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    WW2 and earlier USMC with an emphasis on sea going marines and the 4th Marine Brigade in France. I also collect old books and photos dealing with the subject of the early Marine Corps.

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  1. Looks to be WW2 up through the KW era. This pattern EGA had a long service life. Nice example.
  2. Neat find. Those look like company numbers, so most likely this marine was in the 35th Co prior to WW1. That pattern of EGA is most commonly seen before WW1.
  3. That's a beautiful blouse, my friend. It fits into your collection perfectly. It's interesting that in his file photo he's not wearing all the ribbons he rated, but as you said his facial expression is that of a man that didn't seem to care too much. Great piece!
  4. I saw that episode, agreed. The helmet looks to have been painted by the same person.
  5. Join Ancestry.com and you can look up pretty much any marine who served up through 1958. A better long term investment than $100 for someone else to do it.
  6. That's my apple juice....yeah, apple juice. It's Laphroaig Lore, a nice Islay Scotch.
  7. Do you have a contract stamp or name stamped inside the sweat band? Interesting that it has no vent holes, that makes me think it's a private purchase top. You can find a correct, period chin strap and side buttons pretty easily. Some folks would clean the top, others would leave it as is.
  8. Beautiful helmet, Kevin. It's the first supply co helmet that I've seen in a long time that I think is period done. Congrats on adding it!
  9. There's a lot going on in that photo, great image. Thanks for posting it!
  10. Here's a couple of mine, although the 3/6 lid is sans EGA....so just ignore it. The 2/6 helmet shows toning from an old coat of varnish, the end product of a well-intentioned collector decades ago.
  11. https://www.ancestry.com/cs/offers/subscribe?sub=1%20%09&o_iid=91520&o_lid=91520&o_sch=Web+Property Getting a membership there will help your military researches a great deal.
  12. I always get a little envious when I see a Texas marine in someone else's collection. That's a lovely cut down!
  13. The EGA is a 1937 pattern enlisted EGA. The "Chinese" characters look like HANK with paint runs. Probably a vet's helmet that got repainted by kids or grandkids for use playing "soldiers".
  14. There's a lot of smarts in that picture, and Mike. ;-) Seriously though, those guys are encyclopedias of EGA knowledge.
  15. That's a killer group, Dirk. I'm glad it landed in your hands! Love the album cover.
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