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    WWII Marine Corps and US Army Pacific Uniforms and Groupings.

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  1. Was he still in the Army when he died? The uniform has the ruptured duck meaning he was discharged.
  2. and the only unit of the Americal that was awarded the Army PUC was E Company, 182nd Infantry, Most of the Div was awarded the Navy PUC for Guadalcanal. I do have some reference photos of guys in the Americal wearing the Army PUC in error even though they were awarded the Navy.
  3. Lt. Walter R Abbott of the 164th Infantry. He caught malaria on Guadalcanal and was sent stateside. (Note the 1st Marine Division Patch on the cuff)
  4. I was recently talking to another forum member about that uniform. I believe to be a put together. With the 2 Battle Stars he was either at Guadalcanal and Bougainville or Bougainville and the Philippines. The only time the Americal was with the 1st Marine Division was on Guadalcanal. If he was Guadalcanal and then WIA at Bougainville he wouldn't have had the occupation ribbon and most likely wouldn't have had 6 overseas bars. The 1st Marine Division on the cuff did happen even though it is uncommon.
  5. Also, ranks in WWII were not like the modern Army. Units had a certain number of ranks they could have and a lot of guys didn't want responsibility or they were uneducated. He could have been busted down during the war. The rank wasn't guaranteed like it is in today's Army (E1-E4)
  6. I have seen a lot of WWII Europe and Pacific uniforms that have a Divisional patch on the wearers left and a Corps or Army patch on the wearers right. I would assume he was 7th for the whole war with 4 battle stars. (Aleutian Islands, Marshall Islands, Leyte, Okinawa) The 7th was assigned to the 24th Corps after Okinawa for the planned invasion of Japan. The modern wear of a right sleeve patch is a former overseas unit, that was the case also in WWII but I think a lot of GI's put on their higher command patch at all. This would have been technically out of regulations but most GI'
  7. Amazing grouping! The first thing I noticed was the Gold Star on the Air Medal Ribbon. It is unusual to see a Navy/USMC star on an Army ribbon rack. But since the card shows it to be awarded by the Navy then that is very rare and uncommon. Love the group!
  8. Well if there is a white diamond on the sleeve i'd expect him to have been discharged in 1944 or early 1945.
  9. I have seen some uniforms before where they were in Air Wing units on Guadalcanal attached to the 1st Marine Division. What unit was he in?
  10. I would be pretty confident that John Basilone would be wearing 1/2 inch ribbons. I have seen other photos of him and they look like half inch. I would doubt that they even made a 3/8th Navy PUC during the war because it wasn't needed because no soldier would be wearing it with all of their other ribbons.
  11. I found his final rank on the Pennsylvania veterans burial cards and the dates of overseas service on the Penn. veterans compensation applications. Both were on ancestry.
  12. I think George N Klauck is the likely owner based off how I found his final rank to have been SSGT and he left for overseas duty on March 10th, 1942.
  13. That would be my bet as well since there is no star on the American Defense Ribbon meaning he couldn't have been at Pearl Harbor.
  14. I also wonder what battle in the pacific he was in?
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