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  1. unfortunately not in green service uniform, but his photo in blue dress uniform, You can see, that it was taken after his retirement, approximately in middle of 1960s or later (M1962 pattern EGAs on collar) and also he decided only to wear part of medals he was entitled to. I also restored USMC general's uniform, see the link http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/271672-usmc-officer-winter-service-coat-restoration-project/ and fortunately I have set of his high resolution photographs, where he is wearing green service, blue dress and khaki service uniform. So it was
  2. I have this "clasp, collar" in my collection, see photos bellow. I believe, it is the same design as on your photo. I got it with WW2 USMC uniform grouping few years ago. I hope it helps. JAROSLAV
  3. to anybody interested in, there is topic focused on complete repair and restoration of this particular uniform, which I finished recently http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/271672-usmc-officer-winter-service-coat-restoration-project/ best regards JAROSLAV
  4. 1956 dated photograph used as base for uniform restoration Major General "I o n M. B e t h e l", former Quartermaster General of the Marine Corps, retired from active duty in the Corps on 1 July 1958, after 33 years of commissioned service. The general was born 8 July 1900 at Mason, Texas, and enlisted in the Marine Corps 1 November 1918. Discharged 9 April 1919, he attended Junior College at John Tarleton, completed his studies there in 1923, and was graduated from Texas A and M in 1925. He re-entered the Marine Corps 1 July 1925, when he was commissioned a second lieutenant. In h
  5. update to the restoration: I was able to gather all period insignia and fully restore the uniform to the original condition based on actual photograph dated 1956. The uniform belonged to "I o n M. B e t h e l" (Major General, USMC) Quartermaster General of the Marine Corps (1957), served: 1918-1919 and 1925-1958 Awards: MC Good Conduct Medal, Marine Corps Expeditionary Medal (China), World War I Victory Medal, Yangtze Service Medal (China), China Service Medal; American Defense Service Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal w/3 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal, the World War I
  6. 12. Waist belt, securing snap fastener - loose stitching I removed loose and damaged threads and resewn the fastener in proper position.
  7. 11. Right bottom pocket, button hole - worn and damaged reinforcing stitching The repair was done by hand stitching. I removed all loose and damaged threads around the hole edge. If possible keep original thick internal thread, it helps to form plastic edge around the hole. For repair I used thread of matching color.
  8. 10. Right sleeve - moth hole To repair the moth hole, I used original wool gabardine fabric from coat. I cut the fabric to match the hole shape with little excess. Than I applied special adhesive to the cut fabric edges and glued it in hole place. You have to prevent excess of adhesive to stain the fabric around the repaired place and match the direction of fabric weaving pattern with original fabric.
  9. 09. Right upper pocket, button hole - worn and damaged reinforcing stitching The repair was done by hand stitching. I removed all loose and damaged threads prior repair. For repair I used thread of matching color.
  10. 08. Button, right shoulder board - replacement for civilian button I removed all loose and damaged threads with old civilian button and added correct period USMC officer button.
  11. Based 1950s era uniform regulations, the spacing between ribbon bars is 1/8 inch, same apply for marksmanship badges over pocket top edge. Ribbons should be centered as shown on your current uniform regulation picture, but the number of ribbons in each row may be successfully decreased to prevent concealment by coat lapel when number of rows is so great as to cause concealment. As for ribbons arrangement on your uniform, for restoration I would try to match the original ribbon bars placement, try to find pin holes if possible. Standard is 3 ribbons per bar, but 4 is also possible if nu
  12. 06. Coat, left bottom edge - unstitched internal lining 07. Coat, right bottom edge - unstitched internal lining The repair was done by hand stitching. For repair I used thread of matching color.
  13. 04. Left sleeve, bottom edge - unstitched internal lining 05. Right sleeve, bottom edge - unstitched internal lining The repair was done by hand stitching. I recommend to form the sleeve shape by inserting the duct tape roll, which helps to prevent creasing of lining during stitching.
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