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Here are a couple items that make the cut and get permanent display space on my walls. A vintage copy of my beloved Marine's Hymn and a very nice 3 son in service stain glass banner

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This was a Christmas gift from my mom this year. A 1940s pinup girl necktie from a Hollywood clothing store.

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The following uniform is from an incredible American, Marine and Hero. I hope everyone enjoys reading about his story. It has been a very rewarding research project! Brigadier General Clair W. Shisler first enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1931. His enlisted career was not all that remarkable other than the fact that his first assignment was as the orderly for the CO of the recruit depot, Captain William J Mosher, a hard-charger from the "Old Corps" who had had service in China, Haiti, Nicaragua and received 2 Silver Stars, a CdG and a Purple Heart in the first war. Shisler spent the next six years as an instructor with the Marine Corps Institute.

 

In 1937 he was selected and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and following the Basic School joined the Marine Detachment on the USS Honolulu. A year of sea duty was followed by his first infantry assignment as the Platoon Commander, Machine Gun Plt, 2/5. With war on the horizon, he was assigned to HQ/2/7.

 

When war was declared in December, 1941 he was immediately assigned to Marine Amphibious Corps Atlantic Fleet under General H.M Smith - a position that he would hold for the next two years, quickly progressing through the ranks from 1st Lt to Major and progressing from an adjutant to the Assistant Chief of Staff of VAC. As part of Smith's Command group he saw combat at Kiska and Tarawa and was awarded the Commendation Ribbon for his staff work.

 

He received his first field command when he was made the Battalion CO of 3/22 in December, 1943 and shortly thereafter led his new battalion in combat at Eniwetok. He was recommended for but initially refused his first Silver Star Medal, citing that he would only accept his medal once the Marines whom he had recommended had received their citations. He did eventually receive his award and his citation reads in part:

 

"... Aggressively leading his assault companies against strongly fortified enemy positions, Major Shisler constantly exposed himself to enemy machine-gun and mortar fire in directing the hazardous operations, and by his aggressive fighting spirit in destroying the hostile forces, was directly instrumental in capturing Eniwetok Atoll."

 

He continued to lead his Marines at Guam where he was wounded on July 27th. For his actions at Guam he received the Bronze Star Medal with "V" His citation reads in part:

 

"... During the assault and seizure of Crote Peninsula, Lieutenant Colonel Shisler's Battalion advanced across he neck of the peninsula and extended the regimental assault lines to Apra Harbor. Although wounded he continued to direct the advance of his battalion against fanatical enemy resistance and was directly responsible for closing all land avenues of escape to enemy forces."

 

Now serving with the newly formed 6th Marine Division, Lt Colonel Shisler led the Marines of 3/22 in the last battle of World War Two, at Okinawa. I have read accounts of the Marines under his command who chastised his persistence to keep pushing forward regardless of casualties and enemy resistance. I can only imagine the difficulty that Shisler must have had in ordering his young Marines to keep pushing the attack uphill under withering fire in the face of a fanatical enemy. His leadership of 3/22 earned him his third award for valor, a second Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action on 17 June 1945, which reads in part:

 

"... when his Battalion was assigned the mission of seizing three prominent terrain features, Lieutenant Colonel Shisler courageously led his forces in the face of heavy hostile fire to assault and capture Kunishi Ridge, the first objective. Immediately reorganizing his Battalion, he moved out to seize Mezado Ridge and, when his unit was pinned down and had suffered heavy casualties, fearlessly braved the intense enemy fire to go forward and rally his forces to renew the attack and gain their second objective. Again reorganizing his unit for the assault on Hill Number 69, the third assigned objective, he gallantly led his men in the attack to seize and hold the heavily defended ridge. Displaying determination, fortitude and devotion to duty throughout Lieutenant Colonel Shisler directed his Battalion in breaking the core of Japanese resistance, thereby enabling the Regiment to carry out the remainder of its mission quickly and effectively."

