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Another eagle has landed in the nest. Upon seeing this at auction I had some dubious thoughts about it being attributed to a Marine private, with the help of Brig & Bobgee... I think it safe to presume this did come from his sea bag. This collar emblem that would have been worn on the officers service and field dress. The elements of these emblems are period correct, size and dimension. The eagles dipped wings; spread legs and applied to the globe. There is stempling across the globe, anchor ring - stock - flukes are indeed period correct. And finally period correct pin back and C clip. Every element one should see by other period makers such as Meyer & Gemsco are present...

 

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Tim provided me with the following information with came from the muster rolls:

 

Name: Leon F Dow

Muster Date: Oct 1918

Enlistment Date: 19 Oct 1918

Rank: Private

Station: U S Marine Corps Section, Student Army Training Corps

 

Name: Leon F Dow

Muster Date: Dec 1918

Enlistment Date: 19 Oct 1918

Rank: Private

Station: U S Marine Corps Section, Student Army Training Corps

 

 

Name: Leon F. Dow

Birth Place: Livermore Falls, Me

Birth Date: 11 Nov 1893

Residence: Livermore Falls

Comment: Ind: USMC Cambridge, Mass., Oct. 19/18. Private. Org: Cambridge Mass Oct. 19/18. Disch Cambridge Mass: Dec. 16, 1918.

 

Name: Leon F Dow

Death Date: 25 Jul 1986

Age: 92

Town: Farmington

Certificate: 8606014

 

Groom's Name: Dow Leon F

Groom's Residence: Jay, ME

Bride's Name: Smith Mildred E

Bride's Residence: Roslindale, ME

Marriage Date: 21 Jun 1933

Certificate: 0



The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. (General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, 5 May 1946)

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With this report of him being in being in U S Marine Corps Section, Student Army Training Corps ??? I set about to find out this organization represted and came up with the following on the web, written by Major Edwin N. McClellan, USMC in 1920... guess this is how he came about the emblem???

 

MARINE SECTIONS, STUDENT ARMY TRAINING CORPS.

 

In the act approved August 31, 1918, provision was made for a Student

Army Training Corps, and under date of September 12, 1918, the Secretary of

War directed the Provost Marshal General to allot 1,500 of the registrants

authorized for induction into the Student Army Training Corps to the Marine

sections under that organization. On September 23, 1918, with the approval of

the Navy Department, Marine Corps headquarters designated the following

institutions for the organization of Marine sections of the Student Army

Training Corps and allotted quotas to each ranging from 100 to 190:

 

Leland Stanford Junior University 110

Georgia School of Technology 100

Harvard University 120

University of Minnesota 110

Cornell University 170

University of Washington 160

University of Texas 100

Yale University 100

University of Kansas 140

University of Wisconsin 190

Virginia Military Institute 100

University of North Carolina 100

 

 

A Marine officer was ordered to each of the designated institutions and

 

charged with the duties of administration, instruction, and discipline of the

Marine section, with the assistance of a noncommissioned officer of the Marine

Corps.

 

 

23

 

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS IN THE WORLD WAR.

 

 

It was intended to transfer, from time to time, well-qualified students

who were inducted into Marine sections of the Student Army Training Corps to

aviation duty, or to one of the two recruit camps, and in both cases men thus

recommended, who proved themselves qualified to become officers, would be

ultimately commissioned in either the Marine Corps Reserve Flying Corps or for

general service in the Marine Corps. In either case after finishing their

course in the Student Army Training Corps they would have been sent to a

recruit camp for the regular course of training, because this would make it

possible to imbue them with the necessary esprit de corps and indoctrinate

them with the Marine Corps methods of procedure and training, both essential

to the making of a Marine officer of the highest type. Owing to the ending of

active hostilities there were no graduates from the Marine sections of the

Student Army Training Corps at the different universities and colleges as they

were ordered abandoned shortly after the armistice became operative

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With this at hand I inquired with Bobgee about any knowledge he had about the organzational purpose and he provided the following:

 

"Darrell - Did this come from EBay last week? If so, I thought the story was that Lt. Dow was KIA in France. Never heard of the Marine Section, Student Army Training Corps so I'm glad you got the scoop. FYI - Pvt Leon F. Dow, Enl: 19 Oct 1918/Cambridge, MA is listed in Lockman's WWI Marines of the 4th Brigade! Go figure.

 

Lockman has compiled info from muster rolls but obviously his listing of Leon Dow is incorrect as they're is no way he made to France unless it was after the Armistice. I thought I knew of a Lt Dow USMC KIA but this AM can't find any record of him. If Leon was at Cambridge, he may have enlisted for the special aviation program that began in Summer 1918. These guy were joined, advanced to GySgt while training and may have worn/purchased Officer-type uniforms in anticipation of commissioning. Nevertheless it's a VERY nice emblem. S/F....Bob"

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So thats where the research ends for now... perhaps someday I will learn more?

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Again, very nice emblem. Nice research work-up. Always interesting to me to know who owned a piece, But, not when bogus EBay info perhaps influences the bidding. Be nice to know where the seller came by that tidbit of "Lt. Dow" being a KIA?

Semper Fi.....Bobgee


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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Very nice addition to your collection Darrell! Thanks for posting all that great info as well!


Best regards

Robert

 

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glad to see this bird landed safely. great speciman thumbsup.gif


-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
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Again, very nice emblem. Nice research work-up. Always interesting to me to know who owned a piece, But, not when bogus EBay info perhaps influences the bidding. Be nice to know where the seller came by that tidbit of "Lt. Dow" being a KIA?

Semper Fi.....Bobgee

 

I hear you on that... here is the card which came with the box and emblem, I guess those whom see it can draw their own conclusions as to what clues or value it has to the emblem and attribution credence? The jewelry box it came in is the typical art deco style... 40's vintage. I was provided his service number thanks to Mark M. It has also been suggested this emblem may have been gifted to him by an instructor when they closed the program down. And another suggestion came to me that this may have been from an older brother, as there were a "just a very few" other Dow's in the Corps during that entire decade including WW!? Have sent an email to the seller, as he provided his email address, no reply as of yet.

s/f Darrell

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Darrell: Neat thread! thumbsup.gif ...I've enjoyed following it very much. Dirk


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Darrell: Neat thread! thumbsup.gif ...I've enjoyed following it very much. Dirk

 

Update, got info from seller and chased it down and ran into dead end. No direct descendants left to confirm other than a distant nephew who did know of an uncle who served in the Corps at that time, but nothing beyond that. Oh well, just another thing to research another time. s/f Darrell



The bended knee is not a tradition of our Corps. (General A. A. Vandegrift, USMC, 5 May 1946)

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