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    *Pacific Theater of Operations
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    *Roi-Namur, Saipan-Tinian, and Iwo Jima.

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  1. The one on the left with the game animal silhouettes hidden in the pattern was commercially available in sporting good stores at least as far back as the 1980's.
  2. I wonder if that might not be something just beyond his helmet perhaps held by him or the other Marine. Would be helpful to see the rest of the photograph. You are probably all familiar with this picture from IWO JIMA: Amphibious Epic by Bartley. I always assumed taping the cover that way was a specific unit's improvised field ID/signature but have never seen it specifically documented. Does anyone know?
  3. Congratulations on a nice uniform. The following details the circumstances and action in which your Marine was likely wounded. It is excerpted from my own work in progress supplemeted with relevant day of the official report: "Breakout from NAFUTAN – 26- 27 June While occupying positions near Aslito Airfield, the 14th Marines were frequently engaged by groups of Japanese soldiers coming up from Nafutan Peninsula to the south. This often happened at night. Nafutan was supposed to be ‘closed off’ by elements of the U.S. Army’s 27th Division, but insufficient manpower, difficult terrain, and a larger than reported enemy presence forced the soldiers to stretch their lines too thin to prevent the Japanese from passing through them north into the artillery positions. In one instance, low on food and water, Captain Sasaki of the 317th Independent Infantry Battalion, 47th Independent Mixed Brigade, issued orders for a fighting withdrawal from Nafutan in an attempt to reach the Brigade headquarters on a feature called Hill 500. Under cover of night on June 26 and 27, Sasaki’s force numbering some 500 men slipped through the army lines, split into several groups and headed north. One group succeeded in destroying American aircraft at captured Aslito field, while another ran into the artillery positions of the14th Marines, set up between Aslito and Hill 500. In the ensuing battle the Marines sustained 33 casualties and the Japanese force 143 killed." DIARY- SAIPAN OPERATION 27 June, 1944 At 0115 condition red was passed. Bombs were droppd on Aslito Airport. VMO-4 received 4 casualties. At 0640 one enemy sniper was killed by the 1st Battalion, 14th Marines. Japanese units that broke through the lines at NAFUTAN Point infiltrated the regimental area. As a result, 12 enemy were killed in the 3rd Battalion area and 130 enemy killed in H&S, 2nd Battalion area. In this action, 1st Battalion 14th Marines had 2 enlisted wounded. 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines had 2 enlisted killed and 8 enlisted wounded. 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines had 2 enlisted killed and 19 enlisted wounded. The following link is to a thread about a another Marine wounded in the same action. If link breaks search 'Kachadorian'. https://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/287750-usmc-hbt-shirt/&tab=comments#comment-2408222 Regarding his previous combat in the Marshall Islands, Ennugarret (codename: Abraham) was the closest reef island to Namur. These islands were captured in advance of the main attack on Roi and Namur to deny them to the enemy and to emplace Marine artillery on several to support the invasion. Please share whatever you learn as your research progresses. Good Luck!
  4. To correct the record on this blue grenade, a more careful in-hand inspection shows the base hole to be threaded. The old plug must have rotted out with the remnants mostly obscuring the threads. It is definitely threaded though.
  5. Go to WWII War Diaries, then search Saipan, then add 14th Marines as a filter. you can pick any page of 'MAR 4TH DIV' that comes up and make your way to page number 240. That is where the 14th Marines section of the 4th Marine Division Operations Report - Saipan starts. Good Luck! That together with the USMC Saipan monograph gives a pretty full picture. Same goes for Iwo. Did you pull his file? How did you know about Signal School, Tanks, and 'CP'? If you have it you can also check the transports he was on and read the individual ship's War Diaries if interested.
