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    Actively collecting WWI - Pre WWII United States Marine Corps items, Mainly Uniforms and EGAs
  1. Ok, that’s all I needed to know. Me and my bank account thank you for the insight. For reference. Pictures of the uniform with the patch in question, as well as the description. ——Sellers Description—— I am sadden to post this grouping. Comes with both tunics, garrison cap, hat, and the gentleman’s digital file. Roy Charles Sunderland Born: March 25th, 1924 Birthplace: Grampian, PA Shortly before enlisting family moved to Akron, Ohio Starting off work young he was a Automobile Serviceman with Goodyear Tire and left the company to enlist the United States Marine Corps on October 5th, 1942. Off to Parris Island Mr. Sunderland went. It says he wanted to be aerial gunner, but was given the task of being a Mortar Man NCO (614) and a FA Crew (603). After training Mr. Sunderland was assigned to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in 1943 here he would participate in the battles of Emirau, New Georgia Island, and Guam. Once the Marine Raiders were disbanded he was transferred to 1st battalion, 4th Marines, 6th Marine Division on February 5th 1945 and then was transferred to state side April 1945 and became a Drill Instructor. Little more saddening part about this gentleman’s story. Mr. Sunderland was the youngest out of three brothers. Main reason that he was transferred state side was because his mother not only lost one of her sons; she lost two of her sons. With that the policy of Navy and Marine department allowed Mr. Sunderland to be moved state side. 2nd oldest brother- Seaman Richard Meckley US Coast Guard. He was taken prisoner by the Japanese in April 1942 with the fall of Corregidor and was later that year announced dead in December of 1942. Oldest brother- PFC Boyd Sunderland US Marine Corps. Company B, First Battalion, Third Marines, Third Marine Division. KIA On Guam July 1944. Note Roy and Boyd both served on Guam I first received the 6th Marine Uniform last year and was told he was a Marine Raider. Then I ordered his file he began in the Marine Raiders and was later transferred to the 6th Marines. After he was the father of two and a grandfather of eight and a great grandfather of four. He passed away in 2017 and his stuff was separated within the family. Well again after research I was able to find a few of his family members and contact them and just asked a few questions about their father/grandfather. I usually don’t contact family members but I did this time and found them. I told them what I do and what I collected and how I display them and such. After having talked to them family I was able to get the gentleman’s Marine Raider Uniform. He was a private with the Marine Raiders and his name and serial number are inside the sleeve which match with his files. The pictures below are of Mr. Sunderland and a few pictures from his file at the National Archives. and pictures of the hand written letters from his mother to the War Department asking for her son to come home. I will add that the hat and ribbon bars on the Raider Uniform are no original to the grouping. Added by me and all is period material. ————————————————— Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Its on a uniform, no picture of the back.
  3. Opinions on this Raider patch? Seller says it’s original and from the family. I’m not so sure. Any help appreciated, Thanks. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I believe this Marine is a match. 1st Lt Giles James Smith, Fighter Pilot, KIA Rabaul. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. I have not seen a post about the Marine Corps Pistol Shot First Class badge. Would love to see any pictures of this badge in use by a Marine, if any exist. A short reference found in “U.S. Marine Corps Marksmanship Badges from 1912 to Present” By Michael D. Visconage. “The second badge, and only other rating for pistol marksmanship, consisted of a bar (1 1/2" x 1/4") with the words, "Pistol Shot First Class" printed in two lines. This was similar to the Marksman badge and also had cut and indented corners. The pistol badges were also of silver metal.” “The only old award which seems to have been definitely terminated was the Pistol Shot First Class badge; the 1924 changes to the 1922 Uniform Regulations stated that it was "no longer issued." Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Nice group! love to see anything from the interwar campaigns. The Smedley Butler signature is a nice bonus!
