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  1. Most time that I see helmets or other gear marked with Navy of Coast Guard lettering, the lettering is preceded by "US", as in "USN" of "USCG". Just a thought.
  2. I cannot find this mess kit in any of my references. It is very faintly, but undeniably marked "US" on the top of the handle. 7.5 inches across, the pan is 1.5 inches deep, and the plate about 0.75 inches deep. Handle appears to be galvanized. Thanks in advance, Jim
  3. It is a great show. A number of Sponsors and Administrators of the USMF will be there. I have a few tables with nice but more common things for sale, but if your taste runs to the more exclusive items, you can find some top-shelf additions for your collection from some of the other dealers. Here are a few of the nice pieces I have acquired at the show in the last few years. Hope to see many of you there. Jim Dunham
  4. Sorry. I am bored with the "work from home" nonsense and could not help myself. This was actually in a real WWII era military shave kit, for whatever that is worth.
  5. I found one of those last year. Posted it here and found out it was a fantasy peice. Cannot find it right now or I'd post a picture to see if my bogus one is different than that one. Good luck, Jim
  6. PH's in three digits are rare and Noble's #182 is a nice complete group. For what it is worth, and only because the OP has invited our input (I am not trying to hijack this post), here is PH #81 awarded to then 2nd Lt. Lawrence A. Quinn for wounds on Oct. 6, 1918 with the 2nd Division. The number 81 is stamped on both sides of the medal for some reason. Along side it is PH #104296 awarded when Lawrence A. Quinn, now a Colonel, was KIA November 5, 1942 in New Guinea while in command of the 126th Regiment, 32nd Division. Once again, thanks for posting #182. If it was to a New Yorker I would have been competing for it.
  7. His New York CSC is on ebay for $120. https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-YORK-CONSPICUOUS-SERVICE-CROSS-STERLING-ORIGINAL-BOX/143556327927?hash=item216c9fb9f7:g:OusAAOSwZQ9eSzhy
  8. I picked up these two bayonet/knives recently: came from a retired Marine Officer. I do not know more than that about the Marine because they came from a picker. To bad though. Both are near un-issued but I wonder if anyone can tell me about the commemorative one. I initially found some information online that it was a run of 500 but I cannot seem to find that source of information again. I am not a big fan of "commemorative” items but this one intrigues me. Thanks in advance. Jim
  9. A very impressive group. Thanks for sharing. It is every bit as important as the much sought-after WWII M1 helmets with provenance, etc. Jim
  10. Thanks Kurt. Geoff at Golden Arrow is working on the file. Based on the sheer volume of paperwork and ephemera that came with the group I would expect a second PH would have been with ther group but as I've learned, Never Say Never. Jim
  11. This group included many other documents, pictures, and letters. These are just a few to establish that this Purple Heart was awarded to a Marine and to point out the oddity of the engraving style for such an award. I think one possibility for the engraving oddity is that the 4th Marines were under Army Command throughout the Defense of the Philippines. Hence the officially-awarded Army Distinguished Unit Citation. Perhaps the Army was responsible for issuing Purple Hearts for all service men and women under their command. Aside from the collector-interest issues raised with this group, there is a real human element to this group. You can look at the pictures in this post and see the young man growing up, including holding the day he held a cake for his 17th birthday. And in one of Pfc. Montgomery’s letters home from Shanghai dated 15 September 1941, he complains about not getting any letters and says, quote: Why don’t some of you wright it gets mity Lonesome out hear When every Body gits mail but me. Maybe his family forgot about him a bit when he joined up, or maybe they were not the letter- writing types, but the nature of this grouping, the sheer number of letters, article, certificates and documents that have been kept together for 78 years is testimony to the fact that his family never forgot him and that he remained an important part of their lives. Thanks for spending the time to look at this lengthy post and any comments on the engraving style would be of interst to me.
  12. A letter form Maj. Frank Richardson of the US Army who was the POW Camp doctor, in which he lets mother know the circumstances of her son’s death.
  13. An original USMC document certifying his death as a POW 28 December 1942 along with the PH certificate.
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