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WWII Marine Pilot DFC Recipient's Visor Cap


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Hello all,

 

Recently picked up this WWII USMC Pilot's cap, and it really is a stunner. Although the top has soiled over the years, the cap looks to have been rarely, if ever, worn. It was tailored by White & White of Pensacola and still has the original tissue paper padding inside.

 

The cap belonged to Arkansas-native, Capt. Donald Roy Raney, USMCR. Considering the card in the cap lists his rank as 2nd Lieutenant, he probably bought the cap right out of flight school in Pensacola. Raney served in the South Pacific during the war with, at least at one point, Marine Utility Squadron 153, Marine Air Group 25 (MAG-25). He is recorded piloting Curtiss C-46 Commandos, though he may have flown other aircraft. Militarytimes.com lists him as a DFC recipient, "for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight, in actions against enemy Japanese forces in the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II."

 

If anyone is looking to part an appropriate EGA for the front of the cap, please let me know.

 

Thanks!

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