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Since this uniform fits in with the timeframe of the McMurray uniform, I find it fitting to post this one at the same time. Colonel Edward E. Hildreth enlisted in the Army in 1917 and received a reserve commission. Serving in France with the Field Artillery. He decided to make a career of the military and in 1919 he was at the University of Texas as a staff officer in the ROTC department. By 1922 he is found serving as an Army Aviator flying the Martin NBS-1 Bomber with the 25 Squadron in Panama. He later moves to Fighters and flies with Prusuit squadrons through the 1930s flying the Boeing P-12C. During WWII he served as the Commanding Officer of Mitchell Army Air Field in New York. His final assignment was the Commanding Officer of the 70th Fighter Wing in Germany just after the end of WWII.

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Thanks, I was hoping to wait to post until I got all the bells and whistles for it, but alas, I don't thnk I'm going to come across the Distinguished Rifleman badge, or the Excellence in Competition bages any time soon!

I took your advice and visited the Citadel museum while I was in Charleston in July. It was a very nice trip. I went over to the Hotel to see the bones of what is left of the old Citadel as well. I've added it to my short list of schools I'll allow my boys to attend. My wife and I absolutely loved Charleston!

 

James,

Wonderful uniforms - I'm partial to the WW2 USMC stuff as you are, but there is some real fine stuff to be seen here.

 

Col. McMurray's uniform is stunning. What history. How is it ID'ed? His name is inside? I never saw those offered for sale and did not realize anything other than arclight's Blues were out there. Great that you guys can preserve his uniforms.

 

Arclight and I graduated from The Citadel and it used to be a real tough place. Can't comment on what it is like now, but I'd guess it is not nearly as bad as when we were there. I think they all have Air conditioning there now. How soft is that? haha. Anyhow, I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and Charleston and the Old Citadel on Marion Square. So much history in that place! Charleston is one of the true treasures of the East Coast.

 

 

 

 

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James,

Wonderful uniforms - I'm partial to the WW2 USMC stuff as you are, but there is some real fine stuff to be seen here.

 

Col. McMurray's uniform is stunning. What history. How is it ID'ed? His name is inside? I never saw those offered for sale and did not realize anything other than arclight's Blues were out there. Great that you guys can preserve his uniforms.

 

Arclight and I graduated from The Citadel and it used to be a real tough place. Can't comment on what it is like now, but I'd guess it is not nearly as bad as when we were there. I think they all have Air conditioning there now. How soft is that? haha. Anyhow, I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit to the museum and Charleston and the Old Citadel on Marion Square. So much history in that place! Charleston is one of the true treasures of the East Coast.

 

 

 

 

here is the name tag in the McMurray uniform. It is dated 1933 and has the ghost of a 5th Division patch on the left shoulder from his pre WWII days. The two uniforms were sold on eBay at the same time, and Arclight and I have been trading notes on his service since.

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Emil Matas joined the Marines in 1942 and served in the ship's detachment of the USS Texas in the Atlantic until April, 1944 when he was selected for Officer's training. He didn't receive his commission until after the end of WWII but was recalled for Korea. He found himself as 1st Platoon Commander, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on Hill 812 in September, 1951. On September 20th, Matas had already lost numerous casualties from the previous weeks' fighting. In the early morning hours of the 20th, Matas, who's platoon could be more correctly described as 3 small squads, was defending a finger of a ridgeline. His platoon came under attack on three sides by an understrength battalion and when Matas requested fire support his reply from S-3 was to utilize the weapons at his disposal. Matas unhesitatingly carried on the attack and led his platoon in a frontal attack until he fell from a serious neck wound by an enemy hand grenade. Matas's platoon also lost its platoon sergeant that night and a young Sergeant took charge of the situation. For his heroic actions on Hill 812, Lt. Emil Matas received the Silver Star. His citation reads:

 

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity as a Rifle Platoon Commander of Company E, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 20 September 1951. When a numerically superior hostile force launched a violent night attack against his platoon which was positioned on a narrow ridge line under constant fire from enemy mortar and artillery on three sides, First Lieutenant Matas fearlessly exposed himself to the withering hostile fire to direct his platoon in the defense. Althought the enemy forced a penetration, he led his men forward in a frontal attack until he was seriously wounded by an enemy hand grenade. By his outstanding courage, determination and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Matas served to inspire all who observed him and contributed materially to a successful withdrawl from the untenable position. His heroic leadership was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."

 

Matas was evacuated to the USS Repose and then to 1st Prov. Cas Co. where he woudl spend the next 7 months recovering from his wounds. He would finish the Korean war as an instructor at the Basic School, and stayed in the inactive reserves through 1957, leaving the Marine Corps with the rank of Captain.

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Staff Sergeant Curtis Chellman enlisted in February, 1943 and went to Aviation Mechanits Mate's course in Norman, OK before joining the famous VMF-122 with a MOS of 747 (Aircraft engine mechanic). VMF-122 arived on Peleliu on 19 September 1944 and Chellman served the remainder of the war on that god-forsaken island. 122's Corsairs flew the shortest combat missions of the war, often time dropping their payloads mearly 1000 yards after takeoff.

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James W. Peters served in the Regimental R-1 shop for 28th Marines, participating in the Iwo Jima Campaigin. Peters served in the command post for Col. Liversedge

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Corporal Seybert M. Clarke, of Detroit enlisted June 17, 1942 and joined 3rd Battalion, 10th Marines. Clarke served as a 105mm gun crewman and in Fire control during WWII. Clarke's first combat was on Tarawa in November, 1943. He went on to Saipan in June, 1944. and his battalion took part in Tinian in July. Clarke's fourth and final campaign was on Okinawa. This uniform came from the show in Louisville last year and came with a copy of his discharge papers. I found the dog tag in the inner pocket with a bullet attached.

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switching things up for the moment. This one if from my 8 year old son's collection. Colonel (then Captain) Christopher DeLaRosa's BDU uniform. DeLaRosa was Scout platoon leader, L Troop, 3rd Squadron, 2nd ACR during the battle of 73 Easting in Operation Desert Storm. After Desert Storm he served with A/3-8 Cav with the 1st Division , which is the period this uniform dates from. Col. DeLaRosa has served numerous tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and is still on active duty.

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he bullet on the dog tag ring

You know that I like that one! Great thread, I just today stumbled upon it. Keep posting.

 

Kurt

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Thanks for the kind comments, I have had the heat off in the building to help freeze out any bugs that may be hiding in there, so I haven't spent much time out there this winter. I will be back in there soon and get back to photographing some more great and historic uniforms

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Hello James,

 

what an amazing collection ... all those USMC coats are really nice, and you did some very good research about each one.

 

Looking forward to seeing more :)

 

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Most people know me as a uniform collector, and of course, that is my primary collecting interest. However, I thought I might share a few homefront items from my collection

The necklace is made of a piece of plexi set with a wing and prop and the coins are all English 3 pence pieces ranging in date from 1918 to 1938. I found this last week at a Goodwill for $3.00!

The bracelet and earrings were items my mom found picking last year

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The broach is a Mothers "Son in service" piece and the USMC recruiting poster is actually a small stamp about 60% the height and width of a baseball card.

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This is a fairly interesting whimsical piece of anti-nazi ephemera. The card measures about 2"x3"

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This Remember Pearl Harbor souvenir was found in a drawer at my grandmothers house when we cleaned it out.

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I've had this Marine Corps themed duster since I was 14 or 15 years old. Ive never seen another like it

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