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  1. Small world, I was bidding on this one also. Glad to hear at least who it was named to since the seller kept that a secret.
  2. Great find! hopefully you can find out a little bit more about the vet.
  3. Thanks for the warning, I had bid on a few but I guess they were too good to be true. one of his 8th air force groups has a high bid of 1,500 so someone will be very disappointed if its not 100% legit.
  4. As a buyer I am sometimes thankful for those people because their loss is my gain. There is nothing better then having something you really wanted slip from your hands because you weren't paying attention and then pop back up for a second chance. As a seller however, that is an annoying consequence of eBay.
  5. Thanks, that will be a useful source to know about. I thought I found him because there is a James W Jackson listed as wounded in march 1944, however he is from the 3rd Tank Battalion not amphibious tractor and my Jackson was listed as being in the 3rd Division hospital two months before the other individual was wounded so I don't think it was him. Maybe he just got sick while the Division was at Guadalcanal to refit before Guam.
  6. Thanks, that's my 1st maybe 2nd favorite USMC uniform in my collection. Eventually I am going to have to try to figure out how to get records for him because I am sure that will complete the story on the great uniform. And thanks for the opinion, you could be right because I know very little about the uniform. I based the guess that it was Spanish American War era based on this thread and another very similar to it. You could be completely right however. https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/310850-span-am-usn-jumper/&tab=comments#comment-2498016
  7. Very nice, DUI's can be addictive and I feel like they can be easily overlooked. Generally when they are marked sterling that is a good indication that it is wartime construction because the pins would be made out of sterling to preserve more important war materials.
  8. The final find is an early Inland liner that came off eBay. This example features the snaps on the suspension for a headband as well as the rank of captain and named to Spallina. I haven't been able to find any information on this Captain its an attractive liner.
  9. Last uniform is a FMF-Pac signal uniform that is named, but unfortunately the name is smeared beyond reading. It has a pretty cool cook striker on the sleeve and a very interesting construction. While looking for a clearer name I noticed that part of the inside lining seems to be made from the a hbt camo jacket, I don't know if this is a common type of construction but I thought it was pretty cool to see.
  10. Up next is a slightly mothed dress blue jacket that is named to a marine signalmen who served with the 7th Marine anti-aircraft battalion and was stationed at Peleliu before being transferred to the Command post of the Headquarters battery, 10th regiment, Second Marine Division an was with them for their involvement at Okinawa. This uniform is from before he was sent overseas because he ended the war as a corporal, it must have never been worn once he returned which explains the unfortunate lack of a second marine division patch.
  11. Next is probably my favorite find, a M41 jacket that is named to James Jackson who served with the 3rd Amphibious Tractor Battalion on Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima. It is possible that he was wounded on Bougainville because he had a note on his muster roll that he was in the hospital during that period. His muster roll before Iwo Jima lists him as the Company's mess sergeant. The leather name patch probably was added shortly post war because he does not appear as a Master Sergeant on any of the muster rolls from WW2, but it is possible that the M41 was worn on Iwo Jima since that was the f
  12. Despite the lockdown and craziness that has been going on I got lucky a couple times on eBay and an outing to my favorite antique store that opened recently and thought I would share some of the more interesting finds with the forum. Up first is what I think is a Spanish-American war era jumper which appears slightly stained but unused. I'm not really familiar with navy jumpers so I may be wrong on the era but that's what the internet suggests it is.
  13. Wow, that is an awesome uniform. Not every day an airborne D-Day vet pops up on Ebay.
  14. I looked and couldn't find the thread again either, but from what I remember I think the argument was over a specific uniform and that the type and color of the pen was not around in ww2. I could be misremembering the thread, however its still unusual that you don't see many names written in uniforms using blue ink.
  15. I have seen the Wyatt uniform and had a little concern with it only because it is in blue ink and I remember seeing a conversation on the forum regarding when blue pens were first used. I cant remember the outcome of the thread as to whether blue ink was period or not but I don't think I have noticed this color ink in another Marine uniform.
  16. Those are beautifully displayed, what type of case do you use to display them like that?
  17. It is him I think, if you look at the muster roll for Jack W Johnson in October 1944 which I included it shows that he was discharged on that date so he must have reenlisted and that is probably when he was assigned to the ordinance company in 1945. I believe it also says that he was the NCO in charge of the BAR range. A 1944 discharge would make sense with the discharge diamond and maybe the MAC makes sense for someone assigned to a rifle range detachment. Sounds like a nice uniform. Edit: adding the muster roll ended up far blurrier then I hoped, if you are interested in the info I can
  18. Wow a USMC patched navy corpsman's jumper, that's something you definitely don't see every day. That's a great grouping and thanks for sharing the patch.
  19. Very nice, I like the DI that are included on it.
  20. Thank you both for letting me know its ok, sorry my concern very likely stems from inexperience. Since I have not been able to find an embroidered twill example online anywhere let alone a picture of one on a uniform I feared maybe the 3rd did not make a twill embroidered version. I know I had seen twill versions for most other marine patches I just found it odd that I couldn't find an example for the 3rd and worried it was a modern patch that had been added. thank you for easing my fears on that matter.
  21. The patch threw me also but I was able to find an example in an ASMIC Trading Post article that was listed as an embroidered twill example and looked similar so I think the patch is hopefully ok. It would be really cool if it was a theater made variant because I love coming across those, but I kind of doubt it. This is only the third dress blue I have been lucky enough to add to my small USMC collection (that will be subject to change because I find them to be very sharp and impressive uniforms) but I am not very experienced with these either so your opinion is definitely greatly appreci
  22. Great then mystery is probably solved, I guess the second division makes sense since there are two squares. Are the tac marks with the unit numbers different from this type of marking which is filled in?
  23. I saw that one, its a really nice example. Im no expert but I believe that the seller said that the circular yellow mark underneath the blocked mark was for the 6th marine and that they did not know what the block markings over it were. I have no idea what the second markings mean but there are several threads on Marine markings on the forum, Ill try to find one to direct you to. Alternatively I would recommend you set up a free ancestory.com account and search the name through their marine database, they have very good records of marine's service so you can probably figure out the unit that t
  24. The Ruby is probably a good guess. One thing that I noticed is that the rear portion of the slide on your mystery gun (I cannot remember the exact term at the moment) appears to make almost a 90* degree angle down, which would rule out many guns such as the Walter where the back portion of the slide is more angled. I wonder if there is a German gun that might fit that profile also since he is posing next to a German plane.
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