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I recall seeing a sub badge a couple years ago with an EGA affixed, being sold as a Raider crest from Guadalcanal or some such nonsense that was total bull. It looks like a sweetheart piece was attached to a set of sub dolphins, for what purpose I do not know

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My guess is this is either a fantasy badge put together with original parts, or a customized sweetheart piece, perhaps for a mother who had a son in both the Marines and Navy, or a man who saw service with both branches.

 

I don't think Marines were tasked specifically with guarding submarines until they started churning out nuclear ones

-Brig
GySgt/USMC/0369
RSU-Quantico


"FOR OUR TOMORROWS, THEY GAVE THEIR TODAYS"
RIP
Sgt Jesse 'Jeff Nasty' Balthaser
Sgt John P Huling
Cpl Carlos 'Gilo Monster' Gilorozco
Cpl Stephen C 'Socks' Sockalosky
LCpl Joshua A 'Scottie' Scott
LCpl Jason Lee 'Birdman' Frye
LCpl Nicolas B Morrison
LCpl Jon T Hicks
LCpl Osbrany 'Oz' Montes De Oca
Pvt Lewis T D Calapini
'The SOI 5'

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This was found at a flea market with no provenance. It is a Gemsco sterling/14kgf. The EGA is 14k and has both latitude and longitude lines. I can't find any reference anywhere, I was speculating that maybe it was a Marine guard.

 

The exact same thing showed up on ebay back in 2008: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/14910-ega-on-gold-submarine-pin/

 

The description for that noted it was "die struck" and they are both Gemsco sterling/14kgf so we know it isn't something someone put together at home.

 

It certainly does not look like something that would be worn by, say, a mother with a child in the Marines and one in subs.

 

I would guess it was perhaps made for a reunion. We had the Makin raiders on a sub during WWII and Recon Marines training on subs in the late 1940's through the 1967.

 

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Lovely badge but certainly an unauthorized novelty. I had a Marine buddy with 2nd Radio at Camp Lejeune who made a Med Cruise on the Sea Lion in 1957, I believe attached to Recon. This badge may have been created by a Marine who had a similar tour. My 2-cents. 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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I meant created FOR not manufactured by - semantics! LO

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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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