of this uniform!
  6. I'm no expert, but it sure looks like the ghost of a Cape Gloucester tab to me, especially if you can see evidence of a First Marine Division patch being worn. Seeing as dress blues weren't issued to every Marine during the war, I could see a Marine letting his younger cousin use his dress blues, especially if he came home after Cape Gloucester. Of course, that's just supposition, but if they were cousins, I'd think it could have happened. Certainly something that merits further research! Neat uniform! Thanks for sharing. Patrick
  7. I also didn’t know him, but I’ve enjoyed seeing his posts over the years. His was one of those names you see a lot around the forum and that certainly speaks to his contribution to the hobby and all of our knowledge. Praying for him and his family.
  8. Great work! Looks wonderful.
  9. Check the casualty card database for information on James Jackson. They have an excel sheet list that doesn’t provide much detail, but if you find his name on there you should request his casualty card. The excel sheets are towards the bottom of the page. I’d look but my phone isn’t allowing it and my computer is down. Let us know if you turn up anything more! Great finds! All the best, Patrick https://www.usmcu.edu/Research/Marine-Corps-History-Division/Research-Tools-Facts-and-Figures/Casualty-Card-Database/
  10. Thanks for the feedback everyone. Much appreciated!
  11. Any other opinions on blue vs. black ink? I also see black more often than blue, but does it affect legitimacy? I looked for the mentioned thread and didn’t find much.
  12. Thanks for all the help! Much appreciated.
  13. Hello! I’m wondering if anyone knows how common handwriting a name inside a WWII Marine Corps uniform is. I see quite a few of these pop up, and very few would seem to be added to enhance the value, as they’re common enlisted Marine’s names. They seem to be real, but I’ve always been suspicious just because it’s not a name stamp, like you also commonly see. Is there any need for concern when it comes to handwritten names in WWII Marine Corps uniforms? Should they be given as much weight as a stamped name when it comes to determining authenticity? They’re written in pen or marker, and always seem to be written in the sleeve, the “correct” spot for IDing a uniform from what I’ve been told. I’ve attached some screenshots taken from various ebay listings to provide some examples. My apologies if anybody’s items are included without their consent. I grabbed photos from a few listings I could find easily. Thank you!
  14. Brotherhood of Heroes by Bill Sloan is also about Peleliu, and a fantastic book. I’m a big fan of memoirs so here are a few of my favorites (not including those you’ve already mentioned): “Islands of the Damned”, by R.V. Burgin. He was at Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, and Okinawa. “You’ll be Sor-ree” by Sid Phillips. He was at Guadalcanal and Cape Gloucester. ”Battleground Pacific” by Sterling Mace. This one doesn’t quite have the literary quality of “With the Old Breed”, but you sure can get into his head. It’s a very raw read and that’s why I appreciate it. He was at Peleliu and Okinawa, also with K/3/5, but a rifleman, not in the mortar section with Sledge and Burgin. He’s still alive too. “Red Blood, Black Sand” by Chuck Tatum is a good one about Iwo Jima. and I’ve heard “Goodbye Darkness” by William Manchester is very good. I have a copy but haven’t read it yet. From what I can tell he fought on Okinawa, but uses his experiences there to describe other battles as well. If you get it, I’d suggest reading. The end notes first.
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