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  1. Happy New Year All!: I was wondering if anyone has any information on the family and service record of Louis Clinton Mosher, b. April 26, 1880; d. Sept 29, 1958. Reading his citation, he was awarded the MoH on June 11, 1913, as a 2nd Lt. with the Philippine Scouts at Gagsak Mountain in Jolo, Philippine Islands. He is shown below as retiring on Nov 30, 1933 as a Master Sergeant. His gravestone in San Fransico indicates 1st Lt. rank. I guess it just seems a bit odd to me for him to be a 33 yr old 2nd Lt in 1913 and retire as a senior EM in 1933. Any thoughts? Regards Dave
  2. Hello I hope you enjoy my inherited marine SSI collection. My Dad had collected shoulder patches from returning veterans during and after the war while he lived in So. California. At one time, he had a substantial collection of army, marine and aircorps patches glued to several albums. When keeping the albums became a pain, he pulled the patches and threw them in a box, and when I was a kid, he gave them to me. Over the years, some got lost and some were traded away or sold. But, I had always kept the marine patches, which are shown below. I actually aquired one addition patch (not shown), but am almost positive it was/is a fake and will post it on another thread. Cheers Dave
  3. Many thanks for both of your inputs. Dave
  4. Hello Gents: I picked up a removable top naval petty officer's (w/o the anchor insignia) and was wondering if there is a way to pinpoint the age of the cap by looking at it (WW1, between wars, WW2, later). The interior support is stiffened burlap, not wicker and the sweatband is a coated canvas to look like leather. The visor seems smaller than the WW2 naval visors I have seen, but the edge trim appears to be coated canvas, not leather. Thanks for looking. Dave
  5. Thanks for your interest. Here are a few more : The obligatory picture with the ship's life ring...My grandfather is on the left. Here's a shot of the deck. I think Steve McQueen is there somewhere ... Here are a couple of pics of three other gunboats with their flags flying. I presume it is in Tsing Tao Harbor. I'll try to post some more in a couple of days. Dave
  6. A couple of pics of the Asheville moored. I believe the first is at Tsing Tao, China and the second is at Manila, P.I.
  7. Thanks all for your interest. I am trying to scan the photos and put some on today. I have not had much luck in scanning old photos and submitting onto the forum ( not a problem with digital photos?). I have pics of the Asheville moored, other gunboats with flags flying; other ships (including a sub), sailors at work and play, indigenous peoples, city and countryside scenes. Regards Dave
  8. I have two photo albums of my grandfather's service in the navy from 1931 through mid-1941. He started off with the battleship USS Pennsylvania (Pacific Fleet flag ship) until 1938 when he was transferred to the USS Asheville (PG-21), a naval gun boat patrolling the China Seas (like Sandpebbles). The pictures in both albums are incredibly interesting, but the second album concerning his China service is a bit "haunting" to me. The multitude of b&w photos of that era and place are a great time capsule (Tsing Tao, Manila and Saigon) before the war. But it's the many photos of the sailors that interest me the most; joking, clowning around, sunbathing and those "shore leaves". My grandfather was transferred stateside from the Asheville in mid-1941, and served the rest of the war primarily in the Pacific on an ammunition ship, and in Korea on a destroyer, and retired as a CBM. After Pearl Harbor, the Asheville was ordered to try to reach Austrailia, but on March 3, 1942, the unescorted patrol boat had engine problems and was caught by two Japanese destroyers 240 miles south of Java. The battle lasted a half hour and only one survivor of the 160 man crew was picked up (presumably to determine for intellegence what ship they had sunk). This sole survivor later died in a prison camp in 1945, so this boat is unique as one of the rare US naval ships that had "no survivors". I sometimes wonder if these are the only existing pictures of some of these men, who undoubtedly died in 1942. Regards Dave PG-21 USS Asheville courtesy of the internet EDIT: Picture is lost
  9. CB: I found your thread on Philippine khaki very interesting and impressive. I have had an officer's high-collar coat with a Manila tailors label (same as yours) with no insignia. What was interesting to me is the additional "boxed" pleats above the pockets typically reserved for marine officers and the machined button holes for the screw-back collar insignia. Although officer's items were private purchase and perhaps a little more latitude on modifying the regulations, is there anything that you see that would indicate when the jacket was made (obviously prior to the late 20s)? I was planning on putting rimless buttons and bronze officer insignia on the coat. I was told that early Philppine-made insignia was screw-back. Is there a time frame when the bronze screw-back insigina was produced and used, and what would be correct for the jacket? Dave DEAD LINK 1/29/15 doinworkinvans
  10. Hello Hope this is some interest. Does anyone know when the "standard" army button motif we use now was first adopted/utilized and were there prior motifs to this one? I picked up an early summer khaki officer's tunic with a mixture of small coat and epaulette buttons. What is odd is the missing "orb" with stars, the different breast shield and the use of the banner above the eagle's head and some other subtle differences between them. There are no markings on the back of the weird ones (4 of them). Can anyone shed some light on them? Regards Dave
  11. My favorite! Powerful bird and just the right amount of darkening and patina...
  12. Darrell Here are the front and back of the emblem; no markings on the back. Thanks for the interest. Regards Dave
  13. Hello: I picked this cap up several years ago. The name "Lt T. H. Mitchell" is written into the sweatband. Through a very limited research, I identified the owner as 2nd Lt. Thomas Harron Mitchell USMCR , appointed 12/6/18 and inactive 1/23/19. I thought it odd that his commission was active for less than two months, but I figured it was just another "90-day wonder" was wasn't needed to fight in Europe. After some enlightenment on Marine mustang officers by Dirk, I started thinking that perhaps this officer had more substance than 1-1/2 months with the Corps. Was this chap a mustang officer too? Thanks for looking Dave
  14. Dirk Even more interesting. Do you think he voluntarily resigned his commission or was he forced to resign by the Corps? Seems odd to appoint a battlefield commission after hostilities ended. I own and have previously owned named marine officer items who were appointed and made in-active within a short period, sometimes within a few days! I suppose that Miles wasn't in the Corps long enough to get a good conduct medal as an enlisted man, so I suppose he would have recieved only have a victory medal; possibly with a couple stars on it. Regards Dave
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