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  1. Set of 1st Cav DUIs from the 1960’s occupation of Korea. These are from the Honest John rocket batteries attracted to the division. They are Japanese made and have no major flaws minus some slight discoloration. Ive included a photo of an Honest John. Parks
  2. This one is a bit different from the typical 1st Cav DUI. This DUI is on a M-1951 Pile cap which has been customized (the whole brim and ear covers have been sewn together on top, encasing the OD fabric minus a bald spot in the back). It is made from scrap metal and painted. Note how the horse head is mirrored on to the incorrect side. I have included photos of the DUI alone and of the actual cap. Parks
  3. This is a Japanese made 1st Cav DUI with a beautiful yellow enamel. I thought I’d also showcase a Japanese made 1st Cav patch beside it. The main body is made of silk, with black felt and a gold bullion border. Parls
  4. World War 2 era 1st Cavalry Division DUI made by NS Meyer. Parks
  5. Another Japanese made 70th Tank Battalion. This one is not enamel, rather it features lime green paint. The color is not my favorite but to each their own. No markings on the back, however, there is some tarnish on the top left corner of the rim and reverse. Parks
  6. Thank you for the kind words. I agree, the Japanese made DUIs are of great quality. The matching set of 70th Tank Battalion DUIs are some of my favorites, however the next DUI of the same unit is not as nice... Parks
  7. This is a NS Meyer produced 8th Engineers DUI with a broach back. The only major flaw is some damage to a horseshoe on the front but besides that a beautiful example.
  8. Last one for today, this is a theatre made 1st Medical Squadron DUI with a screw post backing. The photo doesn’t do it justice as the red side is beautiful, especially in sunlight. While not a DUI, I thought this rare quilted patch of the squadron would be nice to show with it. Parks
  9. Set of 1st Cav Division DUIS. This set is screw back and are Japanese made. Sadly, the left DUI’s nut is wallowed.
  10. Hey all, This is a new set that came in today, a set of Japanese made 70th Tank Battalion. The 70th Tank Battalion served under the 1st Cavalry Division in Korea. No markings on the reverse. Parks
  11. If a staff member could please move this to the uniforms subforum, that would be appreciated. I was looking at the Bodnar post in groupings while editing the writeup. Parks
  12. Dodd's Dress Blues. This is how he left them after his service in Iceland. He never updated it once in the Pacific. My apologies for the poor image quality. Parks
  13. The sounds of the lazy Yockanookany River echo into the small town of Ethel, Mississippi. Slowly, the cries of a grieving mother are heard above the waters. James Dodd holds his wife as she cries, upon discovery that her son, William was killed on a little-known speck in the Pacific Ocean: Guam. William P. Dodd was born in Ethel on February 21, 1915, to James & Eula Ann Dodd, with his brother James joining the family in 1919. William was 5’6 ½” of dashing, with dark brown hair, brown eyes, and a ruddy complexion. Growing up as a young boy in rural Mississippi, he had a passion within him to escape and see the world. William would join the Marine Corps in May of 1935 in New Orleans. In 1937, while assigned to Quantico, VA, participating in fleet landing exercise in California. By 1938, at the rank of Private First Class, he would sign on for another two years after marriage, however, I am unable to find any records on her. William Dodd in 1935 The times for this marine were prosperous in the Corps, attaining the rank of Sergeant by 1940. It would not be until 1941, when the bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, that William would be greeted by the brutal truth of combat. William’s first engagement in World War Two was the occupation of Iceland in June of 1941. He was among nearly 4,000 marines who landed on the island, with their supply of cold weather gear being quoted as “"the darndest collection of winter clothing ever assembled.” However, his first taste of combat would be on November 17th during the infamous campaign on Bougainville. The USS Talbot, a destroyer turned transport brought 146 men plus William ashore with the rest of the 3rd Marine Division. The first thing on the list for the American Beach Head was to push the lines further inland to about 5-6 miles inland. From here, the 21st would begin their first offensive engagement at Hellzapoppin Ridge: a 300-yard-long heavily vegetated sheer cliff face with heavily dug-in defenders. On December 12th, the attacks began, and intense close combat ensued. Despite mortar, artillery, and aerial strikes, the Japanese were not dislodged until December 18th. Williams, assigned to “L” Company, was apart of the southern assault along with “K” Company while Companies “A” & “C” engaged from the Northeast. Before their assault, intense artillery fire cleared the way for an airstrike by 6 TBF Avengers hit Hellzapoppin hard, allowing for the marines to claim the ridge. The 21st lost 12 men and 23 wounded while at least 50 Japanese were killed. On January 9th, 1944, William boarded the USS Libra which was bound for Guadalcanal. After an extended stay on Guadalcanal, William would board the USS Rixey on June 8th and by the little-known battle of Guam. Landing Map of the 21st Regiment on Guam. Note that 3/21 landed nearly in front of Asan village. USS LST 219 commanded by Lt Roy Collier Jr, USNR would be the transport that brought “L” Company onto the beaches of Guam on W-Day landing directly at the village of Asan. By nightfall on W-Day, the American forces had pushed 6,600 feet into Guam with Japanese counter attacks made throughout the next days and nights with many infiltration tactics being used to penetrate the American lines. While the Japanese were repelled, this put considerable strain on the American man and supply reserves on the island. On the 26th of July, 1944, Gunnery Sergeant William Dodd would fall in combat from a direct hit from a mortar round, presumably during the counterattack led by Japanese Lt. General Takashina at the Orote Peninsula and the northern parts of the 3rd Marine Division lines. He would be listed with shrapnel found scattered in his body and buried temporarily in the field and the central Army-Navy-Marine Corps cemetery on Guam before being laid to rest in his beloved Mississippi. (Left: Combat on Guam. Right: Dodd's grave) Parks
  14. I'm glad you were able to reunite the greens together. I always love a story with a happy ending, haha! Interesting he was aviation and submarines. Amazing purchases. Best wishes and stay safe, Parks
  15. Awesome photo and write up Alex! Glad you got this grouping! Parks
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