  6. As you can see from the map Regimental HQ was set up pretty close to 2nd, 4th, and 5th Battalions for the first few days on Saipan when things were pretty bad so any account from someone in those battalions would be generally relevant. 1st and 3rd were south near Agingan Point in an area that was somewhat less difficult. Regimental would have had several radio operators to communicate with the battalions and Division etc., and to coordinate with the Navy and Army as well. (The report says that the command post initially had two radio jeeps in the trenches which might be specifically relevant to your man.) They are mentioned regularly in the official report and issued orders for position changes and organized the displacements. There would have been transportation and supply elements, ordnance, maintenance, weapons, etc.. Someone on the forum can outline their specific duties better than I can but generally they were the overall command unit for the regiment coordinating and overseeing all activities of subordinate units and receiving orders from Division. The14th Marines after action report for Saipan is available online through Fold3 and is pretty interesting. I have not read the one for the Regiment for Iwo but imagine it is there also.
  7. From A Brief History of the 14th Marines regarding D-Day Saipan: "The regimental command group under Lieutenant Randall Victory, landed at Blue Beach 2 at about 1300. It established a command post in an abandoned trenchline located in a small grove of trees about 500 yards inland. While the position offered relative safety, the Marines killed two snipers within 40 yards of the command post. In spite of the hardships and confusion on the beach, the 14th Marines had all of its batteries ashore and firing before dark."
  8. YOU ARE CORRECT!!! My apologies! in my excitement I neglected to check the chart. I should know better than to try to do UNIS from memory...
  9. Nice Pack! I believe 601 puts him with H&S of 1st Battalion, 14th Marines. The 14th Marines was the regiment, and it contained four battalions each with a H&S Battery. In addition to H&S Battery, 1st Battalion also included firing batteries A, B, and C. I looked quickly through H&S in the 14th Marines 'Redbook' and did not find him so he may have transferred in after the 4th Division left California in early '44. There is a group posted by devildog34 to the forum which belonged to a Larance Strickler, also of H&S 1st Battalion that has a good description of some of the action on Saipan: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/95207-usmc-saipan-and-iwo-grouping/ I do not know anything about Dudley, but I can recommend some additional resources with info about the combat experience of the general unit with some specific accounts from Radio Operators. PM me if interested in more, but one that is available online is a very interesting and unusual perspective on the Saipan battle by a radioman with 4th Battalion: https://www.craigsams.com/saipan-the-other-d-day Interesting that a lot of these packs with multi color markings come form the 4th Marine Division, and specifically the 14th Marines. Thanks for posting.
  10. Pegasus6- What is that? Is that an original page from his sketchbook???!!
  11. I was going through the 1 April 1945 Pacific Edition of Leatherneck Magazine and found this feature. I know this man is identified elsewhere on the web in association with 'Little Gem' but believe his name may be misspelled as 'Randall'. Either way, this article associates him with 'Our Baby', 'Joker's Wild', and 'Coral Queen' as well. U.S. Marine Pfc. Ransdell W. Sprenger of Louisville, Kentucky ran Ad-Craft Advertising Studios before the war, and applied his skills to quite a few B-29 noses. The article does not say where no doubt for security reasons but I imagine it was on Saipan and/or Tinian. Thought it would be nice to be able to credit him for his work if not already known.
  12. WOW. What a gift to the community Graham. Great job digging this out. There are a lot of interesting reveals in this, and the completeness is just great. Love the 'Boxes and Crates' and 'Cans'. Now hurry up and find the other divisions!
  13. MCDUFF has uncovered and posted an important breakthrough wartime primary source document for the 4th Marine Division UNIS. It is buried pretty deep in the forum so I thought it would be helpful to post a heads up here as it pertains directly to UNIS marked utilities and gear. This is the official word on how it was supposed to be done and is a MUST SEE for anyone interested in UNIS. Follow the link : http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/318512-usmc-4th-div-unis-document-discovery/&do=findComment&comment=2558367
  14. MCDUFF has uncovered and posted an important breakthrough wartime primary source document for the 4th Marine Division UNIS. It is buried pretty deep in the forum so I thought it would be helpful to post a heads up here as it pertains directly to UNIS marked gear. This is the official word on how it was supposed to be done and is a MUST SEE for anyone interested in UNIS. Follow the link : http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/318512-usmc-4th-div-unis-document-discovery/&do=findComment&comment=2558367
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