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Iwo Jima UNIS marked HBT


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Through the kindness of a fellow forum member I was able to acquire this for my collection. 1st Lt. Richard Dyer was part of the 13th Marines on Iwo Jima. His UNIS marking a Rectangle with 4341 inside of it, denotes the 5th Marine Division, 1st Lt.,13th Marines, 4th Bn., H&S Battery. I am not a collector of Officer's materials but acquiring these UNIS marked items is difficult. This Marine served until 1962 when he retired as a Major. He clearly held onto this HBT far beyond when it was still serviceable. No doubt it was treasured due to his service on Iwo Jima.

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Great purchase!

 

What does the back look like?

 

One just sold like this on EBay last week, check my blog below I just wrote about it.

 

Great find!

Leonardo

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Corpsmancollector

Fantastic P41, Alec. UNIS marked uniforms are even harder to find than UNIS marked field gear! I have a documented P41 which belonged to a corpsman attached to 2/27 who served on Iwo Jima, marked in an almost identical way. Wonder whether the 5th Division had regs about UNIS marking clothing on the right chest?

 

Thanks for posting,

 

Will

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Squad leader

Great find!

 

It looks like the P41 jacket which is pictured on page 32 of Iwo Jima 1945 by Derrick Wright (Osprey, campaign #81). I am almost sure it's the same jacket.

 

Dan.

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Very nice P41, Alec ... a similar one sold on Ebay a few weeks ago but I haven't been able to win it :(

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Kurt Barickman

She is a looker Alec! That group came out of his hometown recently and I doubt it was photographed for a book but I could be wrong.

 

Kurt Barickman

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It went for cheap, a little over 400 if I recall correctly.

 

Yes, you're right Alec ... it was related to a Lt, 13th Marines.

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She is a looker Alec! That group came out of his hometown recently and I doubt it was photographed for a book but I could be wrong.

 

Kurt Barickman

 

Kurt,

 

The photography was taken in 1945 on Iwo Jima. There's a strong resemblance between the UNIS markings.

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Kurt Barickman

Very true but Dyer did not look like that though. Good research and eye for detail.

 

Lirt

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combat-helmets

Fantastic P41, Alec. UNIS marked uniforms are even harder to find than UNIS marked field gear! I have a documented P41 which belonged to a corpsman attached to 2/27 who served on Iwo Jima, marked in an almost identical way. Wonder whether the 5th Division had regs about UNIS marking clothing on the right chest?

 

Thanks for posting,

 

Will

 

I have a P41 utility jacket from the 5th Divn. marked on the left side of the chest....????

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