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  1. Has anyone else ever come across one of these GUAM 1945 (or 1946) belt buckles? They appear to be made of brass and have different types of closures. The bottom piece appears to be made of aluminum and may not have ever been assembled into a finished piece. They seem to be theater made, but they pop up pretty frequently and I’ve never seen on from a named grouping or identified to a particular veteran.
  2. Certainly. The problem here is that Irgang didn't sell the book as fiction, instead it was described as Irgang's “personal record of his unforgettable experiences as a combat infantryman during World War II" and Irgang insisted for decades to researchers that the events in his book actually happened. That distinction separates Etched in Purple from something like The Thin Red Line.
  3. I wrote an article on Irgangs actual war service. He did not land on D-Day and did not serve in combat with the 29th Infantry Division. Etched in Purple is more historical fiction than memoir. You can read the article here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/100th-infantry-division-reenacted/etched-in-purple-separating-fact-from-fiction/1929054823797287/
  4. "In 1922, after the end of the Great War, Camp Jackson was shut down. It was reactivated in 1940 as Fort Jackson for World War II. Expanding the fort became one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken in the Southeast." https://www.thestate.com/news/special-reports/state-125/article60699011.html
  5. More specifically, taken on or about March 20, 1945. A photo of the official caption is below.
  6. Great story! Our group reenacts Leo's company and we interviewed him in September.
  7. I bought these patches a few months ago and posted them on the Facebook page last night. They are fully machined 100th Infantry Division patches that were never cut from the khaki twill they were embroidered on. They are "greenback", and the back of the twill they are embroidered on seems to have a water resistant coating, which a poster told me is starch that was applied to make the patches easier to cut out. If anyone is interested in additional photos just let me know.
  8. Does anyone know the source and approximate date of manufacture of this patch? I assume it is a postwar collector copy.
  9. This information has been out in various circles for a long time. The original letter of instruction was posted (transcribed) on the old WW2 Reenactors forum in 2011. Here it is. http://ww2reenactors.proboards.com/thread/37005/boondockers-dubbing I believe the full Letter of Instruction is in the 1943 U.S. Marine Corps Guide to Administration, as you mention.
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