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  1. One way to date the pre-Vietnam versions is the paint. From 1955 to the first few years in the 60's, Marine EGAs and buttons for the service unform were a dark shade of brown. The collar ranged from a real dark / near back to a distinctive chocolate brown. Most of these got painted or emnued black when we switched from brown to black, but you still see the brown devices in officer and enlisted / screback and clutchback versions from time to time. s/f Robert
  2. Eric, thanks for checking that out for me. If that's the date of the photo, he definitely missed it - bummer since he was with them the whole war. What luck that a 73rd veteran could provide names to the photo! This unnamed blouse and cover went off Ebay in March and I missed it. Really neat blouse I'd love to track down! s/f Robert
  3. The unmarked version has more detail in terms of the eagle's head and body, and includes Cuba on the globe. These are really nice devices to find "in the wild", and my favorite style. s/f Robert
  4. I'm refreshing this old thread to post two variations of this bird; there's probably more but these are the two most "common" versions of this uncommon device...
  5. This is the piping I'd expect to see on a WWI USMC Officers cap, and the side the EGA would typically be found on. The material is US Army, not Marine forest green. s/f Robert
  6. The red and gold piping was used on Marine officer's overseas caps during WWI in some cases, but this cap has the enlisted EGA on the wrong side of the cap and the piping is not the officers red and gold type. s/f Robert
  7. Kevin, just lucked out on the free Ancestry site maintained by the Mormons; had this photo and some post-service ones as well. He reported to some type of training 28 June, so it's possible he went to some form of shake and bake officers training or army formal training. Sounds like you have a great 5t Marines Lt group! s/f Robert
  8. Wilcox was promoted from Corporal to 2nd Lieutenant with the 73rd MG Company in late June 1918 during the Belleau Wood fighting. Pretty neat the same unit diary promoting him up shows why - lots of Marines WIA during this initial fighting, including one 1st Dan Daly. s/f Robert
  9. I found a picture of Lt Wilcox sometime before Nov 1918 - Dec 1918. Great photo, showing him with his wartime army uniform set-up and only two overseas stripes but his wound stripe as well, so should be shortly after getting out of the hospital from his September wounds. Eric, is it possible to check the four officers in the center of your photo to see if any of them look like this Marine officer? I see four Marine officers center mass on your photo; the Marine on the far left of the photo is also a leader of some type but could be a senior SNCO. Could be him though... I got his re
  10. It's very possible he was absent for the picture; I know he was assigned various primary and collateral duties after November. He was a train commander and attended at least one school in early 1919 (A.C. School?), so he could have been absent. Good suggestion. I see at least three officers in the picture though, and one could be him. Maybe he didn't sign. There's around 150 Marines in the photo; did around that many sign? s/f Robert
  11. Eric, that is fantastic and I really appreciate you posting it. I can't believe you had the one company I needed! I'm not sure why Lt Wilcox did not sign the photo - maybe he was absent the day the picture was taken? He was with the 73rd from 1917 through the rotation back to the States. s/f Robert
  12. Brig, I'd really appreciate it. As Kevin pointed out, it's a long shot but may pay off. This officer was with the 73rd MG company from beginning to end, so he'll hopefully appear in any full company photos. s/f Robert
  13. Hi Kevin, Thanks for responding, I do appreciate it. Since I know his rank and name in a relatively small outfit, I'm hoping I can spot him - but it's a long shot. Couldn't have been more than four or five Lieutenants at that time, and I know his relative size. Who knows! I have 1919 dated yard longs for a couple battalions of the 5th and 6th Marines, and the 6th Machine Gun Battalion and I suspect specialty units - like the two regimental machinegun companies - may have got unit photos but just don't know. I'm hoping for the best, and I've got an national archives request in.
  14. Maybe the better question is, does anyone know where there may be a repository of Marine unit photos (I've contacted the Marine Corps Museum near Quantico) or someone who is a USMC machine gun unit enthusiast? Are any of the forum members Marine yard-long collectors? s/f Robert
  15. Hello, I lucked on to a USMC officers uniform set, and was hoping the estate would have photos of the Marine, but it appears it may be a dry hole. However, this Marine was an officer with the 73rd Machine Gun Company, 6th Marines, so any yard long should have him in it. Does anyone have such a photo that might show the company officers, perhaps one of the occupation unit photos? I'd really appreciate the help. s/f Robert
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