  7. I was shocked and excited to find this small group at a local Antique Store recently. The group consists of a decent sized sterling silver presentation box (nearly 1lb), engraved to Major General Joseph Dugald Leitch. As well as a small framed portrait of Leitch as a Lieutenant or Possibly Captain. I am currently researching Leitch and have found a lot of information online so far. Research is ongoing, and I will post my report when I finish for those who may be interested. Summary of information I’ve found to date. Joined The West Point Academy June 15th 1884 Graduating June 12th 1889. The joined the 24th Infantry as 2nd Lieutenant for frontier duty at Fort Bayard New Mexico on September 20th 1889. Leitch served at several frontier posts including: San Carlos, Arizona (Dec 1891 - May 1892) Fort Huachuca, Arizona (May 1892 - Oct 1896) (Prompted to 1st Lieutenant Dec 1896) Fort Douglas, Utah (Oct 1896 - April 1898 At this point, the story gets very interesting. Leitch was Commanding the 24th Infantry, B Company (Buffalo Soldiers), and was actively involved in the Battle of San Juan Hill, Storming the trenches. I’ve found a few details and references to Leitch In After Action reports from his commanding officer and other officers involved. “I desire to especially mention Capt A.A.Auger and Lt. J.D. Leitch who came under my immediate observation, for coolness and bravery under such destructive fire” - Captain Henery Wygant, 24th Infantry. Leitch was cited for “Gallantry in Action against Spanish forces at Santiago, Cuba. There is a lot more information available I have yet to read. I am confident, I will be able to piece together the story of his actions on San Juan Hill in detail. After his service in Cuba, Leitch returned to frontier duty in Utah and California. (Promoted to Captain September 8th, 1899) The Year 1900 rolls around and Leitch is off to the Philippines, Commanding G Company of the 25th Infantry(also Buffalo Soldiers). I’ve yet to find detail of his service in the Philippines. However he was Awarded the Silver Star for Gallantry in action during the Philippine Insurrection. After his first tour in the Philippines, Leitch return to the states and had a variety of assignments. Making at least two returns to the Philippines. At one point Commanding a company of Filipino Scouts in 1909. (Promoted to Lt. Colonel July 1st 1916) (Promoted to Colonel July 18th 1917) (Temp Promotion to Brigadier General Dec 17th 1917) (Temp Promotion to Major General Oct 1st 1918) Commanded 13th Infantry at Camp Lewis, Washington (Oct 1918 - April 1919) (Returned to rank of Colonel, April 30, 1919 Leitch was in Siberia, Serving as Inspector General and Chief of Staff of the AEF in Siberia from May 25th 1919 - March 10th 1920. Leitch was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal July 9th 1918 "For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As chief of staff of the American Expeditionary Forces in Siberia he gave proof of his great breadth of vision, keen foresight, sound judgment, and tact. By his brilliant professional attainments, coupled with great diplomacy, he handled most ably the many delicate situations with which he was confronted. His fine soldierly qualities were at all times outstanding, and by his masterful grasp of the situation he was able to meet successfully each new and difficult problem with which he was faced. He rendered most conspicuous services of inestimable value to the Government in a place of great responsibility and at a time of gravest importance." (Promoted to Brigadier General Jan 19, 1926) Commanded posts at, (1926 -1928) Fort McPherson, GA Vancouver Barracks, WA Fort Lewis, WA Promoted to Major General November 6th 1927 and retired in March of 1928. Awards: Distinguished Service Medal Citation for Gallantry in Action (San Juan Hill) Silver Star (Philippine Insurrection) Indian Campaign Medal Spanish Campaign Medal (1898) Philippine Insurrection Medal (1899) Army of Cuban Occupation Medal Mexican Campaign Medal WWI Victory Medal with Siberia Clasp Italian Cross of St. Maurice and Lazarus Czechoslovakian Cross of War (Siberian Service) Again, This is just a basic summary of what I’ve discovered thus far. I’m still accumulating information and will organize into something readable eventually. I’m hoping to find more details of his combat service, as well as details of his Awards from the archives. If they didn’t burn. Enjoy Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That explains the many oddities with this group. Outstanding detective work, Thanks for sharing!
  9. The cover is interwar era US Army, marine buttons and EGA added. As far as the uniform, The discharge patch is horizontal, and on the wrong sleeve as mentioned, it also looks like it was sewn on yesterday. The chevrons are not even on each sleeve, one was moved down to add the diamond. Fresh, blue ball point ink is not something I’d want to see in a 1930s uniform.
  10. You should post pictures of the entire uniform. This one is from eBay. a Marine dress blouse, unfortunately modified to resemble a band uniform. Steer clear of it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Looks French, maybe Belgian. The Odd HBT Pattern Webbing is the give away.
  12. No signs of upper pockets being removed. No evidence of any insignia.
  13. This came in a lot with several WWI USMC uniforms I acquired. I’m not able to identify it. It is made of the same material as a few WWI USMC Summer Service Uniforms I have. No markings anywhere. I doubt it is Marine, anyone seen this before? Thank you Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. This Cover just sold on EBay a few months ago., with a different EGA of coarse. I believe it sold for $3k, might have been $3500. The new owner(not me), swears its legitimate, and even claims to have the correct uniform to match it. I would love to see evidence to support its authenticity, unfortunately however, I believe your assessment is likely the case with this cover.
  15. Unfortunately, the whereabouts of his Good Conduct and Nicaragua medals are unknown.
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