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Following the end of the Okinawa campaign and the end of hostilities, Shisler stayed with the Division on occupation duty in China before joining the Editorial board of the Marine Corps Gazette in 1946. Shisler served in various staff assignments through 1952. A brief tour in Japan and Korea completed Shisler's Marine Corps Service before he retired in July, 1953. Colonel Clair Shisler was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General, on the basis of being commended for valor in combat.

 

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Below is a photo of General Shisler taken later in life. I am honored to be the care taker of his early tan uniform. The LT Colonel insignia and EGA's were present, however the ribbons required restoration.

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The Marine Corps riding breaches are quite interesting. This is the only set I have had the chance to own.

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Below is a photo of General Shisler taken later in life. I am honored to be the care taker of his early tan uniform. The LT Colonel insignia and EGA's were present, however the ribbons required restoration.

A superb restoration and a job well done bringing the war rack back to life. Thank you for keeping the General's history alive.

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Thank you for the kind comments. It surly was quite the rack to reatore in original 1/2" form. I took on quite a few large restoration projects all around the same time as Coyle. I am happy to report that I am down to a vintage numeral 3 device before I can complete his green uniform

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Thank you, the restoration really came together this week. After two years of repeatedly requesting his file from NARA I finally received it this Monday. It really was like Christmas for me to finally have photos in uniform and a complete award list! I think the archives tech may have felt bad for me (when i have to request files multiple times i make sure to pute a note on the sf180 saying 2nd request etc.)since it was a very thick packet for a FOIA non archival request and came with 9 photos . I was lucky to have all the 1/2" ribbons needed on hand!

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This uniform was a Christmas gift to my 8 year old son, who is developing his own collection focusing on Vietnam uniforms. This uniform belonged to a living veteran from HMM-364 The Purple Foxes and as a young LT he was wounded in the leg by small arms fire through the floor of his CH-46 and was also a recipient of 6 Air Medals the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Boeing-Vertol Rescue award

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wow, the Purple Foxes!!! A great unit with a great record. My brother was KIA with the Foxes on his medevac way out of the Quezon Mts. on 7-27-69. Also a good friend of mine Gary Gullickson here in Byron MN was a .50 caliber door gunner on one of the Foxes' 46 choppers! Good bless em all and thanks for posting.

Kurt

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Following the end of the Okinawa campaign and the end of hostilities, Shisler stayed with the Division on occupation duty in China before joining the Editorial board of the Marine Corps Gazette in 1946. Shisler served in various staff assignments through 1952. A brief tour in Japan and Korea completed Shisler's Marine Corps Service before he retired in July, 1953. Colonel Clair Shisler was advanced to the rank of Brigadier General, on the basis of being commended for valor in combat.

 

 

That is a awesome uniform, What a Marine.

 

Nick

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Bump, anything new this year James?

 

I have several nice new items and am about ready to do a threads on three different long serving Marines and Sailors (LTC Randolph Coyle, LTG Ross Rowell and Rear Admiral John W W Cumming). However, my wife and I have purchased a new (historic) home and my collection is all packed up for the move next week. I have been taking pictures of the packing process and will be showing photos as I set up my new war rooms. I will be going from about 200 sq/ft to over 1,000 sq/ft so it should be a lot of fun getting to spread out and display things properly! Keep an eye out, I will continue my new war room in this same thread in the coming weeks

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teufelhunde.ret

Great news, on the new quarters, and Coyle project. Have been looking forward to his story for some time now... s/f

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Stinger Gunner USMC

still need the distinguished marksman badge for it. I'm going to have to settle for a modern example. Funds won't permit a period piece. His story is truly amazing. I can't wait to share it!

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It occurred to me that I have failed to show everyone photos of my collection rooms since the move last year... My old collection was confined to a 200sq ft room behind my garage. In April, 2015 my wife and I bought a historic 5,000sq ft 3 story home in a national historic district in Alton, IL. I have been able to spread out and now have my collection in the 1st floor office, a spare bedroom on the 2nd floor and both of the servants quarters on the 3rd floor. Eventually, I will be finishing the entire attic and making the third floor a museum so to speak.

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