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  1. I would like to begin the process of cataloguing my collection, mainly so that as the years go by I can preserve all the knowledge I’ve acquired about the different odds and ends (uniforms, medals, and insignia) I’ve accumulated in some kind of orderly fashion. Anyone have any advice or examples to share of how to do this? Thanks for any input 

  2. Over the years I’ve read a decent amount of first-hand accounts by American and German Veterans of their experiences as ordinary soldiers during the Second World War. I have never found a single first-hand account by a Japanese veteran of WWII. Is anyone aware of any books like this? Thanks 

  3. Back during Desert Shield, I remember watching TV as a kid and seeing USAF general officers wearing chocolate chip camo 8-point covers with their rank sewn on. I dont recall ever seeing USAF wearing such headgear in the woodland pattern. Was this a unique uniform modification just for general officers? I had always thought the 8-point covers were strictly a USMC and Navy thing...

  4. According to an obituary I found online of the original owner, he graduated West Point class of 1933, and thereafter served in the Coast Artillery in Virginia, Texas, and Corregidor PI prior to the outbreak of WW II. From what I can tell, the the uniform and insignia appear consistent with the original owners service history

  5. Just added this one to the collection. 91st Coast Artillery Regiment (Philippine Scouts) 1st Lieutenant's uniform, circa 1930s. Information from the seller about the original owner is that he served in the Philippine Islands in 1935 - 1936. US and branch insignia on lapels are early type clutch-back. Lieutenant's bars and DUIs are pinback. No QM tag, tailor's label, or any markings other than original owners initials. Eyelets at waist indicate there were once belt hooks for a Sam Browne belt.


  6. Thanks for your insight. The vets family are practical people and would probably be glad to put the uniforms up for sale if there was significant collectors value. I guess the point I was trying to get at was -is there significant collectors value to uniforms belonging to a USMC Iwo vet, making it worthwhile to pursue researching their value further? I assumed they would be quite valuable, but I am surprised at how often I am mistaken in my opinions as to what is valuable, and what is not. Thanks again for your input

  7. BTW, I am not looking to get these uniforms for myself, as I dont collect USMC stuff, however, it seems as if from what I see on these boards that there is a lot of interest in Iwo Jima related items among USMC collectors.

  8. I guess what I am trying to determine is, do such uniforms have any significant collectors value which would make it worth their while to hang on to them and sell them to a reputable militaria dealer instead of donating them to the costume department?

  9. Fellow collectors-


    I live next door to a USMC Iwo Jima vet who is well into his 90s. I am in regular contact with his adult children who help keep up his house and yard. I was shown his WW2 medals , which are mounted in a shadow box display, and are to be left to the oldest grandson. When I Asked what was to become of the vets uniforms, I was told they were going to be donated to the costume department of the theatre group from the local college. I volunteered that I thought these uniforms might have some value to USMC WW2 collectors, and should not be donated to a college theatre prop department. I have not seen any of these uniforms, But would assume them to be in excellent condition based on the veteran, and his meticulous. Thanks j

  10. Are you talking about "The Regulars"? Yes, I am very muck looking forward to reading that after watching a Youtube video of Dr. Coffman talking about the book. There are also some good memoirs available online by old soldiers recounting their time serving in Hawaii and the Philippines in the 30's.

  11. The yellow ribbon is for the American Defense Service medal. Maybe he served in PI sometime during/after Sept 39, but rotated back to the States before 12/7/41 or maybe the ribbon bar was added on later? Unfortunately, theres probably no way to ever know for sure...

  12. Here are some of my favorites from one of my main areas of interest: US Army Uniforms from the interwar period.


    Enlisted pattern khaki service coats from 1st Coastal Artillery Regt (Panama Canal Zone);


    Enlisted pattern khaki service coat with crudely made Philippine Department patch and 31st Infantry Regt DUIs (Philippine Islands and China);


    Enlisted pattern khaki service coat with Hawaiian Department removable "no-sew" patch and early type collar discs;


    Officers pattern M1926 khaki service coat. Has tailor's label from "Ning's, Manila PI." Unknown whether the insignia on the coat are original to it. (Philippine Islands)



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